NOVA Wonders | NOVA

May 3, 2018

Wednesdays May 9 - May 30, 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | NOVA Wonders takes viewers on a journey to the frontiers of science, where researchers are tackling some of the biggest questions about life and the cosmos.

NOVA Wonders takes viewers on a journey to the frontiers of science, where researchers are tackling some of the biggest questions about life and the cosmos. From the mysteries of astrophysics to the secrets of the body to the challenges of inventing technologies that could rival—and even surpass—the abilities of the human mind, these six hours reveal how far we’ve come in our search for answers, how we managed to get here, and how scientists hope to push our understanding of the universe even further. Along the way, we meet the remarkable people who are transforming our world and our future.

May 9 | NOVA WONDERS: ARE WE ALONE?

Join astronomers and engineers on a hunt for life on worlds near and far. Discover the next generation of telescopes, probes and robots that are getting us one step closer to answering one of humanity’s biggest questions: Are we alone?

May 16 | NOVA WONDERS : CAN WE BUILD A BRAIN?

Decode the latest advances in artificial intelligence. AI can interpret emotions, play games, even act as personal companions. How does it actually work—and is it truly intelligent? And are we handing over too much power to machines?

May 23 | NOVA WONDERS: CAN WE MAKE LIFE?

Discover the breakthroughs in genetic engineering enabling scientists to create and manipulate DNA as never before. Explore the promise and peril of CRISPR. Can we cure genetic diseases? Bring extinct animals back to life? Even edit our own genes?

May 30 | NOVA WONDERS: WHAT'S THE UNIVERSE MADE OF?

Peer into the deepest unknowns of the universe to explore the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. Join physicists on their quest to uncover the identity of these elusive components, and their epic battle over the fate of the universe.