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    • Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
      Using courtroom reenactments based on transcripts and interviews with those present, NOVA looks at the events of the federal case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District.
    • Great Escape
      Great Escape
      Season 32 - Episode 7
      Archeologists excavate Stalag Luft 3, the site of the greatest WWII prisoner escape. Prisoners of the camp are also interviewed.
    • Hitler's Secret Weapon
      Hitler's Secret Weapon
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      NOVA traces the development of Hitler's V-2 rocket through rare footage obtained from the National Archives—some never broadcast before on television.
    • Mt. St. Helens Back From the Dead
      Mt. St. Helens Back From the Dead
      Season 37 - Episode 18

      In 1980, Mt. St. Helens erupted, replacing two hundred miles of previously green terrain with course, arid lava rock and ash. Charlie Crisafulli, an ecologist, set out to study the landscape to see if it was doomed to remain as such. To his astonishment, life began almost instantly to sprout up among the rock, which is captured now in Mt. St. Helens Back From the Dead.

    • The Pluto Files
      Season 37 - Episode 14
      An exploration of the public's interest in the former planet Pluto, based on the book The Pluto Files by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
    • The Ghost Particle
      The Ghost Particle
      Season 33 - Episode 12
      As scientists examine every particle of the universe to understand its creation, a mystery is revealed. Neutrinos are tiny, invisible particles that move through everything - space, matter and even humans. This "Ghost particle," however, has previously only been explained in theory. Will the study of this particle unlock the origins of the universe?moreless
    • Ice Age Death Trap
      Season 39 - Episode 13
      Racing against developers in the Rockies, archaeologists uncover a unique site packed with astonishingly preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons and other giant extinct beasts, opening a window on the vanished world of the Ice Age.
    • The Most Dangerous Woman in America
      The Most Dangerous Woman in America looks at the unfortunate life of "Typhoid Mary." This 2004 episode from the science series NOVA follows Irish immigrant, Mary Mallon, a household cook who unknowingly spread typhoid fever wherever she worked at the turn of the century. Once identified as a healthy carrier of the virus, Mary refused to believe she could be spreading disease. Authorities incarcerated her for the later part of her life to protect the public.moreless
    • The Hidden City
      The Hidden City
      Season 17 - Episode 1
      Four of the major systems forming the infrastructure of an urban center are examined. Judd Hirsch narrates as Nova looks at the distribution and disposal of electricity, water, sewage and garbage in New York City.
    • Missing in MiG Alley
      Missing in MiG Alley
      Season 35 - Episode 7
      Missing in MiG Alley is a 2007 war documentary that explores the confrontation between Russian MIG 15s and American F86 Sabres during the Korean War. With in depth interviews and raw film footage, the Nova episode looks for clues in the disappearance of American pilots with some signs pointing toward Moscow.moreless
    • A look at the history of the telescope and how it has changed our understanding of the universe.
    • Hunt for the Supertwister
      Season 31 - Episode 15
      In seconds, a supertwister can leave immense swaths of death and destruction. But what if technology could help us tame tornadoes? Join stormchasers as they untwist mysteries that may explain how these killer storms spawn.
    • Titanic's Lost Sister
      Titanic's Lost Sister
      Season 24 - Episode 12
      Titanic's Lost Sister from the PBS show NOVA presents the tragic history of the Britannic, sister ship to the ill-fated Titanic. In 1916, the Brittanic sank in the Aegean Sea after being hit by a mine or torpedo, while serving as a hospital ship in World War I. This 1997 episode follows the search for ship's wreckage and reconstruction of its final hours.moreless
    • Origins: How Life Began
      Origins: How Life Began
      Season 32 - Episode 2
      Part 2 of 4
    • Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius
    • Invisible Universe Revealed
      Season 42 - Episode 18
      The story of the Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched into orbit in 1990. It was initially seen as a failure due to a one-millimeter engineering mistake, though the problem was rectified thee years later. It since has provided stunning images; helped astronomers determine the age of the universe; and advanced the understanding of dark energy and cosmic expansion.moreless
    • Battle of the X-Planes
      Season 30 - Episode 11
      NOVA goes inside Boeing’s Phantom Works and Lockheed’s Skunk Works to record classified meetings, fly the most revolutionary planes and examine the high-stakes battle to build the most capable fighter ever createdâ€"the Joint Strike Fighter.
    • Supersonic Dream
      Supersonic Dream
      Season 32 - Episode 11
      A chronicle of the turbulent birth, life and death of the Concorde, the world's first and only supersonic airliner.
    • Why the Towers Fell
      Why the Towers Fell
      Season 29 - Episode 16
      New York City and the World Trade Center take a center stage in this episode when NOVA producers turn to forensic engineers and scientists to find out why the twin towers fell in 2001. By the end of the episode, audiences get a new perspective as to why the towers collapsed.moreless
    • Making North America: Origins
      Making North America: Origins
      Season 43 - Episode 6
      Part 1 of 3. The history of North America, from how it was created to the evolution of life on the continent, is charted by Kirk Johnson of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. First up: the forces that created North America. Johnson travels to the Grand Canyon, where billion year-old rock layers are observed; and visits Alaska, where a fossil proves that palm trees once flourished there. Also: a gigantic lava flows that once threatened to split the continent.moreless
    • Cold Case JFK
      Season 41 - Episode 7
      From PBS and NOVA: Cold Case JFK. For decades, the assassination of John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies and mishandled evidence. Now, fifty years later, NOVA asks: Could modern investigators do better? We'll see how state-of-the art forensic tools would be applied to the investigation were it to happen today. At the same time, NOVA takes a critical look at contemporary cases, like the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, to reveal how charges of evidence mishandling and human error can mar even scientifically sophisticated detective work. Will forensics ever be truly foolproof, or does modern technology just give a scientific sheen to a practice that will always be more art than science?moreless
    • Wanted: Butch and Sundance
      Wanted: Butch and Sundance
      Season 21 - Episode 2
      Forensic detective Clyde Snow is on a mission to uncover the truth of the legend of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He travels to Peru to physically examine the evidence and finds that some facts do not add up to the legends. How much of the story of these two legendary outlaws is the truth, and how much has Hollywood invented?moreless
    • Secrets of the Sky Tombs
      Season 44 - Episode 1
      The Season 44 premiere focuses on the Himalayas, which were among the last places on Earth settled by humans. Scientists scale sheer cliffs; and discover rock-cut tombs filled with human bones and such intriguing artifacts as gold masks and Chinese silk.
    • Buried in Ice
      Buried in Ice
      Season 15 - Episode 13
      Buried in Ice is a science documentary from the PBS show NOVA. In this 1988 episode, the reporters investigate the reasons for the failure of the 19th century Franklin Expedition to the Canadian Arctic. Beginning with the frozen remains of crew, the episode interviews forensic experts and scientist on the reasons for why all the men perished.moreless
    • Venom: Nature's Killer
      Season 38 - Episode 10
      Hunting down the most venomous animals to reveal their medical mysteries.
    • Newton's Dark Secrets
      Newton's Dark Secrets
      Season 33 - Episode 6
      This docudrama looks at Isaac Newton's discoveries in mathematics, physics and optics, as well as his lesser known pursuit of alchemy and hidden meanings in the Bible.
    • Monster of the Milky Way
      Monster of the Milky Way
      Season 34 - Episode 4
      Until now, supermassive black holes have just been theory. Astronomers are working hard to get proof, and they're coming very close. NOVA goes deep inside space research to uncover the mysteries of black holes. Deep-space photography and interviews with scientists reveal clues to an enigma that has previously belonged in the realm of science fiction.moreless
    • Anatomy of a Volcano
      Anatomy of a Volcano
      Season 8 - Episode 16
      The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens was the most deadly and destructive volcanic event in U.S. history. NOVA explores the events leading up to the blast, analyzes the blast itself frame-by-frame and surveys the aftermath in the hopes of learning just how to prevent a similar incident from causing so much damage.moreless
    • Forgotten Genius
      Forgotten Genius
      Season 34 - Episode 8
      In Forgotten Genius, NOVA looks at the extraordinary career of scientist Percy Julian whose laboratory work led the way to the cortisone family of medications. The grandson of slaves, and working during a deeply segregated time in American history, Julian managed to remain devoted to his laboratory work while facing prejudice and other barriers to acceptance.moreless
    • The Great Inca Rebellion
      The Great Inca Rebellion
      Season 34 - Episode 15
      In collaboration with National Geographic Television, NOVA explores new evidence about the last days of the Inca Empire.
    • Race for the Double Helix (The)
      Race for the Double Helix (The)
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Author Isaac Asimov joins NOVA in the retelling of the remarkable story of the discovery of the structure of DNA. James Watson and his ex-colleague Francis Crick exchange memories of the events which led to their winning the race for the structure of the gene.
    • Saved by the Sun
      Season 34 - Episode 12
      NOVA explores solar energy and its contribution towards getting humanity off of fossil fuels.
    • Marathon Challenge
      Season 35 - Episode 3
      Every year thousands of athletes from across the globe flock to Boston to run the city’s marathon, known worldwide as the ultimate test of stamina and endurance. But how do you run 26 miles if you have trouble making it around the block?
    • Kings of Camouflage
      Kings of Camouflage
      Season 34 - Episode 10
      NOVA explores the lives of cuttlefish. Not actually fish, these cephalopods can change their shape and color, they can put on dazzling light shows, and they're surprisingly intelligent.
    • The Ghost in Your Genes
      The Ghost in Your Genes
      Season 35 - Episode 2
      This episode goes inside the gatekeeper role played by the epigenome and also looks at how a person's habits can affect future generations.
    • Secrets of the Samurai Sword
      Secrets of the Samurai Sword
      Season 35 - Episode 1
      NOVA follows the long and exacting centuries-old process of making a Japanese samurai sword, from smelting the ore to the finished katana.
    • Darwin's Darkest Hour
      Darwin's Darkest Hour
      Season 37 - Episode 1
      A docudrama covering the events which led Charles Darwin to publish On the Origin of Species.
    • Riddles of the Sphinx
      Season 37 - Episode 11
      Archaeologists carry out an investigation into the origins of Egypt's Great Sphinx.
    • Dawn of Humanity
      Dawn of Humanity
      Season 42 - Episode 19
      A look at ancient fossils discovered in a South African cave that shed light on early human evolution.
    • Origins: Back to the Beginning
      Origins: Back to the Beginning
      Season 32 - Episode 4
      Part 4 of 4
    • A Walk to Beautiful
      Season 35 - Episode 16
      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.
    • The Mummy Who Would Be King
      The Mummy Who Would Be King
      Season 33 - Episode 8
      A mummy rested in a museum in Niagara Falls, NY, for years - far away from his native Egypt. The question is, who is he? It is possible that the mummy is the remains of a great leader named Ramses I. Scientists will have to use every tool in their technological arsenal to unravel this mystery.moreless
    • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Universe or Multiverse?
      Is our universe unique, or could it be just one in an endless "multiverse"?
    • Arctic Passage
      Arctic Passage
      Season 33 - Episode 13
      NOVA retraces the steps of Artic explorers, Sir John Franklin and Roald Amundsen, who discovered the Northwest Passage. The program takes viewers back to the 1840s, showing audience how sailors traveled through ice and snow on medium-sized wooden ships. NOVA also explains why only eight percent of the men who traveled to the Arctic Sea made it out alive.moreless
    • 3D Spies of WWII
      Season 39 - Episode 11
      With 3D graphics, NOVA reveals how the Allies used special aerial photos to deal a dire blow to the Nazi rocket program.
    • Vanished!
      Season 28 - Episode 9
      In 1947, an aircraft named Stardust vanished, seemingly from thin air. It would be many decades before the world had any closure on the fate of the civilian plane and its disappearance in the Andes. This NOVA episode examines the mystery, including the enigmatic Morse code messages sent moments before the crash.moreless
    • Car of the Future
      Season 35 - Episode 15
      Tom Magliozzi of NPR's Car Talk needs to replace his 1952 MG roadster. Where do you turn to in today's car market? Is new technology about to change how we drive? Join Tom and brother Ray as they take a look at America's four-wheeled future.
    • Lost King of the Maya
      Season 28 - Episode 11
      From 200 to 900 A.D., Yax K’uk Mo’s dynasty of Blood Lords presided over the Maya city of Copan. Join archaeologists to piece together the rise and fall of this ancient city, its founder, Yax K’uk Mo and its amazingly advanced culture.
    • World in the Balance: The People Paradox (1)
      A groundbreaking investigation of worldwide trends in population. Personal stories from people around the world are showcased by this episode. This first installment of Nova's World in the Balance movie shows how the world's population is both growing in some countries, yet dwindling in others. According to the results the world population will reach 9 billion by 2050.moreless
    • Dimming the Sun
      Dimming the Sun
      Season 33 - Episode 16
      Everyone has heard of global warming, but a lesser-known man-made phenomenon has been nearly as powerful at affecting Earth's climate. A look at global dimming, created by soot and pollution reflecting the sun's rays and surprisingly helping to offset global warming's catastrophic advance.
    • 1/15/08
      Our mastery of cold is something we take for granted, whether it’s air conditioning and frozen food or the liquefied gases and superconductivity in cutting-edge technology. But what is cold? How do you achieve it, and how cold can it get?
    • The Elegant Universe: Welcome to the 11th Dimension (3)
      The uniting of five different versions of string theory into "M-theory", a development requiring eleven dimensions.
    • The Great Robot Race
      Season 33 - Episode 14
      23 bizarre looking vehicles line up at the gate of the DARPA Grand Challenge with one thing in common: there’s nobody behind the wheel. With names like Terramax, Ghostrider and Stanley, these vehicles are armed with cutting-edge technology.
    • Descent into the Ice
      Descent into the Ice
      Season 31 - Episode 12
      NOVA heads to Mount Blanc in Italy to film glaciologists as they look for hidden lakes inside the ice. The episode discusses how glaciers are formed and how water constantly changes from solid to liquid form. Cameras go on an ice adventure into a glacier to find out exactly where its water flows.moreless
    • Crash of Flight 111
      Crash of Flight 111
      Season 31 - Episode 13
      Crash of Flight 111 from the PBS show NOVA details the exhaustive, four year search for the answer to a 1998 flight crash. Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the sea near Nova Scotia, killing 229 people and leaving behind a mystery. The investigation reveals some surprising reasons for the crash and how the crash paved the way for important changes in airplane safety and crash recovery.moreless
    • 1/8/08
      Our mastery of cold is something we take for granted, whether it’s air conditioning and frozen food or the liquefied gases and superconductivity in cutting-edge technology. But what is cold? How do you achieve it, and how cold can it get?
    • Hubble's Amazing Rescue
      Season 37 - Episode 2
      A look at the mission to service, for the last time, the Hubble Space Telescope.
    • Hunting the Hidden Dimension
      Season 36 - Episode 4
      Neil Ross narrates this exploration of fractals. These repeating shapes may not be visible to the naked human eye, but they can be found in the structures of everything from plant life to human hearts. Recently, mathematicians have learned how to better understand fractals. Guests such as Dana Cartwright, Ralph Abraham and Loren Carpenter explore the ways fractals can further human understanding.moreless
    • Building on Ground Zero
      Building on Ground Zero
      Season 34 - Episode 1
      Building on Ground Zero from the PBS show NOVA explores the challenge of rebuilding the World Trade Center after the collapse on 9/11. Engineers, construction experts, architects and investigators all contribute their specialized knowledge to an understanding of how to build better skyscrapers in the age of terrorist attacks and new challenges.moreless
    • Bombing Hitler's Dams
      Season 39 - Episode 10
      Can experts recreate an Allied attack from WWII and destroy dams with a bouncing bomb?
    • Hitler's Sunken Secret
      Hitler's Sunken Secret
      Season 33 - Episode 5
      This documentary takes a look at whether Norwegian resistance fighters stopped Hitler from acquiring a nuclear weapon. In 1944, a Norwegian ferry supposedly carrying a vital supply of heavy water was scuttled by a commando raid. For six decades the wreck rested in a lake, but now a research team is exploring the wreckage and examining its lost cargo to see if there really was any heavy water onboard.moreless
    • What Darwin Never Knew
      Season 37 - Episode 8

