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NOVA ScienceNow; Epigenetics; Space Elevator; Maya


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NOVA ScienceNow
Epigenetics; Space Elevator; Maya
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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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Pledge version of three segments:

Epigenetics: Once nurture seemed clearly distinct from nature. Now it appears that our diets and lifestyles literally change the expression of our genes. How? By influencing a vast network of chemical switches inside our cells. Called collectively the epigenome, the switches turn genes on and off and may account for the fact that identical twins grow less identical as they age. This new understanding may give us potent new medical therapies and even cures, because many diseases now appear to stem from errors in the epigenome, and such epigenetic errors seem easier to correct than genetic ones. Epigenetic cancer therapy, for example, already seems to be yielding stunning results.

Space Elevator: Can we build a 22,000-mile-high cable to transport cargo and people into space? Physicist and space-elevator visionary Brad Edwards describes the many benefits we'd enjoy. NOVA follows scientists in their quest to produce an elevator to space made from carbon nanotubes.

Maya: NASA archeologists use satellites to pinpoint ancient ruins buried deep in the jungle. Scientists investigate ancient Mayan temples and ruins in Guatemala to better understand factors that contributed to the collapse of ancient Mayan civilization.



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Linde, Olicker (Series Producer)
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