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Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of...

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Release:1974

IMDb:8.8

Season 19 - NOVA
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Season 30 - NOVA
"From Newton to String Theory Nova chronicles the progress toward a unified theory of everything."
"Nova looks at how the Wright brothers made their first powered flight through the efforts of enthusiasts to replicate the Wright's early gliders and airplanes."
Season 31 - NOVA
"NOVA goes behind the scenes at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to offer a look at the construction and launch of two Martian exploratory rovers: \"Spirit\" and \"Opportunity\"."
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"Nova explores ideas, many of them speculative, about how dogs became domesticated from wolves and how, under human influence, their great diversity of 600 breeds arose. Finally, the challenges many dogs face fitting into modern human society are examined."
"A scientist scuba dives a flooded ice cave searching for a hidden lake under the Mount Blanc glacier. Such a lake burst its ice dam in 1892 causing a flash flood that killed hundreds."
"Can the lessons of one air disaster help prevent another? What caused Swissair Flight 111 to plunge into waters off the coast of Nova Scotia on September 2, 1998, killing all 229 people aboard? After four years and almost $40 million, investigators revealed that the accident was caused by factors that, alarmingly, still exist on many planes today. NOVA was given unprecedented access to this intricate investigation, involving a seemingly hopeless search for evidence among two million pieces of debris scattered across the ocean floor. The recovery of the flight data ..."
"Nova examines the practice of wartime medicine by taking an inside look into the medical care offered to injured US troops during the Iraq War."
"Tornado-chasing scientists with an eye to better forecasting risk their lives to plumb the secrets of nature's most terrifying killer."
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"Following the formation of the Earth, life didn't waste any time getting started. Scientists explore the evidence and conduct experiments to determine how life could form on the inhospitable early Earth then change to cover the entire Earth."
"This program reviews the Drake equation to provide an updated estimate of the likelihood that there is another civilization close enough to Earth for us to talk with. And it ponders the question; with so many strange life forms on earth how would we know an alien if we met one?"
"Scientists discover and explore the the cosmic microwave background and with it, the big bang and understanding of the first stars and the formation of the elements."
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"More than 2,000 years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants who carved spectacular temple-tombs into its cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra's unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly 1,000 years. Now, in a daring experiment, an ..."
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"Nova follows an archaeological expedition into the Cave of Letters and examines the Jewish Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman Empire."
Season 32 - NOVA
"NOVA follows a team of scientists as the monitor the Martian rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Spirit runs into some problems, but Opportunity takes a photograph that may confirm the existence of water on Mars."
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"There are few more tantalizing or notorious historical documents than the Vinland map. A faded, yellowing scrap of parchment bearing a faint tracery of lines, the map apparently shows the eastern seaboard of North America-yet it was drawn at least half a century before Columbus reached the New World. It seems to present unshakeable proof that the Vikings were the real discoverers of the Americas. But for 40 years, a bitter debate over its authenticity has raged among cartographers, historians, and scientists. Despite chemical analysis and radiocarbon tests, the case ..."
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"In 1909, French aviation pioneer Louis Bl\u00c3\u00a9riot becomes the first man to cross the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine, Bl\u00c3\u00a9riot's own Type XI monoplane. Nearly a century later, his grandson and namesake attempts a re-enactment of the historic flight that made his grandfather famous and catapulted France to the forefront of aviation technology."
"Dec. 26, 2004 Tsunami."
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"The Channeled Scablands in Washington state defied conventional explanations for their formation for decades. Little by little evidence mounted for an old theory that was rejected by the scientific establishment. It involved glaciers, volcanoes, a relatively minor river and a prodigious amount of water."
"A modern team of divers sets out to learn the secrets of the super battleship Yamato, the greatest ship of the Second World War."
"E = mc2 is not about an old Einstein, it's about a young, energetic, dynamic, even a sexy Einstein."
"Volcanologists climb into the caldera of Mount Nyiragongo, an active and unstable volcano, to collect samples the will help determine when, where and how it is likely to erupt next. Two million souls in the nearby city of Goma depend on the results."
Season 33 - NOVA
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"This program examines and the many subtle secrets that scientists have teased out of insects trapped in amber."
"New theories explain the beginnings of creation."
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"Nova follows a group of teams as they construct driverless vehicles for a 130-mile race across the Mojave Desert."
"Nova follows the Cassini probe on it's voyage to Saturn's moon Titan. Along the way it examines a variety of other wonders of the solar system before attempting to land and photograph the surface of Titan."
