Science Night April 19

Think you know all about armadillos? Think again! This science night brings you on a journey for these insect-eating animals, then brings you back in time to discover more about the secret histories of Nazi Camps and Alcatraz.

You won’t find this hotel on the beaches of Rio and it’s not owned by your typical billionaire mogul. Deep in the heart of the rainforest the mysterious and secretive Giant Armadillo digs a new burrow each night. Once this termite-eater moves on, it leaves behind one of the hottest plots of real estate in the jungle. We’ll get a never-before-seen look as guests walk, squawk, slither, and crawl from far and wide to get the best room available. From solitary lizards, couples of courting coati, families of peccaries escaping the heat, and hungry jaguars waiting to pounce on an unlucky resident, the “Hotel Armadillo” showcases all the rainforest has to offer. Don’t miss this episode of Nature beginning at 7:00 pm.

In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi execution site to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners and their daring escape, on this Holocaust special of NOVA, beginning at 8:00 pm.

October 14th 2013 was the 70th anniversary of an event that shook the Nazi party to its core. In east Poland, at the remote Nazi death camp of Sobibor, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. To mark the anniversary, this film travels back Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The film uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story. Find out what happened in this horrible historical time period on Escape From A Nazi Death Camp, beginning at 9:00 pm.

Wanna monkey around this spring? Win a Family 4 Pack to the Austin Zoo!

Engage with KLRU to win passes to Austin Zoo! 

KLRU airs Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries tonight at 7 p.m. This groundbreaking production sent spycams disguised as animatronic animals into natural animal habitats. The intimately recorded videos show behaviors in the wild that are rarely observed. Luckily, Austin has a zoo where you can watch a wide variety of wildlife up close and we want to send one lucky family of four to check it out.

Austin Zoo’s main mission is to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need. Located on the southwest edge of Austin off of Highway 290 West and Circle Drive, Austin Zoo is at the gateway of the Hill Country. Enjoy educational zookeeper talks and see remarkable animals, such as lions and tigers and bears! Between taking in the many creatures and the beautiful scenery, you can even settle down for a nice meal as outside picnics are welcome.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win an Austin Zoo Family 4 Pack. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win! 

To enter, share a “SPY IN THE WILD” photo. Maybe your dog is hiding in some bluebonnets? Maybe you’ve spotted a bird with your binoculars and you’re not afraid to selfie that moment? 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
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4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Winter is coming, the universe may be expanding and Earth’s shape: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

Science doesn’t come easy to some individuals— those usually turn into English, philosophy or communication studies majors. Though, you may still need to register for that dreaded Astronomy course you’ve been putting off until your senior year. This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios are here to help you stop seeing stars when it comes to your science homework.

Is an Ice Age Coming?PBS Space Time

In a world where you can’t get away from a viral picture of a polar bear and its cub floating on a melted piece of ice, studies suggest that the current ‘warm period’ may be coming to an end. Sure, we’re in a brief interglacial phase, a summery-stretch which causes the glaciers to retreat, but these interglacial periods are short lived— so you might want to stock up on some parkas. Is an Ice Age really coming? Watch the episode to find out!


Will the Universe Expand Forever? – PBS Space Time

Dump all information regarding how large the Universe is out of your mind because scientists are currently unaware of its size. Truthfully, the Universe may be finite or infinite—strange, right? Even stranger, the expansion of the Universe will be dominated by a mysterious influence: dark energy. Yeah, it’s crazy.

Why is the Earth Round and the Milky Way Flat? – PBS Space Time

Our Universe creates some pretty cool things, right? But why do the planets, the stars and galaxies take on different shapes? They’re all held together by gravity, so how do they decide what shape to be? This episode of Space Time uncovers the two key principles behind these questions!

 

 

 

Austin student wins Emperor Science Award

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KLRU is thrilled to announce that Mathilda Nicot-Cartsonis, a LASA High School (Austin ISD) junior, has been named a winner of the national Emperor Science Award, a joint initiative by Stand Up to Cancer and PBS LearningMedia.

In addition to receiving a cash award and a Dell Chromebook, Nicot-Cartsonis will be working this summer with Dr. Jenny Chang, Director of the Methodist Hospital Cancer Center in Houston, TX.  Chang’s primary work investigates how to target then eradicate chemotherapy-resistant, tumor-initiating cells.

