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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

    Marine biologists examine an animal that looks alien enough to be from another planet. Through their studies the scientist learn how cuttlefish make their skin flash like a neon sign, the secrets of their mating behavior and if they are poisonous. But they have barely scratched the surface to understand their intelligence.

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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

  • Rat Attack

    Every 48 years, swarms of rodents invade homes and attack crops in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram. Nova follows investigators as they try to determine why.

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  • Extreme Ice

    Nova offers a glimpse at the breathtaking wonders of the extreme North. The time-lapsed images collected by photojournalist James Balog show the alarming effects of climate change.

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Season 37

  • Riddles of the Sphinx

    Nova investigates the Great Sphinx of Egypt in an attempt to understand its origin, creation, and purpose.

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  • Ghosts of Machu Picchu

    Nova examines the ruins of Machu Picchu and tries to unravel what happened there.

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Season 38

  • Making Stuff: Smaller

    David Pogue hosts this examination of miniaturization. He looks at what it takes to make things smaller focusing nanotechnology and micro-robots that one day may be used to save lives.

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  • Making Stuff: Cleaner

    This program looks at cleaner ways to generate power principally in our cars and electrical power plants. It reviews alternatives for all the steps in the fuel generation, storage and distribution processes with a particular emphasis on how unwanted waste products can play a significant role.

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Season 39

  • Why Ships Sink

    NOVA looks at questions about cruise ship safety and the science of the ships' buoyancy

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  • Secrets of the Sun

    Nova reviews what scientists have learned in recent years about the sun's behavior and how it works. Most significantly, astronomers are at last beginning to understand the the solar phenomenon that impact our civilization; solar flares and coronal mass ejections.

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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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