NOVA Series Asks the Biggest Questions in Science
From the makers of the award-winning NOVA series comes a tantalizing six-part documentary series probing the biggest, most provocative questions in science.
NOVA Wonders, airing on six consecutive Wednesday nights beginning April 25 at 8:00 p.m., follows remarkable researchers who are tackling the biggest unanswered questions about life and the cosmos, and pushing the boundaries of understanding in ways that could transform our world and the future.
The fresh, lively series, which makes complicated concepts accessible while taking a deep dive into the scientific process, is hosted by three engaging scientists.
Each week, a one-hour episode poses a single big scientific question and takes viewers along on a journey to explore how far we’ve come in our quest for answers and how we’ve managed to get here. Among the intriguing topics pondered are the secret language of animals, what’s hidden in the human body, the artificial intelligence technologies that could rival and surpass the abilities of the human mind, the controversial power to engineer life in a lab, and the mysteries of the universe.
The series travels to some unexpected places to look for answers — including deep underwater, where humpback whales are essentially playing a game of “telephone” across the world, with pods teaching each other new songs.
It also ventures beneath our skin, where trillions of microbes are living in our bodies, as well as in mines below the earth, where researchers are trying to detect elusive dark matter particles. The series also goes into space, where astrophysicists are hunting for signs of extra-terrestrial life, and more.
The three young scientists who serve as enthusiastic guides and science communicators are: Talithia Williams, a mathematician and statistician who also applies data models to the human body and the environment; Rana el Kaliouby, a computer scientist developing emotion recognition technology used in artificial intelligence; and André Fenton, a neuroscientist studying the biology of memory.
All three help to set up the inquiry, demonstrate key aspects of the challenges facing scientists, and ask provocative questions about research carried out on the winding paths of uncertainty and the unknown.
“What is unique about NOVA Wonders—and what distinguishes it from the original NOVA series — is the emphasis on unanswered questions,” said Julia Cort, Executive Producer of the new series. “We’re riding along with researchers who are pushing the envelope on our knowledge about the universe and ourselves. They don’t have all the answers, but the thrill is in the journey and trying to solve a mystery for the very first time.”