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Mystery of a Masterpiece

07/28/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Cutting edge imaging analysis helps tie a striking portrait of a young woman to Leonardo da Vinci.

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Monsters

07/30/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Experts explore mammals and the previously unknown reptilian rulers of prehistoric Australia.

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Monsters

07/31/2014 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. NOVA's mini-series takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With help from high-energy host and scientist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. This is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the one island continent that has got it all. Host Richard Smith comes face-to-face with the previously unknown reptilian rulers of prehistoric Australia. NOVA resurrects the giants that stalked the land and discovers that some of them were among the largest ever to have walked the Earth. Others were some of the most dangerous. In the dry desert heart, scientists unearth an ancient inland ocean, full of sea monsters. But reptiles didn't have the world all to themselves. Mammals like the enigmatic platypus lived alongside them, ready for their day in the sun. And 65 million years ago, that day arrived.

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Awakening

08/04/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Experts explore bacterial slime, the earliest forms of life, in the red hills of Australia.

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures

08/06/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

The story of Australia's origins features deadly asteroids, titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos.

Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius

08/07/2014 at 7:00 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. 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? To find out, NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet's brainiest animals, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures

08/07/2014 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. NOVA's mini-series takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With help from high-energy host and scientist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. This is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the one island continent that has got it all.

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes

08/11/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Ancient Australian fossils offer clues to how life stormed the beaches and dominated planet Earth.

Why Sharks Attack

08/27/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

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

Finding Life Beyond Earth - Are We Alone

09/01/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

The sights and sounds of alien worlds are explored using powerful telescope images and dazzling CGI.

Ghosts of Machu Picchu

09/07/2014 at 4:00 pm on WTTW HD

Archeologists probe the ruins of this 'Lost City of the Incas' and unearth sacred burial grounds.

Finding Life Beyond Earth - Moons and Beyond

09/08/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Telescope images and dazzling CGI immerse audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds.

Vaccines - Calling The Shots

09/10/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Across the world, children are dying from preventable conditions because parents are avoiding shots.

Defeating The Hackers

09/24/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

The fast-paced world of cryptography and the scientists battling to keep data safe are explored.

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