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NOVA: Making Stuff: Wilder

Airs Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS

Above: David Pogue launches the "Air Jelly," a remote-controlled flying jellyfish designed by the German engineering company Festo.

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David Pogue and the MAKING STUFF "Wilder" crew meet Boston Dynamics' LS3 4-legged robot.

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Harvard University's "Robobee"; smaller than a penny, it's dwarfed by many real insects.

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Harvard Professor Joanna Aizenberg shows David Pogue the Nepenthes Pitcher Plant, a carniverous plant whose slippery surface inspired a non-stick material invented by her lab.

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 "Wilder" airs Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9 p.m. - What happens when engineers open up nature’s toolbox? David Pogue explores bold innovations inspired by the Earth’s greatest inventor, life itself.

From underwater wi-fi based on dolphin communication, to robotic “mules” and “cheetahs” for the military, to swarms of robotic bees, Pogue travels the world seeing the “wildest” ideas put into action in new inventions and technologies.

It is a journey that sees today’s bacteria turned into tomorrow’s metallurgists, viruses building batteries, and even DNA, the Code of Life, put to work in “living” computers. Will the stuff of the future take on a life of its own?

Read the related article on "The Evolution of the Bioinspired Robot," By Rachel Nuwer.

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: 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: 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: 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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