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AETN Exploration Wednesdays: Black Bears and Time’s Illusion

Posted on 18 Jul 2012

Black bears cross a residential road in "Nature - Bears of the Last Frontier: The Road North"  

This AETN Exploration Wednesday, journey back to Alaska for the second installment of “Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier” at 7 p.m. Then, join “NOVA” at 8 p.m. to discover whether time really exists. The answer may surprise you!

In “The Bears of the Last Frontier: The Road North” Chris Morgan takes you with him as he explores the world of the black bears. Trapped in a the crossroads of urban development and the wilderness in Anchorage, Alaska, bears and their human neighbors are defining a new version of “normal.” While garbage bin raids and birdfeeder snacking may be making the people of Anchorage crazy, these habits may be even more harmful for the bears. Journey north with Morgan to Denali National Park and discover how bears coexist with other wildlife in their natural environment. Then, travel by motorcycle to the Artic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay, a once pristine area forever changed by the oil industry.

What is time? “The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time” has a surprising answer. Physicists aren’t really sure! In fact, they have no idea. While we have a deep sense of time passing from present to past, scientists suggest that the passage of time may be nothing but an illusion. How can that be? Host Brian Greene takes us on the ultimate time-traveling journey to explain – revealing a new way of thinking about time where the past, present and future exist at once – tonight at 8 p.m.

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