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NOVA brings you short audio stories from the world of science -- anything from hurricanes to mummies to neutrinos. For more science programming online and on air, visit NOVA's Web site at pbs.org/nova, or watch NOVA broadcasts Tuesday nights on PBS.


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  • (Refeed) Dual Epidemics Threaten Koalas
    Thu, May 1, 2014


    Australia's koala population has been hit hard by two rapidly spreading diseases: chlamydia (a sexually transmitted infection) and a retrovirus similar to HIV. Scientists are working to develop vaccines, while lay citizens help care for sick koalas. Biologists say the epidemics, combined with other threats like habitat loss, pose a serious threat to the species.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) Surveillance City
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014


    In this interview with The World's Marco Werman, NOVA Producer Miles O'Brien describes how surveillance footage played a key role in cracking the case of the Boston Marathon bombings. But as O’Brien discovered in the course of reporting the NOVA special “Manhunt—Boston Bombers,” other cities, especially New York City, have surveillance camera networks that are far more advanced than Boston’s hodgepodge system. O’Brien recounts just how powerful those systems are and what that may portend for privacy in the future.NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) Boosting Kids' Brain Power
    Thu, Mar 27, 2014


    An Oxford University researcher will soon test whether applying an electric current to part of the brain can help children learn math—an effect previously demonstrated in adults. Parents are already lining up for access to the device. But is the technique safe? And is this an ethical way to improve a child’s performance in school?For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) Deadly Crocodiles Down Under
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014


    The residents of Australia's Northern Territory share their land with one of the deadliest predators on the planet—the saltwater crocodile. Getting humans and these fearsome reptiles to coexist isn't easy. But a government program called "Be Crocwise" is doing its best to keep the peace.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) The Clever Dog Lab
    Thu, Feb 20, 2014


    What makes a dog bold or shy, eager or sullen? The Veterinary University of Vienna's Clever Dog Lab aims to find out with the help of some 600 Austrian dogs that owners volunteer for experiments. The results could improve the training and selection of dogs that serve society, from helping the disabled to assisting the police.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and PBS viewers. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) Dual Epidemics Threaten Koalas
    Thu, Jan 9, 2014


    Australia's koala population has been hit hard by two rapidly spreading diseases: chlamydia (a sexually transmitted infection) and a retrovirus similar to HIV. Scientists are working to develop vaccines, while lay citizens help care for sick koalas. Biologists say the epidemics, combined with other threats like habitat loss, pose a serious threat to the species.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) New Species in the Old World
    Thu, Dec 12, 2013


    The last place you'd expect to find a new treasure is where everyone has been looking for centuries. Yet in Europe, home to history's greatest taxonomists, professional scientists and amateurs are scouring the countryside for new species—and finding them at an astonishing rate.Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) Gamers and Genomics
    Thu, Dec 5, 2013


    People around the world spend an estimated 3 billion hours playing computer games every week. That might seem like a colossal waste of time, but scientists are starting to harness some of that effort to solve vexing problems in biology. Take, for example, a game developed by a pair of scientists in Canada.This podcast was produced by Sam Eaton for NOVA and PRI's "The World."For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) A Gene for Fish Order
    Fri, Nov 22, 2013


    British scientists have developed a genetic test for a disorder that causes people to emit an unusual body odor: The gene causes sufferers to smell like rotten fish. For those who have been ostracized—shunned by friends and unable to hold jobs because they are perceived as unhygienic—the test offers some solace. But one patient says the genetic discovery has not changed his life as much as he had hoped for.This podcast was produced by Sam Eaton for NOVA and PRI's "The World."National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) Deadly Crocodiles Down Under
    Thu, Nov 7, 2013


    The residents of Australia's Northern Territory share their land with one of the deadliest predators on the planet—the saltwater crocodile. Getting humans and these fearsome reptiles to coexist isn't easy. But a government program called "Be Crocwise" is doing its best to keep the peace.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) Boosting Kids' Brain Power
    Thu, Sep 5, 2013


    An Oxford University researcher will soon test whether applying an electric current to part of the brain can help children learn math—an effect previously demonstrated in adults. Parents are already lining up for access to the device. But is the technique safe? And is this an ethical way to improve a child's performance in school?For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) Deadly Crocodiles Down Under
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013


    The residents of Australia's Northern Territory share their land with one of the deadliest predators on the planet—the saltwater crocodile. Getting humans and these fearsome reptiles to coexist isn't easy. But a government program called "Be Crocwise" is doing its best to keep the peace.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Gamers and Genomics
    Thu, Aug 22, 2013


    People around the world spend an estimated 3 billion hours playing computer games every week. That might seem like a colossal waste of time, but scientists are starting to harness some of that effort to solve vexing problems in biology. Take, for example, a game developed by a pair of scientists in Canada.This podcast was produced by Sam Eaton for NOVA and PRI's "The World."For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Engineering Extra Senses
    Wed, Jul 24, 2013


    Sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. We interact with the world and navigate through it thanks to our senses. But what if we could add to that repertoire? A British scientist and a small group of enthusiasts are exploring ways to do just that.For more global science stories, visit:http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) The Clever Dog Lab
    Thu, Jul 18, 2013


    What makes a dog bold or shy, eager or sullen? The Veterinary University of Vienna's Clever Dog Lab aims to find out with the help of some 600 Austrian dogs that owners volunteer for experiments. The results could improve the training and selection of dogs that serve society, from helping the disabled to assisting the police.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/Funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and PBS viewers.NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) Sandy's Warning
    Tue, Jul 9, 2013


    Hurricane Sandy has renewed the debate over climate change in the United States, and two high-profile reports released since the storm have made it clear that without big changes we're headed for an extremely serious climate disruption. Reporter Sam Eaton takes a look at what would have to happen to avoid the most catastrophic effects of global warming.This podcast was produced by Sam Eaton for NOVA and PRI's "The World."For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Cornering the Higgs
    Thu, Jul 4, 2013


    On July 4, 2012, scientists at CERN used the word "discovery" to describe the results of experiments designed to prove the existence of the Higgs boson, a particle that gives mass to the universe. Host Marco Werman of PRI's The World gets a down-to-earth layman's analogy for what it means to say that a particle "gives mass," finds out why it's called the "God particle," and hears from a member of one of the teams that found the new particle, Jordan Nash of Imperial College London, on what this means for him personally and for physics.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Refeed) Elements in the Ocean
    Thu, Jun 27, 2013


    There's a lot more to the oceans than salt and water. Many other ingredients make up the rich broth that sustains marine life and helps regulate the Earth's climate. But where do those ingredients come from? To answer that question, French geochemist Catherine Jeandel has collected seawater from all over the world and is examining it for elemental clues.This podcast was produced by Sam Eaton for NOVA and PRI's "The World."For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Climate Change and Sandy
    Thu, Jun 20, 2013


    Could climate change be contributing to extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy? Jennifer Francis, a climatologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, believes that may be the case. In fact, her research shows that Arctic warming may have contributed to many of the extreme weather events of the past few years. Sam Eaton reports from New Jersey.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Zeroing in on Surveillance Video
    Thu, Jun 13, 2013


    After a crime or terrorist attack, authorities looking for the perpetrators may need to review many hours of surveillance video—in just minutes. But how can they speed up the video without speeding up the action? That's where "video synopsis" can help.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Deadly Crocodiles Down Under
    Thu, May 23, 2013


    The residents of Australia's Northern Territory share their land with one of the deadliest predators on the planet—the saltwater crocodile. Getting humans and these fearsome reptiles to coexist isn't easy. But a government program called "Be Crocwise" is doing its best to keep the peace.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Dual Epidemics Threaten Koalas
    Thu, May 16, 2013


    Australia's koala population has been hit hard by two rapidly spreading diseases: chlamydia (a sexually transmitted infection) and a retrovirus similar to HIV. Scientists are working to develop vaccines, while lay citizens help care for sick koalas. Biologists say the epidemics, combined with other threats like habitat loss, pose a serious threat to the species.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Australia's "Magnetic" Termites
    Thu, May 9, 2013


    In Australia's Northern Territory, termites build mounds that are tall, thin, and aligned like compass needles. How and why the insects do this is not entirely clear. One entomologist offers some theories.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Experts Debate Dinosaur Stampede
    Thu, May 2, 2013


    Millions of years ago in what is today Australia's Outback, a herd of dinosaurs left behind footprints in what has been interpreted as a stampede to escape a predator. A young researcher now suggests a very different interpretation.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Mexico Considers Gum Tax
    Thu, Apr 25, 2013


    Discarded chewing gum is a common eyesore, and removing it from city streets and sidewalks can be costly. A Mexican congressman wants to solve the problem by borrowing a concept widely used in environmental regulation: making the polluters pay.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Digging Up Panama's Past
    Thu, Apr 18, 2013


    The Panama Canal is being expanded to accommodate larger ships carrying bigger loads. The construction has exposed a trove of fossils, revealing a wide array of creatures that lived at the southern end of North America 20 million years ago.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • New Species in the Old World
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013


    The last place you'd expect to find a new treasure is where everyone has been looking for centuries. Yet in Europe, home to history's greatest taxonomists, professional scientists and amateurs are scouring the countryside for new species—and finding them at an astonishing rate.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Collecting Rain in Mexico City
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013


    Mexico City faces a severe water crisis as 21 million residents slowly drain its aquifer. An environmental group is suggesting a plan to install rainwater harvesting systems on individual homes, but city officials are not convinced it will work.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • The Clever Dog Lab
    Thu, Mar 28, 2013


