Science and Nature

Overview

Overview combines aerial cinematography with science storytelling to reveal both the natural phenomena and human forces shaping our planet. The series will feature stories about agriculture, engineering, the environment and natural wonders told by the scientists, rangers, farmers and artists who are responsible for innovating the world around us.

Why are There 30 Million Horseshoe Crabs on This Beach?

8m 15s

Every spring, the beaches of Delaware Bay play host to one of the world’s wildest parties. Millions of prehistoric crabs (and hundreds of thousands of birds) converge here. These horseshoe crabs spend most of their lives in the ocean depths. But every May and June, their spindly little legs will carry them 60 miles or more to congregate on sandy beaches up and down the Atlantic coast.

Episodes

  • Why are There 30 Million Horseshoe Crabs on This Beach?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why are There 30 Million Horseshoe Crabs on This Beach?

    S1 E18 - 8m 15s

    Every spring, the beaches of Delaware Bay play host to one of the world’s wildest parties. Millions of prehistoric crabs (and hundreds of thousands of birds) converge here. These horseshoe crabs spend most of their lives in the ocean depths. But every May and June, their spindly little legs will carry them 60 miles or more to congregate on sandy beaches up and down the Atlantic coast.

  • Are Roller Coasters Actually Good For Your Brain?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Are Roller Coasters Actually Good For Your Brain?

    S1 E17 - 9m 2s

    Roller coasters have the power to heal. Host Joe Hanson explores the world of coasters, exploring the safety protocols ride engineers consider in designing them and the impact they have on the human body. We learn about how the experience of riding coasters can have positive impacts in our lives.

  • US Streets are Dangerous. We Can Fix Them.: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    US Streets are Dangerous. We Can Fix Them.

    S1 E16 - 7m 52s

    Cars dominate US city streets, and there’s no better example than Atlanta, GA. Streets in Atlanta are designed for getting cars around as fast as possible. The result? Pedestrian deaths in ATL are twice the national average. But the city is trying to change that, starting with Peachtree Street.

  • Inside the Fight to Save an Ancient Forest: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Inside the Fight to Save an Ancient Forest

    S1 E15 - 10m 39s

    The ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest are home to giant trees and many secrets, which science is just beginning to understand. But these forests are at risk of disappearing. In British Columbia on First Nations territory, a small band of forest defenders are risking life and liberty to protect some of the last remaining ancient forests.

  • How To Stop Your Poop From Killing Corals: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How To Stop Your Poop From Killing Corals

    S1 E14 - 7m 23s

    Corals all over the world are threatened by warming ocean temperatures. But 30 years of data show that reefs off the Florida Keys could protect themselves from rising temperatures if they weren’t also dealing with nutrient pollution coming from land. What’s weakening these corals? Sewage. And there’s something we can do about it.

  • Why Oil Country is Turning to Wind Power: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Oil Country is Turning to Wind Power

    S1 E13 - 9m 29s

    Texas is an oil state, right? Yes! But it’s also a wind state. If Texas were a country it would be fifth in the world for wind energy generation. Take a trip through wind country with host Joe Hanson as he explores a wind farm in his home state of Texas.

  • How Five Billion lbs of Las Vegas Garbage Powers a City: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How FIVE BILLION lbs of Las Vegas Garbage Powers a City

    S1 E12 - 8m 54s

    Most the of 600 billion pounds of waste that Americans produce every year ends up in landfills. All that trash can have huge impacts on the environment. But modern landfills have found a new use for all that trash — they’re turning it into energy.

  • Can Dynamite Save You From An Avalanche?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Can Dynamite Save You From An Avalanche?

    S1 E11 - 8m 24s

    Avalanches are mysterious and complex and the science of these natural phenomena is incomplete. But one thing that is known is how to prevent them. To do that, you have to do something counterintuitive — you have to start them.

  • Humans Cause Traffic Jams, AI Can Fix Them: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Humans Cause Traffic Jams, AI Can Fix Them

    S1 E10 - 9m 46s

    Traffic is one of the biggest problems plaguing cities today. Idling cars cause increased emissions, more traffic means more accidents, and it is, of course, annoying. Meet traffic scientist, Dr. Alex Bayen who is working to solve traffic with automation.

  • How a Mind-Blowing World of Ice Gets Made: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How a Mind-Blowing World of Ice Gets Made

    S1 E9 - 7m 46s

    It’s a mile long and 150 feet high, and covered in the most spectacular ice falls anyone has ever seen. And it’s all human made. The Ouray Ice Park is the world’s premiere location for ice climbing and attracts visitors from around the world. Nobody has ever attempted to create anything on this scale. How do they do it?

  • How Bison are Saving America's Lost Prairie: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Bison are Saving America's Lost Prairie

    S1 E7 - 8m 28s

    The prairie landscape has come to symbolize the American heartland. But an ecosystem that once covered a vast swath of the continent has all but disappeared. Just a tiny fraction remains. But researchers and conservationists in Oklahoma may have hit upon two surprising keys to saving this lost ecosystem: bison and fire. Their efforts could help restore degraded grasslands around the world.

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