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Origins - A NOVA Miniseries starting 8/23 on PBS

  1. Aug 19, 2005 #1

    Les Sleeth

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    "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:


    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.
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  3. Aug 20, 2005 #2
    Nice. I have been waiting for another good Nova series. I'll have to check this one out.

    Guess I shouldn't be cancelling my cable then.
  4. Aug 22, 2005 #3
    Looks interesting... I love the NOVA documentaries. Thanks for the heads up.
  5. Aug 22, 2005 #4
    I enjoyed the book.
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