PBS Takes On Sleep Science In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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Much has been said and studied in the world of sleep science throughout the decades.

News agencies nationwide use stories of sleep as space fillers on slow news days all the time.  Now a more reputable source, PBS’ NOVA takes a deeper dive into the science of sleep in a new episode scheduled for release Tuesday on DVD.  The episode, Mysteries of Sleep, examines the benefits of good sleep and consequences of not so good sleep.

Additionally, it presents research on how something, such as pink noise, can possibly have a positive impact on sleep, and how sleep impacts children’s ability to learn.

NOVAMysteries of Sleep has a run time of one hour.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available at:

 

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There’s No Mystery Why ‘NOVA: Dead Sea Scrolls Detectives’ Is Worth Watching

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Counterfeiting is big business.  From people making fake money to knockoffs of various clothing and apparel items to even fake paintings and more, counterfeiters work hard to separate people from their money and cheat them in the process.  For all of the counterfeited items that are out there, one might never expect someone to go as far as to counterfeit some of the most significant artifacts in history, but sadly, even that happens.  In the new episode of its new hit science-based series NOVA, Dead Sea Scrolls Detectives PBS examines the counterfeiting of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls and how the fakes are found.  This story is the most important of the episode in its recent home release, and will be discussed shortly.  The firsthand explanations of how the fakes are created and uncovered adds even more interest to the DVD’s presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  The overall content featured in the DVD makes its average price point such that audiences will not mind paying.  When this is considered along with all of the content, the whole of this episode of NOVA proves to be a presentation that leaves no mystery as to its appeal.

NOVA: Dead Sea Scrolls Detectives is a presentation whose appeal is wide to say the least.  That is proven through a variety of clues, just one of which being its primary content.  That content, its story, goes a long way toward making it well worth the watch.  The story takes audiences in to the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls’ discovery and the eventual trend of people capitalizing on the importance of the scrolls.  Audiences will be surprised to learn the lengths to which counterfeiters have gone and will go to trick people.  Just as interesting to learn through the interviews is that apparently there’s a code among some overseas in terms of identifying the counterfeiters.  It truly is disturbing to see that there are those who are willing to protect counterfeiters.  As the story progresses, audiences discover the reach of the fakes and how easy it is for counterfeiters to get away with their crimes, and the lengths to which experts will go to uncover those fakes.  The story in whole will appeal not only to biblical experts and theologians, but to fans of crime dramas.  Those behind the episode should be applauded as it would have been so easy for them to go over the top with this and make it something that it was not.  Luckily, that did not happen here, and in turn, it ensured audiences would remain engaged throughout from start to end.

While the formatting of NOVA: Dead Sea Scrolls Detectives and the story itself do a lot to make this episode of NOVA worth the watch, those collective elements are just one part of what makes the program so interesting.  The firsthand displays of how the counterfeit fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls are identified will keep viewers engaged and entertained, too.  The segments showing how the writing on the parchments is so closely scrutinized are enlightening to say the very least.  Listening to the investigation into the writing and something as minute as the salt crystals on the parchments shows the painstaking lengths to which counterfeiters will go to trick people.  It really is a good starting point in discussions on how forensic science works.  The reaction by the victims and the investigator to the revelation of which fragments are fake adds even more interest to this aspect of the episodes.  The further investigation into how a burned scroll was “brought back to life” adds even more interest to the presentation.  Seeing how technology can be used to virtually unravel and read parchment that is otherwise destroyed shows how far technology has advanced for this and other purposes.  That display alone is eye-opening and will assuredly keep viewers engaged.  Keeping in mind the engaging and entertaining primary and secondary content featured in this documentary, it makes the presentation’s average price point such that audiences will not mind paying that price.

The average price point of NOVA: Dead Sea Scross Detectives is $19.49.  That price was obtained by averaging prices listed at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Books-A-Million and PBS’ online store.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers did not have the DVD listed at the time of this review’s posting.  The only listings that exceed that average are at Books-A-Million, at $24.99 and PBS’ store, $19.99.  PBS’ store listing barely breaks that cap, too.  The most commonly-listed and least expensive pricing is $17.99.  It is listed at Amazon, Walmart, Target and Best Buy.  Simply put, the pricing for this DVD is affordable and worth the price at that considering its content.  It doesn’t even reach the 420 mark for the most part.  To that end, audiences will find this aspect just as appealing as the content featured within the DVD.  All things considered, consumers and audiences will agree that through investigation, it becomes clear that NOVA: Dead Sea Scrolls Detectives proves to be an enjoyable new episode of one of PBS’ best series.

