PBS' premiere science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, it demystifies science and technology and highlights people involved in scientific pursuits.
Why Planes Vanish (#4116H) Duration: 55:11 STEREO TVPG
The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in - in which every move is monitored all the time. Nova tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane. How easy is it to make a plane disappear? Or can new technology guarantee that in the future, nothing will ever be "lost" again?
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 -- 8:00pm
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Sunken Ship Rescue (#4202H) Duration: 54:41 STEREO TVPG
Nova follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship - which stretches the length of three football fields, weighs over 114,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef with a 50-meter long hole in its hull - from its precarious perch on the edge of a 60 meter high underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, Nova joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as they attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 -- 9:00pm
- KQED Life: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 -- 3:00am
Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius (#4108H) Duration: 55:21 STEREO TVG
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature's eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, Nova explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We'll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We'll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We'll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we'll uncover surprising similarities to - and differences from - the human mind.
This episode: When it comes to intelligence, we humans are clearly the most gifted animals around. But what make us so special? Is it our ability to make and use tools? To solve complex problems? Or plan for the future? It might seem that way, but today, researchers are discovering other creatures with impressive brains that have mastered all those skills. Surprisingly, many are bird brains. Crows bend and shape sticks to create custom-made spears for hunting grubs, and they are just one among a growing list of bird species whose impressive problem-solving abilities are shocking scientists and revolutionizing our understanding of animal intelligence. At the head of the class, we meet animals like Muppet, a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; 007, a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle for the first time ever; and Bran, a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography. But are these skills really evidence of high intelligence, or just parlor tricks, the result of training and instinct? To find out, Nova tests the limits of some of the planet's brainiest animals, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 -- 8:00pm
- KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 29, 2015 -- 2:00am Remind me
Nuclear Meltdown Disaster (#4214H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
Four years ago, a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a disastrous meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. But at the same time, just seven miles away, the heroic efforts of plant operators under the leadership of Naohiro Masuda saved a second plant, Fukushima Daini. Now Masuda faces the daunting challenge of cleaning up Daiichi, where a witches' brew of radioactive groundwater leaks into the Pacific every day, and three melted cores remain steaming hot and lethally unapproachable.
Now, with unprecedented access, Nova reveals the little-known story of how Masuda and his team averted disaster at Daini and how workers are struggling to clean up the mess at Daiichi. With billions of dollars and the future of the nuclear energy industry on the line, can Japan recover from disaster? The world is watching the fight for Fukushima.
- KQED 9: Wed, Jul 29, 2015 -- 9:00pm Remind me
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Escape from Nazi Alcatraz (#4112H) Duration: 55:21 STEREO TVPG
Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: in a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. Their plan was to fly to freedom from the roof of the castle, but the war ended before they could put it to the test. Now a crack team of aerospace engineers and carpenters rebuild the glider in the same attic using the same materials, and they'll do something the prisoners never got a chance to try: use a bathtub full of concrete to catapult the glider off the roof of the castle. As the hair-raising launch 90 feet up draws near, the program explores the Colditz legend and exposes the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes. Then, after a 70-year wait, the team finally finds out if the legendary glider plan would have succeeded.
Secrets of the Viking Sword (#3913H) Duration: 55:46 STEREO TVPG
The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings' rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, Nova uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the "Mystery of the Viking Sword."
- KQED 9: Wed, Aug 5, 2015 -- 9:00pm Remind me
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Mystery of Easter Island (#3914) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
A remote, bleak speck of rock in the middle of the Pacific, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues or moai, weighing up to 86 tons? And how did they transform a presumed paradise into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin upon their island and themselves? Nova explores controversial recent claims that challenge decades of previous thinking about the islanders, who have been accused of everything from ecocide to cannibalism. Among the radical new theories is that the islanders used ropes to "walk" the statues upright, like moving a fridge. With the help of an accurate 15-ton replica statue, a Nova team sets out to test this high-risk, seemingly unlikely theory.
Making Stuff Colder (#4020H) Duration: 54:46 STEREO TVPG
In this mini-series, New York Times' technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue takes a wild ride through the cutting-edge science that is powering a next wave of technological innovation. With his humor and zest for discovery, Pogue meets the scientists and engineers who are plunging to the bottom of the temperature scale, finding design inspiration in nature, and breaking every speed limit to make tomorrow's "stuff" colder, faster, wilder and safer.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 9, 2015 -- 4:00pm Remind me
Ben Franklin's Balloons (#4117H) Duration: 55:31 STEREO TVPG
The first stage in the adventure of human flight began with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th-century Paris, where a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers developed all the essential features of today's hot air and gas balloons. Their exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin, who was serving in Paris as the American ambassador. To explore this burst of innovation, Nova re-creates key flights, including the world's first manned voyage on November 21, 1783. A descendant of the Montgolfier brothers, who invented the hot-air balloon, will join a team to build an accurate replica of the fragile paper and canvas craft using 18th-century tools and materials. Nova evokes the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time.
- KQED World: Fri, Aug 14, 2015 -- 5:00am Remind me
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Chasing Pluto (#4213H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG
On July 14th, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft, one of the most advanced spacecraft ever built, is scheduled to fly by and take the very first detailed images of Pluto. After a nine-year journey of three billion miles, it will finally get a detailed look at this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system. Back on Earth, a small group of planetary scientists who have spent decades working on this mission anxiously wait to receive a signal from their spacecraft. New Horizons stands poised to provide our first close look at a vast realm of icy bodies lurking beyond Neptune, relics of the earliest days of the solar system's formation. But will it survive the final, treacherous leg of its journey toward Pluto, which takes it through a dangerous field of debris? Our cameras will be there to witness the moment. If all goes well, we'll see Pluto's rocky surface in unprecedented detail and learn new secrets about other alien worlds at the far limits of our solar system.
- KQED 9: Wed, Aug 19, 2015 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Vaccines - Calling The Shots (#4114H) Duration: 55:46 STEREO TVPG
Diseases that were largely eradicated 40 years ago are returning. Across the world, children are getting sick and dying from preventable conditions because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. How do parents decide whether to vaccinate or not, and what are the risks to the child and to society? Featuring research scientists, pediatricians, psychologists, anthropologists, and parents, this program travels the globe to look at the science behind vaccinations, track epidemics, and investigate the serious human costs of opting out.
- KQED 9: Wed, Aug 26, 2015 -- 9:00pm Remind me
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