Ever wondered if those fuzzy bandits trashing your garbage cans are smarter than you are? They might not have been when you first encountered each, but Nature questions whether our efforts to outwit raccoons are actually helping them! Explore to see if people are unwittingly contributing to the raccoon nations evolutionary success by creating complex obstacles in fast-paced environments. Scientists follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate a major city to find out.
Mysteriously abandoned on its mountaintop perch more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the western hemispheres most famous archeological ruin. But why was this iconic symbol of Incan power and engineering prowess abandoned? Its a question that has plagued us since Hiram Bingham discovered the Lost City of the Incas in 1911. NOVA joins a new generation of archeologists as they search for answers, probing areas of the architectural wonder that havent been disturbed since the Incan people built the sacred site.
Why are some treats like chocolate chip cookies delectable while others like cookies made from mealworms disgusting? We might think we know, but NOVA scienceNOW invites us to taste a much more complicated truth in Can I Eat That?. Join David Pogue and venture into labs and kitchens where everything from apple pie and Thanksgiving turkey to juicy grasshoppers is diced, sliced, dissected and examined to uncover what helps us enjoy our food more. Is there a secret that could let us find the secret to enjoying our favorites without packing on the pounds?
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