      In this 2-hour episode from the ninth season, the PBS science documentary series looks at the remarkable variety of life forms on planet Earth, and how over one million species have evolved from a similar genetic toolkit. The film takes a new look at Darwin's familiar theory of natural selection and considers other scientific possibilities.

    • Astrospies
      Season 35 - Episode 11
      Millions remember the countdowns, launchings, splashdowns and parades as the U.S. raced the USSR to the Moon, but few know that both superpowers also ran parallel covert space programs to launch military astronauts on spying missions.
    • Ghosts of Machu Picchu
      Season 37 - Episode 12
      An archaeological review of the discoveries that have been made at Machu Picchu over the last 100 years.
    • Sputnik Declassified
      Sputnik Declassified
      Season 35 - Episode 4
      Using previously classified documents, NOVA uncovers the secret history of U.S. space programs in the 1950's and how those aspirations were given a boost in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I.
    • Musical Minds
      Musical Minds
      Season 36 - Episode 17
      An exploration into the influence music can have on the human brain, using case studies from neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks' book, Musicophilia.
    • The Spy Factory
      Season 36 - Episode 11
      A look at the National Security Agency's role in eavesdropping. Based on James Bamford's best-selling 2008 book, The Shadow Factory.
    • Mystery of the Megavolcano
      Mystery of the Megavolcano
      Season 34 - Episode 2
      Nova follows four scientists in their quest to uncover the mystery of what they believe to be an epic volcanic eruption that occurred 75,000 years ago and which wrought untold devastation to Earth. If their theory is true, it may mean this ancient megavolcano or others like it may reawaken some day and inflict catastrophic damage once again.moreless
    • The Elegant Universe: String's the Thing (2)
      Further elaborations of string theory from its origins to five different versions.
    • Ape Genius
      Ape Genius
      Season 35 - Episode 12
      As new research continues to reveal that apes are smarter than previously thought, NOVA explores just what separates humans from the great apes.
    • Underwater Dream Machine
      Underwater Dream Machine
      Season 34 - Episode 7
      Peter Robbins is an American who uses the latest technology to deep search for sunken German U-Boats. He not only hunts for and explores the U-Boats, but he also builds the equipment he uses. NOVA joins Robbins on his latest adventure to document the launch of his new submarine, the Alicia.moreless
    • Whisper From Space (A)
      Whisper From Space (A)
      Season 5 - Episode 19
      In 1965, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, two radio astronomers at Bell Telephone Laboratories, discovered faint, but ever-present, microwave signals from space—the most ancient and most distant signals detected by man: the oldest "fossils" in the universe. NOVA explores the current surge of cosmological discovery that continues to aid scientists in the "cosmic archaeology" of digging into the history of the universe.moreless
    • Lizard Kings
      Season 37 - Episode 3
      Dr. Eric Pianka tracks monitor lizards across Australia.
    • A look at the fate of Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and Hobbits as modern humans colonized the world.
    • A look at Turkana Boy, one of the earliest skeletons to really look human. Also explored are the development of characteristics more uniquely human, such as longer childhoods and long-distance running.
    • An exploration of the causes which lead to the separation of humans from the other great apes. Also revealed is Selam, a 3.3 million-year-old fossil child.
    • Einstein's Big Idea
      Einstein's Big Idea
      Season 33 - Episode 3
      Einstein's Big Idea from the PBS show NOVA explores the revolutionary theory of relativity. Albert Einstein's famous formula E = mc2, which concludes that mass and energy are one. This docudrama looks at how Einstein developed his most famous accomplishment, as well as his other radical breakthroughs which led to his winning the Nobel Prize in Physicsmoreless
    • Secrets of the Viking Sword
      Secrets of the Viking Sword
      Season 40 - Episode 1
      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. But who Ulfberht was, where the sword came from, and how it was made remained secrets for more than 1,000 years?moreless
    • Ocean Animal Emergency
      Season 36 - Episode 7
      In Ocean Animal Emergency, a team of doctors and veterinarians work rapidly to save the lives of injured seal pups who are rescued off the California coast. The show describes the process and the personalities behind wildlife rescue operations, environmental protection, and marine biology research as it takes place in a lab in Sausalito.moreless
    • Alien From Earth
      Season 36 - Episode 5
      A look at the investigation surrounding the discovery of "hobbit" bones on the Indonesian island of Flores.
    • MARS Dead or Alive
      Season 31 - Episode 9
      Go inside NASA’s risky field trip to the red planet in this tense and dramatic behind-the-scenes chronicle of the $820 million Mars Exploration Rover (MER) project.
    • Wings of Madness
      Wings of Madness
      Season 34 - Episode 5
      Alberto Santos-Dumont's name might not be as recognizable as Orville and Wilbur Wrights'. However, this Brazilian aviator was a true pathfinder when it came to flight. His desire to fly helped spur inventions that would change the face of human achievement. Kathryn Walker narrates this documentary about Santos-Dumont's life and his works.moreless
    • Volcano Under the City
      Volcano Under the City
      Season 33 - Episode 4
      Volcano Under the City from the show Nova is a 54 minute TV documentary which stars Neil Ross. The storyline tells of a daring expedition of a team of scientists whose mission is to study Congo's deadly Mount Nyiragongo up close to find out what makes it tick. French volcanologist Jacques Durieux and Italian geochemists Dario Tedesco and Orlando Vaselli extend their help to the Congonese scientists. The episode writers include Antoine de Maximy and Caroline Wrinch and under the direction also of Antoine Maximy, Caroline Wrinch and Jackie Mow.moreless
    • The Deadliest Plane Crash
      The Deadliest Plane Crash
      Season 34 - Episode 3
      The Deadliest Plane Crash from the science program NOVA explores the 1977 aviation disaster on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Two 747 jumbo jets crashed on a foggy runway, killing 583 people. The episode features interviews with investigators and survivors who recreate the tragic evening and point out the relevance to runway safety today.moreless
    • Rat Attack
      Rat Attack
      Season 36 - Episode 12
      Scientists explore the connection between the rat population and the bamboo blooms in the Indian state of Mizoram.
    • Hitler's Lost Sub
      Hitler's Lost Sub
      Season 28 - Episode 3
      Hitler's Lost Sub explores the six year quest of diver John Chatterton and his team to solve the mystery of a World War II U-boat found off the coast of New Jersey. This dangerous pursuit to explore and identify the ship leads to a surprising historical discovery in this extended episode from the 2000 season of NOVA from PBS.moreless
    • Mystery of a Masterpiece
      Season 39 - Episode 12
      Experts investigate whether a portrait sold for about $20,000 in 1998 is a lost Leonardo.
    • Who Shot President Kennedy?
      Who Shot President Kennedy?
      Season 16 - Episode 8
      This NOVA episode tackles one of history's most pressing and controversial questions. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy rocked the world in 1963, but the identity of his killer remained shrouded in mystery. Decades later, researchers and scientists are able to apply updated technology to the case, uncovering surprising new clues about the assassin's identity.moreless
    • Doctors’ Diaries, Part Two
      Doctors' Diaries, Part Two
      Season 36 - Episode 16
      A last look at the doctors NOVA has been documenting since 1987. Part two covers the lives of each doctor since graduating medical school.
    • Space Shuttle Disaster
      Season 36 - Episode 2
      A look at the history of NASA's shuttle program, with particular emphasis on the disaster which befell the space shuttle Columbia.
    • Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies
      Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies
      Season 29 - Episode 13
      Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies from the show NOVA is a 2002 documentary that explores the rich history of Soviet spying at the start of the Cold War. Using declassified documents, the film reveals that the Soviet Union had penetrated virtually every part of the U.S. federal government by the end of the 1940s. The program originally aired on February 5, 2002.moreless
    • Secrets of the Mind
      Secrets of the Mind
      Season 29 - Episode 3
      Secrets of the Mind explores the fascinating work of neuroscientist Dr. V.S. Ramachandran as he develops groundbreaking theories on how the human brain functions, especially after trauma such as an amputated limb or a stroke. This episode from the 2001 season of "Nova" on PBS follows these unusual patient cases and Dr. Ramachandran's new theories on perception and the mysterious brain.moreless
    • Chasing Pluto
      Season 42 - Episode 22
      Images of Pluto captured by the New Horizons probe are featured. The flyby of the dwarf planet, which is located in the Kuiper Belt at the edge of the solar system, is the culmination of the spacecraft's three-billion-mile journey, which began in 2006.
    • Lysenko Affair (The)
      Lysenko Affair (The)
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      NOVA explores T.D. Lynsenko's rise to power in the Soviet Union in the early 20th century, and how it affected plant genetic research in the USSR.
    • Incident at Brown's Ferry
      Incident at Brown's Ferry
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      NOVA recreates March 1975 at Brown's Ferry, an Alabama nuclear power plant—the largest in the world—that suffered a seven-hour fire which came very close to developing into a major public disaster.
    • Who Killed the Red Baron?
      Who Killed the Red Baron?
      Season 31 - Episode 2
      Who Killed the Red Baron? is episode 2 from season 31 of the popular PBS sicence show NOVA. The episode originally aired October 7, 2003. This episode featured segments on the mind of the red baron, theories surrounding his death, America's part in the Allied battle against Germany and the war-time aerial arms race.moreless
    • Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance
      Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance
      Season 29 - Episode 15
      NOVA heads to Antarctica to retrace the voyage of Ernest Shackleton, when in 1914, he stranded himself on the southern icepack along with a team of scientists. Living on seal and penguin meat, the group traveled across the ice for the next two years before setting off an 800-mile long journey across the Atlantic in a small rowboat.moreless
    • The Case of the Bermuda Triangle
      The Case of the Bermuda Triangle
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      NOVA heads to the Bermuda Triangle to find out why over the last 40 years planes and ships have disappeared there. The episode starts in Florida and travels southeast over the Atlantic Ocean. Cameramen stay overnight to see if anything strange happens, and at around midnight, some odd lights appear on the horizon.moreless
    • Wave That Shook the World
      Wave That Shook the World
      Season 32 - Episode 15
      On December 26, 2004 a devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean kills more than 250,000 people. NOVA takes an in depth look at just what happened on that fateful day.
    • First Flower
      First Flower
      Season 34 - Episode 11
      In the remote mountains of China, scientist come closer to understanding the origins of flowers.
    • Origins: Where Are the Aliens?
      Origins: Where Are the Aliens?
      Season 32 - Episode 3
      Part 3 of 4
    • Welcome to Mars
      Season 32 - Episode 9
      Take an astounding look at the red planet in this interplanetary adventure. Mission Control and its two robotic explorers face a daunting taskâ€"find proof that liquid water, the essential ingredient of life, once existed on Mars.
    • The Bible's Buried Secrets
      Season 36 - Episode 6
      Archeologists and historians explore the controversial origin story of the Old Testament, including asking questions about the Bible's actual authors, the origins of ancient Israelites, the truth behind famous Bible stories and the very emergence of Christianity. Guests include Gabriel Barkay, Manfred Bietak, Amnon Ben-Tor, Elisabetta Boaretto, Lee Levine and Sharon Zuckerman.moreless
    • Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor
      Season 37 - Episode 9
      An investigation into the sinking of the USS Arizona during World War II.
    • Methuselah Tree
      Methuselah Tree
      Season 29 - Episode 8
      Methuselah Tree is a 2001 poetic profile of a 4600-year-old bristlecone pine tree growing in the White Mountains not far from Las Vegas. Discovered by scientist Edward Shulman in 1957, this ancient tree was already 77 years old at the death of Egyptian pyramid builder Cheops. According to Leroy Johnson of the U.S. Forest Service, Methuselah could live forever.moreless
    • The Case Of The Ancient Astronauts
      Ancient scientists and their early theories of extraterrestrial life are the focus on this episode of NOVA. Producers head to the Great Pyramids of Egypt and to Mexico to see if alien life had a hand in helping humans create their architectural masterpieces. The episode ends with a look at some ancient artwork of an astronaut leaving Earth on a spaceship.moreless
    • Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
      Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
      Season 36 - Episode 3
      Follow EELS frontman Mark Everett on his journey to understand his father Hugh, creator of the Many Worlds Theory of quantum mechanics.
    • Extreme Ice
      Extreme Ice
      Season 36 - Episode 13
      NOVA joins forces with National Geographic to follow photojournalist James Balog and a team of scientists as they attempt to record time-lapse images of glaciers in Alaska, the Alps and the Arctic.
    • What Are Dreams?
      Season 37 - Episode 7

      Dreams have been the material of soothsayers and the subject of analytical work by Sigmund Freud, but how much to we really know? NOVA's What Are Dreams? explores how the biochemistry of the brain creates dreams and what scientists and doctors currently think that dreams do for the brain's health and development. It studies common questions about nightmares, sleepwalking, and the psychological implication of dreaming.

