Nova

1974, TV Show

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Latest Episode: D-Days's Sunken Secrets

May 28, 2014 Season 41 Episode 22 watch on (Paid)

From PBS - On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the biggest armada in history to invade the Normandy beaches and liberate Europe from the Nazis. In less than 24 hours, more than 5,000 ships crossed the English Channel, along with thousands of tanks and landing craft and nearly 200,000 men. Hundreds of ships sank while running the gauntlet of mines and bunkers, creating one of the world’s largest underwater archeological sites. Now, NOVA has exclusive access to a unique collaboration between military historians, archeologists, and specialist divers to carry out the first complete survey of the seabed bordering the legendary beachheads. Dive teams, submersibles, and underwater robots will discover and identify key examples of the Allied craft that fell victim to German shellfire, mines, and torpedoes. D-Day’s Sunken Secrets unfolds a vivid blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous events of D-Day and reveals how the Allies’ intricate planning and advanced technology was vital to assure the success of the most ambitious and risky military operation ever launched.

Power Surge

Apr 20, 2011 Season 38 Episode 17

Can emerging technology defeat global warming? The United States has invested tens of billions of dollars in clean energy projects as our leaders try to save our crumbling economy and our poisoned planet in one bold, green stroke. Are we finally on the brink of a green-energy POWER SURGE, or is it all a case of too little, too late? From solar panel factories in China to a carbon capture and storage facility in the Sahara desert to massive wind and solar installations in the United States, NOVA travels the globe to reveal the surprising technologies that just might turn back the clock on climate change. NOVA will focus on the latest and greatest innovations, including everything from artificial trees to green reboots of familiar technologies like coal and nuclear energy. Can our technology, which helped create this problem, now solve it?
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Japan’s Killer Quake

Mar 30, 2011 Season 38 Episode 16

JAPAN'S KILLER QUAKE combines authoritative on-the-spot reporting, personal stories of tragedy and survival, compelling eyewitness videos, explanatory graphics and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.
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Venom: Nature's Killer

Feb 23, 2011 Season 38 Episode 15

NOVA reveals how venom causes the body to shut down, arteries to bleed uncontrollably and limbs to go black and die. VENOM follows two scientists on their expeditions to track down and capture the planet’s most deadly creatures with the hope of finding out how nature’s deadliest cocktails could be medicine’s brightest new hope.
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Crash of Flight 447

Feb 16, 2011 Season 38 Episode 14

On June 1st, 2009, Flight AF447, an Air France Airbus A330 disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all 228 lives. Using expert testimony, messages transmitted by the doomed plane’s computer system, and multi-layered CGI weather reconstructions, NOVA pieces together the events leading up to the disaster and provides a forensic view of crucial events seen from all angles to reveal what really happened on Flight 447.
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Smarter

Feb 09, 2011 Season 38 Episode 13

What can nature teach us about building smarter materials? Can we create materials that sense and respond? “When describing ‘smart materials,’ one analogy scientists give is the evolution from the first Terminator robot, a machine made of metal and circuitry, to the shape-shifting ‘liquid guy’ in Terminator 2,” said Making Stuff producer Chris Schmidt. Smarter looks into the growing number of materials that almost seem alive–able to react, change and even learn. An Army tanker truck that heals its own bullet wounds. An airplane wing that changes shape as it flies. For inspirations and ideas, scientists are turning to nature and biology and producing some innovative new developments in materials science. Knowledge and inspiration drawn from nature are showing scientists new ways to give our materials amazing new abilities. By understanding how geckos climb even smooth walls, scientists have created a gecko adhesive that let’s robots do the same. Studying the properties of skin has led to the development of self-healing protective foam. And Pogue literally goes swimming with sharks to understand a different kind of skin that is intriguing scientists. Scientists are modeling a material after sharkskin to develop an antibacterial film that, when sprayed in hospitals, could eliminate MRSA and other anti-biotic resistant bacteria. Pogue concludes “Smarter” with a visit to a scientist who has created a material that may make Harry potter’s invisibility cloak a reality!
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Smartest Machine On Earth

Feb 09, 2011 Season 38 Episode 12

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!, taking on Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, two of the show’s most successful and celebrated contestants of all time. This program is an updated version of the original broadcast, with additional content added.
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Cleaner

Feb 02, 2011 Season 38 Episode 11

Most modern materials are dangerous to the environment, but what about cleaning up our world? Batteries grown from viruses, tires made from orange peel oil, plastics made of sugar, and solar cells that cook up hydrogen–these are just a few glimpses of a new generation of clean materials that could power devices of the future. In Making Stuff Cleaner, David Pogue explores the rapidly developing science and business of clean energy and examines alternative ways to generate it, store it, and distribute it. Is hydrogen the way to go? One scientist is even using America’s abundance of chicken feathers to create a cheap way to make hydrogen cars safer. What about lithium batteries? Does this solve an energy problem or create a new dependency–in this case, on South America for a different kind of limited resource than oil? Can scientists instead develop a process in which batteries run on molten salts found in cheap abundance in the U.S. or on genetically engineered viruses? Pogue investigates the latest developments in bio-based fuels and in harnessing solar energy for our cars, homes, and industry in a fascinating hour full of the “stuff” of a sustainable future.
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Smaller

