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  • Iceman Reborn

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    S 43 : Ep 16 - 2/17/16

  • Memory Hackers

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    S 43 : Ep 15 - 2/10/16

    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.moreless
  • Creatures of Light

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    S 43 : Ep 14 - 2/3/16

    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.moreless
  • Himalayan Megaquake

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    S 43 : Ep 13 - 1/27/16

    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.
  • Mystery Beneath the Ice

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    S 43 : Ep 12 - 1/20/16

    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
  • Life's Rocky Start

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    S 43 : Ep 11 - 1/13/16

    Mineralogist Robert Hazen explores the role that rocks may have played in the creation of life on Earth.
  • Secret Tunnel Warfare

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    S 43 : Ep 10 - 1/6/16

    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
  • Inside Einstein's Mind

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    S 43 : Ep 9 - 11/25/15

    An examination of how Albert Einstein developed the theory of general relativity, which reshaped the understanding of gravity, space and time.
  • Cyberwar Threat

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    S 43 : Ep 4 - 10/14/15

    An examination of the dangers of cyber warfare, including the damage that cyber weapons can inflict on factories, power plants and pipelines.
  • Secret's of Noah's Ark

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    S 43 : Ep 3 - 10/7/15

    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.moreless
  • Arctic Ghost Ship

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    S 43 : Ep 2 - 9/23/15

  • Nuclear Meltdown Disaster

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    S 42 : Ep 23 - 7/29/15

    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.moreless
  • Chasing Pluto

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    S 42 : Ep 22 - 7/15/15

    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.moreless
  • Lethal Seas

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    S 42 : Ep 21 - 5/13/15

    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.
  • Invisible Universe Revealed

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    S 42 : Ep 18 - 4/22/15

    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
  • The Great Math Mystery

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    S 42 : Ep 17 - 4/15/15

    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.
  • 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
  • Nova: Hagia Sophia: Istanbul's Ancient Mystery

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    Istanbul's magnificent Hagia Sophia has survived on one of the world's most active seismic faults, which has inflicted a dozen devastating earthquakes since Hagia Sophia was built in 537 AD. As Istanbul braces for the next big quake, a team of architects and engineers is investigating Hagia Sophia's seismic secrets. NOVA follows the team's discoveries as they examine the building's unique structure and other ingenious design strategies that have insured the dome's survival. The engineers build a massive eight-ton model of the building's core structure, place it on a motorized shake table and hit it with a series of simulated quakes.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
  • Nova: Collosseum: Roman Death Trap

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    The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical arena, tens of thousands of gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals met their deaths. Ancient texts report lions and elephants emerging from beneath the floor, as if by magic, to ravage gladiators and people condemned to death. Then, just as quickly, the Colosseum could be flooded with so much water that ships could engage in sea battles. Could these legends be true? Now, with access to one of the world's most protected world heritage sites, archaeologists and engineers team up to re-create ancient Roman techniques to build a 25-foot lifting machine and trap-door system capable of releasing a wolf into the Colosseum's arena for the first time in 1,500 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
  • Nova: Sinkholes: Buried Alive

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    In Tampa, Florida, in February 2013, a giant hole opened up under the bedroom floor of Jeffrey Bush, swallowing the 36-year-old as he slept. His body was never found. Bush was a victim of a sinkhole - a growing worldwide hazard that lurks wherever limestone and other water-soluble rocks underpin the soil. When carbon dioxide in the air dissolves in rainwater, it forms a weak acid that attacks the soft rocks, riddling them with holes like Swiss cheese. Sinkholes can occur gradually when the surface subsides into bowl-shaped depressions or suddenly, when the ground gives way often catastrophically. Sinkholes have swallowed highways, apartment buildings, horses, camels, even golfers, with monster-size holes cracking the earth from Siberia to Louisiana. With compelling eyewitness video of dramatic collapses, and following scientists as they explore the underlying forces behind these natural disasters, NOVA travels the globe to investigate what it s like to have your world vanish beneath your feet.moreless
  • Sunken Ship Rescue

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    S 42 : Ep 12 - 1/21/15

  • Nova: Sunken Ship Rescue

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    NOVA follows the epic operation to secure, raise, and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 people. Joining a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock, they will attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.moreless
  • 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
  • Nova: First Man On The Moon

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    NOVA presents an intimate portrait of Neil Armstrong through interviews with his family and friends, many of whom have never spoken publicly before. Seen through the eyes of those who were close to him, the film explores the man behind the myth, and also reveals his unsung achievements as a Navy combat veteran and pioneer of high speed flight.moreless
  • 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.
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