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  • Hagia Sophia: Istanbul's Ancient Mystery

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    S 42 : Ep 16 - 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.moreless
  • Petra: Lost City of Stone

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    S 42 : Ep 15 - 2/18/15

  • Nova: Petra: Lost City Of Stone

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  • Colosseum: Roman Death Trap

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    S 42 : Ep 14 - 2/11/15

    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
  • Sinkholes: Buried Alive

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    S 42 : Ep 13 - 1/28/15

    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.moreless
  • Sunken Ship Rescue

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    S 42 : Ep 12 - 1/21/15

  • Big Bang Machine

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    S 42 : Ep 11 - 1/14/15

    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.moreless
  • Nova: Big Bang Machine

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    On July 4, 2012, scientists at the giant atom smashing facility at CERN announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that seems like a tantalizingly close match to the elusive Higgs Boson, thought to be responsible for giving all the stuff in the universe its mass. Now CERN's scientists are preparing to restart the history-making collider, hoping to find the next great discovery.moreless
  • First Man on the Moon

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    S 42 : Ep 10 - 11/29/14

    A profile of Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), the first person to set foot on the moon, featuring remarks from his family and friends.
  • Killer Landslides

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    S 42 : Ep 9 - 11/19/14

    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.
  • Emperor's Ghost Army

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    S 42 : Ep 8 - 11/12/14

  • Bigger Than T. rex

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    S 42 : Ep 7 - 11/5/14

    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.
  • First Air War

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    S 42 : Ep 6 - 10/29/14

    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.
  • Ben Franklin's Balloons

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    S 42 : Ep 5 - 10/22/14

    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

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    S 42 : Ep 3 - 10/8/14

    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.moreless
  • Why Planes Vanish

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    S 42 : Ep 3 - 10/8/14

    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.moreless
  • Rise of the Hackers

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    S 42 : Ep 2 - 9/24/14

    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.moreless
  • Vaccines: Calling the Shots

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    S 42 : Ep 1 - 9/10/14

    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.moreless
  • D-Day's Sunken Secrets

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    S 41 : Ep 22 - 5/28/14

    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.moreless
  • Escape From Nazi Alcatraz

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    S 41 : Ep 21 - 5/14/14

    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

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    S 41 : Ep 20 - 5/7/14

  • Nova: Why Sharks Attack

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    To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to uncover the science behind the great white's hunting instincts. With shark populations plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people -- and sharks.moreless
  • Nova: Killer Typhoon

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    It was the strongest cyclone to hit land in recorded history. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan -- what some are calling "the perfect storm" -- slammed into the Philippines, whipping the low-lying and densely-populated islands with 200 mile-per-hour winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools, and hospitals.moreless
  • Nova: Alien Planets Revealed

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    It's a golden age for planet hunters: recently, they've discovered more than 750 planets orbiting stars beyond our sun. Some of them, like a planet called Kepler-22b, might even be able to harbor life. What would that life look like? Combining startling animation with input from expert astrobiologists, Alien Planets Revealed takes viewers on a journey of the imagination as we "build" aliens from the ground up.moreless
  • Nova: Asteroid: Doomsday Or Payday?

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    From the width of a football field to the size of a small city, the space rocks called asteroids have the potential to be killers. But some asteroids may be loaded with billions of dollars' worth of iron, nickel and even platinum. Will asteroids turn out to be our economic salvation -- or instruments of extinction?moreless
  • Nova: At The Edge Of Space

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    Between the blue sky above us and the infinite blackness of space lies a frontier full of enigmas that scientists have only just begun to investigate. At the Edge of Space takes viewers on an exploration to probe the earth-space boundary zone, which is home to some of nature's most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites.moreless
  • Cold Case JFK

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    S 41 : Ep 7 - 11/13/13

    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
  • Ground Zero Supertower

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    S 41 : Ep 1 - 9/11/13

    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
  • Nova: Ground Zero Supertower

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    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
  • Nova: Manhunt: Boston Bombers

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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--leaving three dead, hundreds injured, 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? NOVA follows the manhunt step by step, examining the role modern technology--combined with old-fashioned detective work--played in cracking the case. Given hundreds of hours of surveillance and bystander videos, how did agents spot the bad guys in a sea of spectators? Why couldn't facial recognition software I.D. the criminals? Could bomb chemistry analysis, cell phone GPS, infrared imagery, and crowd sourcing reveal any secrets behind this horrific crime? With the help of top criminal investigators and anti-terrorism experts, NOVA explores which technological innovations worked--and which didn't--in the most notorious case of today, and how the world of crime fighting could be transformed tomorrow.moreless
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