Jan 26, 2011 Season 38 Episode 10

How small can we go? Could we one day have robots taking “fantastic voyages” in our bodies to kill rogue cells? The triumphs of tiny are seen all around us in the Information Age: transistors, microchips, laptops, cell phones. Now, David Pogue takes NOVA viewers to an even smaller world in Making Stuff Smaller, examining the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day hold the key to saving lives and creating materials from the ground up, atom by atom. Pogue explores the star materials of small applications, including silicon, the stuff of computer chips, and carbon, the element now being manipulated at the atomic level to produce future technology. “Smaller” and more portable stuff has already revolutionized the way we live. The nanotechnology to come could change the face of medicine, with intelligent pills that know what medicine to release into the body and treat patients from the “inside” based on changing needs; robots that repair damaged body parts; and more.
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Stronger

Jan 19, 2011 Season 38 Episode 9

What is the strongest material in the world? Is it iron? Are Kevlar and carbon nanotubes the way of the future, or will the powerful properties discovered in natural spider silk one day replace steel? NOVA begins the ambitious four-hour program with a quest for the world’s strongest stuff. Host David Pogue helps viewers understand what defines strength, examining everything from mollusks to a toucan’s beak and testing the world’s strongest materials. Pogue travels from the deck of a U.S. naval aircraft carrier to a demolition derby to the country’s top research labs to check in with the experts who are re-engineering what nature has given us to create the next generation of strong “stuff.”
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Deadliest Earthquakes

Jan 11, 2011 Season 38 Episode 8

NOVA follows a team of US geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 epic earthquake, hunting for crucial evidence that will help them determine what the risks are of a new killer quake. Could this work one day lead to a breakthrough in predicting quakes before they happen? NOVA investigates intriguing new leads in its gripping investigation of a deadly scientific conundrum.
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Secrets Beneath the Ice

Dec 28, 2010 Season 38 Episode 7

Can Antarctica’s climate past offer clues to what may happen to our warming planet? To gather crucial evidence, NOVA follows an ambitious Antarctic investigation — a state-of-the-art drilling probe known as ANDRILL. Drilling deep beneath the Antarctic ice, down through the sea and three-fourths of a mile into the seafloor, ANDRILL recovers rock cores that reveal intimate details of climate and fauna from a time in the distant past when the Earth was just a few degrees warmer than it is today. As researchers grapple with the harshest conditions on the planet, they discover astonishing new clues — not only about Antarctica’s past, but also Earth’s future.
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Quest for Solomon's Mines

Nov 23, 2010 Season 38 Episode 6

Inspired by the biblical account of the splendor of his temples and palaces countless treasure-seekers have set off in search of King Solomon’s mines. Now join NOVA and National Geographic as they embark on two groundbreaking expeditions to expose new clues buried in the pockmarked desert of Jordan and seek to reveal the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty Biblical kingdoms.
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Secrets of Stonehenge

Nov 16, 2010 Season 38 Episode 5

Every year, a million visitors are drawn to the Salisbury Plain, in southern England, to gaze upon a mysterious circle of stones. Who built Stonehenge? What was its purpose? A new generation of researchers is tackling these questions, finding important clues in the landscape surrounding Stonehenge –one of the densest concentrations of prehistoric structures in the world. The story of Stonehenge is being rewritten.
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Dogs Decoded

Nov 09, 2010 Season 38 Episode 4

Dogs Decoded reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs. It also investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs—with big implications for the evolution of human culture as well.
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Trapped in an Elevator

Nov 02, 2010 Season 38 Episode 3

Elevators move millions of passengers every day. In TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR, NOVA reveals the secret life of these ubiquitous machines. Once brawny but simple machines, elevators are getting a brainy makeover. Computer controls are getting passengers to their destinations faster and more safely than ever before. But will the elevator-wary be comfortable handing over the reins to computers?
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Emergency Mine Rescue

Oct 26, 2010 Season 38 Episode 2

Emergency Mine Rescue, An engineering triumph in Chile. Trapped under nearly a half-mile of solid rock in a collapsed mine in Chile’s remote Atacama desert, 33 miners fight for survival, battling 95 degree heat, minimal lighting, and—most dangerous of all—the risk of losing all hope of rescue. But thanks to the heroic work of a global team of engineers who struggled tirelessly around the clock in a desperate bid to bring them safely to the surface, the trapped miners’ 69-day ordeal has a happy ending. With special access to the site of the San José mine, interviews with the mining engineers and the miners’ steadfast families, and animations of the underground tunnels carved out by a century of mining, NOVA reveals the extraordinary stories of the three rescue teams, racing against time—and each other—to punch through the layers of rock and reach the miners’ chamber. A story of astonishing survival and unwavering hope, Emergency Mine Rescue gives viewers an unprecedented look at this triumph of technology and of the human spirit.
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Building the Great Cathedrals

Oct 19, 2010 Season 38 Episode 1

Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? On this dazzling journey inside the jewels of Gothic architecture, NOVA reveals the hidden formulas, drawn from the pages of the Bible itself, that drove medieval builders ever upward.
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Nova: Making Stuff Faster
Nova: Descent Into The Ice
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Nova: Battle Of The X-Planes
Nova: Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster
Nova: Why Sharks Attack
Nova: At The Edge Of Space
Nova: Case Of The Flying Dinosaurs
Nova: Escape From Nazi Alcatraz
Nova: Bomb Squad
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Nova: Asteroid: Doomsday Or Payday?
Nova: Death Of A Star
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