"The scientific community took some time to accept the evidence that the level of sunlight reaching the Earth's surface had declined in recent decades because, from a narrow minded perspective, it seemed to contradict the phenomenon of global warming. Nova follows the scientists working to find the cause of global dimming but the emphasis of the program is a stern warning about global worming."
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"An eruption of a megavolcano may be the most likely cataclysmic event the earth faces in the present day. Four scientists independently uncover evidence of such an eruption just 75,000 years ago that radically altered the global climate for a millennium and probably disrupted human colonization of the earth."
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Season 34 - NOVA
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"Marine biologists examine an animal that looks alien enough to be from another planet. Through their studies the scientist learn how cuttlefish make their skin flash like a neon sign, the secrets of their mating behavior and if they are poisonous. But they have barely scratched the surface to understand their intelligence."
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"Recent archaeological research begins to reveal how a small number of Spanish fortune hunters could conquer the mighty Inca Empira. The evidences calls into question the accepted story of the conquest recorded by Spanish scribes. More likely, the Spanish were aided by native allies rebelling against Inca rule."
"Nova follows the creation of a katana from raw iron ore to finished masterpiece, through the hands of fifteen master artisans as scientists explain the chemistry and physics at each step that makes it a superb piece of engineering."
"Following the mapping of the human genome scientists discovered there is a huge new chapter in the genetics story. Dubbed epigenetics, it involves the chemical markers on DNA that effectively turn genes on or off dramatically influencing growth and development. The markers vary widely from person to person and tissue to tissue and are influenced not just by the environment but by experiences. Most remarkably the markers can be inherited generation after generation."
"What does it take for the average person to run one of the world's toughest races? NOVA finds out in a program that's both a human story and an intriguing scientific exploration of the way our bodies respond to intense exercise demands. Filmed in cooperation with the Boston Athletic Association, NOVA has been granted unprecedented access to the Boston Marathon course and will take viewers on a unique adventure inside the human body. Every year thousands of athletes from across the globe flock to Boston to run the city's marathon, known worldwide as the ultimate test ..."
Season 35 - NOVA
"Our mastery of cold is something we take for granted, whether it s air conditioning and frozen food or the liquefied gases and superconductivity at the heart of cutting-edge technology. But what is cold? How do you achieve it, and how cold can it get?"
"Nova examines scientific efforts to produce colder and colder temperatures."
"Nova checks in to see how the multi-decade restoration of the Parthenon is going. They find the restorers dealing with a massive jigsaw puzzle with pieces that are only slightly different, many of which are broken or missing, and the remaining pieces were reassembled wrong by the last restoration team. Even modern methods are not up to the challenge of reconstructing the missing pieces with the necessary precision so it is necessary to rediscover the ancient methods."
"This documentary investigates the background of a secret 1960s USAF space project named MOL (Manned Orbiting Laboratory) and its Russian counterpart ALMAZ."
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"A Chinese paleontologist flies into controversy when he discovers a four winged dinosaur and claims it is the missing link between dinosaurs and birds rather than evolving from reptiles. Opposing sides in the controversy prepare skeletal reproductions to demonstrate their position but neither can figure out how the creature could possibly fly, leading to the creation of a detailed, poseable scale model for wind tunnel testing."
"Nova examines the fascinating history behind the scientific effort to decode the Mayan writing system."
"A difficult journey that begins in loneliness and shame for thousands of Ethiopian women ends in a productive new life and hope for the future in this award-winning film. Shot against a starkly beautiful landscape, A Walk to Beautiful shares the inspiring stories of three women, rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, who leave home in search of treatment for obstetric fistula. In a courageous attempt to reclaim their lives, these women embark on a remarkable journey."
"Dinosaurs are generally considered tropical animals. So what are their fossils doing north of the arctic circle? Paleontologists battle the fierce climate to find out if the arctic was warmer then than it is now, or the arctic was farther from the North Pole, or the dinosaurs were migratory animals, or if they warm blooded."
"A look at the Columbia space shuttle disaster in 2003. It includes interviews with shuttle astronauts, family members, flight control personnel, administrators and investigators. Also included is a brief history of the space shuttle program."
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"A look at fractal geometry, and how it is found just about everywhere in everything, and how the mathematics of fractals can be used to model and measure such things as mountains, coastlines, telephone line noise and heart rhythm. It also shows how they are used in animation, communications and textile design."
"NOVA investigates the furious scientific debate raging over what \"Hobbit\" bones represent."
