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Grade Levels: 6 - 13+
Core Subject(s): Science
Next Airing: Sun, Oct 17th, 2021 at 2:00 PM on KUED-HD

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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.


  • Arctic Drift

    Journey to the top of the world with scientists as they embark on the most ambitious Arctic research expedition of all time. The Arctic - a vast frozen ocean, shrouded in darkness for half the year - is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the globe. Since the northern ice cap acts as a cooling system for the entire planet, what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic. As the ice cap melts, the world warms faster, disrupting weather patterns, diverting ocean currents, and endangering biodiversity. Yet because the Arctic is so inaccessible and inhospitable, establishing exactly what's going on and forecasting its future have proven elusive. Now, Arctic Drift takes viewers on a groundbreaking expedition that will bring vital new clarity to scientists' predictions of global change. Experts from twenty different nations join the voyage of the 12, 000-ton Polarstern icebreaker as it's gripped by the polar ice and drifts for an entire year. From this unique research station, they can make previously impossible long-term observations and experiments. But long hours in this harsh environment bring their own challenges, including hungry polar bears, perilous sea ice cracks, and equipment failure. With breathtaking cinematography, heart-wrenching personal stories, and high stakes science, Arctic Drift follows the scientists in their risky race against time to understand the Arctic before it changes our world forever.

    Next Airing: Sun, Oct 17th, 2021 at 2:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 10/13/2021 to 10/12/2024
  • Edible Insects

    From crunchy cricket chips to nutty black soldier fly grubs, Edible Insects leaps across cultural and culinary boundaries to explore the insect food industry and how it could benefit our health and our warming planet. From Thailand to Texas, cricket farmers are showing how the tiny critters stack up as an environmentally friendly alternative to beef protein. In fact, as one of the show's many gastro-surprises reveals, insects make animal protein vastly more efficiently than cows and, pound for pound, deliver far better nutritional value than the finest steak. Unappealing as an insect milkshake might sound, it may promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria that can help prevent inflammation and cancer. But what about the "ick" factor? NOVA invites a panel of volunteers to sample an invitingly prepared tasting menu of roasted crickets, ants, mealworms, and chipotle-flavored grasshoppers prepared by a New York chef, and, not surprisingly, some of the diners have trouble concealing their squeamishness. Yet all the evidence in this diverting show adds up to the idea that our aversion to insects is mostly a matter of attitude and cultural conditioning. So will your kitchen table soon host its very own savory insect feast?

    Next Airing: Wed, Oct 20th, 2021 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 10/20/2021 to 10/19/2024
  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Age of Stars

    Next Airing: Wed, Oct 27th, 2021 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 10/27/2021 to 10/26/2024
  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Milky Way

    Next Airing: Wed, Nov 3rd, 2021 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 11/3/2021 to 11/2/2024
  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Alien Worlds

    Next Airing: Wed, Nov 10th, 2021 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 11/10/2021 to 11/9/2024
  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Black Holes

    Next Airing: Wed, Nov 17th, 2021 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 11/17/2021 to 11/16/2024
  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Big Bang

    Next Airing: Wed, Nov 24th, 2021 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 11/24/2021 to 11/23/2024
  • Bat Superpowers

    Bats have been implicated in deadly epidemics such as COVID-19 and Ebola, yet scientists are discovering evidence that they may hold a key to a longer and healthier life. From caves in Thailand and Texas to labs around the globe, NOVA meets the scientists who are decoding the superpowers of the bat.

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 9/15/2021 to 9/14/2024
  • Extreme Animal Weapons

    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?

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 9/8/2021 to 9/7/2024
  • Nature's Fear Factor

    When top predators disappeared from Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, other animals fell into unusual patterns. Now scientists are reintroducing wild dogs to restore the park's "landscape of fear" and with it the natural balance of the ecosystem.

    Length: 00:55:11
    Usage rights: 10/14/2020 to 10/13/2023
  • Particles Unknown

    What's the commonest-yet most elusive and least understood-particle in the universe? The neutrino. Starting with the invention of the nuclear bomb, billions of dollars have been spent in pursuit of this so-called ghost particle. Outnumbering atoms a billion to one, neutrons are preposterously plentiful, they hardly interact with anything, and they mystifyingly morph between three different forms. What's going on here? NOVA joins an international team of neutrino hunters as they try to capture an elusive fourth form of neutrino. The results of their investigation may force scientists to redraw their well-established blueprint of the subatomic world, the Standard Model of physics, and change our understanding of how the universe works.

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2021 to 10/5/2024
  • The Cannabis Question

    Cannabis contains chemicals which mimic ones found in our brain. One is THC, which produces the high associated with pot use. Another, called CBD, shows promise for treating seizures, addiction, and insomnia. NOVA joins scientists and experts around the country. What risks does cannabis pose to the developing adolescent brain? Does heavy cannabis use impair intelligence, increase psychosis, or even put future generations at risk for addiction? As cannabis becomes socially accepted, scientists are racing to understand the long-term health consequences.

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 9/29/2021 to 9/28/2024