Nicot-Cartsonis, a self-professed fanatic of viruses since the age of 11, has an additional motivation for this quest. Her longtime ballet instructor and mentor, Alexandra Nadal, a co-founder of the Slavin Nadal School of Ballet and 2009 inductee into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, died in 2015 of a type of cancer being researched by Dr. Chang. Nicot-Cartsonis plans to keep her dual scientist/dancer roles in her university studies.

The Emperor Science Award contest received almost 1,200 applications from 10th and 11th grade students from 40 states. Nicot-Cartsonis is one of 100 inaugural winners.

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Update: Mathilda’s socks

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Sid Movie Was a Hit!

Thanks to all the families that joined us for the Sid the Science Kid Movie Premiere at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek and Slaughter locations on Saturday.

Before the movie, we had fun playing catapult games in the lobby, posing for photos with Sid, and meeting Clifford the Big Red Dog!

See photos from both locations: Sid the Science Kid Movie Premiere | March 30, 2013

Be a part of future KLRU kids events by signing up as a KLRU Explorer.

KLRU and Alamo Drafthouse “Sid the Science Kid Movie”

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When: March 30, 2013, 9 – 11 a.m.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek and Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter

  • Come dressed in your best Hollywood glamour or mad scientist outfit.
  • Walk the red carpet and take photos in our photo booth.
  • Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Enjoy hands-on science activities in the lobby with the KLRU-TV, Austin PBS education team.
  • If you are not already, now’s your chance to become a KLRU Explorers family!

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Click here to go the Alamo Drafthouse reservation site.

ALL AGES ARE WELCOME, BUT CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT. PLEASE RESERVE ONLY THE SEATS YOU EXPECT TO USE, AND RESERVE ENOUGH SEATS FOR ALL ATTENDEES, REGARDLESS OF AGE. ALL UNCLAIMED SEATS WILL BE RELEASED TO THE WAITING LIST AT 9:30 AM.

AGENDA:
9:00 Doors open, guest check in, red carpet photos and lobby activities
9:30 Movie starts. Fidgety guests are welcome in the lobby for activities during the show.
11:00 Event ends

 

Science Night 1/30

NatureAttenborough’s Life Stories: Understanding the Natural World.” at 7 pm
In honor of Sir David Attenborough’s 60th anniversary on television, this three-part miniseries focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Richly illustrated with the sequences (re-mastered in HD) that Attenborough has spent 60 years capturing, new interviews in which he revisits the content, stories and locations that were featured in his landmark series, and packed with the personal anecdotes of the BBC’s most accomplished raconteur, “Attenborough’s Life Stories” is a singular synopsis of a unique half-century plus. In “Understanding the Natural World,” Sir David Attenborough shares his memories of the scientists and the breakthroughs that helped shape his own career. He also recalls some of his more hair-raising attempts to bring new science to a television audience: standing in the shadow of an erupting volcano as lumps of hot lava crashed around him or being charged by a group of armed New Guinean tribesmen.

NOVA Who Killed Lindbergh’s Baby?” at 8 pm
In the aftermath of his 1927 solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh became the most famous human being on earth. When he and his wife, Anne, had a son, Charlie, the press dubbed him Little Lindy. On March 1, 1932, kidnappers snatched Little Lindy from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey. Negotiations stretched out for weeks, but Charlie never returned. His body was discovered not five miles from Hopewell. Now, NOVA is reopening one of the most confounding crime mysteries of all time as a team of expert investigators employs state-of-the-art forensic and behavioral science techniques in an effort to determine what really happened to Lindbergh’s baby – and why.

Life On FireAsh Runners” at 9 pm
Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. Underground, vampire and other bat species have colonized the miles of tunnels created by hot flowing magma. In the crater, parakeets and vultures have made nests on cliffs exposed to toxic gases. On the flanks of this still active mountain, the vegetation has been burnt away by lava flows leaving barren stretches that are recolonized over hundreds of years. At the foot of the volcano, fields, pastures and towns have grown over the oldest lava flows. In this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts … and the phoenix must rise again.

Science Night 1/23

Nature “Attenborough’s Life Stories: Life on Camera” at 7 pm
In honor of Sir David Attenborough’s 60th anniversary on television, this three-part miniseries focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Richly illustrated with the sequences (re-mastered in HD) that Attenborough has spent 60 years capturing, new interviews in which he revisits the content, stories and locations that were featured in his landmark series, and packed with the personal anecdotes of the BBC’s most accomplished raconteur, “Attenborough’s Life Stories” is a singular synopsis of a unique half-century plus. In “Life on Camera,” Sir David Attenborough revisits key places and events in his wildlife filmmaking career, reminisces through his old photos and reflects on memorable wildlife footage, including swimming with dolphins and catching a komodo dragon. Returning to his old haunts in Borneo, he recalls the challenges of filming on a seething pile of guano in a bat cave.

