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Nova

PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a (more…)

Premiered: March 3, 1974

Rating: None

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Robert De Niro, Don Rickles

Wednesday TV: Don Rickles Tribute, NBC's Snowden Scoop

Insults never sounded sweeter than when Don Rickles was hurling hilarious barbs at his targets, whether innocent ringside onlookers or the rich and famous on a celebrity roast dais. At 88, though stooped and using a cane, he still gives as good as he… Read more

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Mystery Beneath the Ice Season 43, Episode 12 Jan 20, 2016 Paid

Krill are tiny, shrimp-like creatures crucial to the Antarctic ecosystem and, maybe, to the future of all oceans. Join the research ship Polarstern in the vast Antarctic ice pack in search of ice caves and juvenile krill.

Life's Rocky Start Season 43, Episode 11 Jan 13, 2016 Paid

Four and a half billion years ago, the young Earth was a hellish place—a seething chaos of meteorite impacts, volcanoes belching noxious gases, and lightning flashing through a thin, torrid atmosphere. Then, in a process that has puzzled scientists for decades, life emerged. But how? NOVA joins mineralogist Robert Hazen as he journeys around the globe. From an ancient Moroccan market to the Australian Outback, he advances a startling and counterintuitive idea—that the rocks beneath our feet were not only essential to jump-starting life, but that microbial life helped give birth to hundreds of minerals we know and depend on today. It's a theory of the co-evolution of Earth and life that is reshaping the grand-narrative of our planet’s story.

Secret Tunnel Warfare Season 43, Episode 10 Jan 6, 2016 Paid

During World War I, the Allies devised a devastating attack, planting 600 tons of explosives in secret tunnels driven under the German trenches. NOVA uncovers traces of the operation and why it failed to break the lethal deadlock of trench warfare.

Inside Einstein's Mind Season 43, Episode 9 Nov 25, 2015 Paid

On November 15th, 1915, Einstein published his greatest work: general relativity. The theory transformed our understanding of nature's laws and the entire history of the cosmos, reaching back to the origin of time itself. Now, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein's achievement, NOVA tells the inside story of Einstein's masterpiece. The story begins with the intuitive thought experiments that set Einstein off on his quest and traces the revolution in cosmology that is still playing out in today's labs and observatories. Discover the simple but powerful ideas at the heart of relativity, illuminating the theory—and Einstein's brilliance—as never before. From the first spark of an idea to the discovery of the expanding universe, the Big Bang, black holes, and dark energy, NOVA uncovers the inspired insights and brilliant breakthroughs of “the perfect theory.”

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Best of NOVA Volume 3
As entertaining as it is informative, NOVA explores headline-grabbing innovations and discoveries, demystifying science and technology along the way w (more…)
Best of NOVA Volume 3
As entertaining as it is informative, NOVA explores headline-grabbing innovations and discoveries, demystifying science and technology along the way w (more…)
Nova Volume 13
NOVA explores headline-grabbing innovations and discoveries from our past, present and future.
Nova Volume 13
NOVA explores headline-grabbing innovations and discoveries from our past, present and future.

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Sun Feb 7 5:00pm
Creatures of Light(Season 43, Episode 14) PBS

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.

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Wed Feb 10 9:00pm
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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.

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Thu Feb 11 2:00am
Memory Hackers(Season 43, Episode 15) PBS

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.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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