Nova

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A weekly documentary series, each episode providing an in-depth look at a different subject of scientific research. Subjects examined by this show have included the cutting edge of theoretical physics, a return to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, the long-term effects of Amazon deforestation, and the development of life-saving medical techniques.
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S45E14 -Last B-24

Underwater archaeologists and technical divers excavate the wreckage..

S45E13 -Flying Supersonic

NOVA takes you inside the historic international race to develop the..

S45E12 -Addiction

Hear firsthand from individuals struggling with addiction and follow..

S45E11 - Volatile Earth: ..

Explore Nyamuragira, one of the world’s most active and mysterious..

S45E4 -Great Escape at Du..

As France fell to the German armies in May 1940, 300,000 Allied troo..

S44E20 - Bird Brain

Scientists test avian aptitude with brainteasers that reveal acute i..

S44E18 - Eclipse Over Ame..

On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans will witness the first tot..

S44E17 - Poisoned Water

Water. Turn on the faucet and it’s always there. Without it we per..

S44E16 - Chinese Chariot ..

For over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China's battlefields ..

S44E15 - Building Chernob..

In 1986, in the heart of Ukraine, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor expl..

S44E14 - Holocaust Escape..

For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilna was one of the most impo..

S44E13 - Why Trains Crash

From derailments to head-on collisions to drivers killed at road cro..

S44E12 - The Origami Revo..

The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into th..

S44E11 - Ultimate Cruise ..

Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, ..

S44E9 - The Nuclear Option

Five years after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the unpre..

S44E8 - Secrets of the Sk..

Scientists explore mountain tombs in the Himalayas, revealing ancien..

S44E7 - Treasures of the ..

Drill down to discover how Earth's natural treasures provide bountif..

S44E6 - Treasures of the ..

Gold, bronze, iron, steel... metals are pillars of our civilization,..

S44E5 - Treasures of the ..

Gemstones like diamonds, rubies, opal and jade are the ultimate trea..

S44E4 - Super Tunnel

Join engineers as they build a massive new railway deep beneath the ..

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S44E2 - School of the Fut..

How the science of learning may change education for all children.

S44E1 - 15 Years of Terror

From 9/11 to today’s crowd-sourced violence, trace how terrorists..

S43E22 - Bombing Hitler's..

Engineers and World War II historians investigate Hitler's fearsome ..

S43E21 - Operation Lighth..

On the picturesque bluffs at the very tip of the island of Martha’..

S43E20 - Wild Ways

Explore how newly established wildlife corridors offer hope to endan..

S43E19 - Can Alzheimer's ..

Alzheimer's ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. ..

S43E18 - Vikings Unearthed

Uncover the truth behind the legendary Vikings and their epic journe..

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S43E15 - Memory Hackers

Memory is the glue that binds our mental lives. Without it, we’d b..

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S42E21 - Pluto Flyby

NASA's New Horizons probe captures the first-ever detailed images of..

S42E20 - Lethal Seas

Sharply rising carbon emissions are entering Earth's seas at a stagg..

S42E19 - Nazi Attack on A..

Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean..

S42E18 - Invisible Univer..

In honor of Hubble's landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable..

S42E17 - The Great Math M..

"" poses the riddle of math's extraordinary power to penetrate the s..

S42E16 - The Great Math M..

"" poses the riddle of math's extraordinary power to penetrate the s..

S42E15 - Hagia Sophia -- ..

Istanbul's Hagia Sophia survives numerous earthquakes.

S42E14 - Petra -- Lost Ci..

How the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone.

S42E13 - Sinkholes: Burie..

Sinkholes are examined. The collapses can be gradual or sudden; and ..

S42E12 - Sunken Ship Rescue

The effort to salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran agr..

S42E11 - Sunken Ship Rescue

The effort to salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran agr..

S42E10 - D-Day's Sunk..

Dive teams, submersibles and underwater robots search the seabed bor..

