NOVA scienceNOW: What Makes Us Human? (New Season Premiere)
Airs Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
David Pogue, popular technology reporter for The New York Times, is the new host of the critically acclaimed science magazine series, NOVA scienceNOW, beginning with the launch of Season Six in October 2012. Featuring four stories in each themed episode, the new season again tackles an array of thought-provoking topics.
Who's Who In Human Evolution
Meet your distant cousins in this interactive illustration of the past seven million years.
"What Makes Us Human?" - Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions of other animals who have evolved on this planet.
In this episode, David Pogue explores the traits we once thought were uniquely ours — language, tool-making, even laughter — to uncover their evolutionary roots.
He traces some of the crucial steps that transformed cave men to accountants — and learns how much of his own DNA came from a Neanderthal ancestor.