    • Building Pharaoh's Ship
      Season 37 - Episode 10
      Archaeologists and boat builders reconstruct an ancient Egyptian trading vessel based on archaeological evidence.
    • Origins: Earth is Born
      Origins: Earth is Born
      Season 32 - Episode 1
      Part 1 of 4
    • The Four-Winged Dinosaur
      Season 35 - Episode 13
      Long ago in the age of dinosaurs, a volcano in eastern China erupted and buried a host of strange creatures in ash, creating exquisite fossils that preserved a big surpriseâ€"many dinosaurs were covered in feathers.
    • Runaway Universe
      Runaway Universe
      Season 28 - Episode 4
      Runaway Universe from the show NOVA first aired on November 21, 2000. This episode follows two rival teams of scientists as they explore the concept of quintessence. Both teams map out stars and galaxies and explore the depths of the universe. They are both searching for answers as to how the universe might end.moreless
    • Voyage to the Mystery Moon
      Voyage to the Mystery Moon
      Season 33 - Episode 15
      Voyage to the Mystery Moon explores the Cassini/Huygens satellite mission to Saturn, including a landing on its Earth-like moon, Titan. This 2006 episode from the PBS show NOVA interviews the international team of scientists and astronomers as they design and execute the project and await a long seven years for their satellite to send back data on the mysterious rings of Saturn and possible secrets to our solar system.moreless
    • Bone Diggers
      Bone Diggers
      Season 34 - Episode 14
      NOVA follows a group of paleontologists to a cave in southwestern Australia where the fossils of a meat-eating marsupial lion, and other extinct giant animals, have recently been discovered.
    • The Viking Deception
      The Viking Deception
      Season 32 - Episode 12
      One of history's greatest controversies is a hand-drawn piece of paper called the Vineland Map. No one knows its origins, yet it appears to be a map of the eastern United States. It is also assumed to be dated back to at least fifty years before Columbus set foot on American soil. Is this map real, or is it a hoax?moreless
    • Search for a Safe Cigarette
      Search for a Safe Cigarette
      Season 29 - Episode 1
      In Search for a Safe Cigarette, NOVA explores the efforts by scientists and the tobacco industry's efforts to create a less life-threatening product. In spite of the known health risks, smoking continues to grow around the globe. With a prohibition unlikely, the solution may lie in creating a healthier cigarette.
    • Is There Life on Mars?
      Is There Life on Mars?
      Season 36 - Episode 8
      The most recent scientific findings from the Mars rovers and Phoenix probe, including the discovery of water ice.
    • 1/27/09

      Every year, monarch butterflies migrate nearly 2,000 miles across North America. NOVA investigates this migration in this episode, using helicopters, hot-air balloons, and other aircraft to get the butterflies' point of view as they travel across the continent. Narrators also discuss the increasing threat to this migration as the monarchs suffer the loss of their habitats.

    • Last Extinction
      Season 36 - Episode 14
      A look at a new theory as to what killed off the mammoths and other large mammals of North America.
    • The Big Energy Gamble
      Season 36 - Episode 9
      A look at California's efforts at energy conservation and efficiency, as well as carbon-free power generation, as a model for the rest of the United States.
    • Where Did the Colorado Go?
      Where Did the Colorado Go?
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      NOVA explores the mighty Colorado River which today has become the life-blood of the Southwest, providing water and electricity to the farms and cities of California, Nevada, and Arizona. The program examines the political expediency and technological over-optimism that has led to some major miscalculations of the river's capacity.
    • Secrets of the Parthenon
      Season 35 - Episode 10
      How did the ancient Greeks design and build the Parthenon, their masterpiece, so quickly? How did they achieve such precision and perfection without modern tools and architectural aids that we take for granted today?
    • Cracking the Maya Code
      Season 35 - Episode 14
      The ancient Maya civilization of Central America left behind a riddle: an intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script carved on stone monuments and painted on pottery and bark books.
    • Magnetic Storm
      Magnetic Storm
      Season 31 - Episode 7
      While many people might not realize it, the Earth has an invisible magnetic shield that serves the vital purpose of protecting the planet from radiation. However, the magnetic shield is not invincible, and has grown weaker over time. This NOVA episode follows the scientists who are searching for important solutions.
    • Sinkholes: Buried Alive
      Season 42 - Episode 13
      Sinkholes are examined. The collapses can be gradual or sudden; and occur when carbon dioxide in the air dissolves in rainwater and forms a weak acid that weakens limestone and other water-soluble rocks beneath the soil. Included: video of dramatic collapses.
    • War From the Air
      War From the Air
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      NOVA travels to Washington, DC, visiting the Pentagon to ask some difficult questions to military officials. Producers want to discover how science and new advances in technology contributed to weapons and warfare. This episode takes a look at weapons of war and how soldiers use them to accomplish their missions.
    • The KGB, The Computer and Me
      The KGB, The Computer and Me
      Season 18 - Episode 1
      This documentary covers the surprising tale of an average systems administrator who stumbled upon a KGB spy operation. Clifford Stoll carried out one of the first successful digital forensics investigations by tracking down Markus Hess, a KGB hacker, after noticing a discrepancy in the logs of a University of California computer.moreless
    • Sinking the Supership
      Sinking the Supership
      Season 33 - Episode 2
      The search for the wreck of the Yamato, the largest and mightiest battleship ever floated and the pride of the Japanese Imperial Fleet. Constructed in absolute secrecy and sunk by American planes toward the end of World War II, her rapid demise had been a mystery, rather like a military Titanic.moreless
    • The Perfect Pearl
      The Perfect Pearl
      Season 26 - Episode 10
      The Perfect Pearl from the show NOVA originally aired on December 29, 1998. NOVA dives deep into the fascination surrounding the pearl and visits many places where pearls are harvested. They also visit many pearl farms and discuss the effect that these farms will have on the monetary value of the pearl.moreless
    • Jewel of the Earth
      Jewel of the Earth
      Season 33 - Episode 11
      Jewel of the Earth from the show NOVA is a 2006 documentary that explores ancient life trapped in liquid pine resin millions of years ago. Once fossilized these time capsules, called amber, contain the remnants of insects and small animals; from fungus gnats and aphids in the Baltic region to tadpoles and marsh beetles in the Dominican Republic. Hosted by famed naturalist, David Attenborough, this episode originally aired on February 12, 2006.moreless
    • Trial of Denton Cooley
      Trial of Denton Cooley
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      In a dramatic docudrama, NOVA reconstructs the controversial lawsuit raised against renowned heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley when one of his patients died after heart surgery, and examines the legal and moral issues this raises in the practice of modern medicine.
    • Pocahontas Revealed
      Pocahontas Revealed
      Season 34 - Episode 13
      The recent archeological discovery of the Native American Powhatan village of Werowocomoco, sheds new light on the Jamestown story of Pocahontas.
    • Russia's Nuclear Warriors
      Russia's Nuclear Warriors
      Season 29 - Episode 5
      Russia's Nuclear Warriors from the show NOVA is a 2001 documentary that explores the mindset of the men who control Russia's nuclear arsenal. Narrated by Vladimir Pozner, one of Russia's top journalists, this film paints a picture of patriotic soldiers who, despite low pay and tedious working conditions, are responsible for one of the world's most destructive forces.moreless
    • Volcano's Deadly Warning
      Volcano's Deadly Warning
      Season 30 - Episode 5
      Volcano's Deadly Warning is episode 5 of season 30 from the informative PBS science show NOVA. The episode originally aired on November 12, 2002 and featured a look at the destructive force of volcanoes. Featuring the monitoring of a volcano in the Columbian Andes and segments on seismic signals and the emergency response team made up of volcanologists that travel the world.moreless
    • Extreme Cave Diving
      Season 37 - Episode 13
      An exploration of underwater caves in the Bahamas expands upon our understanding of the history of Earth's climate.
    • Doctors' Diaries, Part One
      Season 36 - Episode 15
      A last look at the doctors NOVA has been documenting since 1987. In part one, the seven students are followed through four years of medical school at Harvard University.
    • Case of the Midwife Toad (The)
      Case of the Midwife Toad (The)
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      When Paul Kammerer committed suicide in 1926, it was taken by most of his fellow biologists as a tacit admission of guilt that he had faked his experiments purporting to show the inheritance of acquired characteristics. Arthur Koestler joins NOVA in an in-depth examination of Kammerer's infamous experiment.
    • Little Creatures Who Run the World
      Little Creatures Who Run the World
      Season 22 - Episode 13
      One of the creatures that rarely gets any attention unless it has done something bad is the ant. Entomologist Edward O. Wilson takes NOVA on a journey into the world of this much-hated insect and explains the complex living and working conditions of these tiny work-a-holics. Their behavior is unique and not at all what one would expect.moreless
    • The Last Great Ape
      The Last Great Ape
      Season 34 - Episode 9
      Scientists return to the jungles of Congo to further explore the peaceful lives of bonobos.
    • Arctic Dinosaurs
      Arctic Dinosaurs
      Season 36 - Episode 1
      Paleontologists discover a wealth of dinosaur fossils in Alaska's North Slope. Using CGI, the lives of these polar dinosaurs are revealed
    • Holocaust on Trial
      Holocaust on Trial
      Season 28 - Episode 2
      Holocaust on Trial from the show NOVA aired on October 31, 2000. In January of 2000, author and World War II specialist David Irving claimed in court that another author, Deborah Lipstadt, slandered his name and reputation in her Holocaust-related book. Historians look back and study the tragic event and how it has been denied by some.moreless
    • This Old Pyramid
      This Old Pyramid
      Season 20 - Episode 6
      Egyptologist Mark Lehner and professional stonemason Roger Hopkins explore the secrets of pyramid building by actually building one.
    • Last Flight of Bomber 31
      Last Flight of Bomber 31
      Season 30 - Episode 9
      Last Flight of Bomber 31 is an episode from the science documentary series NOVA that aired on January 14, 2003. In March of 1944, Bomber 31 vanished without a trace over the Bering Sea during a mission in World War II. Scientists discover the bomber 55 years later and, with a government team, attempt to solve the mystery of its disappearance.moreless
    • Secrets of Stonehenge
      Season 38 - Episode 5

      NOVA explores the perpetual mystery of Stonehenge in a new investigation of its ancient secrets. New sites have been excavated approximately one mile from the original site that add to current knowledge of its original purpose. Stonehenge researchers describe their current findings and what new questions have arisen in their exploration.

    • Decoding Nazi Secrets
      Decoding Nazi Secrets
      Season 27 - Episode 5
      Nazi code breaking takes a center stage on NOVA when the show revisits World War II and Winston Churchill's effort to win the intelligence war over Germany. By gathering the world best mathematicians, linguists, and gamers, the English Prime Minister organizes a team to crack a German message-coding machine named "Enigma."moreless
    • Manhunt - Boston Bombers
      Season 40 - Episode 15
      At 2:50pm on April 15, 2013, two bomb blasts turned the Boston Marathon finish line from a scene of triumph into a scene of tragedy, and a city gripped by heartbreak and terror. Less than five days later, the key suspects were identified and apprehended; one dead, the other in custody. How did investigators transform the chaos of the bombing into a coherent trail of clues, pointing to the accused killers?moreless
    • Meteor Strike
      Season 40 - Episode 13
      On February 15th, car cameras and cellphones captured a blinding streak that flashed across the sky over Russia’s Ural Mountains, followed by an explosion that injured some 1,500 people. The meteor, weighing around 10,000 tons, was the largest object to burst in the atmosphere since 1908. Within days, NOVA crews were in Russia following impact scientists as they hunted for debris from the explosion and clues to the meteor’s origin.moreless
    • The Search for the Disappeared
      The Search for the Disappeared
      Season 14 - Episode 1
      Up until the early 1980s, thousands of victims vanished in Argentina, left in unmarked graves. During the most terrifying days of Argentina's junta, such executions were commonplace. Decades later, Dr. Clyde Snow and other forensic specialists work together to identify the anonymous victims, based solely on their bones. Their hope is to bring peace to the families left behind and justice to the killers.moreless
    • The Blimp is Back!
      The Blimp is Back!
      Season 18 - Episode 5
      Nova looks at the history and future of dirigible airships, from the early rigid, giant zeppelins to the smaller nonrigid blimps taking to the skies, including the Liteship. Also shown, some unsuccessful hybrids including the Cyclocrane and the ill-fated Piasecki Heli-stat.
    • Secret Tunnel Warfare
      Season 43 - Episode 10
      Recalling an Allied tunneling operation beneath German lines in France during World War I, when some 600 tons of explosives were placed in the secret tunnels and simultaneously triggered. The resulting explosion was heard 150 miles away in London; and killed 10,000 German soldiers. Archaeologists and bomb disposal experts clear topsoil packed with shrapnel and unexploded shells; and probe a tunnel connected to a 22-ton bomb that didn't detonate after the chamber was flooded by German engineers.moreless
    • Why Ships Sink
      Season 39 - Episode 18
      Are you safe aboard a modern cruise ship?
    • Master of the Killer Ants
      Master of the Killer Ants
      Season 35 - Episode 6
      The Mofu people of northern Cameroon have a close relationship with insects, in particular, the red driver ants which they use to combat termites.
    • Lord of the Ants
      Season 35 - Episode 17
      NOVA profiles E.O. Wilson, renowned for his scientific study of ants that led to his book Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, where he put forth the idea that evolutionary principles could explain social behavior throughout the animal kingdom.
    • Surviving the Tsunami
      Surviving the Tsunami
      Season 39 - Episode 2
      Gripping stories from Japan offer lessons on how to act in the face of a deadly disaster.
    • A Normal Face: The Wonders of Plastic Surgery
      This episode explores a different side of plastic surgery, focusing on the necessary medical procedures it can help to accomplish. Originally aired in 1983, the documentary explores two stories of reconstructive surgery. A disfigured soldier may have a second lease on life, while a child who needs major plastic surgery gets a first shot at life.moreless
    • A look at the history of the telescope and how it has changed our understanding of the universe.
    • Doomsday Volcanoes
      Season 40 - Episode 5
      The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010 turned much of the northern hemisphere into an ash-strewn no-fly zone. Katla, an Icelandic volcano 10 times bigger, has begun to swell and grumble, and Hekla and Laki, could erupt without warning. Iceland is a ticking time bomb: When it blows, the consequences will be global. What can we do to prepare for the coming disaster?moreless
    • Engineering Ground Zero
      Season 39 - Episode 1
      On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, this program follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. NOVA captures the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers to make the buildings safe and highly secure under the pressures of a tight schedule, the demands of practical office space and efficient, "green" architecture, and the public's expectations of a fitting site for national remembrance. Featuring interviews with 1 WTC architect David Childs; Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Mayor Michael Bloomberg, chairman of the 9-11 Memorial Foundation; and Michael Arad, the man behind the breakthrough concept for the 9-11 Memorial.moreless
    • Engineering Ground Zero
      Season 38 - Episode 17

