NOVA scienceNOW

Tue, 07/07/2009 - 9:00pm
Pictured: Neil de Grasse Tyson examines a man-made diamond.
Credit: Julia Cort
The fast-paced science magazine series NOVAscienceNOW returns to WXXI-TV this summer with a 10-week season full of fresh new perspectives, fascinating scientists, cutting-edge innovations and provocative stories from the frontlines of science, technology and medicine. Hosted by renowned author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the series also introduces a new correspondent this season, Ziya Tong, former host and producer of WIRED SCIENCE. NOVA science NOW airs Tuesdays, beginning July 7 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011/ cable 11).
“In an era when the innovations made possible by science and technology often resonate on a global scale and rapidly change the way we live, NOVA scienceNOW is there to inform, engage and inspire viewers about all of the exciting possibilities and help them understand how these latest developments will affect their daily lives,” said senior executive producer Paula Apsell.
Each week, host deGrasse Tyson and the team of NOVA scienceNOW correspondents find creative and entertaining new ways to bring viewers four current stories on the most intriguing discoveries and biggest breakthroughs from an array of scientific fields — ranging from biomedicine and technology to archeology, astrophysics, natural history and more. In every episode, the series also offers one profile piece, spotlighting a scientific personality with a compelling career or surprising personal history. Tyson, who is also director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, then closes each show with his signature “Cosmic Perspective.”