"A powerful partnership between science and scholarship breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, their faith in a single, omnipotent God and the creation of the Bible."
"San Francisco veterinarian Dr. Frances Gulland is committed to saving sick marine mammals, but she's also desperately trying to figure out what's killing them."
Season 36 - NOVA
"NOVA flies along with the monarch butterflies, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way."
"Nova examines the clandestine practices of the National Security Agency and investigates changes in the Agency that are the result of 9\/11."
"Every 48 years, swarms of rodents invade homes and attack crops in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram. Nova follows investigators as they try to determine why."
"Nova offers a glimpse at the breathtaking wonders of the extreme North. The time-lapsed images collected by photojournalist James Balog show the alarming effects of climate change."
"Thirteen thousand years ago a great tragedy in North American history caused the extinction of 35 species of large mammals. Scientists are divided on whether the cause was climate change or human predation. Nova follows the investigation of the evidence supporting a third controversial hypothesis; comet impact."
"NOVA returns one last time to get an update on the seven doctors they've documented since 1987."
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"Charles Darwin is taken aback when he receives a manuscript from a colleague, Alfred Wallace, which contains many of the same conclusions as he on evolution and the development of various species. Darwin's theory was developed over a great many years and in flashbacks, the manner in which it developed is shown. He had many supporters and likely more critics. He knew that his ideas were radical and that they would conflict with religious thought on the subject of creation. In reviewing his thoughts however, he realizes that he can without much difficulty claim to have ..."
"Nova takes an inside look at space shuttle mission STS-125 and the efforts to service the almost two decade old Hubble Space telescope."
"This program reviews the monitor lizard genus which, dispute the incredible diversity between species, share common traits such as the ability to count, that lead biologists to peg them as the most evolutionarily advanced of the lizards. Dr. Eric Pianka, who studied lizards for forty years in Australia, serves as guide. Program concludes with the customary, trite comment on human impact on climate change and the environment."
"Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and considers weather climate change was the driving force behind our early evolution."
"Nova examines the ancestors of man by attempting to to reconstruct what they look like, what tools they used, and how they lived. Special focus is given to Homo erectus."
"Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and examines why Homo sapiens won out over Neanderthals in the evolutionary race."
"Nova examines the science of dreams by investigating what dreams are and why we have them."
"A look at Charles Darwin, his book On The Origin of Species, and how his theory of evolution is explained. It includes Darwin's observations through work on the Human Genome Project."
Season 37 - NOVA
"The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor included five midget submarines. Four of the submarines failed in their mission being destroyed or captured. Nova follows the investigation of a mysterious ship wreck to determine if it is the fifth submarine, if it successfully launched its torpedoes and if so did it succeed in in attacking any ships."
"Nova explores ancient Egyptian techniques of ship building by following a team of archaeologist as they construct a ship based on ancient designs."
"Nova investigates the Great Sphinx of Egypt in an attempt to understand its origin, creation, and purpose."
"Nova examines the ruins of Machu Picchu and tries to unravel what happened there."
"A team of scientists and divers explore blue holes, submerged caves in the Bahamas to uncover the history of the islands and clues to the Earth's climate changes. In the process they experience many perils."
"Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson gives the facts on Pluto and examines the controversy over whether it is a planet."
"Nova examines the physics of telescope design. Following the development of the telescope over several centuries the program explains the challenges that the major design innovations solved and the inevitable major discoveries they produced."
"This program describes the most remarkable, perspective changing discoveries in the field of cosmology in the last 100 years. Each discovery was made by scientists working with a radically new telescope."
"Nova examines the science behind making financial decisions and investigates why economists did not anticipate the 2008 financial crisis."
"Nova examines the Mount St. Helens volcano and investigates whether it is soon due for another eruption."
"Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and ..."
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"In TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR, NOVA reveals the secret life of these ubiquitous machines. Once brawny but simple machines, elevators are getting a brainy makeover."
"Nova examines the special relationship that exists between human beings and dogs."
"A look at new attempts by archaeologists to understand Stonehenge by excavating in the area around the site. Included is an explanation of previous excavations at the site as well as how the site compares to other stone and timber circles around the British Isles. Also, experiments are conducted to show how various components may have been brought together."
"This documentary, part of the Nova (1974) television series, focuses on two archaeological expeditions that may shed light on the origin and nature of King Solomon's fabled mines. There is little in the historical record and while there are several Biblical references to Solomon's wealth, the mines themselves are never mentioned. In the ancient Kingdom of the Edomites, in what is now Jordan, ancient copper mines and the remnants of massive smelting have been found. Copper was an expensive commodity at the time and was used initially as a metal for ornaments and jewelry. In ..."