      Architects and engineers plan the construction of One World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

    • Mind Over Money
      Season 37 - Episode 17
      In the wake of the financial crash of 2008, NOVA recreates experiments from the field of behavioral economics to help illuminate the connections between the human mind and money.
    • Life's Rocky Start
      Season 43 - Episode 11
      Mineralogist Robert Hazen explores the role that rocks may have played in the creation of life on Earth.
    • Stranger in the Mirror
      Stranger in the Mirror
      Season 21 - Episode 11
      Visual agnosia is a rare but life-altering disorder. Sufferers of visual agnosia can technically see as well as anybody else. However, due to injury, their brains do not recognize faces or objects. Each day is a unique struggle for these individuals, who have trouble maintaining relationships and relating to the world around them. The NOVA team follows the lives of some of these sufferers.moreless
    • The Deadly Deception
      The Deadly Deception
      Season 20 - Episode 14
      ABC News Medical Correspondent hosts the true story of a 40 year human experiment called "The Tuskegee Study". Government doctors promised treatment for syphilis to 400 African American men, but the participants, all from Macon County, AL were left untreated for the disease from 1932 until 1972. The deception of the unwitting men is told by George Strait.moreless
    • How to Create a Junk Food
      How to Create a Junk Food
      Season 15 - Episode 12
      Julia Child hosts NOVA's exploration of science's role in the snacks that thousands of Americans eat on a daily basis. While burgers and fries may seem straightforward, there is actually plenty of research and technology that goes into the final creation of the world's snacks. The NOVA team follows the quest for a tasty yet healthy snack food.moreless
    • It's About Time
      It's About Time
      Season 8 - Episode 12
      Actor and comedian Dudley Moore hosts an exploration of the concept of time.
    • Diamond Deception
      Diamond Deception
      Season 27 - Episode 11
      NOVA investigates the race in creating the perfect synthesized diamond. Since the 1950s, companies from around the world have tried to make an artificial gemstone sparkle like a real diamond. With advances in technology, industrialists are that much closer in producing a flawless stone that not even the experts can tell the difference between the two.moreless
    • Fat Chance in a Thin World
      Fat Chance in a Thin World
      Season 10 - Episode 15
      When you're struggling with weight loss and can't find any practical solutions, it's time to discuss the shocking truths and revealing answers, that affect both your body weight and eating routines. Many Americans have trouble losing weight and keeping it off, which is why we show you the best tips and tricks to gain back a slimmer appearance.moreless
    • Cashing In On The Ocean
      Cashing In On The Ocean
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      This episode goes underwater and into the Pacific Ocean to capture footage the vast minerals that lay on the ocean floor. Miners from across the world are on the lookout for magnesium, copper and other valuable minerals embedded in the floor of international waters. Producers take a look at the controversy surrounding the debate on who owns the right to mine the ocean.moreless
    • The Nuclear Option
      Season 44 - Episode 2
      A look at the future of nuclear power, which was called into question by the Fukushima disaster. Included: new nuclear technologies that could prevent meltdowns.
    • Nuclear Meltdown Disaster
      Season 42 - Episode 23
      A minute-by-minute chronicle of the 2011 nuclear meltdown crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, as told by the workers who stayed behind as an earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant.
    • The Illusion of Time
      The Illusion of Time
      Season 44 - Episode 3
    • Great Human Odyssey
      Season 43 - Episode 17
      How early humans migrated out of Africa and populated the world. Included: insights from historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and geneticists.
    • Super Tunnel
      Season 43 - Episode 18
      The construction of a new subterranean railway in London is examined. Included: the challenges faced by the engineers and designers.
    • Treasures of the Earth: Gems
      Season 43 - Episode 18
      An examination of gems, including the secrets to their sparkle, color and strength; and the clues they may hold to one of the most enduring mysteries in the field of geology.
    • Treasures of the Earth: Metals
      Season 43 - Episode 19
      The science of metals is examined. Included: chemists and engineers test the mettle of metals; and investigate how they helped usher humanity from the Stone Age to the stars.
    • Treasures of the Earth: Power
      Season 43 - Episode 20
      An examination of fossil fuels. Included: modern-day oil prospecting in California; and a utility company that struggles to keep the lights on during hot summer days. Also: the efforts of a Chinese engineer to overcome one of the biggest hurdles in the adoption of solar power.
    • School of the Future
      Season 44 - Episode 2
      How the science of learning may change education for all children.
    • 15 Years of Terror
      Season 44 - Episode 1
      Examining the psychology of a terrorist. Also: the use of modern propaganda and social media tools by radical organizations to cultivate self-radicalized killers.
    • Great Lighthouse Rescue
      Great Lighthouse Rescue
      Season 43 - Episode 23
    • Vikings Unearthed
      Season 43 - Episode 19
      Archaeologist Sarah Parcak unearths new clues about the Vikings and their expeditions and settlements.
    • Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped?
      Season 43 - Episode 18
      The work of scientists to determine the cause of Alzheimer's disease is detailed. Included: major drug trials aimed at discovering therapies to slow and even prevent the disease.
    • Wild Ways
      Season 43 - Episode 20
    • Bombing Hitler's Supergun
      Season 43 - Episode 22
      A Nazi plan in 1943 to shell London using "superguns" housed in an underground complex in northern France is recalled. Also: the Allied raids that destroyed the seemingly impregnable complex, one of which was led by Joseph Kennedy Jr. (1915-44).
    • Building the Great Cathedrals
      Season 38 - Episode 1
      A look at the construction and artistry of Gothic cathedrals.
    • Crash of Flight 447
      Season 38 - Episode 2
      The disappearance on June 1, 2009, of flight AF447, flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
    • Trapped in an Elevator
      Season 38 - Episode 3
      The secret life of elevators.
    • The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time
      It defines our lives, but what is time really? Have a look into its true nature.
    • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Quantum Leap
      Take a wild ride into the quantum realm, where even the impossible seems possible.
    • 11/2/11
      Surprising clues indicate that space is very much something and not nothing.
    • Iceman Murder Mystery
      Season 39 - Episode 4
      A new forensic investigation of a 5,000-year-old mummy reconstructs his death and reveals an ancient way of life.
    • Hunting the Edge of Space: The Ever Expanding Universe
      A look at the history of the telescope and how it has changed our understanding of the universe.
    • Hunting the Edge of Space: The Mystery of the Milky Way
      A look at the history of the telescope and how it has changed our understanding of the universe.
    • Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor
      Season 37 - Episode 9
      An investigation into the sinking of the USS Arizona during World War II.
    • Finding Life Beyond Earth
      Season 39 - Episode 3
      We are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone?
    • An Interview With Steve Jobs
      Season 38 - Episode 18
      Watch a rare interview with the late Apple visionary, conducted in 1990.
    • Becoming Human Full Series Preview
      Becoming Human Full Series Preview
      Season 36 - Episode 23
      Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special, "Becoming Human," examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives.
    • Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land
      Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land
      Season 31 - Episode 18
      Armed with high-tech equipment and ingeniously improvised devices, NOVA and archaeologist Richard Freund embark on a fascinating detective story that may rewrite Holy Land history.
    • Doctor's Diaries Hour 2
      Doctor's Diaries Hour 2
      Season 36 - Episode 16
      The seven young doctors, now at different hospitals across the country, must adapt to little sleep and a bewildering workload.
    • The Elegant Universe
      The Elegant Universe
      Season 31 - Episode 3
      Eleven dimensions, parallel universes, and a world made out of strings. It's not science fiction, it's string theory. Today, Einstein's goal of combining the physical laws of the universe in one theory that explains it all is the Holy Grail of modern physics. In order to solve some of the deepest mysteries of the universe, the rules that govern large objects like galaxies must be combined with the rules that govern small objects like subatomic particles. String theory is radically changing our ideas about the nature of space, opening up the possibility that extra dimensions, rips in the fabric of space, and parallel universes actually exist.moreless
    • Secrets Beneath the Ice
      Season 38 - Episode 7

      In this science documentary, the PBS NOVA series looks at Antarctica ice shelf and the clues it holds for climate change past and future. The melting of the region's ice could flood coastal cities around the world. The recent collapse of an ice shelf the size of Manhattan brought a research team to explore the potential for a devastating change.

    • Quest for Solomon's Mines
      Season 38 - Episode 6

      NOVA and National Geographic go on a quest to discover the mines of King Solomon, one of the most celebrated kings of ancient Israel. Through archaeological investigations in Jordan, clues to Solomon's history such as an ancient copper mine and ancient inscriptions and messages are discovered that may unlock the mysteries surrounding this great king.

