Monday, August 11, 2008



Next on NOVA scienceNOW
With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wednesday, August 13 at 9 p.m.
(Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.)

Host Neil deGrasse Tyson looks into mass extinction, the killer 1918
flu virus, high-tech ways to read ancient papyrus, and an MIT
roboticist who designs sociable robots.

Mass Extinction
What caused the mother of all extinctions 250 million years ago?

1918 Flu
A virus that killed up to 50 million people is brought back to
life to decipher its deadliness.

Profile: Cynthia Breazeal
A daring engineer designs robots to communicate and interact the
way people do.

Scraps of writings from a garbage dump in ancient Egypt reveal
what life was like 2,000 years ago.

The journey continues on the NOVA scienceNOW Web site. Watch the
entire hour-long episode online starting August 14. E-mail
scientists from the broadcast with your questions, listen to an
audio dispatch explaining why we shouldn't take Earth's hospitable
climate for granted, read recent stories on pandemic flu, check out
an audio slideshow about friendly robots, and watch video extras.

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