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New Nova miniseries will explore puzzling science mysteries

Let smart scientists answer your big questions.
David Lumb, @OutOnALumb
January 19, 2018
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PBS has created another short series in its long-running Nova family of programs. Nova Wonder will follow three researchers exploring big scientific mysteries. The first of the miniseries' six episodes airs on PBS on Wednesday, April 25th, with a new one every week.

Each episode tackles a different complex question: Do animals have a secret language? Which AI technologies could surpass human abilities? How ethical is it to grow life in a lab? The show will go deep in the sea and peer into outer space to find answers.

But more notable is the refreshingly young and diverse trio of hosts who practice leading scientific methods and technologies. mathematician and statistician Talithia Williams uses data models to analyze environmental and human biological info, while computer scientist Rana el Kaliouby specializes in emotion recognition tech and neuroscientist André Fenton specializes in the biology of memory.

"What is so unique about NOVA Wonders—and what distinguishes it from the original NOVA series—is the emphasis on unanswered questions," said Julia Cort, Executive Producer, NOVA Wonders. "We're riding along with researchers who are pushing the envelope on our knowledge about the universe and ourselves. They don't have all the answers, but the thrill is in the journey and trying to solve a mystery for the very first time."

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