Meet the people building tomorrow s robots, mind-reading machines, and more.
Probe animal morality, the 'swarm intelligence' of a beehive, and more.
Learn about the neuroscience of taste, what makes a Thanksgiving turkey savory, and more.
See inside Einstein s brain, boost your memory, meet post-injury savants, and more.
Explore the genetics behind criminal minds, the latest in lie detection, and more.
Find out if you re part Neanderthal, what language may owe to tool-making, and more.
Greet the future: social robots, a 'smart' electric grid & microbes that make diesel fuel.
Explore the origin of our solar system and the start of life itself.
Dogs, dolphins, parrots and even octopuses (mere mollusks!) may be smarter than you think.
Explore the psychology of magic tricks, magnetic wands, artificial intelligence, and more.
See artificial organs, suspended animation, genes that impact aging, and lifelike avatars.
See new space suits, foods, plasma rockets, and meet a Mars rover driver.
We spend about one third of our lives sleeping. Scientists do not know exactly why, but evidence is building that sleep plays a crucial role in strengthening memories and facilitating learning, not just in humans, but in all animals; One of our early ancestors may have been a tree climbing creature the size of a mouse. If University of Florida paleontologist Jonathan Bloch is correct, we may have to downsize our image of what it means to be a primate, the biological order that includes humans, apes, monkeys, and comparable mammals. NOVA scienceNOW goes into the field with Bloch to search for fossil remains of our missing relatives from the shadowy period after the catastrophe that doomed the dinosaurs; Some of the most dramatic earthquakes to strike North America have not been in California or Alaska, but in the heart of the country, an area centered on New Madrid, Missouri. In 1811 and 1812, a powerful string of earthquakes struck New Madrid with such force that they shifted the course of the Mississippi river and created a new lake, the Reelfoot Lake, in Tennessee. The quakes were felt in Canada, and rang church bells in Boston. But were these earthquakes freak events, or could another chain of quakes strike near New Madrid? Profile of Sang-Mook Lee, Assistant Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics at Seoul National University, is paralyzed from the neck down. But this has not slowed him down, he continues to teach and focus on his work on tectonic plates and the formation of the worlds oceans.
The repair mission for the Hubble space telescope, as astronauts try to fix crucial equipment that was not designed to be repaired in orbit; common backyard birds with a dark secret, and a clue that might unravel the most brutal reign of terror in the avian world; a profile of neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa; and studies on the brain of an epileptic to try to understand more about the link between brain structure and memory.
The implications of the personal genetic profile; a visit to a Texas algae farm; a journey deep beneath the Arctic Ocean; a profile of roboticist Yoky Matsuoka.
Moon Smasher: Tag along with a team of scientists at NASA who will smash two SUV-sized rockets onto the lunar surface and unleash a debris cloud to study with LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite). The data could provide the key to understanding how to build a permanent base on the moon, accelerating a new race to the moon. / Secrets in the Salt: In 2008, in a tunnel deep below the desert near Roswell, New Mexico, microbiologist Jack Griffith made a phenomenal discovery: the oldest known organic molecules on earth. A year later, Griffith will push the hunt for the earliest macromolecules ever further as he searches in 400 million year old salt deposits below Detroit City. / Bird Brains: Take a second look at what the songs of zebra finches can tell us about the human evolution of language. It turns out the way a finch learns to sing is very similar to how babies learn to speak. The similarity between birdsong and human speech and the evolution of human language may all be linked to an intriguing gene called FOXP2, shared by a wide range of creatures. / Profile-Lonnie Thompson: A recent winner of the prestigious National Medal of Science, Thompson has been drilling ice cores at high elevations in the tropics since 1976. Why the tropics? Many fellow scientists were skeptical until Thompson showed that such cores preserve a detailed, millennia-old record of climate shifts in the most populous regions of the world.
Featuring four stories in each themed episode, the new season again tackles an array of thought-provoking topics.
The fourth season of NOVA scienceNOW is packed with provocative new stories from the frontlines of science, technology and medicine.
An unusual brain disorder links two extraordinary works of art.
Spacewalker Mike Massimino talks about the challenges of training to work in space.
How important is sleep to a surgeon's performance?
With ingenuity and spare parts, LCROSS is exploring a big question on a small budget.
Chefs are turning to the chemical cabinet to create new dishes.
Scientists are using neuroimaging and genetic testing to uncover biological aggression.
Join Neil deGrasse Tyson on a trip to the Mojave Desert with meteorite hunter Rob Matson.
George Church hopes to recruit 100,000 people and sequence all of their DNA.
New insight into a 2,300-year-old mystery surrounding prime numbers inspires a song.
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