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Most-watched primetime science series moves to new night, time with premiere of 'NOVA: Making Stuff'

Posted 11 Jan 2011

“NOVA: Making Stuff,” a four-part series examining the innovations that are ushering in a new generation of scientific breakthroughs, will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. and air in four parts on Wednesdays, Jan. 19, 26, and Feb. 2 and 9, at 8 each night.

On Jan. 19, “NOVA” will move to a new weekly primetime slot on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. with the premiere of “NOVA: Making Stuff.” This new series will examine the materials revolution, as researchers around the globe push the boundaries further than ever before, using biology and chemistry to imbue materials with new qualities that are expanding our technological frontiers.

“NOVA: Making Stuff” will air in four parts:

•    “Making Stuff: Stronger” – Jan. 19, 8 p.m.

“NOVA” begins the four-hour program with a quest for the world’s strongest materials. Host David Pogue helps viewers understand what defines strength, examining everything from mollusks to a toucan’s beak and testing the world’s strongest materials.

•    “Making Stuff: Smaller” – Jan. 26, 8 p.m.

Viewers get to travel to a smaller world and examine the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day hold the key to saving lives and creating materials from the ground up, atom by atom. Pogue explores the main components of small applications, including silicon, carbon and other materials that could help change the face of medicine.

•    “Making Stuff: Cleaner” – Feb. 2, 8 p.m.

This episode explores the rapidly developing science and business of clean energy and examines alternative ways to generate it, store it and distribute it and investigates the latest developments in bio-based fuels and solar energy.

•    “Making Stuff: Smarter” – Feb. 8, 9 p.m.

This episode investigates the growing number of materials that almost seem alive – able to react, change and even learn. For inspirations and ideas, scientists are turning to nature and biology and producing some innovative new developments in materials science.

“NOVA,” now in its 37th season, is the most-watched primetime science series on American television, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly. Funding for “NOVA” is provided by ExxonMobil, Pacific Life, David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

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