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Nova

IMDB: 8.8

1974, 44 seasons to date

Documentary / Biography

By Daniel Hart

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A weekly documentary series, each episode providing an in-depth look at a different subject of scientific research. Subjects examined by this show have included the cutting edge of theoretical physics, a return to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, the long-term effects of Amazon deforestation, and the development of life-saving medical techniques.

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Season 1

Season 31

  • Dogs and More Dogs

    Nova explores ideas, many of them speculative, about how dogs became domesticated from wolves and how, under human influence, their great diversity of 600 breeds arose. Finally, the challenges many dogs face fitting into modern human society are examined.

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  • Descent Into the Ice

    A scientist scuba dives a flooded ice cave searching for a hidden lake under the Mount Blanc glacier. Such a lake burst its ice dam in 1892 causing a flash flood that killed hundreds.

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Season 32

  • Supersonic Dream

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  • Origins: Back to the Beginning

    Scientists discover and explore the the cosmic microwave background and with it, the big bang and understanding of the first stars and the formation of the elements.

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Season 33

  • Deadly Ascent

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  • The Perfect Corpse

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Season 34

  • The Last Great Ape

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  • Kings of Camouflage

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Season 35

  • Secrets of the Parthenon

    Nova checks in to see how the multi-decade restoration of the Parthenon is going. They find the restorers dealing with a massive jigsaw puzzle with pieces that are only slightly different, many of which are broken or missing, and the remaining pieces were reassembled wrong by the last restoration team. Even modern methods are not up to the challenge of reconstructing the missing pieces with the necessary precision so it is necessary to rediscover the ancient methods.

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  • Astrospies

    This documentary investigates the background of a secret 1960s USAF space project named MOL (Manned Orbiting Laboratory) and its Russian counterpart ALMAZ.

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Season 36

  • Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives

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  • Hunting the Hidden Dimension

    A look at fractal geometry, and how it is found just about everywhere in everything, and how the mathematics of fractals can be used to model and measure such things as mountains, coastlines, telephone line noise and heart rhythm. It also shows how they are used in animation, communications and textile design.

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Season 37

  • Lizard Kings

    This program reviews the monitor lizard genus which, dispute the incredible diversity between species, share common traits such as the ability to count, that lead biologists to peg them as the most evolutionarily advanced of the lizards. Dr. Eric Pianka, who studied lizards for forty years in Australia, serves as guide. Program concludes with the customary, trite comment on human impact on climate change and the environment.

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  • Becoming Human: First Steps

    Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and considers weather climate change was the driving force behind our early evolution.

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Season 38

  • Trapped in an Elevator

    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.

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  • Dogs Decoded

    Nova examines the special relationship that exists between human beings and dogs.

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Season 39

  • 3D Spies of WWII

    The story of British aerial military photographic reconnaissance and analysis using stereoscopic viewing techniques during World War II.

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  • Mystery of a Masterpiece

    NOVA meets a new breed of experts who are approaching "cold case" art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover "who committed the art," and follows art sleuths as they deploy new techniques to combat the multi-billion dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art.

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Season 40

  • Mystery of Easter Island

    Easter Island has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722.

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  • Ultimate Mars Challenge

    NOVA will be there for the exhilarating moments after Curiosity's landing on Mars --and for the spectacular discoveries sure to come.

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Season 41

  • Making Stuff Faster

    From PBS and NOVA: Are there physical limits to how fast humans can go? David Pogue wants to find out how much we can tweak physiology and engineering to move humans and machines even faster. He investigates everything from lightning-fast electric muscle cars to ultra-sleek sailboats to ultra-fast cameras and quantum teleportation. But faster is also about efficiency and the science of optimization: getting things done in less time. From the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to UPS headquarters and inside a packed 737, Pogue's quest for ultimate speed limits takes ...

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  • Making Stuff Wilder

    From PBS and NOVA: What happens when engineers open up nature's toolbox? David Pogue explores bold innovations inspired by the Earth's greatest inventor, life itself. From underwater wi-fi based on dolphin communication, to robotic "mules" and "cheetahs" for the military, to swarms of robotic bees, Pogue travels the world seeing the "wildest" ideas put into action in new inventions and technologies. It is a journey that sees today's bacteria turned into tomorrow's metallurgists, viruses building batteries, and even DNA, the Code of Life, put to work in "living" ...

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Season 42

  • Why Planes Vanish

    An examination of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and how airplane tracking systems could be improved to prevent a similar occurrence.

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  • Surviving Ebola

    A recounting of the 2013-15 West African Ebola epidemic and the efforts to contain it.

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Season 43

  • Secrets of Noah's Ark

    A new version of the biblical flood story includes instructions for assembling an ark.

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  • Cyberwar Threat

    Cyber weapons have the ability to inflict physical damage on factories, power plants and pipelines.

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Season 44

  • Great Human Odyssey

    Numbering no more than a few thousand, tiny groups of intrepid humans began to move out of Africa-eventually dominating the planet. How did these early humans acquire the skills, technology, and talent to thrive in every environment on earth? Takes a global journey through the past, following our ancestors' footsteps out of Africa along a trail of scientific clues to help unravel the mystery of how we got where we are.

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  • Super Tunnel

    Follow an army of engineers and designers as they tackle the complex challenge of building Crossrail, a massive new subterranean railway deep beneath the streets of London.

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