    What makes a dog bold or shy, eager or sullen? The Veterinary University of Vienna's Clever Dog Lab aims to find out with the help of some 600 Austrian dogs that owners volunteer for experiments. The results could improve the training and selection of dogs that serve society, from helping the disabled to assisting the police.For more global science stories, visit: http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by The Boeing Company.Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Engineering Extra Senses
    Thu, Mar 21, 2013


    Sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. We interact with the world and navigate through it thanks to our senses. But what if we could add to that repertoire? A British scientist and a small group of enthusiasts are exploring ways to do just that.For more global science stories, visit:http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Packaging You Can Eat
    Thu, Mar 14, 2013


    Have you ever eaten a cocktail? Held a mouthful of juice in your hand? A team of chefs, chemists, and designers has come up with a way for you to do just that. They've created a biodegradable shell that can enclose ice cream, mousses, cheeses, and liquids.For more global science stories, visit:http://www.world-science.org/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Boosting Kids' Brain Power
    Fri, Mar 1, 2013


    An Oxford University researcher will soon test whether applying an electric current to part of the brain can help children learn math—an effect previously demonstrated in adults. Parents are already lining up for access to the device. But is the technique safe? And is this an ethical way to improve a child's performance in school?For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • (Repeat) Capturing Darwin's Dilemma
    Thu, Feb 14, 2013


    In 1862, Charles Darwin faced his greatest dilemma-whether or not to go public with his incendiary theory of evolution. It was a turning point for him, and for science as a whole. Today, scriptwriter John Goldsmith, former head of the British Writer's Guild, has crafted the story into a two-hour special for NOVA.In this interview, he talked to NOVA's Susan Lewis about the challenges of making of the film, and his fascination with the Darwin family.Podcast produced by David Levin. Interview by Susan Lewis. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.To learn more, go to pbs.org/nova/darwin

  • Magnetic Fish Hooks Save Sharks
    Thu, Feb 7, 2013


    It sounds like a plot device from a comic book: a simple substance that can make the powerful weak. But it's not kryptonite. An enterprising chemist says he's found a substance—several, in fact—that work against some of the most fearsome predators in the ocean. And he wants to use his discovery to protect them.This podcast was produced by Sam Eaton for NOVA and PRI's "The World."For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Elements in the Ocean
    Thu, Jan 31, 2013


    There's a lot more to the oceans than salt and water. Many other ingredients make up the rich broth that sustains marine life and helps regulate the Earth's climate. But where do those ingredients come from? To answer that question, French geochemist Catherine Jeandel has collected seawater from all over the world and is examining it for elemental clues.This podcast was produced by Sam Eaton for NOVA and PRI's "The World."For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • A Gene for Fish Order
    Thu, Jan 24, 2013


    British scientists have developed a genetic test for a disorder that causes people to emit an unusual body odor: The gene causes sufferers to smell like rotten fish. For those who have been ostracized—shunned by friends and unable to hold jobs because they are perceived as unhygienic—the test offers some solace. But one patient says the genetic discovery has not changed his life as much as he had hoped for.This podcast was produced by Sam Eaton for NOVA and PRI's "The World."For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/Visit our friends at PRI's "The World" for a behind-the-scenes interview with reporter Ari Daniel Shapiro, and to find other stories about personal genetic testing. For more information on trimethylaminuria, visit tmau.org.uk.NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Sandy's Warning
    Thu, Jan 17, 2013


    Hurricane Sandy has renewed the debate over climate change in the United States, and two high-profile reports released since the storm have made it clear that without big changes we're headed for an extremely serious climate disruption. Reporter Sam Eaton takes a look at what would have to happen to avoid the most catastrophic effects of global warming.This podcast was produced by Sam Eaton for NOVA and PRI's "The World."For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Costa Rica's Hunting Ban
    Thu, Jan 10, 2013


    Costa Rica, a tropical country known for its national parks and ecotourism, has proposed a further step to protect its environment: a ban on all hunting. But even in this environmentally conscious nation, the legislation faces obstacles.This podcast was produced by Sam Eaton for NOVA and PRI's "The World."For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

  • Climate Change and Sandy
    Thu, Jan 3, 2013


    Could climate change be contributing to extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy? Jennifer Francis, a climatologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, believes that may be the case. In fact, her research shows that Arctic warming may have contributed to many of the extreme weather events of the past few years. Sam Eaton reports from New Jersey.This podcast was produced by Sam Eaton for NOVA and PRI's "The World."For more global environmental stories, visit:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/http://www.theworld.org/category/topics/environment/NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and PBS viewers.

  • (Repeat) NOVA Minute: How to Speak Walrus
    Wed, Jan 2, 2013


    Marine biologist Colleen Reichmuth says that few mammals can match the vocal talents of the walrus.Produced by David Levin. Original interview by Doug Hamilton.Learn more at pbs.org/novaNOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, and PBS viewers.

