That's in addition to the roughly 22 seconds it takes to boot up the HT-C6500 from scratch and get to the main menu, which boasts links for all of the system's extra goodies: Pandora, Netflix streaming, VUDU, as well as all of Samsung's proprietary Apps available via Internet@TV. If that's not enough, you can also access media stored on your PC via DLNA, or just about any sort of media file you can think to load on a USB stick and pop into the front of the device. The HT-C6500 even plays MKV files via USB, which is kind of huge. I loaded up a 16GB USB flash drive full of MKV H.264 encodes of the recent (and brilliant) BBC science series Wonders of the Solar System (which is scheduled to play here in the Colonies sometime after the 32nd of Never, last I heard), and watched them all without a hitch in pristine 720p HD and 5.1 surround sound.
This episode covers how life may have developed on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets. Tyson begins by explaining how the human development of writing systems enabled the transfer of information through generations, describing how Princess Enheduanna ca. 2280 BC would be one of the first to sign her name to her works, and how Gilgamesh collected stories, including that of Utnapishtim documenting a great flood comparable to the story of Noah's Ark. Tyson explains how DNA similarly records information to propagate life, and postulates theories of how DNA originated on Earth, including evolution from a shallow tide pool, or from the ejecta of meteor collisions from other planets. In the latter case, Tyson explains how comparing the composition of the Nakhla meteorite in 1911 to results collected by the Viking program demonstrated that material from Mars could transit to Earth, and the ability of some microbes to survive the harsh conditions of space. With the motions of solar systems through the galaxy over billions of years, life could conceivably propagate from planet to planet in the same manner. 2b1af7f3a8