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Supernature | Wild Flyers

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Watch Wednesdays, December 20 - 27, 2017 at 10pm on WMHT-TV

Explore the wonder and science of one of nature’s greatest innovations — the power of flight. Cutting-edge camera technology and computer-generated graphics help explain airborne animals’ remarkable powers and how they work.

Episodes

Defying Gravity

Explore the basic principles of flight to see how animals become airborne in the first place. From leapers to gliders and those that effortlessly fly, each creature has special techniques. But all must overcome a powerful force — gravity.

Masters of the Sky

Many animals take to the skies for a split second, but to stay there, the planet’s strongest flyers push the laws of physics to the limit. Explore the extremes of true flight: power, acceleration, top speed, maneuverability, and endurance.

Crowded Skies

The sky is a crowded world where mammals, birds and insects hunt, escape, mate, defend territory, sleep and even die on the wing. Survival up there depends not just on beating gravity or mastering flight but also out-flying the competition.

Phylogenetic trees can tell us where medical problems come from, and how to fight them.

PBS Nature News

Boxer Crab Fights off Pufferfish

Episode 2, “Survival” premieres Wednesday, May 2 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) The boxer crab has an extraordinary method for self defense: it wards off...

Cannibal Wall Lizards in Greece

Episode 1, “Hunger Wars” premieres Wednesday, April 25 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) On the Greek island of Parthenos, a dense population of wall lizards...

NOVA scienceNOW News

Five Reasons to Eat Insects

Save room for bugs! They're the future of green cuisine.