  • (Repeat) NOVA Minute: Whiz Kid
    Wed, Feb 1, 2012


    In this episode, biochemist Erika Ebbel describes how a mentor helped her transform into a scientist when she was 11 years old.Produced by David Levin and Rob Chapman. Original interview by Josh Seftel and Tom Miller.Exclusive funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers" provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.Learn more at pbs.org/nova/secretlifeNOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, and PBS viewers.

  • Finding a Fake Van Gogh
    Wed, Jan 25, 2012


    NOVA scienceNOW's Dean Irwin discusses what he learned about this new computer technology while producing his story on digital art authentication.Podcast produced by David Levin. Music by Jeff Allen. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston.Funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and PBS Viewers. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, and PBS viewers.This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0229297. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.For more fun science stories, visit our Web site at http://www.pbs.org/nova/sciencenow

  • Archeology in the Deep
    Wed, Jan 25, 2012


    Brenden Foley hunts ancient shipwrecks for a living. But he's not after sunken treasure--he's after information. Foley is a marine archeologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He's taking a new approach to the field. Instead of just focusing on a handful of shipwrecks, he wants to take a broad look, finding and cataloging wrecks in the Mediterranean that date to a wide timeframe. In this podcast, he talks to us about his work.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, and PBS viewers.To learn more about undersea archeology, go to pbs.org/nova

  • Speaking Ancient Maya
    Tue, Jan 10, 2012


    Anthropologist Barbara Macleod says that studying the ancient Maya language offers a unique window into the past.Podcast produced by David Levin. Interview by Rima Chaddha. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, and PBS viewers.Major funding for "Cracking the Maya Code" is provided by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding provided by The Solow Art and Architecture Foundation.This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0407101. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this video podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.For more on translating ancient Maya, visit us online at pbs.org/nova/mayacode

  • Life in the Blast Zone
    Tue, Jan 3, 2012


    Ecologist Charlie Crisafulli describes how the ecosystem around Mt. St. Helens is rebuilding itself 30 years after the catastrophic eruption.Thirty years ago, a violent eruption ripped through the side of Mt. St. Helens in western Oregon. The blast killed 57 people and countless animals, and turned hundreds of miles of forest into barren wasteland. In this podcast, hear from ecologist Charlie Crisafulli on the slow recovery of the Mt. St. Helens ecosystem, and learn how the timing of the eruption actually spared some plant and animal life.Podcast produced by David Levin. Original interview by Kristine Allington. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, and PBS viewers.To learn more, go to pbs.org/nova/sthelens

  • Surprises in Your Genes
    Tue, Dec 20, 2011


    In order to develop from an embryo, animals as different as fruit flies and humans call on a nearly identical set of genes. But how does this one common genetic toolkit create so many different species? It turns out that it's not the genes you have--it's how you use them.Podcast produced by David Levin. Original interviews by John Rubin.NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.To learn more, go to pbs.org/nova/evolution

  • In Defense of Pluto
    Tue, Dec 13, 2011


    After Pluto was discovered in 1930, it enjoyed the title of planet for more than 75 years. But in 2006, that all changed. At a meeting in Prague, the International Astronomical Union adopted a new definition for planethood, leaving the solar system with only eight planets. But not everyone agrees with its decision. In this podcast, planetary scientist Alan Stern talks to us about Pluto's demotion, and why he thinks it should be back on list of planets.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, and PBS viewers.For more information, visit: www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/pluto-files.html

  • Darwin's Debut
    Tue, Dec 6, 2011


    Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species," changed science forever. His radical notions still draw some controversy, but how were they received a century and a half ago?In this podcast, hear from biologist Ken Miller, historian Jim Moore, and the late paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould on the impact of Darwin's ideas.Podcast produced by David Levin and Susan K. Lewis. Original interviews by Susan K. Lewis and David Espar.NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.To learn more, go to pbs.org/nova/evolution

  • Sexual Cannibalism
    Tue, Nov 29, 2011


    In this podcast, biologist Maydianne Andrade explains that sexual cannibalism-a gruesome mating behavior shown of Redback Spiders-is a prime example of how evolution works.Podcast produced by David Levin. Interview by Josh Seftel. Funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and PBS viewers.This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0229297. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.For more fun science stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova/sciencenow

  • Touching the Past
    Wed, Nov 23, 2011


    For Chief Anne "Little Fawn" Richardson, Pocahontas is more than a legendary historical figure. Richardson can trace her own ancestry back to the 17th century, when her tribe, the Rappahannocks, were part of a vast domain ruled by Pocahontas's father. In this podcast, Richardson reflects on the clash of cultures between Pocahontas's people and the English settlers of Jamestown.Podcast produced and edited by Susan K. Lewis. Interview by Kirk Wolfinger. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.To learn more, visit http://www.pbs.org/nova/pocahontas

  • Learning From Bonobos
    Tue, Nov 15, 2011


    Primate researcher Vanessa Woods says that when it comes to emotional intelligence, bonobos put the human world to shame. In this podcast, Woods talks to NOVA's Susan Lewis about the behavior of this remarkable species and what it can teach us about our own evolution.Podcast produced by David Levin. Interview by Susan K. Lewis. Music by Ja Prawn (freemusicarchive.org/music/Ja_Prawn/).Funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and PBS viewers.Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.You can learn more about bonobos, chimps, and what makes us human on pbs.org/nova/sciencenow.