"What happens when the ice melts and the sea levels rise? Scientists study Antarctica in an effort to understand possible climate change through geologists looking at ancient landscapes, paleobotany, drilling, and diving."
Season 38 - NOVA
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"David Pogue hosts this examination of what makes material strong. He looks at the underlying material science behind steel, Kevlar, glass, chalk, carbon nanotubes, and spiderwebs."
"David Pogue hosts this examination of miniaturization. He looks at what it takes to make things smaller focusing nanotechnology and micro-robots that one day may be used to save lives."
"This program looks at cleaner ways to generate power principally in our cars and electrical power plants. It reviews alternatives for all the steps in the fuel generation, storage and distribution processes with a particular emphasis on how unwanted waste products can play a significant role."
"Watson, an IBM computer with a brain the size of 2,400 home computers and a database of 10 million documents, competes on the game show Jeopardy! (1984) against champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Will Watson win?"
"Making stuff smarter isn't about artificial intelligence. It's more about engineering materials at the microscopic level to behave in specific ways. Today is it possible to create materials with clever designs or micro structures that permit control of a material's ability to self-heal, stick and release, self-clean, prevent disease, alter their shape and other properties. This program explains where several of these materials came from, how they work and how they are put to practical use."
"Forensic investigators reconstruct the final moments of the Air France disaster."
"Nova and National Geographic follow researchers collecting venom from the world's most dangerous snakes, spiders, lizards and other creatures. The program explains why the researchers do it and what is known about how venom works and why some animals are especially dangerous."
"On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan resulting in waves up to 130 ft. (40 m.) that devastated coastal villages and initiated meltdowns, gas explosions and the release of radioactive materials at the Fukushima nuclear power plant."
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"On the 10th anniversary of 9\/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit."
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"Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone? Finding Life Beyond Earth immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system."
"Simple, obvious, ever-present aspects of our daily lives give scientists fits trying to understand them. One of these aspects is space which physicists are convinced is something more than nothing. This program explains the experiments that are giving scientists hints about what space is."
"This program challenges our traditional questions about time such as; does it flow in one direction or does it flow at all? Does everyone experience the same now? Is time travel possible? Will time come to an end?"
Season 39 - NOVA
"Millions of people around the world live in the shadow of active volcanoes. Under constant threat of massive volcanic eruptions, their homes and their lives are daily at risk from these sleeping giants. From Japan's Mount Fuji to the \"Sleeping Giant\" submerged beneath Naples to the Yellowstone \"supervolcano\" in the United States, we will travel with scientists from around the world who are at work on these sites, attempting to discover how likely these volcanoes are to erupt, when it might happen, and exactly how deadly they could prove to be."
"The physics and design of the World War II Dambuster attack are examined and recreated."
"The story of British aerial military photographic reconnaissance and analysis using stereoscopic viewing techniques during World War II."
"NOVA meets a new breed of experts who are approaching \"cold case\" art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover \"who committed the art,\" and follows art sleuths as they deploy new techniques to combat the multi-billion dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art."
"In a race against developers in the Rocky Mountains, archaeologists uncover a unique fossil site packed with astonishingly well-preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons, and other giant extinct beasts. The discovery opens a highly focused window on the vanished world of the Ice Age in North America."
"Witness the extraordinary surgery that will allow twin girls, born joined at the head, to live separate lives."
"Those in the know contend that soon gene sequencing will be cheap enough that anyone can have their genome deciphered. This program shows how confusing this knowledge can be as people struggle with how to chart their lives and protect their privacy. But it is also leading to promising treatments for previously intractable diseases and patients with mysterious illnesses."
"Where do nature's building blocks, called the elements, come from? They're the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphones. Watch as David Pogue unlocks their secrets."
"In 2011, the worst tornado season in decades left a trail of destruction across the U.S., killing more than 550 people. Why was there such an extreme outbreak? How do such outbreaks form? With modern warning systems, why did so many die? Is our weather getting more extreme - and if so how bad will it get? In this NOVA special, we meet scientists striving to understand the forces at work behind last year's outbreak. Could their work improve tornado prediction in the future? We also meet people whose lives have been upended by these extreme weather events and and learn ..."