S42E9 - D-Day's Sunken Se..

Dive teams, submersibles and underwater robots search the seabed bor..

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S42E7 - D-Day's Sunken Se..

Dive teams, submersibles and underwater robots search the seabed bor..

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Dive teams, submersibles and underwater robots search the seabed bor..

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Dive teams, submersibles and underwater robots search the seabed bor..

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Dive teams, submersibles and underwater robots search the seabed bor..

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Dive teams, submersibles and underwater robots search the seabed bor..

S42E1 - D-Day's Sunken Se..

Dive teams, submersibles and underwater robots search the seabed bor..

S41E21 - Escape From Nazi..

A group of British officers devise a plan to escape from Colditz Cas..

S41E20 - Why Sharks Attack

Researchers in Australia and the U.S. investigate the hunting instin..

S41E19 - Inside Animal Mi..

The smartest animals seem to be the ones living in complex social gr..

S41E18 - Inside Animal Mi..

The high-powered senses of dogs, sharks and birds.

S41E17 - Inside Animal Mi..

Problem-solving birds include a cockatoo that picks locks; a wild cr..

S41E16 - Wild Predator In..

Scientists return predators such as wolves, bears and panthers to th..

S41E10 - Alien Planets Re..

NASA's Kepler telescope discovers thousands of exotic new worlds, so..

S41E6 - Making Stuff Faster

Host David Pogue explores how technology makes things faster, colder..

S41E5 - Making Stuff Colder

Part 3 of 4. An examination of cold science, including its use in sa..

S41E3 - Making Stuff Faster

Host David Pogue examines the possibility of making humans and machi..

S41E2 - Megastorm Aftermath

A follow-up to ``Inside the Megastorm'' includes how to prepare for ..

S41E1 - Ground Zero Super..

The completion of One World Trade Center in New York presents a 104-..

S40E20 - Oklahoma's Deadl..

On May 20, 2013, a ferocious EF5 tornado over a mile wide tore throu..

S40E19 - Manhunt - Boston..

NOVA follows the manhunt for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombers examin..

S40E18 - Australia's Firs..

In the wake of the catastrophic asteroid impact believed to have wip..

S40E17 - Australia's Firs..

Host Richard Smith explores the history of Australia.

S40E16 - Australia's Firs..

Host Richard Smith explores the history of Australia.

S40E15 - Australia's Firs..

Host Richard Smith explores the history of Australia.

S40E14 - Ancient Computer

The arms and faces of ancient statuary litter the seabed at the site..

S40E13 - Ancient Computer

Examining an ancient Greek astronomical calculator and eclipse predi..

S40E12 - Mind of a Rampag..

What makes a person walk into a theater or a church or a classroom f..

S40E11 - Earth From Space

Satellite data shows how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the A..

S40E10 - Building Pharaoh..

Scientists and engineers build and test two replicas of Egyptian roy..

S40E9 - Who Killed Lindbe..

Investigators use forensic and behavioral science techniques to dete..

S40E8 - Rise of the Drones

Drone engineers, and those who operate them for the U.S. military, r..

S40E7 - Decoding Neandert..

Analysis of the Neanderthal genome shows that modern humans and Nean..

S40E6 - Doomsday Volcanoes

A look at the damage that could be done by three Icelandic volcanoes..

S40E5 - Inside the Megast..

Examining Hurricane Sandy, its impact and the future of storm protec..

S40E4 - Ultimate Mars Cha..

A look at NASA's Curiosity mission to Mars. Included: remarks from M..

S40E3 - Mystery of Easter..

Examining Easter Island, the remote island in the middle of the Paci..

S40E2 - Forensics on Trial

An examination of modern forensic science, which is a far cry from w..

S40E1 - Secrets of the Vi..

The secrets behind the design and construction of the Vikings' Ulfbe..

S39E19 - Secrets of the Sun

It contains 99.9 percent of all the matter in our solar system and s..

