NOVA - Season 40

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  • 5/29/13
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    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
  • 5/29/13
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    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
  • Ancient Computer
    Episode 14
    4/3/13
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    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
  • Meteor Strike
    Episode 13
    3/27/13
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    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
  • 2/20/13
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    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
  • Earth From Space
    Episode 11
    2/13/13
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    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
  • 2/6/13
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    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
  • 1/30/13
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    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.
  • Rise of the Drones
    Episode 8
    1/23/13
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    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
  • 1/9/13
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    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
  • 11/18/12
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    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.
  • Doomsday Volcanoes
    Episode 5
    1/2/13
    4.5
    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
  • 11/14/12
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    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.
  • 11/7/12
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    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
  • Forensics on Trial
    Episode 2
    10/17/12
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    Virtual autopsies, 3-D fingerprints, and digital crime scenes are making crime-solving into a more precise science.
  • Forensics on Trial
    Forensics on Trial
    Episode 2
    10/17/12
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    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
  • Secrets of the Viking Sword
    10/10/12
    9.0
    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
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