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Breakthrough Season 2 Episodes

Season 2 Episode Guide

34 Episodes 2017 -

Episode 1

Addiction: A Psychedelic Cure?

Tue, May 2, 2017 45 mins

Season 2 begins with a study of researchers who are exploring a controversial cure for psychedelic drugs.

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Episode 2

Cyber Terror

Tue, May 9, 2017 45 mins

Examining the shadowy world of cyber hackers.

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Episode 3

Curing Cancer

Tue, May 16, 2017 45 mins

Maverick doctors supercharge killer T cells to create a breakthrough treatment for cancer.

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Episode 4

Game of Drones

Tue, May 23, 2017 45 mins

Inventors seek ways to defend troops and civilians from small, bomb-dropping drones.

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Episode 5

Predicting the Future

Tue, May 30, 2017 45 mins

A look at how computers find hidden patterns that can predict the future in big data, and change it.

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Episode 6

Power to the People

Tue, Jun 6, 2017 45 mins

Engineers trek across the Himalayas to bring power to a remote monastery.

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Episode 7

The Eighth Continent: Zealandia

Sat, Oct 5, 2019 9 mins

Geologists in New Zealand created a stir earlier this year when they declared their discovery of the eighth continent of the world. Learn how was it formed and how something so massive could remain undetected until now.

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Episode 8

Building The Sun: The 250 Million Degree Problem

Sat, Oct 5, 2019 13 mins

Scientists investigate the way the sun builds its power through fusion hoping to find a way to use fusion as a less dangerous and less radioactive waste-producing path to energy than fission. But there are some major difficulties along the way.

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Episode 9

Resurrecting Tasmanian Tigers

Thu, Oct 17, 2019 18 mins

Wiped off the face of the Earth by humans nearly a century ago, geneticists are now working on resurrecting the enigmatic Tasmanian tiger.

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Episode 10

World's Best Dinosaur Fossil

Fri, Oct 18, 2019 19 mins

An extraordinary new discovery of a dinosaur fossil so pristine and complete, that it shows off the texture, patterns, and color of a prehistoric giant. Discover this brand new species that roamed during the late Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

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Episode 11

Cassini: The Grand Finale

Fri, Oct 18, 2019 14 mins

The Cassini spacecraft plunges into the atmosphere of Saturn.

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Episode 12


Fri, Oct 18, 2019 17 mins

NASA may have just gotten one step closer to the answering the question: are we alone? The Spitzer Telescope has made a groundbreaking discovery of exoplanets that could be similar to our own.

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Episode 13

Miami Beach Underwater

Fri, Oct 18, 2019 13 mins

As scientific studies confirm sea level changes throughout the globe, major coastal cities like Miami are now fighting back against these rising tides, before it's too late. Parts of Miami Beach are under serious threat.

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Episode 14

Direct From An Asteroid

Sat, Oct 19, 2019 12 mins

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft has just completed one of the most intricate procedures in space exploration. The first mission to deliver rovers onto an asteroid has now descended to its surface for a sample, before returning back to Earth in 2020.

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Episode 15

New Horizons: The Kuiper Belt Target

Sat, Oct 19, 2019 14 mins

The New Horizons spacecraft revolutionized our understanding of the solar system as it rocketed past Pluto. Now, four billion miles since its launch, the craft approaches its next target: Ultima Thule.

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Episode 16

Reversing Alzheimers

Sat, Oct 19, 2019 10 mins

Researchers worldwide are racing to discover a cure for Alzheimer's Disease as the number of people affected continues to grow at an unprecedented pace.

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Episode 17

Little Foot: Exploring Our Origins

Sat, Oct 19, 2019 20 mins

Featuring one of the oldest known hominins in southern Africa. An almost complete skeleton dates back more than three million years. Found in 1994 in the Sterkfontein Caves near Johannesburg in South Africa, which form part of the "Cradle of Humankind."

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Episode 18

Drilling For Marsquakes: Mars InSight

Sat, Oct 19, 2019 14 mins

The Mars InSigh lander measures marsquakes and studies the interior of Mars.

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Episode 19

Greenland is Melting

Sat, Oct 19, 2019 45 mins

Scientists and other experts are looking into the melting of the Greenland ice sheet that might bring a catastrophe worldwide.

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Episode 20

Space Junk Dangers

Sat, Oct 19, 2019 10 mins

A ballistic missile test by India recently shot down one of its own communications satellites. With over 900,000 pieces of debris currently orbiting planet Earth, space trash has become a very real threat to ongoing missions.

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Episode 21

Mars InSight: Seven Minutes to Touchdown

Sat, Oct 19, 2019 10 mins

The fate of the Mars InSight lander is featured.

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Episode 22

Private Moonshot

Mon, Oct 21, 2019 13 mins

A non-profit organization is aiming to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon. This is the story of their attempt and the excitement of being the first private company to have a spacecraft launched with the intention of going to the moon.

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Episode 23

Modern Day Killer Asteroid

Mon, Oct 21, 2019 45 mins

Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid slammed into Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, causing a dinosaur mass extinction.

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Episode 24

Fixing A Broken Heart

Wed, Oct 23, 2019 13 mins

Heart disease is the number one cause of deaths worldwide, but there are researchers frantically working to change that. People are featured who are inventing the future of cardiac health, from new ways of imaging the body, to the possibility of 3D printing a functioning heart.

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Episode 25

T Rex Timeline

Wed, Oct 23, 2019 17 mins

Featuring the 180lb ancestor to the Tyrannosaurus Rex and how the latest technology can connect it to the largest T-Rex discovered.

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Episode 26

Shark Family Tree

Wed, Oct 23, 2019 16 mins

Science reveals the mysteries of the great white sharks.

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Episode 27

Opportunity: A Life on Mars

Sun, Dec 22, 2019 19 mins

The Opportunity Rover is featured.

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Episode 28

The Body vs. Coronavirus

Sun, Oct 25, 2020 60 mins

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Episode 29

Return of the Wolves

Tue, Dec 22, 2020 23 mins

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Episode 30

Raising Dinos From The Dead

Mon, Jan 4, 2021 16 mins

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Episode 31

The West is Burning

Sat, Feb 13, 2021 30 mins

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Episode 32

Peru's Mysterious Cloud Warriors

Mon, Jul 12, 2021 14 mins

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Episode 33

Perseverance Rover: Countdown to Impact

Mon, Jul 19, 2021 30 mins

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Episode 34

World Without Water

Thu, Jul 29, 2021 30 mins

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