Science Night 12/23

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This week, Science Night celebrates the holidays with two programs in line with the season. First, Nature takes viewers to Alaska for a look into the intimate home of the snowy owl family. Then, NOVA dedicates its program to the hidden formulas of historic cathedrals.

Nature Magic of the Snowy Owl at 7 p.m.

Filmmakers take us deep into the snowy owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless owlets until they’re able to fly. Magic of the Snowy Owl premiered Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

NOVA Building The Great Cathedrals at 8 p.m.

Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights ?Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking 100 years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true. This program reveals the hidden formulas, drawn from the pages of the Bible itself, that drove medieval builders ever upward.

Science Night 12/16

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This week, Science Night takes an eclectic look at some of the more mysterious corners of life. First, Nature examines the behavior of the honey badger – an animal with antics so infamous, it became a meme. Then, NOVA probes the ancient city of the Catacombs underneath Rome, and finds new insights into the everyday lives of the ancient Roman people.

Nature Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem at 7 p.m.

“Honey badger is bad ass.” Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation with 51 million hits. This relentless little creature is renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo, and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive.

NOVA Roman Catacomb Mystery at 8 p.m.

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs – a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs. Now, NOVA goes inside a previously-unknown complex within the tunnel system: a mysterious mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. NOVA’s forensic investigation opens up fascinating new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens at the heyday of its mighty empire.

Science Night 12/9

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Join this week’s Science Night as Nature and NOVA show new installments of longer series. Nature’s Pets: Wild At Heart continues, this week revealing the sensory experience of pets in the world. Then, NOVA chronicles Einstein’s big E=mc2 breakthrough in a two-hour program.

Nature Pets: Wild At Heart: Secretive Creatures at 7 p.m.

In a program packed with incredible filming techniques, from Schlieren photography that makes smells visible, to moving X-rays, ultra slow-motion, and ultraviolet vision as well as HD horsecams and doggycams, discover how our pets experience the world through their astonishing senses and hidden channels of communication. Includes the sensory secrets of budgies, horses, guinea pigs and goldfish as well as the remarkable abilities of hamsters, cats and dogs.

NOVA Einstein’s Big Idea at 8:30 p.m.

Everybody’s heard of it, but what does the world’s most famous equation E=mc2 really mean? NOVA dramatizes the stories of the men and women whose innovative thinking across four centuries led finally to Einstein’s bold breakthrough. Based on David Bodanis’ bestseller, E=mc2, this program celebrates the ingenuity, and chronicles the human conflicts, that ultimately unleashed the power of the atom.

Science Night 12/2

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This week, Science Night delves into the brains of our pets before jumping into the brain of one of the smartest men of the 20th century. Nature starts the evening with a program dedicated to pets playing games to express their wild sides. Then, NOVA ponders Albert Einstein’s brilliance.

Nature Pets: Wild At Heart: Playful Creatures at 7 p.m.

In this astonishing program filled with innovative photography and scientific revelation, we investigate how our favorite pets get in touch with their wild side through play. From talkative budgies, marathon-running hamsters, wall-climbing cats and diving dogs, as well as an island where rabbits rule and a city where dogs live a secret double life – discover how our pets’ playful games are just a whisker away from the wild.

NOVA Inside Einstein’s Mind at 8:30 p.m.

Retrace Einstein’s thought experiments as NOVA reveals the simple but powerful ideas that reshaped our understanding of gravity, illuminating the theory of general relativity – and Einstein’s brilliance – as never before.

Science Night 11/18

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Oh, the humanity! This week’s Science Night explores humans as they developed, as they are now, and what they’ll look like in the future. Earth’s Natural Wonders launches the evening with glimpses at incredible battles of man versus nature, followed by an installment of NOVA‘s Making North America series about human evolution on the continent. The night wraps up with David Eagleman’s speculation about where humanity is headed in the future.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Living Wonders at 7 p.m.

Witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique – life itself. In the Amazon, boys face fierce animals in a rite of passage and a Bangladeshi father and son brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey.

NOVA Making North America: Human at 8 p.m.

From Ice Age to oil boom, discover the challenges faced and the wealth uncovered as humans take over the continent. How did we turn rocks into riches? And what catastrophic natural disasters could threaten the civilization we’ve built?

Brain With David Eagleman Who Will We Be? at 9 p.m.

Join Dr. Eagleman as he journeys into the future and asks what’s next for the human brain and for our species. He speculates that our descendants may be so different from us that we’ll be strangers to them.

