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PBS Nova Science Now What's the Next Big Thing? DVD

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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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B004D7SBD4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,429 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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Great show from PBS!
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