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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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  • Nova scienceNOW

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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

  • Rise of the Drones

    Discover the cutting-edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history.

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  • Who Killed Lindbergh's Baby?

    NOVA is reopening one of the most confounding crime mysteries of all time as a team of expert investigators employs state-of-the-art forensic and behavioral science techniques in an effort to determine what really happened to Charles Lindbergh's baby... and why.

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Season 41

  • Killer Typhoon

    From PBS - It was the strongest cyclone to hit land in recorded history. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan -- what some are calling "the perfect storm" -- slammed into the Philippines, whipping the low-lying and densely-populated islands with 200 mile-per-hour winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools, and hospitals. It wiped villages off the map and devastated cities, including the hard-hit provincial capital Tacloban. Estimates count more than 5,000 dead and millions homeless. What made Haiyan so destructive? In-depth interviews ...

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  • Ghosts of Murdered Kings

    From PBS - A corpse found in a bog in the hills of Ireland's County Tipperary dates to the Bronze Age, more than 3,000 years ago. A CAT scan reveals a violent demise: the body covered in axe marks, the spine snapped and the arm broken in two places. NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in their hunt for clues to the identity and the circumstances of this and other violent deaths of victims unearthed in bogs. A new theory suggests that they were ritually murdered kings, slain to assure the fertility of land and people.

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Season 42

  • Sinkholes-Buried Alive

    In Tampa, Florida, in February 2013, a giant hole opened up under the bedroom floor of Jeffrey Bush, swallowing the 36-year-old as he slept. His body was never found. Bush was a victim of a sinkhole -- a growing worldwide hazard that lurks wherever limestone and other water-soluble rocks underpin the soil. When carbon dioxide in the air dissolves in rainwater, it forms a weak acid that attacks the soft rocks, riddling them with holes like Swiss cheese. Sinkholes can occur gradually when the surface subsides into bowl-shaped depressions or suddenly, when the ground ...

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  • Colosseum: Roman Death Trap

    The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical arena, tens of thousands of gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals met their deaths. Ancient texts report lions and elephants emerging from beneath the floor, as if by magic, to ravage gladiators and people condemned to death. Then, just as quickly, the Colosseum could be flooded with so much water that ...

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Season 43

  • Mystery Beneath the Ice

    What happened to a quarter quadrillion krill and what does it mean for some of our favorite animals; penguins, whales and seals. Scientists are determined to find out if we should relax, worry or panic.

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  • Himalayan Megaquake

    On April 25, 2015 a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal, wiping out villages and leaving thousands dead. Through eyewitness footage, expert interviews, and stunning graphics, NOVA reveals the anatomy of this megaquake while scientists race to answer urgent questions: Is another big one coming?

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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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