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NOVA ScienceNow
What's the Next Big Thing
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Premiered January 2005 NOVA scienceNOW is a new series produced by NOVA. For more than three decades, NOVA has been unrivaled in bringing authoritative, innovative, and entertaining science documentaries to television. Now the same award-winning producers have teamed up with veteran reporter Robert Krulwich to cover the timeliest developments and intriguing personalities in science and technology today. Presenting multiple stories in a magazine format hosted by Krulwich and reported by a diverse team of correspondents in the field, NOVA scienceNOW will air five times a year in the NOVA time slot.

NOVA scienceNOW has named Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, respected scientist, author, and director of the Hayden Planetarium in the Rose Center For Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, to host the science magazine series with the launch of its second season in the Fall of 2006. Series release date: 1/25/2005

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In this episode of NOVA scienceNOW, come face to face with social robots that understand human feelings, carry on conversations, even make jokes. Then travel to Haiti, where geologists investigate the 2010 earthquake not long after it struck for clues to how to better forecast future quakes. Afterwards, join engineers at General Motors who are testing tiny, two-wheeled cars called EN-Vs, which one day might drive themselves through city streets. Learn about proposals for making our outdated electric grid "smart." And meet Nebraska native Jay Keasling, a pioneer in synthetic biology who shares his work on developing "designer" microbes that produce biofuels and medicines.

Social Robots: Robots already build our cars and vacuum our floors. Will they one day be our companions, too? Engineers are designing robots with the social smarts to understand human feelings, learn from human teachers, carry on conversations, and even make jokes. But is a future full of robotic companions a delightful dream—or a lonely nightmare?

Detecting Earthquakes: On January 12, 2010, as all the world knows, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. Yet fewer realize that just two years earlier, the quake had been forecast with amazing accuracy. In exclusive coverage, NOVA scienceNOW accompanies a team of U.S. geologists into Haiti after the tragedy, trying to determine if more quakes are coming. The film team then heads to California, where scientists are uncovering hints of massive destruction yet to come.

Robotic Cars: Will the car of the future be able to drive itself? At the GM Tech Center, engineers are testing two-wheeled, battery-powered cars called EN-Vs. About five feet long and weighing under 1,100 pounds, the tiny cars don't use up much energy or space. And they're smart: With GPS, the EN-Vs can plan a route to their destination and even talk to each other.

Smart Grid: How does electricity get from its source to your light switch? Could a new "smart grid" do the job better? Smart grids support transient power sources like solar and wind, heading off devastating power outages and enabling consumers to make greener—and more economical—choices about how and when to power up.

Profile: Jay Keasling: Jay Keasling grew up isolated from the world of science on his family's farm in Nebraska. But perseverance, a love of the outdoors, and a passion for engineering all helped him become a pioneer in the cutting-edge field of synthetic biology. Now he's developing "designer" microbes -- synthesizing a key anti-malaria drug at a fraction of the current cost, and hoping to create new microbes that produce clean-burning fuels.



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Linde, Olicker (Series Producer)
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