Season 33, Episode 9 The Great Robot Race

First Aired: March 29, 2006

The DARPA Grand Challenge, a Pentagon-sponsored race of unmanned robotic vehicles over a 131.6-mile course in the Mojave Desert. Included: the inaugural 2004 event, which no entrant was able to finish; prep work by the 2005 entrants, who are vying for a Pentagon contract. Among the teams are ones from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon (which has two vehicles); and Team DAD (consisting of two brothers, who've competed on the “BattleBots” TV series).

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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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