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1. Nova (1974– )

Documentary, Biography

8.4
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Science documentaries.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Lance Lewman, Neil Ross, Liev Schreiber

2. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )

60 min | Documentary

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Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ziya Tong, David Pogue, Chad Cohen

3. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Anthrax Investigation (2009)

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Director: Sarah Holt

4. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Auto-Tune (2009)

Documentary

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Four short and entertaining Science investigation segments. Including a piece hosted by Neil Tyson DeGrasse which analyzes the Auto-Tune Pitch Correction Software invented by Harold Andy ... See full summary »

Stars: Justin Goger Malo, Harold Andy Hildebrand

5. Nova (1974– )
Episode: B-29 Frozen in Time (1996)

Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Writer: Mike Rossiter | Director: Mike Rossiter | Stars: Richard Crenna, Darryl Greenamyer, Matt Jackson, Vernon Rich

6. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Becoming Human: Birth of Humanity (2009)

Documentary, Biography

7.8
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Nova examines the ancestors of man by attempting to to reconstruct what they look like, what tools they used, and how they lived. Special focus is given to Homo erectus.

Writer: Graham Townsley | Director: Graham Townsley | Stars: Jordi Agusti, Susan Antón, Viktor Deak, Christopher Dean

7. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Becoming Human: First Steps (2009)

Documentary, Biography

7.8
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Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and considers weather climate change was the driving force behind our early evolution.

Writers: Jennifer Beman White, Graham Townsley | Director: Graham Townsley | Stars: Zeresenay Alemseged, Michel Brunet, Peter de Menocal, Yannick Garcin

8. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Becoming Human: Last Human Standing (2009)

Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and examines why Homo sapiens won out over Neanderthals in the evolutionary race.

Writer: Graham Townsley | Director: Graham Townsley | Stars: Juan Luis Arsuaga, Dominique Bonjean, Stu Chase, Viktor Deak

9. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Building Pharaoh's Ship (2010)

Documentary, Biography

6.4
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Nova explores ancient Egyptian techniques of ship building by following a team of archaeologist as they construct a ship based on ancient designs.

Writer: Julia Cort | Director: Stéphane Bégoin | Stars: Adam Alexi-Malle, Kathryn Bard, Mosaad El-Hedek, Mohamed Abd El-Maguid

10. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Building the Great Cathedrals (2010)

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval ... See full summary »

Writer: Gary Glassman | Director: Scott Tiffany | Stars: Joan R. Branham, Mario Brassard, Michael Davis, Thibaut Desjardins

11. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Can We Live Forever? (2011)

52 min | Documentary

7.0
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Nova ScienceNow examines the question of whether we can live forever. It looks scientists who are exploring hibernation and building organ replacements and profiles computer scientist Jason Leigh.

Writers: Elizabeth Arledge, David Chmura, Sarah Holt, Vincent Liota, Joshua Seftel | Directors: Elizabeth Arledge, David Chmura, Sarah Holt, Joshua Seftel | Stars: Matt Andrews, Nir Barzilai, Claudia Castillo, Timothy Donlon

12. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Can We Make It to Mars? (2011)

Documentary

7.9
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Nova ScienceNow looks at possible solutions to some of the problems and dangers facing a trip to Mars. It looks at space dangers, space suits, space food, plasma rockets, and profiles Mars rover specialist Vandi Verma.

Writers: Sarah Holt, Joshua Seftel, Pamela Mason Wagner | Directors: Vandi Verma, Sarah Holt, Joshua Seftel | Stars: Clayton Anderson, Edgar Bering, John Callas, Franklin Chang-Diaz

13. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Cracking Your Genetic Code (2012)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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Those in the know contend that soon gene sequencing will be cheap enough that anyone can have their genome deciphered. This program shows how confusing this knowledge can be as people ... See full summary »

Writers: Daniel Hart, Sarah Holt | Director: Sarah Holt | Stars: Jamie Effros, Nathaniel Pearson, Francis Collins, Joe Beery

14. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Crash of Flight 447 (2011)

Documentary, Biography

7.2
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Forensic investigators reconstruct the final moments of the Air France disaster.