  • Galileo and the Telescope
    Tue, Nov 8, 2011


    Galileo has been called the "father of modern science". His observations of the night sky in the early 1600s confirmed a new model of the universe, where the Earth orbited the sun—not the other way around. But before he was studying the universe, Galileo was working on practical problems. And his early goals for the telescope weren't so scientific.Podcast produced by David Levin. Original interview by David Axelrod. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Additional funding for "Hunting the Edge of Space" is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.To learn more about the history of the telescope, go to pbs.org/nova/telescope.

  • The Big Deal with CERN: Stephon Alexander
    Tue, Nov 1, 2011


    Cosmologist Stephon Alexander says he'd be surprised if we didn't find the Higgs particle.Podcast produced by David Levin and Rima Chaddha, with audio editing by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.For morescience stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova

  • Space and Time Explained: Leonard Susskind
    Thu, Oct 27, 2011


    Physicist Leonard Susskind says that Einstein radically changed the way we think about space, but his equations can't explain exactly what it is.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.For morescience stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova

  • Space and Time Explained: Alan Guth
    Thu, Oct 20, 2011


    Physicist Alan Guth says that the concept of "space" is more complicated than you might think.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.For morescience stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova

  • Space and Time Explained: Max Tegmark
    Thu, Oct 13, 2011


    Physicist Max Tegmark says that researchers still don't fully understand what time is. It's one of the biggest mysteries in physics.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.For morescience stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova

  • Space and Time Explained: Steven Weinberg
    Thu, Oct 6, 2011


    The concept of "Space," is a tough one to explain--even for a Nobel prize-winnig physicist like Steven Weinberg.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.For morescience stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova

  • Space and Time Explained: Jana Levin
    Thu, Sep 29, 2011


    Physicist Janna Levin says that Einstein and Newton had very different ideas about what space and time really were.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.For morescience stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova

  • Space and Time Explained: Peter Galison
    Thu, Sep 22, 2011


    Peter Gallison is a physicist and historian of science. He says that although humans may sense time as moving constantly forward, it doesn't really work that way.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.For morescience stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova

  • Space and Time Explained: Jim Gates
    Thu, Sep 15, 2011


    Physicist Jim Gates says that even after you take all the matter out of the universe, space still wouldn't be empty.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.For morescience stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova

  • Space and Time Explained: Sean Carroll
    Thu, Sep 8, 2011


    To most of us, time seems like a one-way street, moving from past to future. But physicists like Sean Carroll have a different way of thinking about it.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.For morescience stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova

  • Rebuilding on Ground Zero
    Thu, Sep 1, 2011


    In the months after 9/11, New York City faced a difficult decision. What should it do with the site where the twin towers once stood? For architecture critic Paul Goldberger, there was only one choice: rebuild.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.For morescience stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova

  • Life on Ice
    Mon, Aug 8, 2011


    Could permafrost under Martian soil be the key to finding life on the red planet?Chris McKay, a planetary scientist for NASA, thinks there's a good chance we'll see evidence of ancient microbes if we just follow the ice.Podcast produced by David Levin. Interview by Anna Lee Strachan. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.For more fun science stories, visit our website at pbs.org/nova/mars

  • Shaping Skulls
    Wed, Jul 20, 2011


    For thousands of years, people around the world have modified their bodies with tattoos and piercings. But some cultures, like the ancient Inca in Peru, took that practice beyond skin deep. They sometimes used ropes and boards to slowly change the shape of human skulls. It's a process called "cranial modification." In this podcast, bioarcheologist Valerie Andrushko explains.Podcast produced by David Levin. Original interview by Melissa Salpietra. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.To learn more, go to pbs.org/nova/machupicchu

  • Hiding in Plain Sight
    Wed, Jul 13, 2011


    In this podcast, marine biologist Roger Hanlon explains why octopuses are masters of camouflage.Podcast produced by David Levin. Interview by Susan Lewis. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Learn more about the remarkable camouflage of octopuses--and their cousins, cuttlefish--on pbs.org/nova/camo.

