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5 episodes exploring the companionship, communication, and amazingness of animals.

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Within the upcoming weeks, we’ll be sharing collections of a few of our favourite NOVA movies—all organized by topic to make bingeing, studying, and leisure as simple as doable for science lovers of all ages.

Have you ever ever needed to see the world via the eyes of nature’s quickest animal or questioned in case your canine actually loves you? Prepare: The topic of this assortment is “Nature and Animals.”

Cat Tales (2020)

Worshipped as a goddess, condemned as satanic, and spun into a surprising array of breeds, cats have lengthy fascinated people.
However did we ever actually cultivate them? And what can science inform us about our most mysterious companions?

Canine Tales (2020)

Canine have lengthy been reliable companions by our sides. But it surely wasn’t at all times that means, and a have a look at their closest residing relative, the wolf, makes it clear why. Analysis into canine domestication and intelligence presents clues into what the human-dog relationship is all about. And analyzing canine’ mind exercise and genes might even assist reply the query of whether or not canine are in it for the meals—or in the event that they actually love us.

World’s Quickest Animal (2018)

See the world via the eyes of nature’s quickest animal: the peregrine falcon. Although as soon as perilously endangered within the U.S., this spectacular predator is now thriving once more in American cities and on each continent however Antarctica. What’s the secret to its predatory prowess? To search out out, comply with a younger household of peregrines in city Chicago because the chicks hatch and study from their dad and mom to fly and hunt. And be part of knowledgeable falconer Lloyd Buck as he trains a captive peregrine and places its searching abilities to the check. What’s the key behind the peregrine falcon’s blistering velocity, in a position to attain practically 200 mph?

NOVA Wonders: What Are Animals Saying? (2018)

From singing whales and squeaking bats to thumping spiders and clicking dolphins, the world is stuffed with the unique sounds of our fellow creatures. What are they saying? Whereas we imagine language units us aside, some animals display they’ll study our language—like Chaser the canine, who acknowledges tons of of phrases, and Kanzi the bonobo, who seems to have a classy understanding of spoken English. However can we decode their very own communications? NOVA Wonders follows researchers across the globe who’re deciphering an incredible array of clues that reveal how animals share data vital to their survival. Will we at some point be capable of write the bat dictionary or decode the hidden signal language of chimps? And what can these findings inform us concerning the roots of our personal language?

Inside Animal Minds: Who’s the Smartest? (2013)

What makes an animal good? What forces of evolution drive brains to change into extra advanced? Many scientists imagine the key lies in {our relationships}. All through the animal kingdom, a number of the cleverest creatures—together with people—appear to be those that dwell in advanced social teams, like dolphins, elephants, and apes. May the abilities required to maintain observe of buddy and foe make animals smarter? To search out out, NOVA goes contained in the social lives of a number of the smartest animals on the planet. Off the coast of Florida, we see dolphins group as much as catch fish by whipping up a wall of muddy water that drives the meal proper into their companions’ ready mouths. It appears that evidently the dolphins are working collectively to plan their hunt. However are they actually? Biologists go on a quest to decipher the secrets and techniques of animal societies, from the seas of the Caribbean to the plains of Africa. Do dolphins and elephants have “language?” Do chimps have a way of equity? And are any animals moreover ourselves able to feeling empathy?

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