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September 19, 2014

WGBH’s NOVA Takes Home Jackson Hole Science Media Award

Zeppelin Terror Attack” wins for Best Technological Sciences Program

BOSTON, MA (September 19, 2014) – NOVA, America’s most-watched prime time science series on television, received an award in the Best Technological Science Program (Including Robotics, Computer & IT, Artificial Intelligence, Mechanical & Systems Engineering) category at the 2014 Science Media Awards for “Zeppelin Terror Attack.” NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston.

The award was presented at a gala Awards Celebration at the New England Aquarium on September 17. The winners of the 2014 Science Media Awards, presented by The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, were selected by a panel of judges preceding the three-day Science Media Symposium, an industry conference hosted in partnership with WGBH in Boston. Click here for the complete list of winners. The 2014 Science Media Awards received more than 480 film entries in 23 categories.

About “Zeppelin Terror Attack”

In the early days of World War I, Germany, determined to bring its British enemies to their knees, launched a new kind of terror campaign: bombing civilians from the sky. But the lethal payloads weren’t delivered by airplanes. They rained down from Zeppelins, enormous airships, some the length of two football fields. With a team of engineers, explosives experts, and historians, NOVA investigates the secrets behind these deadly war machines. Zeppelin Terror Attack explores the technological arms race that unfolded as Britain desperately scrambled to develop defenses that could neutralize the threat, while Germany responded with ever bigger and more powerful Zeppelins. Why were these German monsters of the sky, filled with highly flammable hydrogen gas, so difficult to shoot down?  How were their massive gas bags pieced together from the intestines of millions of cows?  Experts reconstruct and detonate deadly WWI incendiary bombs and test fire antique flaming bullets, all to discover how the British came up with the unique artillery that would finally take down the biggest flying machines ever made.

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