    • Dogs Decoded
      Season 38 - Episode 4
      New discoveries in genetics reveal the origin of dogs.
    • The Pluto Files Preview
      The Pluto Files Preview
      Season 36 - Episode 29
      Take a cross-country journey with Neil deGrasse Tyson to explore the rise and fall of America's favorite planet.
    • The Elegant Universe: Part 3
      The Elegant Universe: Part 3
      Season 31 - Episode 5
      Eleven dimensions, parallel universes, and a world made out of strings. It's not science fiction, it's string theory.
    • Mount St. Helens: Back from the Dead
      Season 37 - Episode 18
      When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, every living thing in the blast zone was buried beneath 300 feet of avalanche debris, covered with steaming mud, and finally, topped with a superheated layer of frothy rock from deep within the earth. It seemed as though Mount St. Helens might remain a wasteland forever. When biologist Charlie Crisafulli first flew over the disaster zone, finding no sign of life, little did he realize that his own life would be forever changed. Crisafulli has remained at the site for 27 years, documenting the dramatic return of plant and animal life to the barren landscape and pioneering a new understanding of the interaction between geologic forces and the life surrounding the mountain. NOVA brings viewers on an inspiring journey of a landscape brought back from the dead.moreless
    • Power Surge
      Season 38 - Episode 12
      Are we finally on the brink of a clean energy revolution?
    • Japans Killer Quake
      Season 38 - Episode 15
      An account and investigation of the epic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.
    • Smartest Machine on Earth
      Season 38 - Episode 9
      Jeopardy! challenges even the best human minds. Can a computer win the game?
    • Deadliest Earthquakes
      Season 38 - Episode 8
      Big quakes are inevitable, but can we prevent their devastation?
    • Hubble's Amazing Race
      Hubble's Amazing Race
      Season 36 - Episode 11
      From training to launch, NOVA presents the inside story of the mission and the extraordinary challenges faced by the rescue crew.
    • 3/29/09
      A provocative new theory about what killed off America's mammoths at the end of the last Ice Age.
    • Maya Lords of the Jungle
      Season 28 - Episode 17
      The collapse of the Maya civilization is shrouded in mystery, but perhaps an answer can be found with this exploration into its rise out of Central America's rain forests more than 2000 years ago. Follow archaeologists as they begin to decipher the complex Mayan heiroglyphic language, explore their ancient and sophisticated culture, and analyze Maya trade and agriculture.moreless
    • Crash of Flight 447
      Season 38 - Episode 14
      On June 1st, 2009, Flight AF447, an Air France Airbus A330 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all 228 lives. How could a state-of-the-art airliner with elaborate electronic safety and navigation features and a faultless safety record simply vanish without trace?moreless
    • Battle Plan Under Fire
      Battle Plan Under Fire
      Season 31 - Episode 17
      NOVA explores high-tech equipment in the Americas Armed Forces, reporting on the how the country fights wars in the 21st century. The program looks at the Army's new fighting tools, including a two million dollar imaging vehicle, an unmanned aerial drone and state-of-the-art video systems from space. NOVA also explains how Blue Force Tracking helped soldiers in the field while serving in Afghanistan.moreless
    • Life and Death in the War Zone
      Life and Death in the War Zone
      Season 31 - Episode 14
      Nova heads into battle with the medics, nurses, doctors, and military staff of the 10th and 21st CaSH units in Iraq to experience the heart-wrenching ethical decisions made on the front lines of an American Combat Support Hospital.
    • The Boldest Hoax
      The Boldest Hoax
      Season 32 - Episode 10
      Richard Donat narrates the true story of the "Piltdown Man," a fossil skull that surfaced in an British town and seemed to finally provide the missing link between humans and their ape predecessors. In 1953, the "Piltdown Man" turned out to be a hoax. Various guests discuss the hoax and its strange origins, including Giles Oakley, Miles Russell and Richard Milner.moreless
    • Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land
      Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land
      Season 32 - Episode 8
      Armed with high-tech equipment and ingeniously improvised devices, NOVA and archaeologist Richard Freund embark on a fascinating detective story that may rewrite Holy Land history.
    • America's Stone Age Explorers
      America's Stone Age Explorers
      Season 32 - Episode 6
      Clovis, New Mexico is the site of an important archaeological dig. The prehistoric people who lived there may have been descended from Spanish natives. It is also possible that these early settlers lived from as far south as Peru all the way into Pennsylvania. NOVA goes deep inside this mystery to understand who these people were and where they came from.moreless
    • Dogs and More Dogs
      Dogs and More Dogs
      Season 31 - Episode 11
      Feeling lonely, Milo (Kyle Massey) turns to a canine companion for friendship. He entrusts Oscar (Justin Roiland) with the care of the dog, but Oscar accidentally lets the pet escape. Later on, Bea (Chelsea Staub) takes on a full-time job, not realizing the demands and challenges of an adult life.
    • Secret of Photo 51
      Secret of Photo 51
      Season 30 - Episode 16
      Secret of Photo 51 reconsiders the discovery of the DNA double-helix structure previously only attributed to British scientists James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. This NOVA episode from the 2003 season returns scientist Rosalind Franklin to her place as part of the team that found the genetic code. By the time the three men had won the Nobel Prize in 1962, Franklin had already died from cancer likely from radiation exposure from her contribution.moreless
    • Infinite Secrets
      Infinite Secrets
      Season 31 - Episode 1
      Infinite Secrets from the show NOVA is a 2003 documentary that tells the story of Archimedes' long lost manuscript, discovered beneath the writings of a medieval prayer manual in an Istanbul library. The mathematical treaties, now located in a Baltimore museum, provide evidence which scholars believe prove he was very close to inventing calculus. The episode originally aired on September 30, 2003.moreless
    • Holocaust Escape Tunnel
      Season 44 - Episode 7
      An archeological excavation in the Lithuanian city of Vilnius, which was an important Jewish center until the Nazis began a "Holocaust by bullets" in 1941, unearths a 100-foot escape tunnel used by 12 shackled Jews on the last night of Passover in 1944. Descendants of those survivors are interviewed, as are Holocaust survivors who lived in Vilnius. The excavation also explores the mass burial pits at the Ponar execution camp and the destroyed Great Synagogue, which dated to the 16th century.moreless
    • Why Trains Crash
      Season 44 - Episode 6
      An examination of train accidents. Included: investigators probe the wreckage of infamous accidents; and safety experts test crash-prevention designs.
    • Deep Sea Invasion
      Deep Sea Invasion
      Season 30 - Episode 15
      Deep Sea Invasion from the show NOVA follows marine biologist Alexandre Meinesz who discovers a dense blanket of green fronds while diving off the coast of France. To his horror, Meinesz determines that tropical green algae has invaded the cool waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Now, he must convince the authorities of the threat to native species before it's too late. The episode originally aired on April 1, 2003.moreless
    • Dirty Bomb
      Dirty Bomb
      Season 30 - Episode 14
      Dirty bombs, which send radioactive material in the wind for miles take a center stage in this episode of NOVA. Reporters talk to bomb specialist and psychologists to discuss how dirty bomb warfare was designed to kill an entire generation, slowly. NOVA also creates a dramatization of what a dirty bomb attack would look like in Washington DC and London, today.moreless
    • Chinese Chariot Revealed
      Season 44 - Episode 9
      Experts reconstruct and test China's first super-weapon, the chariot, which dominated the battlefields for more than 1000 years.
    • Mountain of Ice
      Mountain of Ice
      Season 30 - Episode 12
      Mountain of Ice from the show NOVA is a 2003 documentary that follows Conrad Anker and his team as the climb Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antartica. Joined by author Jon Krakauer, glaciologist Dan Stone, and extreme skier Andrew McLean, Anker and his team endure bitter cold and piercing winds as they conquer the Mountain of Ice. The episode originally aired on February 11, 2003.moreless
    • Lost Treasures of Tibet
      Season 30 - Episode 13
      Set foot inside an untouched society and get a remarkably rare glimpse of a Tibetan world’s dazzling sacred relics. Join the race to save the surviving masterpieces of an ancient Buddhist kingdom.
    • Building Chernobyl's MegaTomb
      Season 44 - Episode 8
      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.
    • The Origami Revolution
      Season 44 - Episode 5
      How the art of origami, or paper folding, is influencing scientific advances, drug development and future NASA space missions.
    • Ultimate Cruise Ship
      Season 44 - Episode 4
      The building of the Seven Seas Explorer cruise ship, which weighs some 54,000 gross tons and is longer than two football fields, is chronicled.
    • Secrets of the Crocodile Caves
      Secrets of the Crocodile Caves
      Season 31 - Episode 10
      Olivier Behra, French crocodile expert, explores the Crocodile Caves in the Ankarana reserve and the unusual habits of the Nile crocodile. While most reptiles bask in the sun this cold-blooded creature prefers to lurk in caves. The usual fauna diet of most crocs is also deviated from. These creatures have fed on approximately 100 humans on Madagascar every year.moreless
    • Volcano Above the Clouds
      Volcano Above the Clouds
      Season 31 - Episode 8
      Volcano Above the Clouds follows a group of scientists as they explore Mt. Kilimanjaro. Studying the ecology and geology of the mountain, the team intends to find out why the ice on the mountain has been slowly disappearing and to make predictions about the potential consequences for the agriculture below.
    • Search for the Super Battery
      Season 44 - Episode 3
      How batteries work. Also: what the future of batteries means for gadgets, lives and the planet.
    • Wright Brothers' Flying Machine
      Season 31 - Episode 6
      Orville and Wilbur Wright were remarkable inventors who designed and built their own wings, steering devices, engines, and wind tunnel. But just how did they construct such an impressive flying machine?
    • Saving the National Treasures
      Saving the National Treasures
      Season 32 - Episode 13
      It would be safe to say that the document which truly brought the United States of America together was the Declaration of Independence. In addition, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are part of the founding principles which brought the country together. NOVA examines the race to preserve these relics of American culture.moreless
    • A Daring Flight
      A Daring Flight
      Season 32 - Episode 14
      This documentary focuses on Louis Bleriot, the French pilot who made history in 1909 by being the first to use a heavier-than-air machine to fly across the English Channel. Along with exploring this important moment in early aviation, the crew covers Bleriot's grandson, who is reviving his family's legacy with a modern reenactment of the famous flight.moreless
    • The Climate Crisis
      The Climate Crisis
      Season 11 - Episode 11
      The record-breaking temperatures of each consecutive summer may be the result of a general warming up of the Earth's atmosphere. In this episode, Nova examines the changes in global climate and considers the speculations of climate scientists for what may occur in the next century due to humanity's over-consumption of fossil fuels.moreless
    • World in the Balance: China Revs Up (2)
      World in Balance: China Revs Up from the show NOVA explores the topic of Earth's most populous country and how its economic growth impacts mankind's long-term environmental picture. Once a nation of a billion rural people, China has experienced a rush of urbanization and affluence accompanied by an increased demand of the planet's natural resources. Aired April 20th, 2004, this NOVA episode demonstrates how China's choices today will impact everyone on Earth for generations to come.moreless
    • Family That Walks on All Fours
      Family That Walks on All Fours
      Season 34 - Episode 6
      Family That Walks on All Fours is a 2006 episode from the science program NOVA. In rural Turkey, an isolated family of five sparks a debate between scientists, anthropologists and medical researchers about the cause of the family's using both their hands and feet to walk. The NOVA crew explores the differing theories on whether the family represents a genetic aberration or a medical mystery, and then meets the family.moreless
    • Storm That Drowned A City
      Storm That Drowned A City
      Season 33 - Episode 7
      Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, turning once-inhabitable, vibrant neighborhoods into terrible swamps. The exact science behind what happened as well as a moment-to-moment breakdown of that horrendous day when the storm hit is examined. Eyewitness accounts of what happened are brought into play as well, giving incredible, heartbreaking insight into that fateful day.moreless
    • Deadly Ascent
      Deadly Ascent
      Season 33 - Episode 9
      Mount Denali, North America's highest peak, takes a center stage on NOVA when the show follows an odd group of explorers who climb the mountain to report on hazardous conditions on the summit. Ordinary people, including doctors, soldiers and rescue workers take part in an experiment to discover how the cold and icy weather overpower even the most skilled climbers.moreless
    • Mystery of the Megaflood
      Mystery of the Megaflood
      Season 33 - Episode 1
      In the face of scorn from mainstream scientists, an intrepid geologist sets out to prove his theory that the canyons of the American northwest were created by what is thought to be the greatest flood of the past two million years. Eventually, he happens upon evidence that silences his critics.
    • The Perfect Corpse
      The Perfect Corpse
      Season 33 - Episode 10
      The Perfect Corpse is a 2006 episode from the science program NOVA. When Irish police discover two corpses in a peat bog, their murder investigation soon becomes an archeological dig when they realize the bodies are over 2,000 years old. Peat bog can almost perfectly preserve corpses. Forensic scientists and archeologists explain the fascinating evidence and the historical details revealed from these residents of the prehistoric Iron Age.moreless
    • Forensics on Trial
      Season 40 - Episode 2
      Virtual autopsies, 3-D fingerprints, and digital crime scenes are making crime-solving into a more precise science.
    • Secrets of the Viking Sword
      Season 39 - Episode 20
      A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages '? a sword both prized and feared.
    • Forensics on Trial
      Forensics on Trial
      Season 40 - Episode 2
      There is a startling gap between the glamorous television world of "CSI" and the gritty reality of the forensic crime lab. In Forensics on Trial, NOVA investigates how modern forensics can send innocent men and women to prison--and sometimes even to death row. NOVA will investigate today's shaky state of crime science as well as cutting-edge solutions that could help investigators put the real criminals behind bars.moreless
    • Deadliest Tornadoes
      Season 39 - Episode 17
      Why was the 2011 tornado season in the U.S. so extreme, and why did so many die?
    • The Smartest Machine On Earth
      The Smartest Machine On Earth
      Season 38 - Episode 13
      Augmenting human intelligence is a lot tougher than it looks, but scientists are edging closer with machines like “Watson,” an IBM computing system that is gearing up to compete on the game show JEOPARDY!
    • Secrets of the Sun
      Season 39 - Episode 19
      New tools let scientists better grasp our star's potentially destructive solar storms.
    • First Air War
      Season 42 - Episode 6
      The evolution of warplanes during World War I is recalled. In the space of a few years, they graduated from rickety biplanes to efficient killing machines.
    • Bigger Than T. rex
      Season 42 - Episode 7
      Reconstructing a Spinosaurus and the world it ruled. Based on fossils found in Morocco, the dinosaur was 53-feet long and possessed a huge dorsal sail, scimitar-like claws and powerful jaws.
    • Emperor's Ghost Army
      Season 42 - Episode 8
    • Killer Landslides
      Season 42 - Episode 9
      A look at what may have caused a massive landslide that killed dozens of people and destroyed nearly 50 homes in Oso, Washington, on March 22, 2014.
    • Ben Franklin's Balloons
      Season 42 - Episode 5
      The daring aeronauts of 18th-century Paris, who took flight in hot-air and gas balloons, are recalled. Included: recreations of key flights, including the first manned voyage on November 21, 1783.
    • Surviving Ebola
      Season 42 - Episode 3
      A report on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which is threatening to spiral out of control. Included: the medical teams struggling to cope with the flood of victims; and the scientists who are racing to test vaccines and find a cure.
    • D-Day's Sunken Secrets
      Season 41 - Episode 22
      Submersibles, underwater robots and 3D mapping tools are used to discover, identify and plot the relics on the sea floor near Normandy, France, the site of the Allies' D-Day invasion during World War II. Also: engineers, scientists, mathematicians, inventors and meteorologists who contributed to the success of the invasion.
    • Vaccines: Calling the Shots
      Season 42 - Episode 1
      An examination of vaccines and why they're important. In addition to explaining how vaccines work, the report discusses the concerns and misinformation that surround them; and details the risks to both children and society if people forgo immunization, which about 10 percent of Americans do.