  • Voice of the Space Shuttle
    Thu, Jul 7, 2011


    In this podcast, we spoke to former NASA Public Affairs Officer Steve Nesbitt. Nesbitt announced more than a dozen Space Shuttle missions, giving play-by-play radio commentary as the craft flew into orbit. Nesbitt spoke to us about his experience as the public voice of NASA the early days of the Shuttle program, and gave his thoughts on its retirement.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.You can learn more about the space shuttle, and the missions NASA is planning after its retirement at pbs.org/nova.

  • Cooperative Apes
    Thu, Jun 30, 2011


    In this podcast, learn why studying the emotions of our close primate relatives--chimpanzees and bonobos--might shed light on the evolution of human culture.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.You can learn more about bonobos, chimps, and what makes us human on pbs.org/nova/sciencenow.

  • A Bolt From the Blue
    Wed, Jun 15, 2011


    Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has come across plenty of odd stories while studying the human brain, but none are quite as mysterious as that of his colleague, Tony Cicoria. In 1994, Cicoria was struck by lightning, and developed a sudden, inexplicable passion for playing and writing piano music. In this podcast, hear Sacks describe Cicoria's transformation.Podcast produced by David Levin. Original interview by Dempsey Rice/Daughter One productions. Music by The New You. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.To learn more, go to pbs.org/nova

  • NOVA Minute: How to Speak Walrus
    Fri, May 27, 2011


    NOVA Minutes are a regular radio features that air three times per week on 89.7 WGBH-FM in Boston. In this episode, marine biologist Colleen Reichmuth describes the many ways a walrus can communicate using sound.Produced by David Levin. Original interview by Doug Hamilton. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Learn more at pbs.org/nova.

  • A Trip to the Parthenon
    Tue, May 24, 2011


    In this podcast, art historian Jeff Hurwitt explains what made the Parthenon the greatest temple of Ancient Greece.Produced by Susan Lewis. Original interview by Gary Glassman. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Learn more about the history of the Parthenon at pbs.org/nova/parthenon

  • Finding the Lost City
    Tue, May 17, 2011


    Egyptologist Mark Lehner thinks it took almost 20,000 people to build the Great Pyramids. But where did all those workers live? In this podcast, Lehner describes how he found evidence of a "lost city" on the Giza plateau.Podcast produced by David Levin. Original interview by Peter Tyson. Music courtesy Pharaoh's Daughter (freemusicarchive.org/music/Pharaohs_Daughter/), Selva de Mar (freemusicarchive.org/music/Selva_de_Mar/), and APMmusic. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.To learn more, go to pbs.org/nova/sphinx

  • Wireless Electricity
    Thu, May 12, 2011


    WiTricity, a small startup based outside of Boston, is creating a system that can transmit electricity wirelessly. It'll make charging electric cars easy, eliminating the need for bulky cables. What impact might this have on the electric vehicle market?Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.

  • Life in the Blast Zone
    Tue, Apr 26, 2011


    Thirty years ago, a violent eruption ripped through the side of Mt. St. Helens in western Oregon. The blast killed 57 people and countless animals, and turned hundreds of miles of forest into barren wasteland. In this podcast, hear from ecologist Charlie Crisafulli on the slow recovery of the Mt. St. Helens ecosystem, and learn how the timing of the eruption actually spared some plant and animal life.Podcast produced by David Levin. Original interview by Kristine Allington. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.To learn more about the Hubble, go to pbs.org/nova/sthelens

  • A Clean Energy Future?
    Tue, Apr 19, 2011


    Steven Chu is the U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Obama. He's a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and a big proponent of renewable power, like wind and solar. He says that although they're essential to fight climate change, that's only one reason we should adopt them in the United States. Another reason is purely economic—there's a lot of money to be made in the clean energy market.Podcast produced by David Levin. Interview by Doug Hamilton. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Major funding for "Power Surge" is provided by the Kendeda Fund and NASA. Additional funding by Michael and Roxanne Zak, the Earth Science Program at NASA and by the Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation.For more on green technology, visit us online at pbs.org/nova

  • The Many Gods of Israel
    Tue, Apr 12, 2011


    Archeologist Bill Dever says that in addition to the Hebrew god Yahweh, ancient Israelites may have worshipped a Canaanite female goddess called Asherah.This podcast was produced by David Levin and Susan Lewis. Interview by Gary Glassman. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Major funding for "The Bible's Buried Secrets" is provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, and the Righteous Persons Foundation.For more on what archeology is revealing about biblical times, visit www.pbs.org/nova/bible

  • Improving Maternal Health
    Fri, Apr 8, 2011


    In the year 2000, the United Nations set out to make basic maternal healthcare a universal right within 15 years. How far have we come worldwide? In this podcast, we talked to Adrienne Germain, president of the International Women's Health Coalition. They're a group that works closely with the U.N. to improve the health and rights of women worldwide.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Learn more about the status of women's health around the world at pbs.org/nova