Writer: Kenny Scott | Director: Kenny Scott | Stars: Martin Alder, Tony Cable, John Cox, Jay O. Sanders

15. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Dark Matter/Alzheimer's-Memory Mice/Hany Farid/Wisdom of the Crowd (2008)

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Writer: Julia Cort | Directors: Elizabeth Arledge, Julia Cort, Joshua Seftel

16. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Darwin's Darkest Hour (2009)

104 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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Charles Darwin is taken aback when he receives a manuscript from a colleague, Alfred Wallace, which contains many of the same conclusions as he on evolution and the development of various ... See full summary »

Writer: John Goldsmith | Director: John Bradshaw | Stars: Henry Ian Cusick, Frances O'Connor, Nigel Bennett, Richard Donat

17. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Deadliest Earthquakes (2011)

Documentary, Biography

7.4
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Writer: Peter Chinn | Director: Peter Chinn | Star: Craig Sechler

18. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Deadliest Tornadoes (2012)

Documentary, Biography

7.5
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In 2011, the worst tornado season in decades left a trail of destruction across the U.S., killing more than 550 people. Why was there such an extreme outbreak? How do such outbreaks form? ... See full summary »

Writer: Sean Varley | Stars: Marcy Baker, Stacey Bartow, Howard Bluestein, Jerry Brotzge

19. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Deadliest Volcanoes (2012)

Documentary, Biography

7.3
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Millions of people around the world live in the shadow of active volcanoes. Under constant threat of massive volcanic eruptions, their homes and their lives are daily at risk from these ... See full summary »

Writer: Nathan Williams | Director: Nathan Williams | Stars: Craig Sechler, Henry Heasler, Robert Smith, Geoff Mackley

20. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Diamond Factory (2009)

Documentary

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1. Growing Diamonds, 2. Anthrax, 3. Autotune, 4. Computer Scientist Dr. Luis von Ahn, inventor of CAPTCHA.

Writer: Julia Cort | Director: Julia Cort

21. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Doctors' Diaries: Part One (2009)

Documentary, Biography

7.4
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NOVA returns one last time to get an update on the seven doctors they've documented since 1987.

Director: Michael Barnes

22. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Doctors' Diaries: Part Two (2009)

Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Director: Michael Barnes

23. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Dogs Decoded (2010)

Documentary, Biography

7.9
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Nova examines the special relationship that exists between human beings and dogs.

Director: Dan Child | Stars: Lance Lewman, Daniel Mills, Anais Racca, Adam Miklosi

24. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Emergency Mine Rescue (2010)

Documentary, Biography

7.3
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Directors: Kate Dart, Nick Evans, Tom Stubberfield | Stars: René Aguilar, Carola Narvaez Bustos, Raúl Dagnino, Brandon Fisher

25. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Engineering Ground Zero (2011)

Documentary, Biography

6.6
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On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit.

Writers: David Smith, Timothy Smith | Director: David Shadrack Smith | Star: Lance Lewman

26. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Extreme Cave Diving (2010)

Documentary, Biography

8.0
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A team of scientists and divers explore blue holes, submerged caves in the Bahamas to uncover the history of the islands and clues to the Earth's climate changes. In the process they experience many perils.

Director: James Barrat | Stars: Nancy Albury, Kenny Broad, Jill Heinerth, Brian Kakuk

27. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Extreme Ice (2009)

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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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.

Director: Noel Dockstader | Stars: Richard Alley, James Balog, Jason Box, Sarah Das

28. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Finding Life Beyond Earth (2011)

Documentary, Biography

8.2
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Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone? Finding Life Beyond Earth immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while... See full summary »

Writer: Oliver Twinch | Director: Oliver Twinch | Star: Jay O. Sanders

29. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Gangster Birds (2009)

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Director: Anna Lee Strachan | Star: Doug Quade

30. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Ghosts of Machu Picchu (2010)

Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Nova examines the ruins of Machu Picchu and tries to unravel what happened there.

Stars: Valerie Andrushko, Fernando Astete, Stella Nair, Elva Torres Pino

31. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: How Does the Brain Work? (2011)

Documentary

7.3
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Nova ScienceNow examines how the brain works. It looks at magicians tricking the brain, engineers who are building an A.I. capable of playing Jeopardy, and scientists who are modifying ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Bicks, Sarah Holt, Terri Randall, Joshua Seftel | Directors: Michael Bicks, Sarah Holt, Terri Randall, Joshua Seftel | Stars: Jose-Manuel Alonso, Hannah Bosley, Rodney Brooks, Emily Burdett

32. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: How Memory Works (2009)

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Director: Sarah Holt | Star: Chad Cohen

33. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: How Smart are Animals? (2011)

Documentary

7.5
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Investigates animal intelligence in dogs, dolphins, and cephalopods. It also profiles Irene Pepperberg and her talking parrot Alex.

Writers: Julia Cort, Rushmore DeNooyer, Joshua Seftel | Directors: Alexis Bloom, Irene Pepperberg, Julia Cort, Rushmore DeNooyer, Joshua Seftel, Dana Rae Warren | Stars: Jean Berko Gleason, Teri Bolton, Kathie Hahn, Mark Hall

34. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Hubble's Amazing Rescue (2009)

Documentary, Biography

7.8
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Nova takes an inside look at space shuttle mission STS-125 and the efforts to service the almost two decade old Hubble Space telescope.

