Cutting Edge Science

Dinosaur Plague

What killed the dinosaurs? Ask anyone, and the answer will usually be “a massive asteroid.” However, some scientists believe that something almost too tiny to see could be what really took down these giant reptiles. (NOVA ScienceNOW – 2009)


There’s no place on Earth like it: the Dead Sea. Its salt-encrusted shores were the backdrop of Old Testament drama and the source of Cleopatra’s beauty treatments. Even today, its striking teal waters and extreme chemistry capture the imagination. But the Dead Sea is dying. Scientists team up with governments of the region in an epic effort to save the Dead Sea. But complex scientific uncertainties and challenging political realities could put this epic project in jeopardy. (PBS/NOVA 2019). Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Co-Producer: Avner Tavori. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann

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Capturing Carbon

An eighth-grader’s science fair project prompts her scientist father to develop a new way to pull excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. (NOVA ScienceNOW – 2009).

Secrets in the Salt

Take a trip to an underground salt deposit that formed 250 million years ago to search for evidence of ancient life. Learn about the formation of the salt deposit and observe as scientists drill into the salt walls to retrieve samples. See liquids trapped within the salt that are millions of years old, and hear from scientists who were stunned to find that there were fibers of ancient cellulose inside. (NOVA ScienceNOW – 2009)


Machines are everywhere. They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But humanoid robots—machines with human-like capabilities—have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now. Fueled by an ambitious DARPA challenge, the race is on to design a robot that can replace humans in disaster relief situations. NOVA investigates the cutting-edge technologies that are advancing robotics—and the enormous challenges that robots still face. Finalist- Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. (PBS/NOVA 2016). Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann.

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What gives metals their astounding characteristics? From the perfect ring of a bronze bell to the awe-striking steel construction of Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” stadium, how have humans perfected metalworking? And how have metals enabled our modern hi-tech world? (PBS/NOVA- 2016. Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann.



Ground Zero Supertower” examines the new skyscraper, One World Trade Center, rising 104 stories and 1,776 feet from the site where the Twin Towers once stood. NOVA also goes underground to see another engineering marvel taking shape: the National September 11 Memorial Museum that will house almost a thousand artifacts from that devastating day.  (PBS/NOVA 2013). Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann.