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Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Monsters

08/23/2014 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

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

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures

08/25/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

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

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.

Inside Animal Minds: Who's The Smartest?

08/28/2014 at 4:00 am 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.

Why Sharks Attack

08/28/2014 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in 10 months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed the ultimate shark fright film, Jaws. What's behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where they've rarely been seen for hundreds of years? Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams up with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to discover the science behind the great white's hunting instincts. Do sharks ever target humans or is each attack a tragic case of mistaken identity? Can a deeper understanding of shark senses lead scientists to design effective deterrents and help prevent future attacks? With shark populations around the world plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people -- and sharks.

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.

Rise of 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.

Building Pharaoh's Chariot

10/01/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Archaeologists, engineers and woodworkers test highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots.

Forensics On Trial

10/06/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Investigates how today's shaky state of crime science can send innocent men and women to prison.

Why Planes Vanish

10/08/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

The inside story of the search for Flight MH370 features key players from all corners of the globe.

Ben Franklin's Balloons

10/22/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

First Air War

10/29/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

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