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NOVA brings you stories from the frontlines of science and engineering, answering the big questions of today and tomorrow, from how our ancestors lived, to whether parallel universes exist, to how technology will transform our lives.

Genres: Adventure
Station: PBS (US)
Rating: 6.5/10 from 2 users
Status: Running
Start: 1974-03-03

NOVA Season 44 Air Dates


S44E01 - 15 Years of Terror Air Date: 08 September 2016 01:00 -

Discover what happens in the mind of a terrorist and how we may intercede to stop the next attack.


S44E02 - School of the Future Air Date: 15 September 2016 01:00 -

In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children.


S44E03 - Great Human Odyssey Air Date: 06 October 2016 01:00 -

Walk in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors as Canadian anthropologist Niobe Thompson and other scientists trace the paths that led us out of Africa and around the world. From snowy Siberia to remote Pacific islands, discover how humans survived and thrived in every corner of the planet.


S44E04 - Super Tunnel Air Date: 13 October 2016 01:00 -

Underneath the streets of London, a team of more than ten thousand construction workers race to build a brand new metro line—Crossrail. Costing almost $23 billion, it's the biggest engineering project in Europe and must link into the existing metro system. As they burrow the 26 miles of tunnels, engineers battle to make sure historic buildings don't crack, London Underground trains keep running, and an ambitious station roof made up of 2500 pieces comes together on time. Crucially, they must drive one of their gigantic 1000-ton tunnel boring machines through the earth, passing within inches of escalators and an active subway tunnel, without the passengers on the tube platforms below ever knowing they are there. Join NOVA to plunge into the tunnels of the London Underground and follow this high stakes, action packed engineering endeavor, and discover just how engineers are performing this delicate surgery through the heart of the historic city.


S44E05 - Treasures of the Earth: Gems Air Date: 03 November 2016 01:00 -

Explore how precious gems, metals and energy resources are forged under extraordinary circumstances deep within the Earth, and discover how their unique properties have helped lift humanity from the Stone Age to the stars.


S44E06 - Treasures of the Earth: Metals Air Date: 10 November 2016 02:00 -

Explore how precious gems, metals and energy resources are forged under extraordinary circumstances deep within the Earth, and discover how their unique properties have helped lift humanity from the Stone Age to the stars.


S44E07 - Treasures of the Earth: Power Air Date: 17 November 2016 02:00 -

Explore how precious gems, metals and energy resources are forged under extraordinary circumstances deep within the Earth, and discover how their unique properties have helped lift humanity from the Stone Age to the stars.


S44E08 - Secrets of the Sky Tombs Air Date: 05 January 2017 02:00 -

Scientists and explorers search for clues as to how humans survived in high altitude caves in the Tibetan Himalayas.


S44E09 - The Nuclear Option Air Date: 12 January 2017 02:00 -

Scientists and engineers work to control a nuclear renaissance five years after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.


S44E10 - Search for the Super Battery Air Date: 02 February 2017 02:00 -

Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet.


S44E11 - Ultimate Cruise Ship Air Date: 09 February 2017 02:00 -

Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders in Italy as they endeavor to build the ultimate and most luxurious cruise ship. It will be decked with the finest gold, marble, and crystal and designed to offer guests the roomiest accommodations of any commercial cruise ship. However, engineering opulence is no easy feat. NOVA follows a pioneering team of shipbuilders as they embark on what is advertised to be a milestone in maritime engineering.


S44E12 - The Origami Revolution Air Date: 16 February 2017 02:00 -

The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm—a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds "The Origami Revolution."


S44E13 - Why Trains Crash Air Date: 23 February 2017 02:00 -

From derailments to head-on collisions to drivers killed at road crossings, deadly train accidents claim dozens of lives each year. But just how unsafe are the railroads? NOVA investigates recent rail tragedies and advances in train tech that could help prevent them, taking a special look at Japan's superefficient bullet trains, which have a perfect safety record. What would it take to usher in a new golden age of safer, faster, more modern and reliable train travel?


S44E14 - Holocaust Escape Tunnel Air Date: 20 April 2017 01:00 -

For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilna was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title "Jerusalem of the North" until World War II, when the Nazis murdered about 95% of its Jewish population and reduced its synagogues and cultural institutions to ruins. The Soviets finished the job, paving over the remnants of Vilna's famous Great Synagogue so thoroughly that few today know it ever existed. Now, an international team of archaeologists is trying to rediscover this forgotten world, excavating the remains of its Great Synagogue and searching for proof of one of Vilna's greatest secrets: a lost escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners inside a horrific Nazi execution site. Archaeologists discover the tunnel near Vilnius, Lithuania, which served as an escape route for Jews fleeing the Nazis during World War II.


S44E15 - Building Chernobyl's MegaTomb Air Date: 27 April 2017 01:00 -

S44E16 - Chinese Chariot Revealed Air Date: 18 May 2017 01:00 -

For over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China's battlefields–dominating warfare longer than anywhere else on earth. Now, a series of amazing archaeological findings enable a team of experts to reconstruct and test China's first super-weapon.


S44E17 - Poisoned Water Air Date: 01 June 2017 01:00 -

NOVA investigates the water disaster in Flint and unravels a disturing truth about the vulnerablilities of water systems across the country.


