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NOVA’s New Stuff

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011


The best of science television moves mid-week as “NOVA Wednesdays” kicks off six consecutives weeks of back-to-back NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW episodes on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

The fun starts as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to host NOVA scienceNOW. This all-new season is structured around “6 Big Questions”—including Can We Make It to Mars?, Can We Live Forever?, and What’s the Next Big Thing?. Wednesdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

For NOVA, the next big thing is the fascinating new four-hour series, Making Stuff. Hosted by The New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, this groundbreaking series focuses on the personal qualities that underlie the process of invention—the visionary talent, sheer luck and dogged determination that turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material. Invisibility cloaks. Spider silk that is stronger than steel. Plastics made of sugar that dissolves in landfills. Self-healing military vehicles. Smart pills and micro-robots that zap diseases. What will the future bring, and what will it be made of? From bizarre origins to wacky testing, the series explores how science is making stuff stronger, smarter, smaller and cleaner. Wednesdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 9 at 8:00 p.m.

Now it’s your turn! Log on to the PBS Facebook page and enter the "Show Us Your Stuff!" contest by uploading a video, picture or short essay about a favorite item in your life and how you would make it better. You’ll be competing for some good stuff—a David "Pogue-ified" Apple iPad! You can also enter the "What's This Stuff? Contest" to try and win some more great prizes.








For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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