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NOVA scienceNOW: Can Science Stop Crime?

Airs Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: NOVA scienceNOW host David Pogue gets ready for an EEG.

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.

NOVA scienceNOW host David Pogue and Troy Brown examine heat changes in Pogue's face with a thermal imaging lie detector.
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Above: NOVA scienceNOW host David Pogue and Troy Brown examine heat changes in Pogue's face with a thermal imaging lie detector.

A flashlight illuminates a human skeleton at Texas State University's "Body Farm."
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Above: A flashlight illuminates a human skeleton at Texas State University's "Body Farm."

Mapping the Brain

Use some of the same imaging techniques neuroscientists use—from MRIs to PET scans—to see inside the human brain.

"Can Science Stop Crime?" - What’s the secret to stopping crime? David Pogue gives the third degree to scientists pushing the limits of technology — not only to solve horrific murders, but also to try to prevent crimes.

Pogue learns the latest techniques, from unraveling the clues embedded in a decomposing corpse to detecting lies by peering directly into a suspect’s brain to tracking the creation of a psychopath’s mind.

And a genius crime-stopper has made some terrifying discoveries, including how easy it is for a bad guy to highjack — not just your laptop, but your kids’ toys, your pacemaker and even your car.

Science and Crime: Expert Q&A

Advances in behavioral genetics and neuroscience have the potential to revolutionize forensics in the courtroom. Do you have questions about how science is changing the way we fight crime? Submit them by October 19, 2012 at noon. Or "like" the questions you see, and we'll send the most popular ones to Associate Professor Nita Farahany, an expert in this area.

NOVA is on Facebook, and you can follow @novapbs on Twitter. Follow @Pogue on Twitter.

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Above: What’s the secret to stopping crime? In "Can Science Stop Crime?," David Pogue gives the third degree to scientists pushing the limits of technology — not only to solve horrific murders, but also to try to prevent crimes.