Monday, July 14, 2008


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Date: July 14, 2008 11:54:36 AM EDT
To: (NOVA scienceNOW Bulletin)
Subject: [NOVA scienceNOW] July 16, 2008

Next on NOVA scienceNOW
With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wednesday, July 16 at 9 p.m.
(Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.)

Examine bird songs and what they tell us about language, learn how
violent space weather causes the northern lights, see how structural
engineers are developing "smart" bridges, and meet neuroboticist Yoky
Matsuoka, who is developing a robotic hand that could one day be
controlled by brain signals.

Bird Brains
Clues to the origins of human language are turning up in the
brains of birds.

Space Storms
Behind the dazzling display of the aurora borealis are space
storms that could turn the lights off here on Earth.

Profile: Yoky Matsuoka
A former tennis prodigy aims to create advanced prosthetic limbs
controlled by human thought.

Smart Bridges
Can we engineer bridges that tell us what's wrong with them
before it's too late?

The journey continues on the NOVA scienceNOW Web site. Watch the
entire hour-long episode online starting July 17. E-mail scientists
from the broadcast with your questions, see if you can match eight
different songs and calls to the correct birds, see a gallery of
auroras and hear the eerie sounds they make, and watch video extras.

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