Science Night 11/11

This week, Science Night explores the building blocks of life. Earth’s Natural Wonders shows the colossal power of water before NOVA dives deep to discover how life evolved in North America. David Eagleman bookends the night with a discussion about humanity’s need for interdependence.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Wonders of Water at 7 p.m.

See wonders created by the grand and unpredictable power of water, including Victoria Falls, where men risk death to reach fishing pools; the Camargue, where man vs. bull; and ocean reefs, where a guardian seeks a manta ray to help save the species.

NOVA Making North America: Life at 8 p.m.

In this episode we unpack the mysteries of how life evolved in North America. From massive volcanic eruptions, that killed three quarters of all species, to the appearance of giant inland seas populated by huge marine dinosaurs, the geology and life of North America have always gone hand in hand. We also reveal the part that geology played in the arrival of humans on the continent, as the appearance of the Panamanian land bridge altered ocean currents, helping bring about the last ice age.

Brain With David Eagleman Why Do I Need You? at 9 p.m.

See how the brain relies on other brains to thrive and survive. This neural interdependence underpins our need to group together – and our capacity to do the best and the worst of things to each other.

Science Night 11/4

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Start this week’s Science Night with a look at some of the earth’s most extreme areas, from Mount Everest to the Grand Canyon. Then, explore how North America became the continent it is today with NOVA‘s Making North America series. Finish the night with Dr. David Eagleman’s discussion about decision-making.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Extreme Wonders at 7 p.m.

Visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick’s survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants.

NOVA Making North America: Origins at 8 p.m.

See the epic 3-billion-year story of how our continent came to be. From palm trees that once flourished in Alaska to huge eruptions that nearly tore the Midwest in two, discover how forces of almost unimaginable power gave birth to North America.

Brain With David Eagleman How Do I Decide? at 9 p.m.

Learn how the brain navigates the tens of thousands of conscious decisions we make every day and the many more unconscious decisions we make about everything from whom we find attractive to what we perceive.

Science Night 10/28

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This week, Science Night dives into the world of pets. Up first is another installment of Nature‘s “Pets: Wild At Heart” series, exploring how pets experience the world. Then, NOVA goes back into pet history for a look at civilizations that mummified animals. Finish the night a look at the unconscious brain with David Eagleman.

Nature Pets: Wild At Heart: Secretive Creatures at 7 p.m.

In a program packed with incredible filming techniques, from Schlieren photography that makes smells visible, to moving X-rays, ultra slow-motion, and ultraviolet vision as well as HD horsecams and doggycams, discover how our pets experience the world through their astonishing senses and hidden channels of communication.

NOVA Animal Mummies at 8 p.m.

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Brain With David Eagleman Who Is In Control? at 9 p.m.

Dr. Eagleman explores the unconscious brain and reveals that everything from our movements, to our decisions, to our behavior is largely controlled and orchestrated by an invisible world of unconscious neural activity.

Science Night 10/21

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This week’s Science Night starts with everyone’s favorite creatures – their pets. An episode of Nature discovers how pets stay in touch with their wild side. NOVA examines the growing danger of sinkholes before David Eagleman explores what makes you, you.

Nature Pets: Wild At Heart: Playful Creatures at 7 p.m.

In this astonishing program filled with innovative photography and scientific revelation, we investigate how our favorite pets get in touch with their wild side through play. From talkative budgies, marathon-running hamsters, wall-climbing cats and diving dogs, as well as an island where rabbits rule and a city where dogs live a secret double life – discover how our pets’ playful games are just a whisker away from the wild.

NOVA Sinkholes – Buried Alive at 8 p.m.

The catastrophic collapse of the ground beneath our feet is a growing worldwide hazard.

Brain With David Eagleman What Makes Me? at 9 p.m.

Explore how we are our brains, how our personality, emotions and memories are encoded as neural activity. The process of becoming continues through our lives. We change our brains and our brains change us.

Science Night 10/14

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This week, start Science Night by taking a look at the elephant in the room – elephant poaching. An episode of Nature explores the lives of two bull elephants before NOVA examines the threat of cyberwar. Finally, question your perceptions with neuroscientist David Eagleman as he explores the concept of reality.

Nature Soul of the Elephant at 7 p.m.

Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd. Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas.

NOVA Cyberwar Threat at 8 p.m.

Through startling, previously unreported detail, delve into the chilling new reality of cyberwar, in which cyber weapons can inflict physical damage on our factories, power plants and pipelines… leaving us vulnerable to crippling attacks.

Brain with David Eagleman What is Reality? at 9 p.m.

Dr. David Eagleman takes viewers on an extraordinary journey, exploring how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world, conjures the rich and beautiful world we all take for granted.