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NOVA scienceNOW: How Smart Can We Get?

Airs Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at 10 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: (L to R) David Zagzag, John Golfinos, and David Pogue examine the anatomy of brain.

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.

Mapping the Brain

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

Anthropologist Dean Falk explains to David the different areas of the brain.
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Above: Anthropologist Dean Falk explains to David the different areas of the brain.

David Pogue tests his memory at the 2012 USA Memory Championship.
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Above: David Pogue tests his memory at the 2012 USA Memory Championship.

"How Smart Can We Get?" - How do you get a genius brain? Is it all in your DNA? Or is it hard work? Is it possible that everyone’s brain has untapped genius — just waiting for the right circumstances so it can be unleashed?

From a man who suddenly acquired an extraordinary musical gift after a freak head injury to a “memory athlete” who can remember strings of hundreds of random numbers, David Pogue meets people stretching the boundaries of what the human mind can do.

Then, Pogue puts himself to the test: After high-res scanning, he finds out how the anatomy of his brain measures up against the greatest mind of the century — Albert Einstein.

Human Intelligence: Expert Q&A:

How much can you learn about what makes someone smart by looking at just one brain— even Einstein’s brain? How much is our intelligence determined by the shape and size of different brain structures versus the strength of neural pathways connecting those structures?

If you have questions, share them by October 26, 2012 at noon. Or “like” the questions you see, and we’ll send the most popular ones to Dr. Lepore.

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

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Preview: NOVA scienceNOW: How Smart Can We Get?

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Above: See inside Einstein’s brain, learn how to boost your memory, meet people who became savants after an injury, and more in "How Smart Can We Get?"

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David Pogue's Brain Scan

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Above: An anthropologist discovers something completely unexpected in David Pogue's brain scan.

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