"Origins" - A NOVA Miniseries starting 8/23 on PBS Not a book, but I thought some might find this interesting. Next on NOVA: "Origins" Broadcast: August 23, 2005 at 8 p.m. ET/PT -- Repeat (NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.) Has the universe always existed? How did it become a place that could harbor life? Are we alone, or are there alien worlds waiting to be discovered? NOVA presents some startling new answers in "Origins," a groundbreaking four-part miniseries beginning this Tuesday. Hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, the miniseries investigates new clues from the frontiers of science. Over the next four Tuesdays, Tyson guides viewers on a cosmic journey to the beginning of time and to the depths of space, searching for life's first stirrings and its traces on other worlds. Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site: http://www.pbs.org/nova/origins Inquiry, Interviews, and More Life's Little Essential Everybody knows that liquid water is necessary for life. But just why exactly? A Conversation With Neil deGrasse Tyson Hear from the series host on the hottest discoveries in origins research, his advice for budding scientists, and more. How did Life Begin? Harvard's Andrew Knoll discusses the deeply mysterious jump long ago from non-living to living. Does Mars Have Life? NASA's Christopher McKay thinks the red planet once had living things and maybe, just maybe, still does. Who Needs Galaxies? Astronomer Sandra Faber explains how galaxies brew the ingredients for life. Are We Alone? Paleontologist Peter Ward says that as intelligent creatures, we humans are probably not alone in the universe, just very lonely. Interactives and Slide Shows Do Aliens Exist in the Milky Way? In this interactive poll, explore a series of arguments for and against, then vote online. (Results to date: 79% yes, 15% no, and 7% undecided). The Drake Equation Try your hand at calculating how many intelligent, communicating civilizations might be in our galaxy. Decoding Cosmic Spectra Play astronomer and analyze the spectral fingerprints of a planet, star, galaxy, and nebula. The Pillars of Creation Assemble the famous image of the Eagle Nebula from raw data beamed down from the Hubble Space Telescope. The Origins Game Where are scientists making the great discoveries in origins research? Check out our world map. History of the Universe This interactive time line chronicles the evolution of the universe from the big bang to 10 to the 100 years from now. A Brief History of Life Review the grand march of organisms from over three billion years ago to the present. ET Gallery Sci-fi films and T.V. shows reveal how limited our imagination is when it comes to alien life. Also, watch a video preview of the program, browse Links & Books, get a recipe for "Cosmic Soup," and more.