Airs on Wednesdays @ 8pm

NOVA programs demystify science and technology for viewers of all ages
and spotlight people involved in scientific pursuits.

Wednesdays @ 8pm on WSIU 8.1

About the Program:

Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. With compelling stories and spectacular visuals, NOVA programs demystify science and technology for viewers of all ages and spotlight people involved in scientific pursuits.

Killer Hurricanes | Wed, Nov. 1 @ 8pm
(repeats 11/2 @ 1am, 11/3 @ 4am, 11/5 @ 12am & 1am)

Follow a team of experts investigating the Great Hurricane of 1780 that killed more people than any other Caribbean hurricane. Discover what made the storm so deadly and whether mega-storms are more likely to strike in our rapidly changing climate.

Killer Floods | Wed, Nov. 8 @ 8pm (repeats 11/9 @ 1am, 11/10 @ 4am, 11/12 @ 12am)

All over the world, scientists are discovering traces of ancient floods on a scale that dwarfs even the most severe flood disasters of recent times. What triggered these cataclysmic floods, and could they strike again?

Like forensic detectives at a crime scene, geologists study these strange features and reconstruct catastrophic Ice Age floods more powerful than all the world’s top ten rivers combined. NOVA follows their efforts to uncover the geologic fingerprints of other colossal megafloods in Iceland and—improbably—on the seabed of the English Channel, where hundreds of thousands of years ago, another deluge smashed through a land bridge connecting Britain and France and turned Britain into an island for the first time. These great disasters ripped through terrain and transformed continents in a matter of hours—and similar forces reawakened by climate change are posing an active threat to mountain communities throughout the world today.

First Man on the Moon | Thu, Nov. 16 @ 2am
(11/17 @ 4am, 11/19 @ 12am)

NOVA presents an intimate portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon, through interviews with Armstrong's family and friends. The film reveals his achievements as a Navy combat veteran and pioneer of high-speed flight. NOVA revisits the final moments of the Apollo 11 landing, when Armstrong brought the Eagle down safely with seconds to spare. But he regretted that he got so much credit for the team effort that the lunar landing represented. In its exploration of this quietly effective man, NOVA explores his achievements following Apollo. This is an inspiring story of heroic risk-taking and humble dedication to advancing humanity's adventure in space.

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Extreme Animal Weapons | Wed, Nov. 22 @ 8pm

(repeats 11/23 @ 1am, 11/24 @ 4am)

Explore the secrets that underlie nature's battleground. Every animal has some kind of weapon, whether claws or horns, fangs or stings. But why are some armaments huge and extreme, far beyond any practical need.

Rise of the Robots | Wed, Dec. 6 @ 8pm
(12/7 @ 1am; 12/8 @ 4am; 12/10 @ 12am & 4pm)

Machines are everywhere. They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But Robots – machines with human-like capabilities – have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now. Fueled by an ambitious DARPA challenge, the race is on to design a robot that can replace humans in disaster relief situations. Follow the robots – and the engineers that program them – as they strive to make their way out of the lab and into the real world. But how capable are they, really? How close are we to a future where humanoid robots are part of our everyday lives? And what are the implications of a future with robots that can do a human’s job? NOVA investigates the cutting-edge technologies that are advancing robotics as never before… and the enormous challenges that the robots still face.

Secret Tunnel Warfare | Wed, Dec. 13 @ 8pm
(12/14 @ 1am; 12/15 @ 4am; 12/17 @ 12am & 4pm)

During World War I, the Allies and Germans repeatedly struggled to break the hideous stalemate of trench warfare. In the winter of 1916, Allied engineers devised a massive surprise attack on the German army. Their weapon of choice: 600 tons of explosives, hidden in secret tunnels driven under German lines. At 3:10 AM on June 7th, 25 mines at Messines were simultaneously triggered in what was probably the single biggest non-nuclear explosion of all time, heard clearly in London 150 miles away. 10,000 German troops were killed instantly - but the stunning success was just the beginning of another wartime nightmare. Now, archaeologists are revealing the extraordinary scale and risks of the Allied tunneling operations in the biggest excavation ever undertaken on the Western Front. NOVA follows bomb disposal experts as they clear topsoil packed with shrapnel and unexploded shells and probe one tunnel system connected to what is probably the world’s largest unexploded bomb—a mine consisting of 22 tons of explosives that was flooded by German engineers before the attack. Learn more.

Bird Brain | Wed, Dec. 20 @ 8pm
(12/21 @ 1am; 12/22 @ 4am; 12/24 @ 12am)

Join NOVA to witness the brainpower of birds. Long mocked as empty-headed, our feathered friends hide surprisingly acute intelligence. But how smart are they? Watch as scientists test avian aptitude and challenge our basic notions of intelligence. Learn more.

Day the Dinosaurs Died | Wed, Dec. 27 @ 8pm
(12/28 @ 1am; 12/29 @ 4am; 12/31 @ 12am)

Investigate how an asteroid vanquished the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Join scientists as they drill into the impact crater and, for the first time, reconstruct the hell on earth that unfolded in the minutes, hours and months after the impact.