    • Rise of the Hackers
      Season 42 - Episode 2
      The experts battling to protect data from hackers are spotlighted. Included: the men who discovered an advanced cyber weapon; the computer expert who figured out how to hack ATMs; and scientists who think they can store passwords in unconscious brains.
    • Why Planes Vanish
      Season 42 - Episode 3
      The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, is detailed. Included: how planes disappear; and whether technological advances will eventually make it so that every plane can be located.
    • First Man on the Moon
      First Man on the Moon
      Season 42 - Episode 10
      A profile of Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), the first person to set foot on the moon, featuring remarks from his family and friends.
    • Big Bang Machine
      Season 42 - Episode 11
      CERN scientists prepare to restart the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The plan is to run it at a higher energy than before, when it detected a subatomic particle that may be the elusive Higgs boson.
    • Secret's of Noah's Ark
      Season 43 - Episode 3
      The discovery of a 3700-year-old clay tablet that calls for a virtuous man to build an ark is detailed. The tablet also includes directions on how to build the ark; and the instructions are followed here in order to see if, indeed, the vessel can float.
    • Arctic Ghost Ship
      Season 43 - Episode 2
    • Nazi Attack on America
      Nazi Attack on America
      Season 42 - Episode 20
      The wreckage of WWII-era German submarine U-166, which sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 1942, is examined. The U-boat was part of Operation Drumbeat, a Nazi operation that targeted East Coast cities and merchant ships.
    • Lethal Seas
      Season 42 - Episode 21
      How carbon emissions are impacting the world's oceans. Included: a coral garden in Papua New Guinea that could offer a preview of what the seas will be like in a half-century.
    • The Great Math Mystery
      Season 42 - Episode 17
      An exploration of mathematics, including where it comes from and why it explains the physical world; and whether it's a human invention or a hidden language of the universe.
    • 2/25/15
      Architects and engineers investigate the secrets behind Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, which has survived on one of the world's most active seismic faults since it was built in 537 A.D. Included: engineers build an eight-ton model of its core structure.
    • Sunken Ship Rescue
      Season 42 - Episode 12
    • Cyberwar Threat
      Season 43 - Episode 4
      An examination of the dangers of cyber warfare, including the damage that cyber weapons can inflict on factories, power plants and pipelines.
    • Colosseum: Roman Death Trap
      Season 42 - Episode 14
      Archaeologists and engineers employ ancient Roman techniques to build a 25-foot lifting machine and trap-door system similar to those used in the Colosseum, where ancient texts claim wild animals emerged, as if by magic, from beneath the floor to attack gladiators and people condemned to death. In this instance, the team releases a wolf into the ancient arena for the first time in 1500 years.moreless
    • Petra: Lost City of Stone
      Season 42 - Episode 15
    • Escape From Nazi Alcatraz
      Season 41 - Episode 21
      Aero engineers and carpenters attempt to replicate an ingenious escape plan from Oflag IV-C, a POW camp at Colditz Castle in Germany that held Allied officers during World War II, to see if it would have succeeded. The plan consisted of building a two-man glider from bed sheets and floorboards, and then launching the craft from the roof; the war's end negated the need to go through with it, however.moreless
    • Why Sharks Attack
      Season 41 - Episode 20
    • Inside Animal Minds: Who's the Smartest?
    • Decoding Neanderthals
      Season 40 - Episode 7
      Over 60,000 years ago, the first modern humans left their African homeland and entered Europe, then a bleak and inhospitable continent in the grip of the Ice Age. But when they arrived, they were not alone: the stocky, powerfully built Neanderthals had already been living there for hundreds of thousands of years. So what happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did they make love or war?moreless
    • Rise of the Drones
      Season 40 - Episode 8
      NOVA reveals the amazing technologies that make drones so powerful. From cameras that can capture every detail of an entire city at a glance, to swarming robots that can make decisions on their own, to giant air frames that can stay aloft for days on end, drones are changing our relationship to war, surveillance and each other. Discover the cutting-edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history.moreless
    • Who Killed Lindbergh's Baby?
      Season 40 - Episode 9
      NOVA is reopening one of the most confounding crime mysteries of all time as a team of expert investigators employs state-of-the-art forensic and behavioral science techniques in an effort to determine what really happened to Charles Lindbergh’s baby... and why.
    • Building Pharaoh's Chariot
      Season 40 - Episode 10
      In Building Pharaoh's Chariot, a team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers, and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots. They discover advanced features, including spoked wheels, springs, shock absorbers, anti-roll bars, and even a convex shaped rear mirror, leading one of them to compare the level of design to the engineering standards of 1930's-era Buicks!moreless
    • Inside the Megastorm
      Season 40 - Episode 6
      Inside the Megastorm takes viewers moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impacts and the future of storm protection. Through first person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists, Inside the Megastorm gives scientific context to a new breed of storms.
    • Ultimate Mars Challenge
      Season 40 - Episode 4
      With inside access to the massive team of scientists and engineers responsible for the Curiosity rover's on-the-ground experiments, NOVA will be there for the exhilarating moments after Curiosity's landing on Mars —and for the spectacular discoveries sure to come.
    • Mystery of Easter Island
      Season 40 - Episode 3
      Easter Island has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues, and how did they transform a presumed paradise into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin upon their island and themselves? NOVA explores controversial recent claims that challenge decades of previous thinking about the islanders.moreless
    • Earth From Space
      Season 40 - Episode 11
      EARTH FROM SPACE is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, this special takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms them into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustain life on earth.moreless
    • Mind of a Rampage Killer
      Season 40 - Episode 12
      What makes a person walk into a theater or a church or a classroom full of students and open fire? What combination of circumstances compels a human being to commit the most inhuman of crimes? Can science in any way help us understand these horrific events and provide clues as to how to prevent them in the future?moreless
    • Making North America: Alive
      Making North America: Alive
      Season 43 - Episode 7
      Part 2 of 3. How life emerged in North America; and why the continent was home to many iconic dinosaurs, including the T. rex. Included: a diving expedition off the Bahamas spotlights rare living fossils; and a trip to the Badlands of North Dakota and desert wilderness of southern Utah highlights dinosaur discoveries. Also: evidence of the catastrophic asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs; and why North America was mostly primate-free until the arrival of humans.moreless
    • Wild Predator Invasion
      Wild Predator Invasion
      Season 41 - Episode 16
      The effort to return apex predators—such as coyotes, bears and panthers—to the wild in order to restore the natural balance to off-kilter ecosystems is detailed.
    • Animal Mummies
      Animal Mummies
      Season 43 - Episode 5
      Animal mummies recovered from the Egyptian catacombs are examined. Also: the role that animals played in ancient Egyptian beliefs.
    • Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses
      How animals use their senses. Included: the differences between wolves and dogs in how they interpret visual information and smells, as well as why they differ; and the ways in which animal brains process information provided by the senses.
    • Ground Zero Supertower
      Season 41 - Episode 1
      From PBS - NOVA returns to Ground Zero to witness the completion of One World Trade Center. As the superstorm Sandy bore down on New York, many feared that the still-incomplete structures would be especially vulnerable to the storm's wrath. NOVA reveals the engineering story behind their remarkable resilience to nature's worst blows. The greatest test is still to come, though: will the final product be a fitting site for national remembrance?moreless
    • Making North America: Human
      Making North America: Human
      Season 43 - Episode 8
      Conclusion. The history of North America since the arrival of humans is chronicled. Natural resources, including gold and oil, have enabled humans to transform the land almost as much as the geological forces that created it. However, geology may, some day, play another role in reshaping the continent: the Cascadia fault line in the Pacific Northwest could unleash a massive earthquake and tsunami; and the super-volcano beneath Yellowstone could obliterate half the continent if it erupts.moreless
    • 2/8/00
      Discover how ancient Egyptians used nautical experience, ingenuity, and unwavering faith to raise massive 500-ton granite monoliths that have stood for thousands of years in tribute to their unparalleled early civilization.
    • Inside Einstein's Mind
      Season 43 - Episode 9
      An examination of how Albert Einstein developed the theory of general relativity, which reshaped the understanding of gravity, space and time.
    • Ancient Computer
      Season 40 - Episode 14
      An unpromising lump of metal found in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck turns out to be an extraordinary treasure: the world’s first computer. NOVA follows the ingenious detective work that painstakingly discovered the truth about the ancient Greek device: it was an astonishingly sophisticated astronomical calculator and eclipse predictor, unrivaled until the era of modern science and believed to be from the workshop of Archimedes.moreless
    • Oklahoma's Deadliest Tornadoes
      Season 40 - Episode 16
      On May 20th 2013, a ferocious F5 tornado over a mile wide tore through Moore, Oklahoma, inflicting 24 deaths and obliterating entire neighborhoods. It was the third time an exceptionally violent tornado had struck the city in 14 years. Yet predicting when and where these killer storms will hit still poses a huge challenge. Why was 2011--the worst ever recorded tornado season that left 158 dead in Joplin, Missouri--followed by the quietest ever year of activity prior to the Moore disaster? Can improved radar and warning technology explain why so many fewer died in Moore than in Joplin? And will tornadoes get worse as Earth's climate heats up? In this NOVA special, we meet scientists in the front ranks of the battle to understand these extreme weather events. We also meet storm survivors whose lives have been upended, and learn how we can protect ourselves and our communities for the uncertain future.moreless
    • Mystery Beneath the Ice
      Season 43 - Episode 12
      A research mission to the Antarctica explores what may be behind the plummeting population of the krill, a transparent, shrimp-like creature that's an important cog in the Antarctic ecosystem. Since the 1970s, the krill numbers have declined, though no one knows why. One theory: the krill's life cycle is linked to the seasonal increase and decline of the Antarctic ice pack, which has been altered by climate change.moreless
    • (Part 1 of 2) In a two-hour special, NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe.
    • Himalayan Megaquake
      Season 43 - Episode 13
      The earthquake that rocked Nepal in April 2015 is examined. Included: why it was so devastating; how the victims are rebuilding; and whether another earthquake is in the offing.
    • Extreme Ice
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      As the world warms, the threat from rising sea levels poses an alarming potential for disaster. Some models now project a one-meter sea level rise over the next century, which could displace millions of people, from Florida to Bangladesh, and require trillions of dollars' investment in coastal infrastructure. But these models don't reflect recent findings that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at an ever faster rate. What explains this alarming acceleration, and just how can we figure out what's happening inside a gigantic wall of ice? In collaboration with National Geographic, NOVA follows the exploits of acclaimed photojournalist James Balog and a scientific team as they deploy time-lapse cameras in risky, remote locations in the Arctic, Alaska and the Alps. Their goal is to create a unique photo archive of melting glaciers that could provide a key to understanding their runaway behavior. They're grappling with blizzards, fickle technology and perilous climbs up craggy precipices to anchor cameras that must withstand sub-zero temperatures and winds up to 170 mph. In this high-action adventure, NOVA investigates the mystery of the mighty ice sheets that will affect the fate of coastlines around the world.moreless
    • (Part 2 of 2) In a two-hour special, NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe.
    • Cracking Your Genetic Code
      Season 39 - Episode 15
      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? Cracking Your Genetic Code reveals that we stand on the verge of such a revolution.
    • Hunting the Elements
      Season 39 - Episode 16
      A two-hour special from the producers of "Making Stuff"
    • Rat Attack
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      Every 48 years, the inhabitants of the remote Indian state of Mizoram suffer a horrendous ordeal known locally as mautam. An indigenous species of bamboo, blanketing 30 percent of Mizoram's 8,100 square miles, blooms once every half-century, spurring an explosion in the rat population which feeds off the bamboo's fruit. The rats run amok, destroying crops and precipitating a crippling famine throughout Mizoram. NOVA follows this gripping tale of nature's capacity to engender human suffering, and investigates the botanical mystery of why the bamboo flowers and why the rats attack with clockwork precision every half-century.moreless
    • Car of the Future
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Tom Magliozzi has a problem. The wacky co-host of NPR's Car Talk needs to replace his beloved 1952 MG roadster. But where do you turn to in today's car market? Is new technology about to transform the way we drive? Join Tom and brother Ray as they take a light-hearted but shrewd look at America's four-wheeled future. "Click and Clack" explore everything from a glitzy Detroit auto show to a green think tank in Colorado.moreless
    • Riddles of the Sphinx
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      For 45 centuries, the Great Sphinx has cast its enigmatic gaze over Egypt's Giza plateau. The biggest and oldest statue in a land of colossal ancient monuments, its scale is staggering. How was it built, and who or what does it represent? NOVA's expert team of archaeologists carries out experiments that reveal the techniques and incredible labor that was invested in the carving of this gigantic sculpture.moreless
    • Hubble's Amazing Rescue
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      In the spring of 2009, NASA sent a shuttle crew on a risky mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope for the last time. The astronaut servicing team must carry out the first ever in-space repairs of Hubble's defective instruments, a task that requires ingenious engineering fixes and the most intensive NASA spacewalk ever. NOVA presents the inside story of the mission and the extraordinary challenges faced by the rescue crew.moreless
    • Separating Twins
      Season 8 - Episode 5
      This is the incredible story of Trishna and Krishna, twin girls born joined at the head. Abandoned shortly after birth at an orphanage in Bangladesh, they had little chance of survival, until they were saved and taken to Australia by an aid worker. After two years battling for life, the twins are ready for a series of delicate operations, which will prepare them for the ultimate challenge: a marathon separation surgery that will allow them to live truly separate lives. Since the beginning, surgeons knew there was no guarantee of survival for either of the girls -- but without surgery there was no hope at all. With exclusive access to this extraordinary human and medical drama, NOVA's cameras have been with Trishna and Krishna and their caregivers at each moment of their journey.moreless
    • Separating Twins
      Season 39 - Episode 14
      This is the incredible story of Trishna and Krishna, twin girls born joined at the head. Abandoned shortly after birth at an orphanage in Bangladesh, they had little chance of survival until they were saved and taken to Australia by an aid worker. With exclusive access to this extraordinary human and medical drama, NOVA’s cameras were with Trishna and Krishna and their caregivers at each moment of their journey.moreless
    • Deadliest Volcanoes
      Season 39 - Episode 9
      How can we best prepare for the most lethal volcanic eruptions?
    • Memory Hackers
      Season 43 - Episode 15
      An examination of how memory works. Included: research being done by neuroscientists, who've studied everyone from an 11 year old with extraordinary recall to a woman who had false memories implanted in her mind.
    • Creatures of Light
      Season 43 - Episode 14
      An examination of oceanic creatures that light up, whether to scare predators, lure prey or attract mates. Also: efforts to harness nature's light to track cancer cells, detect pollution, illuminate cities and map the inner workings of the brain.
    • Separating Twins
      Separating Twins
      Season 38 - Episode 14
