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Five years after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the unprecedented trio of...

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PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science and technology and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.

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Five years after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the unprecedented trio of...
A team of daring scientists reveals ancient secrets of the first people to settle the...
Drill down to discover how Earth's natural treasures provide bountiful energy to power...
Gold, bronze, iron, steel... metals are pillars of our civilization, but what makes them...
Gemstones like diamonds, rubies, opal and jade are the ultimate treasures. Delve into...
Follow an army of engineers and designers as they tackle the complex challenge of...
Walk in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors as scientists trace the paths that led us...
In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our...
NOVA investigates the psychology of a terrorist and examines how radical organizations...
In the spring of 1943, Hitler hatched plans for a diabolical "supergun" in an effort to...
The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha's...
From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa's elephant highways stretching across...
Alzheimer's ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. Join scientists as...
They were pioneering warriors, expert seafarers and colonists of the North Atlantic realm...
Machines with human-like capabilities have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until...
Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is Europe's oldest known natural...
Discover how researchers on the cutting edge of mind-control can implant, change and even...
NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the...
Dramatic eyewitness footage reveals the shocking quake that rocked Nepal in April 2015....
Dive under the ice to explore Antarctica's under-ice landscape with a team of scientists...
From the first sparks of life to the survival of the fittest, unearth the secret...
During WWI, the Allies devised a devastating plan, planting 600 tons of explosives in...
Retrace Einstein's thought experiments as NOVA reveals the simple but powerful ideas that...
From Ice Age to oil boom, discover the challenges faced and the wealth uncovered as...
Discover the surprising intertwined story of life and the landscape in North America-from...
See the epic 3-billion-year story of how our continent came to be. From palm trees that...
From baboons to bulls, crocodiles to cows, a vast menagerie of animal mummies lies buried...
As internet connections multiply so do points of attack and risks to national security.
A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical...
An astonishing find could solve the mystery of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition.
Deep in a South African cave, an astounding discovery reveals clues to what made us human.
Go inside the Fukushima power plants for the minute-by-minute story of what went wrong.
Watch as the New Horizons spacecraft captures our first clear view of Pluto’s icy surface.
A unique coral garden in Papua New Guinea shows what the future may hold as oceans...
Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean depths struck our...
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history...
NOVA leads viewers on a mathematical mystery tour-a provocative exploration of math's...
How has this unique structure, built on a seismic fault, survived centuries of quakes?
How did early engineers carve tombs into rock cliffs and funnel water to this desert city?
1500 years ago, how did the Romans engineer bloody spectacles and reenact sea battles?
In Tampa, Florida, in February 2013, a giant hole in the ground opened up and swallowed...
NOVA follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise...
Explore the deepest mysteries of the early universe and the quest to find the Higgs Boson.
NOVA presents an intimate portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the...
In less than two minutes in March, a one-square-mile field of debris slammed into the...
Explore the buried clay warriors, chariots, and bronze weapons of China’s first emperor.
Almost a century ago, paleontologists found the first tantalizing hints of a monster even...
How did fighter planes evolve from rickety biplanes into deadly machines during WWI?
Experts recreate the French's daring first manned flights, which Franklin had chronicled...
Can new technology prevent aircraft like Flight MH370 from disappearing without a trace...
As the epidemic threatens to spiral out of control, scientists race to find a cure....
A new global geek squad is harnessing cryptography to stay a step ahead of cybercriminals.
Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the...
On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the biggest armada in history to invade the Normandy...
A crack team rebuilds a glider that POWs hoped to catapult off the top of Colditz Castle.
Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks?...
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a...
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a...
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a...
Can we return apex predators to their natural environments without endangering humans?
Master craftsmen explore how Florence’s monumental dome was built nearly 600 years ago.
Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs -- a...
Bronze age bog bodies reveal the strange beliefs of the long-vanished peoples of Europe.
What made Haiyan so destructive, and how can we prepare for the next monster storm?
Discover how the first civilian bombing unfolded as Germany’s Zeppelins rained fiery...
