NOVA

July NOVA Episodes

PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science
behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science
and technology, and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.

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First Man on the Moon

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. 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.

Thursday, July 2 at 11:00pm.

 

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D-Day's Sunken Secrets

Highlighting the ingenious technology that helped the Allies overcome the German defenses, and featuring first-hand accounts from Allied veterans who have returned to the site of this epic battle to share their harrowing stories, the program presents a blow-by-blow account of D-Day events and reveals how the Allies' intricate planning and advanced technology were vital to assure the success of the most ambitious and risky military operation ever launched.

Sunday, July 5 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, July 9 at 11:00pm.

 

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Escape from Nazi Alcatraz

Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in World War II, a group of British officers dreampt up an escape plan: in a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. The 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 team of aero engineers and carpenters rebuilds the glider in the same attic using the same materials, and they'll use a bathtub full of concrete to catapult the glider off the roof.

Sunday, July 12 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, July 16 at 11:00pm.

 

NOVA Feature

Inside Animal Minds:
Bird Genius

Today, researchers are discovering that some creatures have mastered skills purportedly restricted to humans. Many are bird brains. Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography. Are these skills really evidence of high intelligence or just parlor tricks, the result of training and instinct?

Sunday, July 19 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, July 23 at 11:00pm.

 

NOVA Feature

Why Sharks Attack

NOVA teams with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to uncover the science behind the great white's hunting instincts. With shark populations plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people —and sharks.

In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in 10 months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed Jaws. What's behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where it's rarely been seen for hundreds of years?

Sunday, July 26 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, July 30 at 11:00pm.

NOVA is underwritten by The Rock Island Post of Society of American Military Engineers.

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