      Follow the story of twin girls joined at the head, as surgeons prepare to separate them.
    • Iceman Reborn
      Season 43 - Episode 16
    • Rise of the Robots
      Season 43 - Episode 17
      An examination of advancements in robotics. Included: a DARPA challenge to design a robot that can take the place of humans in disaster relief situations; and whether humanoid robots are on the horizon.
    • Ancient Creature of the Deep
      Ancient Creature of the Deep
      Season 30 - Episode 10
      Although the scientific world believed that the coelacanth was ancient history, extinct for millions of years, the fish proved everyone wrong in the 1930s. Older than dinosaurs, the coelacanth is a living fossil, offering invaluable clues to the ongoing puzzle of evolution. This NOVA episode explores the story of the remarkable creature.moreless
    • Spies That Fly
      Spies That Fly
      Season 30 - Episode 8
      The Predator is not just the name of a sci-fi film. It is also the name of a UAV, or unmanned aerial vehicle, operated by the United States military. This NOVA episode takes an inside look at how the Predator works and why UAVs will become more and more important in future surveillance and warfare.moreless
    • Nuclear Strategy for Beginners
      Nuclear Strategy for Beginners
      Season 11 - Episode 10
      With World War III looming as a very real possibility, NOVA takes a look at nuclear warfare. Myths are dispelled and the harsh realities of nuclear weaponry and the fallout that they cause are explained. With so many nations on edge and tensions running higher every day, can nuclear war be prevented or is it imminent?moreless
    • Eyes Over China
      Eyes Over China
      Season 11 - Episode 12
      When an American plane lands in China, the local residents are not sure how to react. On the one hand, the plane carries a cutting edge operating theater that can perform delicate and complex eye surgery. On the other hand, Western medicine clashes with Chinese practices, causing controversy and challenges.
    • Alcoholism: Life Under The Influence
      Alcoholism: Life Under The Influence
      Season 11 - Episode 13
      Alcoholism is a sad reality for many people. NOVA tries to uncover why this disease is so prevalent by exploring the physical, mental and genetic reasons why people become and stay addicted to alcohol. The social, historical and medical aspects of the disease are all explored and explained in layman's terms.moreless
    • The Case of ESP
      The Case of ESP
      Season 11 - Episode 14
      Extra Sensory Perception has gained notoriety in many cultures, but what is it? Some studies have shown that ESP is at least a very real possibility. Some organizations, like police departments, do utilize psychics and their abilities to help solve cases. NOVA uncovers the mysteries of ESP - is it real or is it all just hocus pocus?moreless
    • Antarctica: Earth's Last Frontier
      Antarctica: Earth's Last Frontier
      Season 11 - Episode 15
      Antarctica is the last place on Earth that hasn't been explored and charted by humans. Though the continent is larger than the United States and Mexico combined, its inhospitable conditions have kept man away. NOVA goes in depth to explain the recent technological advancements that have made exploring Antarctica possible.
    • Twenty-Five Years in Space
      Twenty-Five Years in Space
      Season 11 - Episode 9
      To document the twenty-fifth anniversary of America's space program, NOVA takes a look at NASA's successes, failures and the exciting plans it has for the future. Relive accomplishments like the moon landing and disasters like the Apollo I. Highlights include media footage of interviews, newscasts and rare images from NASA's missions and scientific research.moreless
    • Captives of Care
      Captives of Care
      Season 11 - Episode 8
      In an Australian medical institution, the patients have severe disabilities. The custodians can be too harsh, ignoring their patients' needs. To the surprise of the people in charge, the patients decide to stand up for themselves and fight back against the unfair treatment. Despite their disabilities, they persevere in their pursuit of humane care.moreless
    • A Magic Way of Going: The Story of Thoroughbreds
      Is it true that the thoroughbred horse runs faster than any other horse? Horse racing is estimated to be a billion-dollar industry. A magic formula to identify the perfect race horse is elusive. This episode explores the possible combinations of the will to win, stamina and speed needed for victory.
    • Signs of the Apes, Songs of the Whales
      Signs of the Apes, Songs of the Whales is an episode from the PBS science television series Nova in which a group of researchers discusses animal communication. Specifically at issue is whether animals use language. The episode features the trained gorillas Washoe and Koko as well as chimpanzees, orangutans and dolphins.moreless
    • The Artificial Heart
      The Artificial Heart
      Season 11 - Episode 2
      The Artificial Heart has become the center of debate ever since a procedure was performed, on a Seattle dentist, named Barney Clark. Barney became the first patient ever, to receive a completely artificial heart implant, that allowed him to live for about three months after surgery. The development of the Artificial Heart has become highly scrutized, regarding its safety and costly expense, as well stirred many moral and religous debates.moreless
    • Talking Turtle
      Talking Turtle
      Season 11 - Episode 3
      Talking Turtle from the show NOVA explores China's controversial one child policy and how it has affected families living in the country. While the government insists it is the best form of population control possible, the Chinese have historically had very large families, which has made the new policy unpopular with the working public.moreless
    • Papua New Guinea: Anthropology on Trial
      Papua New Guinea: Anthropology on Trial is an episode from the eleventh season of the PBS series, NOVA. NOVA is a science-documentary series that has earned over 20 Emmy Awards over the past 25 years. In this episode, the series travels to Papua New Guinea where well-known ethnographers and anthropologists voice their concerns over traditional field-work techniques. A New Guinea native/student also talks about his experiences in California after spending time in America.moreless
    • To Live Until You Die: The Work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
      To Live Until You Die: The Work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross from the show Nova premiered on November 8, 1983. The episode focuses on the life of Dr. Kubler-Ross and examines the groundbreaking work that she performed with the dying. Dr. Kubler-Ross, a psychiatrist, authored the book On Death and Dying and created the Kübler-Ross model, which details the five stages of grief.moreless
    • China's Only Child
      China's Only Child
      Season 11 - Episode 16
      China has controversial population control policies which are considered by some to be equal parts barbaric and horrifying. With citizens limited to one child per family, some desperate parents are resorting to terrible acts to keep from violating the laws. NOVA highlights the practices and tragedies of one of the biggest ethical issues of the modern world.moreless
    • Will I Walk Again?
      Will I Walk Again?
      Season 11 - Episode 17
      Spinal cord injuries are devastating and mysterious. Why is it that some victims are able to recover yet some do not? NOVA takes a look at the intricacies of the spinal cord and how these injuries cause paralysis. With technology growing by leaps and bounds, will there soon be a cure for spinal cord injuries?moreless
    • Visions of the Deep: The Underwater World of Al Giddings
      Underwater photography is both beautiful and surreal. Photographer Al Giddings risks life and limb to travel the globe and take pictures of the deep seas and its beautiful and terrifying creatures. NOVA interviews Giddings and follows him on one of his deep sea adventures to discover the talent of this gifted photographer.moreless
    • Farmers of the Sea
      Farmers of the Sea
      Season 12 - Episode 6
      Known as the "Blue Revolution", NOVA starts by looking at the vast array of ancient and traditional techniques used in rearing underwater plants and animals. After many years of technological advancements, in both raising and managing aquatic species, the changes can be seen throughout Japan, Scotland, and the United States.
    • Frontiers of Plastic Surgery
      Frontiers of Plastic Surgery
      Season 12 - Episode 7
      "The follow up to NOVA's episode, ""A Normal Face"", this sequel begins by examining the combination of advanced technology with facial reconstructing techniques. By showing you the most promising advancements in the field of Plastic Surgery, you can see how modern medicine and equipment have created less invasive procedures, which have completely changed how Plastic Surgery is now performed."moreless
    • Space Women
      Space Women
      Season 12 - Episode 8
      The women working for NASA have been overlooked by many news and media outlets. Their participation, in the NASA space program, reaches across a 20 year time span and their work and discoveries have aided in many important missions. NOVA takes a look at who these women are and how they prepare and train in their field of work. We've interviewed Sally Ride and her team, giving you the chance to see women working and enhancing NASA's space program.moreless
    • Jaws: The True Story
      Jaws: The True Story
      Season 12 - Episode 9
      The Great White Shark can look quite menacing but by observing it in its natural habitat you can see both the eloquence and beauty it possesses. On our journey, led by professional underwater cameraman Al Gliddings, our trip into the ocean will observe the true reality of these beautiful creatures, as well discuss the fictitious persona they've been given.moreless
    • Acid Rain: New Bad News
      Acid Rain: New Bad News
      Season 12 - Episode 10
      By first visiting West Germany and then traveling to North America, through New England and the mid-Atlantic states, Nova takes the Acid Rain debate head on. They begin their investigation in these varying regions, and continue to explore the mysteries that often surround Acid Rain, and the negative effects it can cause.moreless
    • The Nomads of the Rain Forest
      The Nomads of the Rain Forest
      Season 12 - Episode 5
      In Ecuador, a small indigenous population still relies on the traditions, tools and ways of life that have been passed down by countless generations. The Waorani Indians resist modernization and Westernization, instead staying true to their own path. This documentary follows a 1983 expedition that focused on the few remaining Waorani and their ancestral ways.moreless
    • The Mystery of Yellow Rain
      The Mystery of Yellow Rain
      Season 12 - Episode 4
      In Laos, the Hmong people are plagued by a strange yellow rain that falls from the sky. A crew from NOVA explores the phenomena, hoping to find scientific answers behind the mystery. The rain could be a unique natural occurrence, but it could also be caused by dangerous chemical warfare.
    • Fountains of Paradise
      Fountains of Paradise
      Season 12 - Episode 3
      Fountains of Paradise is a 1984 documentary that takes a hard look at the Mahaweli irrigation project in Sri Lanka. The program explores the project's potential impact on the Sri Lanan economy as well as its potential environmental and sociological consequences. Narrated by Don Wescott, the documentary features interviews of farmers affected by the irrigation project.moreless
    • Down on the Farm
      Down on the Farm
      Season 11 - Episode 19
      Down on the Farm is an episode from the eleventh season of the PBS series, NOVA. NOVA is a science-documentary series that has earned over 20 Emmy Awards over the past 25 years. In this episode, the series uncovers reasons why pesticides are causing harm to our environment and how farmers are having a tough time adopting safer practices.moreless
    • Make My People Live: The Crisis in Indian Health
      Make My People Live: The Crisis in Indian Health explores the impact of an Indian health act as it comes up for renewal before Congress in the spring of 1984. Traveling to Alaska, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, the program takes a hard look at the successes and failures of the program.moreless
    • The World According to Weisskopf
      The World According to Weisskopf
      Season 11 - Episode 21
      NOVA originally aired this episode in 1984. The episode features a profile of Professor Weisskopt, who is noted for his theoretical work in quantum electrodynamics. He discusses his philosophy that science plays a large role in society. For example, he discusses the Big Bang Theory and relates it to music by Haydn. The music, he explains is descriptive of the Big Bang.moreless
    • Space Bridge to Moscow
      Space Bridge to Moscow
      Season 12 - Episode 1
      1984 and with the Cold War in full swing, the relationship between America and the Soviet Union could not have been much lower. Nova's Space Bridge to Moscow is the fascinating tale of politics being put to one side in the name of space exploration to enable 8 top US and Russian scientists to share their ideas in front of a television audience of many millions.moreless
    • The National Science Test I
      The National Science Test I
      Season 12 - Episode 2
      The National Science Test I is episode 2, of season 12 from the popular PBS series Nova. The episode originally aired on October 16, 1984. This episode veers from the traditional format by presenting a panel of celebrity experts including Marva Collins, Edwin Newman and others. Viewer call-ins challenge the experts and offer a new opportunity for learning.moreless
    • Sixty Minutes to Meltdown
      Sixty Minutes to Meltdown
      Season 10 - Episode 16
      Taking a detailed look at the nuclear disaster, occurring on Three Mile Island, NOVA documents the timeline of events leading up to the accident. By then examining the facts and evidence surrounding the disaster, and looking at what steps were taken before it happened, safety procedures and the future of nuclear power are discussed.moreless
    • City of Coral
      City of Coral
      Season 10 - Episode 14
      Take a journey through the magical coral reef and experience one of the strangest, yet most beautiful, flourishing ecosystems in the world. You'll encounter strange ocean animals and plants, that at times are indistinguishable from one another. Some form strong bonds with each other, allowing them to share their natural defenses, and protect each other from the dangers lurking around them.moreless
    • Asbestos: A Lethal Legacy
      Asbestos: A Lethal Legacy
      Season 10 - Episode 13
      This episode focuses on asbestos and how it has affected humans in the twentieth century. NOVA takes a look at the controversial chemical and its uses in modern-day society. Producers also travel to an asbestos factory to ask manufacturers why it's used in public places. The episode ends with a spotlight on the debate of whether asbestos is really dangerous to humans or whether the controversy is just a hoax.moreless
    • Test-Tube Babies: A Daughter For Judy
      Test-Tube Babies: A Daughter For Judy from the PBS show Nova premiered on January 17, 1982. The episode takes an in-depth, documentary look at the birth of the first test tube baby born in America. The program tracks the pregnancy from its inception, with a view of the medical procedures that were utilized to fertilize the egg, to Elizabeth Jordan Carr's birth on December 28, 1981.moreless
    • A Field Guide to Roger Tory Peterson
      A Field Guide to Roger Tory Peterson aired originally on January 24, 1982. This insightful biography of Peterson examines the man behind the wildly popular Field Guides series on birds. His expertise in ornithology and his beautifully accurate illustrations have made Peterson's field guides indispensable to serious birdwatchers and backyard observers alike.moreless
    • The Hunt for the Legion Killer
      The Hunt for the Legion Killer
      Season 9 - Episode 14
      In The Hunt for the Legion Killer episode of the television program NOVA, the show looks back to July 27, 1976 and explores the mysterious outbreak of Legionaires Disease at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Thirty-four people lost their lives and more than 220 were afflicted when the lethal legionellosis bacteria was circulated throughout the convention via poorly maintained ventilation systems.moreless
    • Finding a Voice
      Finding a Voice
      Season 9 - Episode 15
      Originally airing in 1982, this episode documents the struggles and triumphs of Dick Boydell, a man with cerebral palsy. Since birth, Boydell has not been able to communicate effectively, limited to expressing only "yes" or "no." However, advanced technology may be able to let Boydell and others like him finally speak out.moreless
    • The Television Explosion
      The Television Explosion
      Season 9 - Episode 16
      Originally aired in 1982, this episode of NOVA looks at the history of television and predicts the trends and advances of the future. With the dawn of cable, the landscape of television becomes more exciting and more uncertain. New technology invites questions about how much influence networks should have over the shows that people want to see.moreless
    • Salmon on the Run
      Salmon on the Run
      Season 9 - Episode 11
      Salmon on the Run from Nova captures the annual spawning run of salmon with all the dangers and obstacles these fish face to reproduce. The impact of man through the advance of business and technology and how it is changing the fishing industry is a focus. The development of the salmon through adaptation to these external forces is featured.moreless
    • Twins
      Season 9 - Episode 10
      Nova spotlights genetics in this episode, taking a look at identical twins and the scientific research surrounding their genetic codes. The episode starts with the lesson on how twins form during pregnancy, and segues to their birth and early childhood. Producers try to discover how two humans who look the same turn out to become very different individuals.moreless
    • City Spaces, Human Places
      City Spaces, Human Places
      Season 9 - Episode 9
