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NOVA ScienceNow
What Makes Us Human
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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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David Pogue, popular technology reporter for The New York Times, is the new host of this science magazine series. Featuring four stories in each themed episode, the series again tackles an array of thought-provoking topics.

Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions of other animal species that have evolved on this planet. David Pogue explores the traits we once thought were uniquely ours—language, tool-making, even laughter—to uncover their evolutionary roots. He'll trace some of the crucial steps that transformed cave men to accountants, and find out if any of his own DNA came from a Neanderthal ancestor.

Profile: Zeresenay Alemseged Includes profile of Zeresenay Alemseged, director and curator of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences. Zeresenay focuses on the discovery and interpretation of hominid fossil remains and their environments with emphasis on fieldwork designed to acquire new data on early hominid skeletal biology, environmental context, and behavior. He initiated the Dikika Research Project (DRP) in 1999, which is undertaking multidisciplinary field research on sediments and is addressing some of the major questions in paleoanthropology.

Profile produced for WBGH by Seftel Productions.



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Linde, Olicker (Series Producer)
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