It's a golden age for planet hunters: NASA's Kepler mission has identified more than 3,...
Will future asteroids trigger massive extinctions—or be mined for precious minerals?
Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space?
For decades, the assassination of John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies...
Host David Pogue examines groundbreaking research that aims to keep us out of harm’s way.
Host David Pogue asks if cold holds the key to technology that can improve our lives.
What happens when scientists open up nature's toolbox? In "Making Stuff Wilder," David...
Ever since humans stood on two feet we have had the basic urge to go faster. But are...
In October 2012, Megastorm Sandy cut a path of devastation across the Caribbean and the...
Engineers race to complete 1 World Trade Center as they grapple with the final challenges.
Hear harrowing stories from survivors of Moore’s massive tornado and meet scientists who...
Which technologies worked—and which didn't—in the race to track down the men behind the...
After a massive extinction, diverse marsupials came to dominate this isolated continent...
Some 250 million years ago, some of the largest, most dangerous reptiles ruled this land.
Fossils reveal how life’s explosion in the ocean was recreated on dry land.
Australia’s ancient landscape holds clues to Earth's early history and the beginning of...
A Greek shipwreck holds the remains of an intricate bronze machine that turns out to be...
A meteor burst into a fireball over Siberia. Can we spot the next deadly asteroid in time?
Can science help us understand why some people commit horrific acts of mass murder?
Detailed satellite images reveal the web of connections that sustain life on Earth.
Investigate one of the secrets to ancient Egyptian military supremacy: astonishingly...
Expert investigators reexamine one of the greatest murder mysteries of all time.
Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes.
Shared DNA reveals a deep connection with our long-vanished human cousins.
Could the explosion of Iceland's ticking time bombs cause cold and famine worldwide?
Was Megastorm Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing...
In its search for life beyond Earth, NASA employs a "sky crane" maneuver to land the...
A team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were...
Virtual autopsies, 3-D fingerprints, and digital crime scenes are making crime-solving...
A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages — a...
Mass graves and forensic evidence reveal a complex truth about how the Inca Empire fell.
It contains 99.9 percent of all the matter in our solar system and sheds hot plasma at...
Are you safe aboard a modern cruise ship?
Why was the 2011 tornado season in the U.S. so extreme, and why did so many die?
A two-hour special from the producers of "Making Stuff"
We are on the brink of a new era of personalized, gene-based medicine. Are we ready for...
Follow the story of twin girls joined at the head, as surgeons prepare to separate them.
In a race against developers in the Rockies, archaeologists uncover a unique site packed...
In October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world...
The allies used special arial photos to deal a blow to the Nazi rocket program.
Can experts recreate an Allied attack from WWII and destroy dams with a bouncing bomb?
How can we best prepare for the most lethal volcanic eruptions?
Is our universe unique, or could it be just one in an endless "multiverse"?
Take a wild ride into the quantum realm, where even the impossible seems possible.
It defines our lives, but what is time really? Have a look into its true nature.
Surprising clues indicate that space is very much something and not nothing.
A new forensic investigation of a 5,000-year-old mummy reconstructs his death and reveals...
We are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone?
Gripping stories from Japan offer lessons on how to act in the face of a deadly disaster.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering,...
Are we finally on the brink of a clean energy revolution?
In its worst crisis since World War II, Japan faces disaster on an epic scale: a rising...
Hunting down the most venomous animals to reveal their medical mysteries.
Explore a new generation of ingenious materials, including real-life invisibility cloaks.
Jeopardy! challenges even the best human minds. Can a computer win the game?
Can innovative materials help solve the energy crisis and lead to a sustainable future?
See the future of tiny stuff --from from silicon chips to micro-robots that probe the...
David Pogue tests his mettle against the world's strongest stuff, from steel and Kevlar...
Big quakes are inevitable, but can we prevent their devastation?
Is Antarctica headed for a catastrophic meltdown? New evidence of ancient climate change...
Archeologists seek the truth about the Bible's most famous king and his legendary riches.
New archeological finds shed light on this misunderstood monument of the ancient world.
How smart are dogs, and what makes them such ideal companions?
Elevators have transformed our cities and our lives, but how safe are they?
Engineers and NASA scientists aid an all-out effort to save 33 trapped Chilean miners.
Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry...
Oliver Saks explores how the power of music can make the brain come alive.
Can markets be rational when humans aren't?
The Ever-Expanding Universe: How telescopes have expanded our view of the universe
The Mystery of the Milky Way: How telescopes have expanded our view of the universe
Forensic investigators reconstruct the final moments of the Air France disaster.
Scientists journey into one of Earth's most dangerous and beautiful underwater frontiers.
Why did the Incas abandon their city in the clouds?
