Science Night explores the inner workings of life this Wednesday. First, the first of a three-part Nature series highlights some animals’ devious survival methods. Then, NOVA goes back in time to explore how minerals helped spark life. The night ends with another showing of Extreme Wonders.
When it comes to the most important goals in the animal kingdom, learning how to survive and raising the next generation are right at the top of the list. This may seem clear cut, but the lengths to which some animals go to achieve these objectives can often be downright devious. The first of this three-part series offers stories about unusual survival techniques. Cuttlefish, for example, elude their many predators with a kind of invisibility cloak. Other ruses revealed include: why burrowing owls, who live underground, mimic the sounds of rattlesnakes; how imitation may not just be the sincerest form of flattery, it can also save your life; and what deception the regal horned lizard employs as a last resort to keep a menacing coachwhip snake at bay. (via Thirteen)
From the first sparks of life to the survival of the fittest, unearth the secret relationship between rocks and life. NOVA goes around the world and back in time to investigate how minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life.
Earth’s Natural Wonders Extreme Wonders at 9 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.