PBS has announced its new series, continuing to devote Wednesdays to nature, science, and technology. Joining the existing line-up are the Earth A New Wild hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan; the Ken Burns-producer Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies; and First Peoples, a look at how early humans evolved. [Variety] » 11/19/14 3:00am 11/19/14 3:00am

Science Explains Why Beer Is The Liquid That Fuels Civilzation

Ever wondered exactly how your favorite alcoholic beverage that isn't scotch is made? PBS's wonderful "It's Okay to Be Smart" series reveals the science of beer, from hops to bacteria to why we like it so damn much. Take notes; when the apocalypse comes you'll be glad you have 'em. » 9/10/14 6:40am 9/10/14 6:40am

Bowie Reveals The Secret Origin Of Ziggy Stardust In This Great Cartoon

The man responsible for the greatest scifi album of all time is Ziggy Stardust. And the man responsible for that man is of course David Bowie, who explains his creation of his iconic 1970s glam rock character in this 1998 interview with Joe Smith, now animated by PBS's Blank on Blank. » 5/20/14 10:56am 5/20/14 10:56am

The PBS Avengers assemble to save us all from stupid TV

When Honey Booboo and other godawful reality shows clog the airwaves, there's only four people you can call. Carl Sagan. Mr. Rogers. Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bob Ross. Together, they are the PBS Avengers, and this world would be a better place if this video were real. » 5/01/13 2:40pm 5/01/13 2:40pm

It's Okay to be Smart is now on YouTube!

Joe Hanson, creator of the fantastic science tumblr It's Okay to be Smart, has a new YouTube science show by the very same name. He's teamed up with PBS to make it happen, and it sounds like they've got big things in store. » 1/28/13 4:30pm 1/28/13 4:30pm

What does Wonder Woman have to do with polygraph tests? More than you…

From a forthcoming episode of PBS's NOVA scienceNOW on the science of crime prevention comes an interesting revelation: William Marsten, one of the people behind the invention of the (oft-maligned) lie-detecting polygraph, is the same William Marsten who created Wonder Woman and her truth-producing Golden Lasso: » 10/10/12 3:00pm 10/10/12 3:00pm

Is William Gibson A Modern Day Oracle?

If you aren't already familiar with PBS's Idea Channel, drop what you're doing and go check it out. Immediately. In fact, why don't you start with the video featured here, in which the Idea Channel's Mike Rugnetta presents a damn compelling case that William Gibson is pretty much a modern day soothsayer. » 8/30/12 5:02pm 8/30/12 5:02pm

Become the next Mr. Snuffleupagus at the Sesame Street open auditions

Can we tell you how to get to Sesame Street? Indeed, we can — simply go to New York City's Roseland Ballroom on August 20 between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM and secure your place in the pantheon of legendary children's entertainers. Just think, centuries from now your visage will be carved out of a 100-foot slab of… » 8/13/12 8:00pm 8/13/12 8:00pm

See an exoskeleton that helps paraplegics to walk (and other bionics)…

PBS Newshour recently did a neat segment on the various advancements in medical bionics, such exoskeletons and biomimetic arms. The segment also featured amputee athlete Aimee Mullins, who's competed with carbon-fiber "cheetah leg" protheses. » 7/04/11 3:30pm 7/04/11 3:30pm

Godspeed, Jack Horkheimer

Jack Horkheimer, the vivacious host of the PBS astronomy program Star Gazer/Star Hustler and the director of the Miami Museum of Science, died of respiratory disease last Friday. He was 72. Here, AD Jameson of Big Other remembers Horkheimer. » 8/22/10 9:34am 8/22/10 9:34am

Alan Alda Wants To Peel Open Your Brain

From hosting Scientific American Frontiers to writing a play based on Einstein's letters, Alan Alda is a true geek. We caught up with him to find out about his exploration of the human brain for PBS, called The Human Spark. » 12/28/09 1:00pm 12/28/09 1:00pm

When We All Pledged Our Love To Doctor Who

Doctor Who fans parade around a television studio, rubbing elbows with residents of The Prisoner's Village, during a 1987 pledge break on a local PBS station. But what is the Master doing leering over that poor woman's shoulder? » 8/24/09 6:00pm 8/24/09 6:00pm

NASA TV Show Reminds People Of Good Old Days

NASA will celebrate its 50th birthday by going on a charm offensive and trying to remind you that it can still be really, really cool. At least, that's the impression given by the announcement of a new half-hour series, NASA 360, that aims to show how the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has made the… » 2/05/08 12:40pm 2/05/08 12:40pm