A marvel of ancient engineering is vanishing. Can it be saved?
Can the legendary trading vessel of an Egyptian queen sail again?
Dive beneath the surface to discover an untold story of WWII.
One hundred and fifty years later, scientists decode nature's greatest mysteries.
What are dreams and why do we have them? NOVA joins leading dream researchers as they...
The third hour of NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special "Becoming Human" examines why...
The second hour of NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special "Becoming Human" examines new...
The first hour of NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special "Becoming Human" examines the...
Meet the monitors, the largest, fiercest, and craftiest lizards on Earth.
The unlikely story about how the world's most beloved telescope was saved
NOVA and National Geographic Television present a two-hour drama on the crisis that...
Seven doctors, 21 years... Saving lives is only part of the story.
Scientists propose a radical idea of what killed off mammoths and other Ice Age animals.
An acclaimed photographer joins scientists to document the runaway melting of glaciers.
Why do huge swarms of rats overrun a bamboo forest in India once every half-century?
Examine the high-tech eavesdropping carried out by the National Security Agency and the...
Follow the 2,000-mile migration of monarchs to a sanctuary in the highlands of Mexico.
Can California's ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases actually succeed?
The search for life on the Red Planet heats up with the discovery of frozen water.
Wildlife veterinarians struggle to save injured seals and sea lions on the California...
An archeological detective story traces the origins of the Hebrew Bible.
Do the remains of a tiny hobbit-like creature on the island of Flores belong to a new...
Mysteriously beautiful fractals are shaking up the world of mathematics and deepening our...
An investigation uncovers the human failures and design flaws behind the 2003 Columbia...
Experts in Alaska investigate how dinosaurs managed to thrive in polar regions.
E.O. Wilson's fascination with little creatures has led him to some very big ideas.
The "Car Talk" guys look for a new breed of clean, fuel-efficient vehicles.
The story behind the centuries-long decipherment of ancient Maya hieroglyphs.
Surprising fossils from northeastern China spur a debate over how birds evolved.
Experts zero in on what separates humans from our closest living relatives. Ape Genius...
An elite corps of U.S. astronauts is trained to gather intelligence on the Soviets.
How did the ancient Athenians build this near-flawless icon of Greece's golden age?...
The story of the harnessing of cold and the race to reach the lowest temperature possible.
What happened to American pilots shot down over Korea half a century ago?
The Mofu people of Cameroon rely on an an army ant to protect their homes and crops.
Science is "exhibit A" in a landmark trial on the teaching of evolution.
Top secret documents rewrite the history of the most famous satellite and the early space...
Explore what it takes for novice runners to make it through a classic test of endurance.
The ancient art and science behind a Japanese warrior's prized weapon
The story of how African-American Percy Julian defied the odds to become a famous chemist.
As the Earth heats up at a dangerous rate and fossil fuels become scarcer, ordinary...
Meet the cuttlefish, one of the brainiest, most bizarre animals in the ocean.
Does a supermassive black hole lurk at the center of our galaxy?
NOVA investigates the worst aviation accident of all time.
What led to the devastating floods that Hurricane Katrina unleashed on New Orleans?
Centuries old manuscripts reveal the hidden pursuits of a scientific genius.
Everybody's heard of it, but what does the world's most famous equation E=mc2 really mean...
Experts reconstruct the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to prepare for the next big one.
Israel's remote Cave of Letters holds clues to a Jewish uprising against the Romans.
Journey back to the beginning of everything: the universe, Earth, and life itself.
Journey back to the beginning of everything: the universe, Earth, and life itself.
Journey back to the beginning of everything: the universe, Earth, and life itself.
Learn about the elements and their roles in the universe.
Tornado-chasing scientists with an eye to better forecasting risk their lives to plumb...
An American combat hospital mobilized in Iraq faces a daily drama of wartime treatment.
Join an expedition to the glacier-capped summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain.
Eleven dimensions, parallel universes, and a world made out of strings. It's not science...
Eleven dimensions, parallel universes and a world made out of strings. It's not science...
Einstein's Dream: Eleven dimensions, parallel universes, and a world made out of strings...
The story of Galileo, his discoveries, and his struggle with the Catholic Church.
Trace human development from embryo to newborn through stunning microimagery.
NOVA chronicles the race to decode the human genome.
Follow Dr. Judah Folkman's quest to fight cancer by cutting off blood flow to tumors.
Anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders are on the rise. What can be done?
Einstein's letters shed light on his revolutionary discoveries and his forbidden loves.
In Greenland, a deserted B-29 bomber awaits rescue for more than fifty years.

Upcoming Episodes

Sun 1/22, 1100am

Almost a century ago, paleontologists found the first tantalizing hints of a monster even bigger than Tyrannosaurus Rex, perhaps the largest predator ever to walk the Earth: spectacular fossil bones from a dinosaur dubbed Spinosaurus. But the...

Wed 1/25, 900pm

NOVA follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship - which stretches the...