  • Training for a Nuclear Crisis
    Wed, Mar 30, 2011


    Are workers at U.S. nuclear power plants fully prepared to deal with emergencies triggered by natural disasters? To find out, we visited the training center for Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Pilgrim is on the Atlantic coast near Plymouth, Massachussets, about an hour's drive south of Boston. It's one of 23 nuclear plants in the U.S. that use the same nuclear reactor design as the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Take a virtual tour of the control room in a U.S. nuclear power plant at pbs.org/nova

  • Galileo and the Telescope
    Wed, Mar 23, 2011


    Galileo has been called the "father of modern science". His observations of the night sky in the early 1600s confirmed a new model of the universe, where the Earth orbited the sun—not the other way around.But before he was studying the universe, Galileo was working on practical problems. And his early goals for the telescope weren't so scientific.Podcast produced by David Levin. Original interview by David Axelrod. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Additional funding for "Hunting the Edge of Space" is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.To learn more about the history of the telescope, go to pbs.org/nova/telescope.

  • Defining Intelligence: Seth Shostak
    Fri, Mar 18, 2011


    Astronomer Seth Shostak thinks that if alien intelligence is out there, we'll know it when we see it.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Hear other experts describe what intelligence means to them. Visit us online at pbs.org/nova

  • Defining Intelligence: Steven Pinker
    Wed, Mar 16, 2011


    Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker says that modern human intelligence is the result of thousands of years of accumulated knowledge.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Hear other experts describe what intelligence means to them. Visit us online at pbs.org/nova

  • Defining Intelligence: Nicholas Humphrey
    Mon, Mar 14, 2011


    Theoretical psychologist Nicholas Humphrey explains the concept of social intelligence.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Hear other experts describe what intelligence means to them. Visit us online at pbs.org/nova

  • Defining Intelligence: Rodney Brooks
    Fri, Mar 11, 2011


    In this podcast, roboticist Rodney Brooks describes what "intelligence" means in his field.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Hear other experts describe what intelligence means to them. Visit us online at pbs.org/nova

  • NOVA Minute: The Interaction of Species
    Wed, Mar 2, 2011


    NOVA Minutes are a regular radio features that air three times per week on 89.7 WGBH-FM in Boston. In this episode, naturalist E.O. Wilson describes the challenges of understanding how ecosystems evolve.Produced by David Levin. Original interview by Gail Willumsen. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Learn more at pbs.org/nova/eowilson

  • Toward a Smart Electric Grid
    Wed, Feb 23, 2011


    On August 14, 2003, the biggest blackout in American history struck the Northeast U.S. and parts of Canada. 50 million people lost power, and the blackout showed how vulnerable and even outdated our electricity system is. To fix that problem, some energy experts think it's time to upgrade to a "smart grid," one that uses digital technology to regulate itself. Vijay Vaitheeswaran is energy correspondent for The Economist magazine. In this interview, he explains why we need to take the power grid into the 21st century.Produced by David Levin. Interview by Terri Randall. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Additional funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.To read a full interview with Vijay Vaitheeswaran, go topbs.org/nova/sciencenow

  • The Risks of Automated Flight
    Wed, Feb 16, 2011


    Most passenger jets today fly under computer control, at least to some extent. Usually, those computers make flying safer. But like any machine, they can sometimes break down, leading, in rare cases, to major accidents. In this interview, aviation expert Bill Voss explains why he thinks airlines should put more emphasis on solving computer automation problems during pilot training.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Hear more audio stories at pbs.org/nova

  • When Lightning Strikes Aircraft
    Fri, Feb 11, 2011


    After the crash of Air France Flight 447 in 2009, widespread debate appeared on the Internet about whether a lightning strike could have brought the plane down. Just how dangerous is lightning to an aircraft in flight? In this podcast, aviation safety expert John Cox and veteran airline pilot Martin Alder weigh in.Podcast produced by David Levin. Interviews by Darlow Smithson productions. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Hear more audio stories at pbs.org/nova

  • Smart Birds
    Fri, Feb 4, 2011


    Some parrots can talk-but can they really understand what they're saying?In this podcast, researcher Irene Pepperberg describes her cognitive experiments with African grey parrots, and discusses why the line between human and animal intelligence is sometimes blurry.Produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Major funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Major funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and public television viewers.For more fun science stories, visit our Web site at http://www.pbs.org/nova/sciencenow

  • The Dangers of Nanotech
    Thu, Jan 27, 2011


    In the growing field of nanotechnology, engineers are creating countless new microscopic materials. They're used in thousands of consumer goods, from cell phones to cosmetics and sunscreen. But how safe are they? To find out, we talked to Andrew Maynard, physicist and director of the Risk Science Center at the University of Michigan. We talked to him about the potential dangers of nanotech.Produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Major funding for "Making Stuff" is provided by the National Science Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Department of Energy.For more on nanotechnology, visit us online at pbs.org/nova/tech

  • Suspended Animation
    Tue, Jan 25, 2011


    Stopping signs of life and starting them again might seem like pure sci-fi—but cell biologist Mark Roth says it's very possible. In this podcast, he explains why.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Learn about other ways that science is extending human life. Go to pbs.org/nova/sciencenow.