      City Places, Human Spaces aired on November 29, 1981. William H. Whyte's extensive study of city parks and green spaces explains why some parks are lackluster while others seem inviting and pleasant. Whyte's ideas helped to convert some of New York's bleakest squares to active, lively plazas, and proved that cities of any size could transform dreary downtown spaces to welcoming havens.moreless
    • Cosmic Fire
      Cosmic Fire
      Season 9 - Episode 4
      X-ray astronomy is helping scientists to better understand our universe, including neutron stars, exploding galaxies, black holes, quasars and the sun's corona.
    • Locusts: War Without End
      Locusts: War Without End
      Season 9 - Episode 5
      Using macrophotography, NOVA explores deadly locust swarms and their transformation from harmless grasshoppers. Also revealed are the latest attempts to get rid of this destructive force.
    • Did Darwin Get It Wrong?
      Did Darwin Get It Wrong?
      Season 9 - Episode 6
      A look at the current debate from science to religion, over Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
    • Artists in the Lab
      Artists in the Lab
      Season 9 - Episode 7
      Computers and lasers take focus in this episode of NOVA. Producers bring their cameras into the studios of some twentieth-century artists who used new technology to create their masterpieces. Film directors, special effect crews and modern-day artists take center stage, as the show presents their creations, which made them famous.
    • Notes of a Biology Watcher: A Film with Lewis Thomas
      Notes of a Biology Watcher aired on November 22, 1981. Featuring eminent biologist and scientific author, Dr. Lewis Thomas, the film presents an array of astonishing facts about the process of life. Thomas is a master of startling truths, with such snippets of wisdom as: all living creatures, including humans, harbor multitudes of prehistoric organisms in every cell of their bodies.moreless
    • Life: Patent Pending
      Life: Patent Pending
      Season 9 - Episode 17
      Life: Patent Pending, originally broadcast on February 28, 1982, documents the growing effects of genetic research and the ways its findings influence medicine and industry. It examines the impact on universities with genetic study programs, shows how scientists are creating new life forms, and discloses that some countries earmark more resources for genetic research than the United States does.moreless
    • Palace of Delights
      Palace of Delights
      Season 9 - Episode 18
      Palace of Delights, originally airing on Nova, won a Cine Golden Eagle Award. The episode visits the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California. The Exploratorium is a unique attraction which is part laboratory, part school, and part circus atmosphere. The episode documents the people running the Exploratorium, who is a collection of physicists and high school students.moreless
    • Animal Impostors
      Animal Impostors
      Season 9 - Episode 19
      Animal Impostors focuses on mimicry and camouflage in nature. Following snakes, butterflies, fish and turtles to see how they are able to fend off predators and fool their intended victims tells the story in natural settings. Mimicry and camouflage are shown as key features for deception in the animal kingdom to avoid being eaten, or in order to eat.moreless
    • Tracking The Supertrains
      Tracking The Supertrains
      Season 10 - Episode 8
      Tracking The Supertrains is an episode from the 10th season of the PBS series, NOVA. NOVA is a science-documentary series that has earned over 20 Emmy Awards over the past 25 years. In this episode, the French "TGV" and the Japanese "bullet" trains are shown as examples of how high-performing supertrains have set the standard for safety and efficiency in travel.moreless
    • Hawaii: Crucible of Life
      Hawaii: Crucible of Life
      Season 10 - Episode 9
      NOVA profiles Hawaii in this episode and looks at the unique features that make up this isolated island chain in the Pacific Ocean. The episode gets away from the tourist hotels and attractions to look at unique life forms and extinction of animals from this ecological gem. A discussion and look at farmers seeking more land to produce crops and its effect on the ecological makeup is profound in this NOVA episode. The survival of both man and his effect on the ecosystem is profiled.moreless
    • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
      The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
      Season 10 - Episode 10
      Richard Feynman is an outstanding physicist who's work has earned him a Nobel prize. Nova celebrates the man behind the forefront of subatomic physics, and speaks with him to discuss his various passion, theories, and ideas. By applying his discoveries in subatomic physics, our lives can be changed, and enhanced for the better.moreless
    • Lassa Fever
      Lassa Fever
      Season 10 - Episode 11
      NOVA brings to you this most intriguing docudrama concerning a terrible disease that killed many in a village in Africa's Nigeria in 1969. What makes this story even more remarkable is the risks taken by health workers and volunteers as they sought to aid and cure those who had been struck down by the mysterious bug.moreless
    • The Miracle of Life
      The Miracle of Life
      Season 10 - Episode 12
      The Miracle of Life is an episode from the 10th season of the PBS series, NOVA. NOVA is a science-documentary series that has earned over 20 Emmy Awards over the past 25 years. In this episode, the conception and development of the embryo is researched. Highlights include miscroscopic images which show the merging of male and female cells. Details of the first stages of the fertilized egg are also uncovered.moreless
    • Whale Watch
      Whale Watch
      Season 10 - Episode 7
      Whale Watch is an episode from the 10th season of the PBS series, NOVA. NOVA is a science-documentary series that has earned over 20 Emmy Awards over the past 25 years. In this episode, narrator Wendie Sakakeen details the adventures of the Pacific gray whale - a mammal which migrates up to 12,000 miles each year and is known for its unique mating rituals.moreless
    • Goodbye Louisiana
      Goodbye Louisiana
      Season 10 - Episode 6
      Goodbye Louisiana, first broadcast on November 3, 1982, concerns South Louisiana's calamitous water issues. The state's coastline is disappearing. In the year prior to this documentary, 49 square miles of coastal Louisiana was swallowed up by the Gulf, and the Mississippi, at once Louisiana's great blessing and worst threat, could be changing course.moreless
    • The Cobalt Blues
      The Cobalt Blues
      Season 10 - Episode 5
      The Cobalt Blues, originally broadcast on November 23, 1982, reports on the policies of the Reagan presidency concerning certain essential minerals, and investigates the US's increasing reliance on foreign sources for its supplies of these elements, which are vitally important to key American industries such as steel production and the aerospace industry.moreless
    • Aging: The Methuselah Syndrome
      Aging: The Methuselah Syndrome
      Season 9 - Episode 20
      In the Aging: The Methuselah Syndrome episode of the television program NOVA, the hosts investigate the progress of human aging. Scientists speak to how and why humans age, while also predicting ways in which the aging process may be slowed and eventually even stopped due to advances in medical science.
    • The Case of the UFOs
      The Case of the UFOs
      Season 10 - Episode 1
      The Case of the UFOs is an episode from the PBS science television series Nova. In this episode, a panel of experts investigates UFO sightings to determine whether unidentified flying objects are man-made or extraterrestrial. Has Earth been visited by aliens, or is it all just a hoax? Watch the Case of the UFOs, and find out.moreless
    • The Fragile Mountain
      The Fragile Mountain
      Season 10 - Episode 2
      The Fragile Mountain from the show Nova is about the Himalayas, which are the highest mountain peaks in the world, and how they are crumbling. The documentary follows how humans are the victims of the crumbling, and how they are also the catalyst for this issue. The impact of global warming on these mountains is examined in this episode.moreless
    • Here's Looking At You Kid
      Here's Looking At You Kid
      Season 10 - Episode 3
      Here's Looking at You Kid aired originally in 1982. The focus of the Nova episode is on the fight and struggle of an 11 year old boy who suffered burns over 73% of his body. Nova won an Emmy Award in 1982 for this episode. This episode highlights the fact that 1/3 of the burn victims in this country are children.moreless
    • Adventures of Teenage Scientists
      Adventures of Teenage Scientists
      Season 10 - Episode 4
      Adventures of the Teenage Scientists is episode 4, from season 10 of the long-running PBS science series Nova. This episode originally aired on November, 16, 1982. This episode introduces the 1982 Westinghouse Science Talent Search winners with particular focus on their talents, interests and aspirations. The question of how the failing economy will affect the educational opportunities of our future scientists.moreless
    • Stephen Jay Gould: This View of Life
      Stephen Jay Gould: This View of Life
      Season 12 - Episode 11
      Special Guest, Dr. Stephen Jay Gould, is a world renowned Paleontologist who provides exciting and thought provoking views on life and its origins. By discussing evolution, and the actions behind any biological adaptations, he compares a vast range of animals from dinosaurs to pandas explaining their relation to one another.
    • The Garden of Inheritance
      The Garden of Inheritance
      Season 12 - Episode 12
      Gregor Mendel (Michael N. Harbour) is an Augustinian friar with an unusual destiny. Always curious about the world around him, Mendel conducts scientific experiments that will change the entire face of genetics studies. The docudrama focuses on the father of modern genetics, including his life and his most revolutionary works.
    • Countdown to the Invisible Universe
      Countdown to the Invisible Universe
      Season 14 - Episode 11
      Unseen universes take a center stage when NOVA investigates the far reaches of space through the use of an Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). The machine's seeing device allows NOVA investigators to get a first glimpse of comets, stars and galaxies that humans have never seen before. IRAS is the latest technology that astronomers have at their disposal to help them discover the origins of space.moreless
    • Children of Eve
      Children of Eve
      Season 14 - Episode 12
      Children of Eve from the PBS science series NOVA explores a radical new theory that defines our shared human origins. In this 1987 episode, the NOVA team looks at the questions and evidence concerning the idea that human ancestry can be traced back 300,000 years to a small tribe of women living in Africa.moreless
    • Why Planes Crash
      Why Planes Crash
      Season 14 - Episode 13
      Why Planes Crash is a disturbing 1987 investigation from the science series NOVA. The episode explores the issue of pilot errors, which cause approximately 70 percent of all commercial airline crashes. This documentary reports on the types of negligence that lead to accidents and how airlines are working to correct the problem.moreless
    • Orangutans of the Rain Forest
      Orangutans of the Rain Forest
      Season 14 - Episode 14
      Oragutans of the Rain Forest from the show Nova examines the lives of orangutans living in the jungles of Borneo. The show, which premiered on PBS, explains why Borneo's orangutans are becoming endangered. Cameras visit a rehabilition that helps to care for orphaned orangutans and prepares them for a return to life in the wild.moreless
    • Freud Under Analysis
      Freud Under Analysis
      Season 14 - Episode 15
      Sigmund Freud is a household name, even decades after his death. The "father of psychoanalysis" gets some analysis of his own during this NOVA episode. While some people embrace Freud's ideas, his theories have also met with stringent criticism. Guests such as Jerome Kagan and Francis Grick explain why Freudian theories are fascinating, but ultimately full of flaws.moreless
    • How Babies Get Made
      How Babies Get Made
      Season 14 - Episode 10
      The creation of new human life goes far beyond the birds and the bees. Scientists have always been fascinated by the question of how each human being arises from a single cell. New scientific breakthroughs offer more insight into the process of conception at a molecular level. The episode originally aired in 1987.moreless
    • Leprosy Can Be Cured!
      Leprosy Can Be Cured!
      Season 14 - Episode 9
      Leprosy Can Be Cured! is a disturbing 1987 medical documentary from the science program NOVA about the still widespread disease Leprosy, a debilitating combination of lesions, nerve damage and muscle weakness. Although the cure has been available for over 40 years, this tragic disease continues to affect 12 million people around the world.moreless
    • Sail Wars!
      Sail Wars!
      Season 14 - Episode 8
      Sail Wars! from the show NOVA goes into detail on how America's Cup boats are created. Engineers are paid huge sums to come up with the next best thing in boat design, and the little details can make all the difference when a race is being decided by tenths of a second.moreless
    • High-Tech Babies
      High-Tech Babies
      Season 14 - Episode 3
      Originally airing in 1986, this episode of NOVA studies the changing landscape of human reproduction. New technology has opened up the possibilities of reproduction that go far beyond the traditional methods. With new benefits and promises, however, these techniques also create serious questions about the moral and legal issues underlying the creation of life.moreless
    • Can AIDS Be Stopped?
      Can AIDS Be Stopped?
      Season 14 - Episode 4
      The competition among nations in finding a cure for the AIDS virus takes a center stage when NOVA examines the challenges governments and doctors face in controlling the disease. Investigators travel to France and Canada to interview some hematologists and to check out the modern advances in medicine in fighting the AIDS epidemic.moreless
    • Is Anybody Out There?
      Is Anybody Out There?
      Season 14 - Episode 5
      Lily Tomlin narrates NOVA's exploration of one of humanity's most famous unanswered questions. Is there life on other planets? The episode looks at the most compelling arguments for and against the existence of alien life, including the likelihood of extraterrestrial contact with Earth. Guests include astronomy experts such as Carl Sagan.moreless
    • The Mystery of the Animal Pathfinders
      The Mystery of the Animal Pathfinders from the show NOVA highlights animals which migrate at different times of the year. Some of these animals, such as birds and butterflies, migrate thousands of miles each year. NOVA goes in-depth to discover why these animals migrate and how they get their sense of direction.moreless
    • Are You Swimming in a Sewer?
      Are You Swimming in a Sewer?
      Season 14 - Episode 7
      Are You Swimming in a Sewer? is a 1986 episode from the PBS science series NOVA. America's coastal waters have become a dumping ground. NOVA reports on the current state of our coastlines, where dangerous chemicals, raw sewage and disease-carrying microbes mix with the ocean waters. Ecologists and marine biologists speak to the existing dangers and possible solutions to protecting these precious resources.moreless
    • The Hole in the Sky
      The Hole in the Sky
      Season 14 - Episode 16
      The Hole in the Sky from the show NOVA explains why there is a large hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer over Antarctica. The episode follows a team of scientists and researchers who travel down to the South Pole to conduct experiments and examine how harmful the sun is without the ozone layer protecting the Earth.moreless
    • Confessions of a Weaponeer
      Confessions of a Weaponeer
      Season 14 - Episode 17
      NOVA discovers an archive interview between American scientist, Carl Sagan, and World War I soldier George Kistiakowsky, who later became a chemist from Harvard University. Kistiakowsky defected from Russia, was an atomic bomb scientist, became presidential advisor and was an advocate of arms control. NOVA replays what the doctor had to say about how he lived his life.moreless
    • Great Moments from NOVA
      Great Moments from NOVA
      Season 14 - Episode 18
      This two-hour special episode recaps some of NOVA's most-interesting science reports from its fourteen-season run on public television. Some of the clips that appear during the episode include a talking chimp, an erupting volcano, and some videos from deep space. TV personality, Richard Kelly, hosts the episode and narrates each clip while it plays.moreless
    • Volcano!
      Season 15 - Episode 6
      Volcano! from the show NOVA shows how millions of people are living in the danger zone around the thousands of active and dormant volcanoes on Earth. Predicting when these giants will erupt is still hit and miss, and scientists are trying new techniques in order to warn people about a upcoming volcanic event.moreless
    • How Good is Soviet Science?
      How Good is Soviet Science?
      Season 15 - Episode 7
      "NOVA explores science, ethics and education by focusing on technology in Soviet Russia during the late 80s. The west is winning the war on technology and the USSR races desperately to catch up. NOVA goes behind the scenes and into Moscow to find out how the Russians are getting their hands on western knowledge."moreless
    • Ancient Treasures from the Deep
      Ancient Treasures from the Deep
      Season 15 - Episode 8
      Ancient Treasures from the Deep is a 1987 episode from the PBS science series NOVA. This TV documentary follows the extraordinary work of underwater archaeologists as they excavate the treasures and discover new information about the past from a merchant vessel that dates back to the era of Egypt's King Tut.moreless
    • Riddle of the Joints
      Riddle of the Joints
      Season 15 - Episode 9
      NOVA heads to a small town in Connecticut to explore some alternative medicine techniques in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Therapists there claim to have found a cure for the century-old disease. The episode also profiles the history of arthritis, which dates back to medieval times, when alchemist had their own way of curing the crippling inflammation of the joints.moreless
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