Posts Tagged ‘Nova’

Think Wednesday

KET’s Wednesdays feature nature, science and technology

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Beginning tonight, you can tune in each week to “Think Wednesday,” a primetime line-up of nature, science and technology programs from PBS.

“Think Wednesday” kicks off with Nature’s “My Bionic Pet” at 8/7 pm on KET. Left without fins, flippers, beaks or tails from disease, accidents or human cruelty, some animals face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to survive. Prosthetic parts made possible by the latest engineering and technology can provide what disabled animals need, and scientists are finding that innovations created in the process can benefit humans, as well.

Next up is Nova’s “Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius” at 9/8 pm on KET. Researchers are discovering that creatures other than humans have mastered skills such as making and using tools, solving complex problems, and planning for the future. Nova tests the limits of some of the planet’s brainiest birds, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

The third “Think Wednesday” program is the new three-part series Your Inner Fish, which explores how the human body became the complicated, quirky and amazing machine it is today. Based on the best-selling book by Neil Shubin, who also hosts the series, Your Inner Fish travels from Africa to the Arctic to uncover a 3.5-billion-year history of the human body. Part one airs at 10/9 pm on KET.

The Final Frontier

Brian Greene hosts new mind-bending ‘Nova’ series

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2011

Watch The Fabric of the Cosmos Preview on PBS. See more from NOVA.

Beginning tonight, acclaimed physicist and host Brian Greene lets Nova viewers in on a secret: We’ve all been deceived. Our perceptions of time and space have led us astray. Much of what we thought we knew about our universe — that the past has already happened and the future is yet to be, that space is just an empty void, that our universe is the only universe that exists — just might be wrong.

In “The Fabric of the Cosmos,” a new four-part Nova special series, Greene takes viewers on a mind-bending reality check and journey to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe.

With each step, you’ll discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we’d hardly recognize — a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected.

“The Fabric of the Cosmos” airs on KET each Wednesday night beginning at 9/8 pm CT and Sundays beginning at 6/5 pm CT on KET2.

Individual programs are “What is Space?,” November 2 & 6;  “The Illusion of Time,” November 9 & 13; “Quantum Leap,” November 16 & 20; and “Universe or Multiverse?” November 23 & 27.

Great cathedrals

How did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights?

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

Watch the full episode. See more NOVA.

Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are a marvel of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights?

On Nova‘s “Building the Great Cathedrals,” 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.

Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stones. Now, many teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse.

Nova‘s “Building the Great Cathedrals” airs Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9/8 pm CT on KET and Sunday, Oct. 9 at 6/5 pm CT on KET2.


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