NOVA: Dead Sea Scrolls Detectives is one more example of why PBS’ hit science-based series is such a popular program.  That is proven in part through the program’s primary content, it’s story, which focuses on the lengths to which some people will go to create fakes of anything.  The secondary content, showing the work put into stopping counterfeiters from defrauding consumers and people in general adds even more interest to the program.  The whole of the primary and secondary content makes the DVD’s average price point relatively affordable and welcome for audiences and consumers.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this presentation.  All things considered, they make NOVA: Dead Sea Scrolls Detectives anything but a mystery in terms of its appeal.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Presenting New Da Vinci Profile In New ‘Nova’ Episode

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PBS will present a new profile of legendary artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci this month in a new episode of NOVA.

NOVADecoding da Vinci is scheduled for release Tuesday on DVD.  The new episode of the network’s hit science-based series examines, on the 500th anniversary of his death, how he created his artworks and inventions. From dissecting humans to to studying optics to developing some of the earliest flying and war machines and the creation of his famed painting, the Mona Lisa, the program goes into depth examining his work.

NOVADecoding da Vinci will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and can be ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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PBS Releases Another New Engineering Documentary In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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PBS is renewing its focus on the topic of engineering in a newly released episode of NOVA.

NOVAWhy Bridges Collapse is available now on DVD and digital.  The program opens with the story of the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy in Aug. 2018.  The collapse led to the death of 43 people.

From that point, the program delves into the world of engineering and what may have led to the collapse of the bridge, which had stood for half a century.  It compares that bridge’s failure to the collapses over the years of similar structures in West Virginia — the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River — and in Minnesota — the I-35W Bridge — in an effort to find out what can and should be done in the future to ensure such disasters no longer happen.

NOVAWhy Bridges Collapse is retailing for MSRP of $24.99, but can be ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.

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Automated Cars Get New Attention In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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PBS is examining the rise of automated vehicles in another new episode of its hit science-based series NOVA.

NOVALook Who’s Driving is scheduled for release Tuesday.  The program focuses on the increasing presence of automated vehicles on America’s roads.  The new episode also examines the safety of those computer-driven vehicles.

In the process, the program examines the number of start-ups that have come into existence in the rush to take advantage of this latest technological advance from the auto industry.  It examines whether those companies are just cashing in on the trend or if they are actually working to produced a safe product for consumers.

NOVALook Who’s Driving will retail for MSRP of $$24.99, but can be ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.

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PBS’ ‘NOVA’ Examines The ‘Rise Of The Mammals’ In New Episode

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Approximately 66 million years ago, an asteroid collided with Earth and caused an ecological disaster that wiped out the dinosaurs and led to the start of what has since been dubbed the “Age of Mammals.”  Now in a new episode of its hit science-based series NOVA, audiences are taken through that age and the evolution of mammals.

Scheduled for release Jan. 21 on DVD and digital, NOVA: Rise of the Mammals examines which creatures survived the disaster that wiped out three out of four every kind of living being following the impact of the noted asteroid.  It also examines how quickly the noted surviving species returned to prominence and how the planet in whole recovered from the noted global cataclysm.

The examination comes from the discovery, in 2016, of fossils that show how various plants and animals came back from the brink of extinction.

NOVARise of the Mammals will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online at:

 

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PBS Distribution Announces Release Date For New ‘NOVA’ Episode, ‘Dead Sea Scrolls Detectives’

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PBS Distribution will release a new episode of PBS’ series NOVA later this month that focus on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

NOVADead Sea Scroll Detectives is scheduled for release Jan. 21 on DVD and digital.  The program follows scientists as they work to figure out why some of the Dead Sea Scrolls have survived for more than 2,000 years while other others have fallen victim to the elements in that time.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest known copy of the Hebrew Bible.  To this day, it is still not known who composed the writings in the scrolls.  It is also unknown if more scrolls exist anywhere else.

As the scientists work to decode the writings on the scroll fragments, they also discover counterfeit copies of the scrolls.

NOVADead Sea Scroll Detectives will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.

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