Writer: Rushmore DeNooyer | Director: Rushmore DeNooyer | Stars: Scott D. Altman, Matt Ashmore, Mark Behnke, Rushmore DeNooyer

35. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Hunt for Alien Earths/Art Authentication//Autism Genes (2009)

Documentary

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The Kepler telescope; discovering genes for Alzheimer's and autism; using computers to authenticate paintings; profile of Maydianne Andrade.

Writer: Julia Cort | Directors: Elizabeth Arledge, Dean Irwin

36. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Hunting the Edge of Space: The Ever-Expanding Universe (2010)

Documentary, Biography

7.0
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This program describes the most remarkable, perspective changing discoveries in the field of cosmology in the last 100 years. Each discovery was made by scientists working with a radically new telescope.

Writers: David Axlerod, Oliver Twinch | Directors: Peter Jones, Oliver Twinch | Stars: Charles Bennett, Jim Bennett, Steven Deproost, Alex Filippenko

37. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Hunting the Edge of Space: The Mystery of the Milky Way (2010)

TV-G | 52 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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Nova examines the physics of telescope design. Following the development of the telescope over several centuries the program explains the challenges that the major design innovations solved... See full summary »

Writers: David Axlerod, Richard Hudson, Peter Jones, Oliver Twinch | Directors: Peter Jones, Oliver Twinch | Stars: Louise Alexander, Jim Bennett, Ronald H. Bissinger, Duncan Bonner

38. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Ice Age Death Trap (2012)

Documentary, Biography

6.7
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In a race against developers in the Rocky Mountains, archaeologists uncover a unique fossil site packed with astonishingly well-preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons, and other giant ... See full summary »

Director: Eleanor Grant | Stars: Lance Lewman, Kirk Johnson, Daniel Fisher, Ian Miller

39. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Is There Life on Mars? (2008)

53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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Writer: Jonathan Grupper | Star: Jay O. Sanders

40. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Japan's Killer Quake (2011)

Documentary, Biography

7.9
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Writers: Richard Burke-Ward, Robert Strange | Directors: Stephanie Kern, Brian Leckey, Simon Ludgate, Callum Macrae | Stars: Roger Bilham, Simon Boxall, Chris Goldfinger, Corey Johnson

41. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor (2010)

Documentary, Biography

7.7
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The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor included five midget submarines. Four of the submarines failed in their mission being destroyed or captured. Nova follows the investigation of a ... See full summary »

Writer: Steven Reich | Director: Kirk Wolfinger | Stars: Masanori Andou, Arnold Bauer, Burl Burlingame, John Chatterton

42. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Lizard Kings (2009)

43 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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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 ... See full summary »

Writer: Gisela Kaufmann | Director: Gisela Kaufmann | Stars: Gordon Burghardt, Eric Pianka, Christian Rutz, Ian Stephen

43. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Making Stuff: Cleaner (2011)

Documentary, Biography

7.8
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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 ... See full summary »

Writer: Gary Glassman | Director: David Huntley | Stars: Bill Dube, Eva Hakansson, Jay Keasling, Peter Kendrigan

44. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Making Stuff: Smaller (2011)

Documentary, Biography

7.5
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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.

Writer: Chris Schmidt | Director: Chris Schmidt | Stars: David Albers, Christos Bergeles, Adam Cohen, Courtney DeSisto

45. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Making Stuff: Smarter (2011)

Documentary, Biography

8.2
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Making stuff smarter isn't about artificial intelligence. It's more about engineering materials at the microscopic level to behave in specific ways. Today is it possible to create materials... See full summary »

Writer: Daniel McCabe | Director: Daniel McCabe | Stars: Kellar Autumn, Tony Brennan, Mark R. Cutkosky, Dan Inman

46. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Making Stuff: Stronger (2011)

Documentary, Biography

7.5
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David Pogue hosts this examination of what makes material strong. He looks at the underlying material science behind steel, Kevlar, glass, chalk, carbon nanotubes, and spiderwebs.

Writer: Chris Schmidt | Director: Chris Schmidt | Stars: C. Lewis Azad, Jim Bales, Ray Baughman, Mark Eberhart

47. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Marathon Mouse (2009)

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Writer: Julia Cort | Directors: Julia Cort, Dean Irwin

48. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Megabeasts' Sudden Death (2009)

Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Thirteen thousand years ago a great tragedy in North American history caused the extinction of 35 species of large mammals. Scientists are divided on whether the cause was climate change or... See full summary »

Writer: Doug Hamilton | Star: Liev Schreiber

49. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Mind Over Money (2010)

Documentary, Biography

7.4
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Nova examines the science behind making financial decisions and investigates why economists did not anticipate the 2008 financial crisis.

Directors: Malcolm Clark, Malcolm Clark | Stars: Gary Becker, Ben Bernanke, Zach Burns, John Cochrane

50. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Moon Smasher (2009)

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Director: Josh Rosen