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scienceNOW What Makes Us Human?
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Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that distinguish humans from the millions of other animal species with which we share the vast majority of our DNA. Now, we explore those traits once thought to be uniquely human to discover their evolutionary roots.
NOVA: Becoming Human - Unearthing Our Earliest Ancestors
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Nothing is more fascinating to us than, well, us. Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special, "Becoming Human," examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives--putting together the pieces of…
First Steps
Episode 1 of NOVA: Becoming Human
Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special, "Becoming Human," examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives. Part 1, "First Steps," examines the factors that caused us to split from…
Birth of Humanity
Episode 2 of NOVA: Becoming Human
In "Birth of Humanity," the second part of the three-part series "Becoming Human," NOVA investigates the first skeleton that really looks like us-"Turkana Boy"-an astonishingly complete specimen of Homo erectus found by the famous Leakey team in Kenya. These early humans are thought to have developed key innovations that helped…
Last Human StandingĀ 
Episode 3 of NOVA: Becoming Human
In "Last Human Standing," the final program of the three-part series "Becoming Human," NOVA examines the fate of the Neanderthals, our European cousins who died out as modern humans spread from Africa into Europe during the Ice Age. Did modern humans interbreed with Neanderthals or exterminate them? The program explores…
Microbirth - The Origins of the Human Microbiome
Winner of Grand Prix award at the 2014 Life Sciences Film festival. Microbirth is a 60 minute cutting-edge science documentary offering an overview of the origins of the human microbiome and its significance for lifelong health. Narrated by voice-over, illustrated by animation and live-action visuals, and featuring interviews with twelve…
9 Months That Made You
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Discover the thrilling story of how you were made, from the moment of conception to the moment of birth 280 days later. Follow the gestation process, the most exquisite biological choreography found in nature. Using the latest research and advances in medicine, we can reveal this hidden world in forensic…
The First 8 Weeks
Episode 1 of 9 Months That Made You
Follow the story of how, from a fertilized egg, you took on human form in the womb. Chart the metamorphosis from the various embryonic forms you once took on until the moment around 12 weeks when you became unmistakably human.
One of a Kind
Episode 2 of 9 Months That Made You
Learn how you became the unique individual you are. No two people--even "identical" twins--are identical. Through riveting examples, explore how your face was shaped, why you're likely to be right-handed, even how your sexuality formed.
The Final Countdown
Episode 3 of 9 Months That Made You
Meet the miracle that is you. See how your time in the womb, as your senses mature, has determined your destiny on the outside. Survey the latest epigenetic research that shows how the womb environment leaves its mark, even altering your DNA.
Death by Design - Scientific Concepts Illustrated Through Art and Architecture
Winner of 10 international awards, Death by Design is a guided tour into the invisible world of cells, told through a collage of metaphors and interviews with cellular biologists. State-of-the-art microcinematography is playfully intercut with parallel images from life at the human scale: a hundred lighted violins, imploding skyscrapers, Busby…
Journey of the Universe - An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation
One day on a Greek island, and your view of the universe will change forever... Ask acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme about our role as humans in this awe-inspiring universe, and his insights will light up the night skies. As our host, co-writer, and fellow traveler, he…