"NOVA looks at questions about cruise ship safety and the science of the ships' buoyancy"
"Nova reviews what scientists have learned in recent years about the sun's behavior and how it works. Most significantly, astronomers are at last beginning to understand the the solar phenomenon that impact our civilization; solar flares and coronal mass ejections."
"The Vikings were the most ferocious warriors of the Middle Ages. Especially fearsome were the select few who wielded a formidable weapon: a light, razor sharp, virtually indestructible sword with its maker's name, ULFBERHT, inlaid along the blade."
"Nova investigates forensic science and examines how what is often perceived as rock solid forensic evidence can sometimes lead to wrongful convictions. It looks at a cases where false fingerprint and tooth impression matches have lead to wrongful accusations and convictions. It also examines how MRI and CT technology are now being used to determine causes of death. Finally, it examines problems in the forensics of the O.J. Simpson murder case and looks at how crime scene investigators use computers to record crime scenes in minute detail."
"Easter Island has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722."
"NOVA will be there for the exhilarating moments after Curiosity's landing on Mars --and for the spectacular discoveries sure to come."
"Inside the Megastorm takes viewers moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impacts and the future of storm protection."
Season 40 - NOVA
"Iceland is a ticking time bomb: When it blows, the consequences will be global. What can we do to prepare for the coming disaster?"
"What happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did they make love or war?"
"Discover the cutting-edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history."
"NOVA reopens one of the most confounding crime mysteries of all time in an effort to determine what really happened to Charles Lindbergh's baby and why."
"A team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers, and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots."
"EARTH FROM SPACE is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet."
"From PBS - NOVA returns to Ground Zero to witness the completion of One World Trade Center."
"From PBS and NOVA: What happens when engineers open up nature's toolbox? David Pogue explores bold innovations inspired by the Earth's greatest inventor, life itself. From underwater wi-fi based on dolphin communication, to robotic \"mules\" and \"cheetahs\" for the military, to swarms of robotic bees, Pogue travels the world seeing the \"wildest\" ideas put into action in new inventions and technologies. It is a journey that sees today's bacteria turned into tomorrow's metallurgists, viruses building batteries, and even DNA, the Code of Life, put to work in \"living\" ..."
"From PBS and NOVA: Cold. For centuries we've fought it, shunned it and huddled against it. Cold has always been the enemy of life, but now it may hold the key to a new generation of science and technology that will improve our lives. David Pogue explores the frontiers of cold science, from saving the lives of severe trauma patients and cooling a warming planet to ultracold physics, where bizarre new properties of matter are the norm and the basis of new technologies like levitating trains and quantum computers. In this brave new world, cold isn't to be avoided. Cold ..."
Season 41 - NOVA
"From PBS - It was the strongest cyclone to hit land in recorded history. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan -- what some are calling \"the perfect storm\" -- slammed into the Philippines, whipping the low-lying and densely-populated islands with 200 mile-per-hour winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools, and hospitals. It wiped villages off the map and devastated cities, including the hard-hit provincial capital Tacloban. Estimates count more than 5,000 dead and millions homeless. What made Haiyan so destructive? In-depth interviews ..."
"From PBS - A corpse found in a bog in the hills of Ireland's County Tipperary dates to the Bronze Age, more than 3,000 years ago. A CAT scan reveals a violent demise: the body covered in axe marks, the spine snapped and the arm broken in two places. NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in their hunt for clues to the identity and the circumstances of this and other violent deaths of victims unearthed in bogs. A new theory suggests that they were ritually murdered kings, slain to assure the fertility of land and people."
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"From PBS - What is it like to be a dog, a shark or a bird? This question is now getting serious attention from scientists who study animal senses. Humans rely on smell, sight, taste, touch and sound; other animals have super-powered versions of these senses, and a few have extra senses we don't have at all. From a dog that seems to use smell to tell time to a dolphin that can \"see\" with its ears, discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it's not just the senses that are remarkable -- it's the brains that process them. NOVA goes ..."
"From PBS - In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in 10 months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed Jaws. What's behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where it's rarely been seen for hundreds of years? Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams with leading shark experts in Australia and the United..."
"An examination of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and how airplane tracking systems could be improved to prevent a similar occurrence."
"A recounting of the 2013-15 West African Ebola epidemic and the efforts to contain it."
"From PBS and NOVA - The epic first stage in the adventure of human flight didn't begin with the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk but with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th century Paris. In a period of just 19 months, humanity not only left the ground for the first time, but a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers developed all the essential features of today's hot air and gas balloons. Their exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin, who was serving in Paris as the American ambassador, and created a sensation in the city. To explore this extraordinary burst of ..."
"An exploration of the development of aerial warfare in World War One."
"A team of palaeontologists led by Nizar Ibrahim go in search of Spinosaurus, a giant meat eater believed to be even larger than Tyrannosaurus rex."
"Nova's examination or how thousands to terra cotta soldiers in Qin dynasty's terra cotta army were created digresses into reviews of Qin history and technology."
Season 42 - NOVA
"NOVA follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13, 2012, killing 32 people. The wreck stretches the length of three football fields, weighs 45,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef, with a 160-foot-long hole in its hull. Moving it from its precarious perch on the edge of an underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, NOVA joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as ..."
"In Tampa, Florida, in February 2013, a giant hole opened up under the bedroom floor of Jeffrey Bush, swallowing the 36-year-old as he slept. His body was never found. Bush was a victim of a sinkhole -- a growing worldwide hazard that lurks wherever limestone and other water-soluble rocks underpin the soil. When carbon dioxide in the air dissolves in rainwater, it forms a weak acid that attacks the soft rocks, riddling them with holes like Swiss cheese. Sinkholes can occur gradually when the surface subsides into bowl-shaped depressions or suddenly, when the ground ..."
"The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical arena, tens of thousands of gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals met their deaths. Ancient texts report lions and elephants emerging from beneath the floor, as if by magic, to ravage gladiators and people condemned to death. Then, just as quickly, the Colosseum could be flooded with so much water that ..."
"Istanbul's magnificent Hagia Sophia has survived on one of the world's most active seismic faults, which has inflicted a dozen devastating earthquakes since Hagia Sophia was built in 537 AD. As Istanbul braces for the next big quake, a team of architects and engineers is investigating Hagia Sophia's seismic secrets. NOVA follows the team's discoveries as they examine the building's unique structure and other ingenious design strategies that have insured the dome's survival. The engineers build a massive eight-ton model of the building's core structure, place it on a ..."
"NOVA leads viewers on a mathematical mystery tour -- a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries. We discover math's signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy and the spiral in the center of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the prediction and discovery of the Higgs boson and the successful landing of rovers on Mars. But where does math get its power? Astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a colorful cast of mathematicians, physicists and ..."
"Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble's landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. But amazingly, when the telescope first sent images back to earth, it seemed that the entire project was a massive failure; a one-millimeter engineering blunder had turned the billion-dollar telescope into an object of ridicule. It fell to five heroic astronauts in a daring ..."
"Following the attack on Pearl Harbor German seizes the opportunity to attack cargo ships along the United State East coast while the United States is unprepared. This program describes the scope of the German assault as a backdrop to the efforts of a group of investigators to determine how the first sunken German submarine, U-166, met its fate to determine if disgraced Commander Herbert G. Claudius deserves credit to the kill."
"Four years after one of history's worst nuclear accidents, NOVA reveals the minute-by-minute story of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and its ongoing aftermath, told by the brave workers who stayed behind as an earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant."
"Deep in a South African cave, an astounding discovery reveals clues to what made us human."
"160 years ago, the Franklin Expedition to chart the Northwest Passage vanished. NOVA is on board as a Canadian team makes a breakthrough discovery of one of Franklin's lost ships--a vital new clue to the fate of the ill-starred expedition."
"Cyber weapons have the ability to inflict physical damage on factories, power plants and pipelines."
"Animal mummies from the Egyptian catacombs are examined. Also discussed, the role of animals in Egyptian beliefs."
"The shaping of North America, including palm trees that once thrived in Alaska and an eruption that nearly tore the Midwest in two."
"North America's geological history answers some curious riddles about life on the continent. Why were there so many dinosaur species in western North America? Why were there fish in Kansas and shellfish in the Rockies? What happened to the numerous North American lemur species?"
"The influence of geology on the human occupation of North America is described."
Season 43 - NOVA
"To avoid trampling historical \"World War I trench warfare tunnels\" in Belgium archaeologists were brought to clear a path for the construction of a pipeline."
"Four and a half billion years ago, the young Earth was a hellish place-a seething chaos of meteorite impacts, volcanoes belching noxious gases, and lightning flashing through a thin, torrid atmosphere. Then, in a process that has puzzled scientists for decades, life emerged. But how? NOVA joins mineralogist Robert Hazen as he journeys around the globe. From an ancient Moroccan market to the Australian Outback, he advances a startling and counterintuitive idea-that the rocks beneath our feet were not only essential to jump-starting life, but that microbial life helped ..."
