I love that I learn things from Nova.
Almost every episode of Nova, I go through the same cycle.
- The episode starts and it appears to be on a topic that looks really boring
- I watch it anyways because I am too lazy to change the channel.
- Before I know it, the subject becomes more more interesting than I thought it possibly could have.
- By the end my brain is saying "OMG!"
- They did an episode on close calls for Nuclear War. I thought, "This will be boring, we all know about the Cuban missle crisis." Then I learn there has been many other close calls, including a poorly launched rocket for a satelite that caused the Russians to get out the big red button, because it had a path heading directly for Moscow.
- They did a series on String Theory, which I had never even heard of until that point. An abstract physics concept like that you would think is boring, but they explain it in an interesting way so that even a dumby dumb like me gets the idea.
- They did a show on "The Dimming Effect". I thought, "This will be boring, it's just another green house gas story". Then I learn, that the amount of polution in our hair has dimmed the sunlight and in effect reduced temperatures. So it was sort of balancing the global warming somewhat. Now, the air polution is getting cleaned up a bit, and people are worried that cleaner air will cause the global warming to get really bad. So my brain goes "OMG!"
I hope there are lots of high school kids out there that watch this show. I think it will create more smart cookies, which Nova can interview in 20 years about their theories and inventions.