NOVA “Rise of the Drones” at 8 pm
Drones. These unmanned flying robots – some as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birds – do things straight out of science fiction. Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense and kill has remained secret. But now, with unprecedented access to drone engineers (including a rare interview with the “Father of the Predator,” Abe Karem) and those who operate drones for the U.S. military, NOVA reveals the amazing technologies that make them so powerful. Discover the cutting-edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history.

Life On Fire “Phoenix Temple” at 9 pm
Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. Underground, vampire and other bat species have colonized the miles of tunnels created by hot flowing magma. In the crater, parakeets and vultures have made nests on cliffs exposed to toxic gases. On the flanks of this still active mountain, the vegetation has been burnt away by lava flows leaving barren stretches that are recolonized over hundreds of years. At the foot of the volcano, fields, pastures and towns have grown over the oldest lava flows. In this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts … and the phoenix must rise again.

Science Night 1/16

Nature “Cracking The Koala Code” at 7 pm
This program examines the day-to-day dramas of an extended family of koalas, seen through the eyes of the scientists studying their every move and vocalization. Fascinating social dynamics include territorial displays, vicious fighting and the surprising life and loves of a “traveling salesman,” a rogue male who truly plays the field. New science even “cracks the koala communication code,” providing insights into their basic language and social structure.

NOVA “Ice Age Death Trap” at 8 pm
In a race against developers in the Rockies, archaeologists uncover a unique site packed with astonishingly preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons and other giant extinct beasts, opening a vivid window on the vanished world of the Ice Age.

Life On Fire “The Surprise Salmon” at 9 pm
In Alaska, the fresh water that feeds the rivers is snowmelt from North America’s highest mountains and most active volcanoes. Time and again, they erupt and poison the rivers. Scientists have only just begun to piece together what might have happened nearly 2,000 years ago, when one race of salmon faced the death of their natal river and were forced back to the open ocean on an exceptional adventure. Navigating between the sulphurous waters, bears, sharks and eagles, the fish escaped the Earth’s wrath to give birth to descendants that continue their pioneering journey to the heart of an active volcano.

Science Night 1/9

Nature “Cuba: The Accidental Eden” at 7 pm
This small island’s varied landscape, its location in the heart of the Caribbean and its longstanding place at the center of Cold War politics have all combined to preserve some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere. For decades, Cuba’s wild landscapes lay untouched while its Caribbean neighbors poisoned or paved over their ecological riches. Now, Cuba’s priceless treasures are about to face an onslaught. Tourism is already on the rise and most experts predict tourism will double once the U.S. trade embargo ends. What will happen to Cuba’s stunning biodiversity – an island filled with amphibians, reptiles and the most biologically diverse freshwater fish in the region?

NOVA “Decoding Neanderthals” at 8 pm
Over 60,000 years ago, the first modern humans –people physically identical to us today — left their African homeland and entered Europe, then a bleak and inhospitable continent in the grip of the Ice Age. But when they arrived, they were not alone: the stocky, powerfully built Neanderthals had already been living there for hundred of thousands of years. So what happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did we make love or war? That question has tantalized generations of scholars and seized the popular imagination. Then, in 2010, a team led by geneticist Svante Paabo announced stunning news. Not only had they reconstructed much of the Neanderthal genome — an extraordinary technical feat that would have seemed impossible only a decade ago — but their analysis showed that “we” modern humans had interbred with Neanderthals, leaving a small but consistent signature of Neanderthal genes behind in everyone outside Africa today.

Life On Fire “Volcano Doctors” at 9 pm
Whether the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Chile, Italy or Iceland, each of these countries is home to active volcanoes that are a threat to the populations settled at their feet. Every day, lava, ash, gas, bombs and avalanches are likely to slide down the gaping mouths of the rock giants. To avoid disasters, volcanologists are asked to anticipate and warn. They are asked to be prophets and to know how to analyze the volcanoes’ slightest tremors. Around the world, these volcano doctors use their tools and knowledge to try to protect those who live beneath the Earth’s fire.