Posts Tagged ‘nova documentary’

Kings of Camouflage – NOVA Documentary About The Cuttlefish

Monday, July 30th, 2007

This is a documentary of the . It’s very good. Runs 1 hour:

NOVA: Curse of T. Rex

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

In a modern-day version of the between and , NOVA presents , a documentary about a legal battle between a commercial fossil dealer, a local tribal council, the feds and scientists over a T Rex find. Here’s the description from Google Video:

It’s one of the biggest, baddest dinosaurs of them
all, and it last stalked the earth 65 million years ago. But down in
the South Dakota Badlands,
it’s still raising a ruckus. There, at the base of a cliff on a Sioux
reservation ranch, a commercial fossil dealer has made the discovery of
a lifetime: a magnificent Tyrannosaurus rex fossil- the finest ever
found. The problem is, everybody wants a piece of it: The tribal
council. The Feds. The rancher. The lawyers. The scientists. After a
surprise FBI raid, a battle for custody raged on.

The ferocious fossil–dubbed ‘Sue’–gets shut up in a warehouse, while her finders face a
criminal trial and possible lock-up themselves. Head out west and join
the forces rallying to free Sue. Who will claim this $5 million
treasure? Can scientist hope to compete with the profiteers? Are fossil
rustlers jeopardizing the effort to document rare ancient bones? Will
this case cause a crackdown on poachers–who have long fed museum
collections around the world?

Big Bang Documentary

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

The following copy for this NOVA documentary, Origins: Back To The Beginning, is from Google Video:

Has the universe always existed? How did it become a place that could harbor life? What was the birth of our planet like? Are we alone? NOVA presents some startling new answers in "Origins," a groundbreaking four-part NOVA miniseries hosted by astrophysicist , Director of the at the .

This episode starts with a bang–the big bang in which everything began. "Origins: Back to the Beginning" explores how the colossal forces of the early universe made it possible for habitable worlds to emerge. The clues begin with a race among scientists to capture echoes of the big bang’s ferocious energy in a microwave "whisper" from deep space.

The race pits underdog astronomer and his improvised against scientists and their state-of-the-art satellite probe. The resulting computer animation of the big bang’s echo is as close as we can get to a "photograph" of the primordial universe. Tyson also catches up with one of astronomy’s most
exciting recent findings: the discovery of the first planets outside our own solar system. Detecting more than 100 of these over the last few years, astronomers have developed an ingenious technique for
deducing if they might be suitable for life. The show runs 57 minutes:

Lost Treasures Of Tibet Video

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

The following copy is from Google Video for this special:

Join the race to save the surviving sacred masterpieces of an ancient kingdom. (moo-stahn), one
of the last outposts of Tibetan culture, is so isolated and protected, no Westerner set foot inside its
borders for centuries. But in the early 1990s, this untouched society set high in the Himalayas opened its borders for the first time, exposing an ancient world’s dazzling sacred relics long damaged by the
elements and neglect.

Today, outsiders are working with local townspeople to rescue priceless masterpieces dating back to the 13th century–but can these efforts preserve history in a way that is acceptable to the local culture?

Join the race against time as art and restoration experts mix history, science, and politics in a complicated and daunting mission to preserve these religious works of art. Travel to a remote part of the world for a remarkably rare look at the spectacular art created by a clandestine Buddhist culture. See
astonishingly intricate and expressive Medieval wall paintings, woodcarvings, and a gravity-defying monastery built atop a cliff. And watch as science helps reveal vibrantly colored treasures from the
past. With gods literally peeling off the walls, will outsiders be trusted with saving the sacred art of Mustang? The show runs 56 minutes:

21st Combat Support Hostpital In Iraq

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

This is a NOVA show examining the doctors, surgeons, and military staff of the 21st Combat Support
Hospital
in Iraq. The following copy is from :

The film follows the daily drama of life and death in a tented hospital in
the deserts north of Baghdad. Building a state-of-the-art hospital in
the dust and heat is a remarkable achievement, but it represents only
the start of the difficulties faced by the doctors and nurses of the
21st CSH. Relief at the lack of military casualties is soon replaced by
high drama and difficult ethical decisions as Iraqi victims arrive,
many of them children with horrific injuries caused by unexploded
weapons.

NOVA shows how innovations in battlefield medicine have
transformed the survival prospects of such casualties, and provides an
intimate story of the struggle for survival in a combat hospital. The show is 56 minutes long and contains graphic images.