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NOVA: Making Stuff: Faster

Airs Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: David Pogue gets ready to race in sports car.

Courtesy of David Pogue

David Pogue prepares for the plane boarding test.

Courtesy of David Pogue

The Oracle in the water.

Courtesy of David Pogue

David Pogue running on treadmill as Peter Weyand looks on, Southern Methodist University.

Host and New York Times technology columnist David Pogue returns to the acclaimed miniseries, MAKING STUFF, which this time explores how technology makes stuff faster (October 16), wilder (October 23), colder (October 30) and safer (November 6).

MAKING STUFF "Faster" airs Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 9 p.m. - Are there physical limits to how fast humans can go? David Pogue wants to find out how much we can tweak physiology and engineering to move humans and machines even faster. He investigates everything from lightning-fast electric muscle cars to ultra-sleek sailboats to ultra-fast cameras and quantum teleportation.

But faster is also about efficiency and the science of optimization: getting things done in less time. From the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to UPS headquarters and inside a packed 737, Pogue’s quest for ultimate speed limits takes him to unexpected places where he comes face-to-face with the final frontiers of speed.

NOVA also explores important questions: Is it possible to go too fast? Have we hit a point where innovation outpaces our ability to keep up?

Past episodes of NOVA are available for online viewing. NOVA is on Facebook, and you can follow @novapbs on Twitter.

Enjoy "Exploration Wednesdays" including new season of NATURE, NOVA Making Stuff…, and RAW To Ready, on KPBS-TV beginning at 8 p.m. October 16-Novemeber 6, 2013.

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NOVA: Making Stuff: Faster Preview

Above: Host David Pogue tries to find out if there are physical limits to how fast we can go in this episode of MAKING STUFF.

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NOVA: Making Stuff: Wilder Preview

Above: In this episode, host David Pogue travels the globe to explore new technologies inspired by Nature.

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NOVA: Making Stuff: Colder Preview

Above: Cold is the new hot in this brave new world. For centuries we've fought it, shunned it, and huddled against it. Cold has always been the enemy of life, but now it may hold the key to a new generation of science and technology that will improve our lives. In "Making Stuff: Colder," David Pogue explores the frontiers of cold science from saving the lives of severe trauma patients to ultracold physics, where bizarre new properties of matter are the norm and the basis of new technologies like levitating trains and quantum computers.

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NOVA: Making Stuff: Safer Preview

Above: The world has always been a dangerous place, so how do we increase our odds of survival? In "Making Stuff: Safer," David Pogue explores the cutting-edge research of scientists and engineers who want to keep us out of harm’s way. Some are countering the threat of natural disasters with new firefighting materials and safer buildings. Others are at work on technologies to thwart terrorist attacks.

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NOVA: Making More Stuff: Series Preview

Above: Host and New York Times technology columnist David Pogue returns to the acclaimed miniseries, MAKING STUFF, which this time explores how technology makes stuff faster (October 16), wilder (October 23), colder (October 30) and safer (November 6).

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Exploration Wednesdays on PBS

Above: Enjoy "Exploration Wednesdays" including new season of NATURE, NOVA Making Stuff…, and RAW To Ready, on KPBS-TV beginning at 8 p.m. October 16-Novemeber 27, 2013.

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