"What happened to a quarter quadrillion krill and what does it mean for some of our favorite animals; penguins, whales and seals. Scientists are determined to find out if we should relax, worry or panic."
"On April 25, 2015 a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal, wiping out villages and leaving thousands dead. Through eyewitness footage, expert interviews, and stunning graphics, NOVA reveals the anatomy of this megaquake while scientists race to answer urgent questions: Is another big one coming?"
"Deep-sea scientists study the undersea world of creatures that flash, sparkle, shimmer or glow."
"Memory is the glue that binds our mental lives. But how does it work? Neuroscientists using cutting-edge techniques are exploring the precise molecular mechanisms of memory. By studying a range of individuals ranging-from an 11-year-old whiz-kid, Jake Hausler, who remembers every detail of his life to a woman who had memories implanted-scientists have uncovered a provocative idea."
"Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. Now, newly discovered evidence sheds light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe."
"Machines with human-like capabilities have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now. Meet the world's most advanced humanoid robots as they leave the lab, battle real-world challenges, and endeavor to become part of our everyday lives."
"They were pioneering warriors, expert seafarers, and colonists of the North Atlantic realm. The Vikings even claimed in their sagas to have reached America. Now, renowned archaeologist Sarah Parcak uncovers new clues about their legendary expeditions and settlements."
"Alzheimer\ufffd\u06eas disease ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. The cause of Alzheimer\ufffd\u06eas and whether it can be stopped is one of the greatest medical mysteries of our time. Join courageous patients participating in clinical trials, and then go behind the scenes of the major drug trials to see how researchers target and test therapies that may slow and even prevent Alzheimer\ufffd\u06eas."
"From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa's elephant highways stretching across five nations, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to some of our planet's most cherished-but endangered-species."
"Engineers work to save historic Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard, which is falling victim to the ocean's erosion of the island's cliffs."
"Historians and engineers investigate how Allied forces conspired to destroy Hitler's \"supergun\"."
"Investigate the psychology of a terrorist and examine how radical organizations have grown to make use of modern propaganda and social media tools in order to cultivate an army of self-radicalized killers."
"Once the envy of the world, American schools are now in trouble. Can the science of learning- including new insights from neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators-reveal how kids' brains work and tell us which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds? Teachers, students, parents, and scientists take center stage as NOVA explores a new vision for the School of the Future."
"Scientists are using archaeological and cultural findings to map humans' exodus from Africa and identify the adaptive skills required for the journey."
"Follow an army of engineers and designers as they tackle the complex challenge of building Crossrail, a massive new subterranean railway deep beneath the streets of London."
"This program explains the formation, chemistry, variations and allure of the most notable gemstones; diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, jade and opals."
"History's most important metals and how they advanced civilization."
"Drill down to discover the treasures beneath our feet that power our world. Fossil fuels-coal, oil, and natural gas-powered the industrial revolution and allowed us to build a way of life that many cherish today. Personal cars, planes, lights, hot showers-all of these are gifts from our fossil fuels... but they have a dirty dark side in that they are polluting the planet. What is it about these natural resources that has allowed them to fuel our civilization? What secrets are locked in their molecules? Where did that energy come from, and can we find alternative ..."
Season 44 - NOVA
"The towering Himalayas were among the last places on Earth that humanity settled. Scaling sheer cliff sides, a team of daring scientists hunts for clues to how ancient people found their way into this forbidding landscape and adapted to survive the high altitude. They discover rock-cut tombs filled with human bones and enigmatic artifacts, including gold masks and Chinese silk dating back thousands of years, and piece together evidence of strange rituals and beliefs designed to ward off the restless spirits of the dead."
"Five years after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the unprecedented trio of meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, scientists and engineers are struggling to control an ongoing crisis. What's next for Fukushima? What's next for Japan? And what's next for a world that seems determined to jettison one of our most important carbon-free sources of energy? Despite the catastrophe-and the ongoing risks associated with nuclear-a new generation of nuclear power seems poised to emerge the ashes of Fukushima. NOVA investigates how the realities of ..."
"We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. Even though there have been some improvements in last century, batteries remain finicky, bulky, expensive, toxic and maddeningly short-lived. The quest is on for a \"super battery,\" and the stakes in this hunt are much higher than the phone in your pocket. With climate change looming, electric cars and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power could hold..."
"Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship. It will be decked with the finest gold, marble, and crystal and designed to offer guests the roomiest accommodations of any commercial cruise ship. However, engineering opulence is no easy feat. NOVA follows a pioneering team of ship builders as they embark on what is advertised to be a milestone in maritime engineering."
"The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us-and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm-a fail-proof ..."
"From derailments to head-on collisions to drivers killed at road crossings, deadly train accidents claim dozens of lives each year. But just how unsafe are the railroads? NOVA investigates recent rail tragedies and advances in train tech that could help prevent them, taking a special look at Japan's super-efficient bullet trains, which have a perfect safety record. What would it take to usher in a new golden age of safer, faster, more modern and reliable train travel?"
"For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilnius was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title \"Jerusalem of the North,\" until the Nazis destroyed it. About 95% of its Jewish population of Vilna, its name in Hebrew and Yiddish, was murdered and its synagogues and institutions were reduced to ruins. The Soviets finished the job, paving over the remnants of Vilna's famous Great Synagogue, for example, so thoroughly that few today know it ever existed. Now, an international team of archaeologists are trying to recover this lost world. They ..."
"In 1986, in the heart of Ukraine, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded, releasing 400 times more radiation than the Hiroshima Bomb. It was the world's worst nuclear disaster. Thirty workers died, 50,000 people fled the nearest city, and radioactive fallout made an area larger than Long Island a no-go zone. Hastily, a so-called \"sarcophagus\" was built to contain the radioactive materials that lingered at the site after the explosion. But 30 years later, the sarcophagus is crumbling, and another disaster at Chernobyl looms. Now, an international team of engineers is ..."
"Experts reconstruct and test China's first super-weapon, the chariot, which dominated the battlefields for more than 1000 years."
"Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship. It will be decked with the finest gold, marble, and crystal and designed to offer guests the roomiest accommodations of any commercial cruise ship. However, engineering opulence is no easy feat. NOVA follows a pioneering team of ship builders as they embark on what is advertised to be a milestone in maritime engineering."
"The centuries old Japanese art form has gone high tech. Building with examples in biology and applying sophisticated mathematics, computer software and good old fashion imagination it looks like any structure can be folded and practical applications are everywhere."
"A look at several recent train crashes, their causes and a technological solution which should make such events occur much less often."
"Who built Stonehenge and why? Groundbreaking archaeological digs have revealed major new clues about Britain's enigmatic 5,000-year-old site and the people who constructed it."
"An international team of engineers races to construct a gargantuan dome to contain the lingering radioactive materials and crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, decades after being the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster."
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"In this special report, NOVA investigates the water disaster in Flint and unravels a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of water systems across the country. Discover the delicate intricacies of water chemistry, the biology of lead poisoning, and the engineering challenge of replacing this ravaged infrastructure."
Season 45 - NOVA
"On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans witnessed the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years. As in all total solar eclipses, the moon blocked the sun and revealed its ethereal outer atmosphere - its corona - in a wondrous celestial spectacle. While hordes of citizens flocked to the eclipse's path of totality, scientists, too, staked out spots for a very different reason: to investigate the secrets of the sun's elusive atmosphere. During the eclipse's precious seconds of darkness, they gathered new clues on how our sun works, ..."
"For over a decade, the Cassini space probe has been sending dazzling images of Saturn's breathtaking rings and mysterious moons. Join Nova on a suspenseful ride during Cassini's final hours as it dives into Saturn's atmosphere."
"Discover what it was like to be a knight in shining armor and follow the historic manufacturing process. Master armorers re-engineer the Greenwich armor - considered some of the greatest armor ever made - and then put it to the test."
"Archaeological digs reveal new clues as to who built the Stonehenge and why."
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"Volcanologists search for an elusive volcanic mega-eruption that plunged the medieval earth into a deep freeze. Investigate the geologic evidence from Greenland all the way to Antarctica to identify the 750-year-old culprit."
"Killer Hurricanes pursues the riddle of an 18th century Caribbean superstorm that killed 20,000, the highest known death toll of any single weather event. To reconstruct its epic scale and investigate what made it so devastating, NOVA joins historians and storm sleuths as they track down clues in eyewitness chronicles, old ruins, and computer simulations."
"Geologists examine extreme terrain on Iceland, the Scablands in Washington State, and submerged in the English channel to see if they were created by the same process, a sudden titanic flood."
"Why some animals have extreme armaments, including claws, horns, fangs and stings."
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