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Rise of the Robots

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 3:58pm -- WCVE

Machines are everywhere. They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But Robots – machines with human-like capabilities – have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now.

Watch NOVA: Rise of the Robots February 24 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS.

Fueled by an ambitious DARPA challenge, the race is on to design a robot that can replace humans in disaster relief situations. Follow the robots – and the engineers that program them – as they strive to make their way out of the lab and into the real world.

In Performance at the White House: Ray Charles

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 10:37am -- WCVE

Hear interpretations of the music of Ray Charles, using his own big-band musical arrangements, by renowned as well as up-and-coming artists. The performance, a White House partnership with the Smithsonian, airs from the East Room.

Watch In Performance at the White House: Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles February 26 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS. Check listings for additional air-times.

The Human Face of Big Data

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 10:07am -- WCVE

The gathering and analyzing of massive amounts of data allow us to address some major challenges, but the accessibility of so much data comes at a steep price. This film captures the promise and peril of the extraordinary knowledge revolution.

Watch The Human Face of Big Data February 24 at 10:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS. Check listings for additional air-times.

B.B. King: The Life of Riley

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 9:16am -- WCVE

B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. From his roots as a sharecropper’s son, working in the cotton fields of Mississippi, he rose to become a living legend -- the most renowned blues singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer of the past 40 years -- earning the moniker ‘King of the Blues’.

Memory Hackers

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:25am -- WCVE

Memory. Whether it’s sharp, fuzzy, poignant or thrilling, it’s the glue that binds our mental lives. Without it we’d be prisoners of the present, unable to use the lessons of the past to change our future.

From our first kiss to where we put our keys, memory represents who we are and how we learn and navigate the world. But how does it work?

Creatures of Light

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:02pm -- WCVE

On a summer’s night, there’s nothing more magic than watching the soft glow of fireflies switching on and off. Fireflies seem special because so few other life forms on land can light up the night.

But in the dark depths of the oceans, it’s a different story: nearly 90% of all species shine from within. Whether it’s to scare off predators, fish for prey or lure a mate, the language of light is everywhere in the ocean depths, and scientists are finally starting to decode it.