S39E18 - Why Ships Sink


Are you safe aboard a modern cruise ship? Twenty million passengers embark on cruises each year, vacationing in deluxe "floating cities" that offer everything from swimming pools to shopping malls to ice skating rinks. And the ships just keep getting bigger: The average cruise ship has doubled in size in just the last 10 years. Some engineers fear that these towering behemoths are dangerously unstable, and the recent tragedy of the Costa Concordia has raised new questions about their safety. Now, NOVA brings together marine engineering and safety experts to reconstruct the events that led up to famous cruise disasters, including the ill-fated Concordia, the Sea Diamond and the Oceanos. Are we really safe at sea—or are we on the brink of a 21st century Titanic?">Are you safe aboard a modern cruise ship? Twenty million passengers ..

S39E17 - Deadliest Tornad..

In April 2011, the worst tornado outbreak in decades left a trail of..

S39E16 - Hunting the Elem..


What are things made of? It's a simple question with an astonishing answer. Fewer than 100 naturally occurring elements form the ingredients of everything in our world--from solid rocks to ethereal gases, from scorching acids to the living cells in our body. David Pogue, lively host of NOVA's popular "Making Stuff" series and personal technology correspondent for The New York Times, spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements. Why are some elements, like platinum and gold, relatively inert, while others, like phosphorus and potassium, are violently explosive? Why are some vital to every breath we take, while others are potentially lethal? Punctuated by surprising and often alarming experiments, David Pogue takes NOVA on a roller coaster ride through nature's hidden lab and the compelling stories of discovery that revealed its secrets.">What are things made of? It's a simple question with an astonishing ..

S39E15 - Cracking Your Ge..


What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA--all three billion chemical letters of it--read, stored and available for analysis? In "," NOVA reveals that we stand on the verge of a revolution. Meet cancer patients returned to robust health and a cystic fibrosis sufferer breathing easily because scientists have been able to pinpoint and neutralize the genetic abnormalities underlying their conditions. What are the moral dilemmas raised by the new technology? Will it help or hurt us to know our genetic destiny? What if such information falls into the hands of insurance companies, employers and prospective mates? One thing is certain: the new era of personalized, gene-based medicine is relevant to everyone. Soon, all of us may be deciding whether to join the ranks of the DNA generation.">What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information..

S39E14 - Separating Twins

This is the incredible story of Trishna and Krishna, twin girls born..

S39E13 - Ice Age Death Trap

Racing against developers in the Rockies, archaeologists uncover a u..

S39E12 - Mystery of a Mas..


In October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. Originally sold two years before for around $20,000, the portrait is now thought to be an undiscovered Leonardo da Vinci masterwork worth more than $100 million. How did cutting-edge imaging analysis help tie the portrait to Leonardo? 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 October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance..

S39E11 - 3D Spies of WWII

During World War II, Hitler's scientists developed terrifying new we..

S39E10 - Bombing Hitler's..

In 1943 a squadron of Lancaster bombers staged one of the most audac..

S39E9 - Deadliest Volcanoes


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, 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 eruptions might happen and how deadly they could prove to be.">Millions of people around the world live in the shadow of active vol..

S39E8 - The Fabric of the..

Hard as it is to swallow, cutting-edge theories are suggesting that ..

S39E7 - The Fabric of the..

Join Brian Greene on a wild ride into the weird realm of quantum phy..

S39E6 - The Fabric of the..

Time. We waste it, save it, kill it, make it. The world runs on it. ..

S39E5 - The Fabric of the..

Space. It separates you from me, one galaxy from the next, and atoms..

S39E4 - Iceman Murder Mys..

He’s been dead for more than 5,000 years — and been poked, prodd..

S39E3 - Finding Life Beyo..

Take a spectacular trip to distant realms of our solar system to dis..

S39E2 - Surviving the Tsu..

The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Japan on March 11, 201..

S39E1 - Engineering Groun..

The construction of One World Trade Center and the National Septembe..