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Season 46
Episode 18
In 2018, Italy’s Morandi Bridge collapsed, tragically killing 43 people. For 50 years,...
Season 46
Episode 16
In the far reaches of the solar system, Uranus and Neptune dazzle with unexpected rings,...
Season 46
Episode 15
NASA’s Cassini explores Saturn for 13 years, looping through its icy rings and flying by...
Season 46
Episode 14
Jupiter’s massive gravitational force made it a wrecking ball when it barreled through...
Season 46
Episode 13
Mars was once a blue water-world studded with active volcanoes. But when its magnetic...
Season 46
Episode 12
The rocky planets—Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars—were born of similar material around the...
Season 46
Episode 11
Fifty years after humans first set foot on the Moon, new scientific discoveries are...
Season 46
Episode 10
Bioarchaeologists investigate a ninth-century mass grave in a rural English village. Will...
Season 46
Episode 9
Horse riding played a key role in human expansion and civilization. But when and how did...
Season 46
Episode 8
The California wildfires of 2018 took a worrisome trend to a new extreme, claiming scores...
Season 46
Episode 7
As the Dead Sea shrinks, engineers prepare a daring solution: connect it with the Red Sea...
Season 46
Episode 6
In the shadow of Italy’s Vesuvius, a lesser-known volcano rumbles: Campi Flegrei. If it...
Season 46
Episode 5
New technologies are making rockets cheaper and more powerful than ever before. As...
Season 46
Episode 4
Stunning new archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the...
Season 46
Episode 3
Hawaiʻi’s Kīlauea volcano erupted in 2018, sending rivers of lava through communities and...
Season 46
Episode 2
Quantum entanglement is poised to revolutionize technology from networks to code breaking...
Season 46
Episode 1
Since it explored Pluto in 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft has been zooming toward NASA...


Evidence discovered in the world’s highest tombs reveals ancient rituals and beliefs.
How will we power the planet without wrecking the climate?
Drill underground to see the treasures that power our world—today and into the future.
What is it about the nature of metals that have made them a pillar of human civilization?
What processes in the depths of the Earth forge beautiful and precious stones?
Acclaimed physicist Brian Greene reveals a mind-boggling reality beneath the surface of...
Explore scientific discoveries on television's most acclaimed science documentary series.

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Why Bridges Collapse
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Why Bridges Collapse