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Inside Animal Minds: Who's The Smartest?

04/24/2014 at 2:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Scientists try to unlock the secrets of animal communication by tracking dolphins in the Caribbean.

Inside Animal Minds: Who's The Smartest?

04/24/2014 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature's eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We'll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We'll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We'll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we'll uncover surprising similarities to -- and differences from -- the human mind. What makes an animal smart? Many scientists believe the secret lies in relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures - including humans - seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet.

The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

04/30/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Journey into the fascinating world of the Monarch butterfly and explore its migratory odyssey.

The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

05/01/2014 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance - and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair's-breadth precision. NOVA flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. As this program reveals, the monarch is a scientific marvel locked in an inspiring struggle for survival.

Wild Predator Invasion

05/05/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Scientists return apex predators to their environments to restore the balance of their ecosystems.

Why Sharks Attack

05/07/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Leading shark experts research the science behind the great white's hunting instincts.

Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius

05/12/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Researchers use the science of animal cognition to learn how birds understand the world around them.

Escape from Nazi Alcatraz

05/14/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Aerospace engineers and carpenters test a plan to escape a Nazi war camp using a two-man glider.

Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses

05/19/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Researchers use the science of animal cognition to learn how dogs understand the world around them.

Bombing Hitler's Dams

05/21/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

In 1943 a squad of Lancaster bombers destroyed dams in Germany with a revolutionary bouncing bomb.

D-Day's Sunken Secrets

05/28/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Dive teams and underwater robots discover Allied crafts that sank during the invasion of Normandy.

At The Edge of Space

06/18/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

The shimmering aurora, meteors and more phenomena are explored in the earth-space boundary zone.

Deadliest Earthquakes

06/25/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Follow a team of US geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.

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