  • Solar Sails
    Thu, Jan 20, 2011


    The next generation of spacecraft will travel faster than ever before. But they might not be propelled by rockets. If Dean Alhorn has his way, they'll be powered by light. Alhorn is an engineer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight center. He designs solar sails. They're basically big silver kites in space that are pushed along by the sun's rays. And Alhorn says they might change spaceflight in the very near future.Produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Learn about other new types of propulsion that NASA is testing, and how they might help us get to Mars. Go to pbs.org/nova/sciencenow

  • NOVA Minute: Global Earthquakes
    Thu, Jan 13, 2011


    NOVA Minutes are a regular radio features that air three times per week on 89.7 WGBH-FM in Boston. In this episode, geologist Chris Goldfinger describes why earthquakes in one part of the globe might trigger others worldwide.Produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Learn more at pbs.org/nova

  • Pearl Harbor Sub Discovered
    Mon, Jan 3, 2011


    In this podcast hear how a newly identified wreck found outside of the harbor may rewrite the history of the Japanese attack.Produced by David Levin. Original interviews by Kirk Wolfinger. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Learn more at pbs.org/nova/killersubs

  • NOVA Minute: The 2012 Hoax
    Wed, Dec 29, 2010


    NOVA Minutes are a regular radio features that air three times per week on 89.7 WGBH-FM in Boston. In this episode, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains that despite all the doomsday claims on the Internet, the world will NOT end in 2012.Produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Learn more at pbs.org/nova/sciencenow

  • NOVA Minute: The Language of Science
    Wed, Dec 22, 2010


    NOVA Minutes are a regular radio features that air three times per week on 89.7 WGBH-FM in Boston. In this episode, African-American chemistry pioneer Percy Julian gives his take on scientific language.Produced by David Levin and Susan Lewis NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Learn more at pbs.org/nova/julian

  • NOVA Minute: Stewards of the Earth
    Thu, Dec 16, 2010


    NOVA Minutes are a regular radio features that air three times per week on 89.7 WGBH-FM in Boston. In this episode, Native American geologist Alexandrea Bowman describes her path to science, which led from baby seals to Long Island Sound.Produced by David Levin and Rob Chapman. Original interview by Josh Seftel and Tom Miller. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Exclusive funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers" provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.Learn more at pbs.org/nova/secretlife

  • Ethics of Erasing Memory
    Tue, Dec 14, 2010


    If you could take a drug that could erase your memories, would you do it? It's not such a hypothetical question—neuroscientists have identified a drug that can wipe out memory in rats. It's not something that could be used on humans, but its existence raises a lot of big ethical issues. To sort those out, we talked to Art Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.Produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.To learn where the science stands on memory-erasing drugs, go to pbs.org/nova/sciencenow

  • NOVA Minute: Whiz Kid
    Thu, Dec 9, 2010


    NOVA Minutes are a regular radio features that air three times per week on 89.7 WGBH-FM in Boston. In this episode, biochemist Erika Ebbel describes how a mentor helped her transform into a scientist when she was 11 years old.Produced by David Levin and Rob Chapman. Original interview by Josh Seftel and Tom Miller. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Exclusive funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers" provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.Learn more at pbs.org/nova/secretlife

  • The Psychology of Spaceflight
    Mon, Dec 6, 2010


    In this podcast, NASA psychologist Al Holland discusses some of the the mental challenges astronauts might face during a mission to Mars.Podcast produced by David Levin. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Find out how we might make it to Mars, and learn about the dangers we'd face along the way. Visit us at pbs.org/nova/sciencenow.

  • NOVA Minute: The Enormity of Things
    Wed, Dec 1, 2010


    NOVA Minutes are a regular radio features that air three times per week on 89.7 WGBH-FM in Boston. In this episode, geologist Adrienne Block explains how she investigates mountains that lie beneath the humongous ice sheets of Antarctica.Produced by David Levin and Rob Chapman. Original interview by Josh Seftel and Tom Miller. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Exclusive funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers" provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.Learn more at pbs.org/nova/secretlife

  • NOVA Minute: When I Look Up
    Wed, Nov 24, 2010


    NOVA Minutes are a regular radio features that air three times per week on 89.7 WGBH-FM in Boston. In this episode, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson describes how the universe called him when he was nine years old.Produced by David Levin and Rob Chapman. Original interview by Josh Seftel and Tom Miller. NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA is provided by ExxonMobil, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.Exclusive funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers" provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.Learn more at pbs.org/nova/secretlife

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