Season 34, Episode 8 NOVA scienceNOW: Extinction

First Aired: November 21, 2006

The “Nova scienceNOW” magazine delves into a case of mass extinction some 250 million years ago; investigates the 1918 influenza outbreak, which killed as many as 50 million people; details the work of MIT roboticist Cynthia Breazeal's efforts to create “sociable robots”; and examines attempts to decipher 2000-year-old papyrus scrolls. Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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