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PBS nova science now what's the next big thing? DVD. Host Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles one of science's major challenges in each episode. He will guide us as he explores dramatic discoveries and the frontiers of research that connect each central, provocative mystery. Run Time: 60 minutes. Rating: TV-G. Programs include: social robots - robots already build our cars and vacuum our floors. Engineers are designing robots with the social smarts to understand human feelings, learn from human teachers, carry on conversations, and even make jokes. But is a future full of robotic companions a delightful dream--or a lonely nightmare? Robotic cars - will the car of the future be able to drive itself? At the gm tech center, engineers are testing two-wheeled, battery-powered cars called en-vs. Weighing under 500 kg and measuring about 1.5 meters in length, the tiny cars don't use up much energy or space. And they're smart, too! Using gps, the en-vs can plan a route to their destination, and even talk to each other. Detecting earthquakes - in exclusive coverage, nova sciencenow accompanies a team of U.S. Geologists into Haiti after the tragedy, trying to determine if more quakes are coming; then travels to California, where scientists are uncovering hints of massive destruction yet to come. Smart grid - how does electricity get to from its source to your light switch? Could a new smart grid could do the job better? Smart grids support transient power sources like solar and wind, heading off devastating power outages and letting consumers make greener--and more economical--choices about how and when to power up. Profile: jay keasling - jay keasling grew up isolated on his family's farm in Nebraska.

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  • Actors: Hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B004D7SBD4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,265 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Brit on March 3, 2015
I love Nova and the many interesting and exciting topics this particular series with Neil Degrass Tyson has. This episode doesn't disappoint. I'm not sure what the other reviewer is talking about (I think it is about a different episode and it doesn't make sense to me what he is saying). I think this episode is very informative and future-forward. It explores how in the future we could have things like self-driving cars and robot assistants. I personally enjoyed it very much.
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on June 10, 2011
This work explores self-driven vehicles, detecting natural disasters, and androids. Because it ponders the future there are references to "The Jetsons" often. This could be useful in a science class.
I prefer academic subjects that deal with people over objects. I like discussing -isms more than talking about stocks or electrons or such. So I was very surprised when the work highlighted a white gay man who had Asian or Eurasian sons. The work suggested that his experiences with oppression may have helped him to promote getting scientists from diverse fields of study to collaborate. I found this surprising, maybe even refreshing. However, those who want to stick with objects may dismiss that tactic as "PC."
The work brought out the pessimist in me, however. It admitted that if humankind had self-directing cars we'd need separate highways and roads for them. Talk about expensive and possibly anti-green. Yo! Machines can mess up. What if this futuristic car malfunctions and drives a human off a cliff? It would be great to predict natural disasters. However, the deaths due to Hurricane Katrina happened because many NO, LA residents were too poor to leave. If we can't relocate huge masses of people, then how will we keep them from perishing?
This was meant as survey material. I think the makers would acknowledge that they couldn't go into depth on topics. Still, I felt this was a bit ho-hum.
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