S44E18 - Eclipse Over America Air Date: 22 August 2017 01:00 -

Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the US mainland in more than a generation. Discover the storied history of eclipse science and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona. Airs just hours after the eclipse.


S44E19 - Death Dive to Saturn Air Date: 14 September 2017 01:00 -

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For over a decade, the Cassini space probe has been sending dazzling images of Saturn's breathtaking rings and mysterious moons. Join NOVA on a suspenseful ride during Cassini's final hours as it dives into Saturn's atmosphere.


S44E20 - Secrets of the Shining Knight Air Date: 05 October 2017 01:00 -

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A knight in shining armor may sound like a character out of a storybook, but once upon a time, knighthood was serious business, and for countless medieval fighters, their armor was what stood between life and death. But what was it really like to live beneath the metal? How was that shining armor crafted and how strong was it? Could it withstand impacts from the most lethal weapons of the day, including crossbows, muskets, and primitive hand guns? NOVA challenged blacksmith Ric Furrer and master armorer Jeff Wasson to recreate parts of an elite Greenwich armor originally manufactured in the Royal Workshop founded by King Henry VIII. We trace their successes and setbacks from start to finish as they rediscover centuries-old metalworking secrets, then put their new armor to the ultimate test against a period musket!


S44E21 - Ghosts of Stonehenge Air Date: 12 October 2017 01:00 -

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Who built Stonehenge and why? Discover how the last decade of groundbreaking archaeological digs has revealed major new clues to Britain's enigmatic 5,000-year-old site and the people who constructed it.


S44E22 - Secrets of the Forbidden City Air Date: 19 October 2017 01:00 -

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Discover the ingenious engineering of Beijing's Forbidden City, the power center of imperial China for nearly 500 years. Discover how the architectural design of this vast complex of palaces and temples enabled it to survive centuries of earthquake shocks.


S44E23 - Killer Volcanoes Air Date: 26 October 2017 01:00 -

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Join NOVA and a team of volcanologists looking for an elusive volcanic mega-eruption that plunged the medieval earth into a deep freeze. Investigate the geologic evidence from Greenland all the way to Antarctica to identify the 750-year-old culprit.


S44E24 - Killer Hurricanes Air Date: 02 November 2017 01:00 -

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The Great Hurricane of 1780 took nine days to blast its way across the Caribbean, killing at least 20,000--the highest known death toll of any single weather event in history. What made this superstorm so deadly? To reconstruct its epic scale and investigate what made it so devastating, NOVA joins historians and storm sleuths as they track down clues in eyewitness chronicles, old ruins, and computer simulations. Their evidence points to a truly terrifying, 300-mile-wide storm--with wind speeds probably exceeding 230 miles an hour and 25-feet storm surges that demolished everything in their path. But just how unusual was the Great Hurricane? Diving into sinkholes off Barbados and squirming into caves in the Yucatan, NOVA's experts recover traces of tempests stretching back over more than 1,000 years. The picture they paint is disturbing: mega-hurricanes were not only more frequent in the past but are likely to strike again in our near future, as climate change warms the oceans and fuels more intense hurricanes. Were the deaths and damage inflicted by storms like Hurricane Sandy a prelude to far more devastating disasters?


S44E25 - Killer Floods Air Date: 09 November 2017 02:00 -

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All over the world, scientists are discovering traces of ancient floods on a scale that dwarfs even the most severe flood disasters of recent times. What triggered these cataclysmic floods, and could they strike again? Over a vast expanse of Washington State called the Channeled Scablands, the level prairie gives way to bizarre, gargantuan rock formations: house-sized boulders seemingly dropped from the sky; a cliff carved by a waterfall twice the height of Niagara; and potholes resembling ones scoured out by rivers today, but ten times bigger. Like forensic detectives at a crime scene, geologists study these strange features and reconstruct catastrophic Ice Age floods more powerful than all the world's top ten rivers combined. NOVA follows their efforts to uncover the geologic fingerprints of other colossal megafloods in Iceland and—improbably—on the seabed of the English Channel, where hundreds of thousands of years ago, another deluge smashed through a land bridge connecting Britain and France and turned Britain into an island for the first time. These great disasters ripped through terrain and transformed continents in a matter of hours—and similar forces reawakened by climate change are posing an active threat to mountain communities throughout the world today.


S44E26 - Extreme Animal Weapons Air Date: 23 November 2017 02:00 -

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Explore the secrets that underlie nature's battleground. Every animal has some kind of weapon, whether it's claws or horns, fangs or stings. But why are some armaments huge and extreme, far beyond any practical need?


S44E27 - Bird Brain Air Date: 21 December 2017 02:00 -

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Join NOVA to witness the brainpower of birds. Long mocked as empty-headed, our feathered friends hide surprisingly acute intelligence. But how smart are they? Watch as scientists test avian aptitude and challenge our basic notions of intelligence


S44E28 - Day the Dinosaurs Died Air Date: 28 December 2017 02:00 -

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Investigate how an asteroid vanquished the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Join scientists as they drill into the impact crater and, for the first time, reconstruct the hell on earth that unfolded in the minutes, hours and months after the impact.



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