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1. Nova Science Now: How Smart Are Animals? (2011– )

60 min | Documentary

6.3
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Stars: Jean Berko Gleason, Teri Bolton, Kathie Hahn, Mark Hall

Votes: 7

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

TV-G | 52 min | Documentary

7.4
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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.

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

Votes: 31

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

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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Forensic investigators reconstruct the final moments of the Air France disaster.

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

Votes: 38

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

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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Director: Peter Chinn | Star: Craig Sechler

Votes: 30

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

54 min | 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 »

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

Votes: 43

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

54 min | 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.

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

Votes: 42

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

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan resulting in waves up to 130 ft. (40 m.) that devastated coastal villages and initiated meltdowns, gas explosions and the release ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephanie Kern, Brian Leckey, Simon Ludgate, Callum Macrae | Stars: Roger Bilham, Simon Boxall, Chris Goldfinger, Corey Johnson

Votes: 32

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

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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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 »

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

Votes: 24

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

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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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.

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

Votes: 31

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

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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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 »

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

Votes: 34

12. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Smartest Machine on Earth (2011)

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Director: Michael Bicks | Stars: Rodney Brooks, Eric Brown, Todd Crain, David Ferrucci

Votes: 32

13. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Venom: Nature's Killer (2011)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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Nova and National Geographic follow researchers collecting venom from the world's most dangerous snakes, spiders, lizards and other creatures. The program explains why the researchers do it... See full summary »

Stars: Greta Binford, Sean Bush, Jamie Effros, Bryan Grieg Fry

Votes: 20

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

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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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.

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

Votes: 27

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

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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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, Thomas M. Iliffe

Votes: 34

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

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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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

Votes: 60

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

TV-G | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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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.

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

Votes: 32

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

TV-G | 52 min | Documentary, Biography

8.1
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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 »

Directors: Peter Jones, Oliver Twinch | Stars: Louise Alexander, Jim Bennett, Ronald H. Bissinger, Duncan Bonner

Votes: 43

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

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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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 »

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

Votes: 16

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

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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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: Lance Lewman, Gary Becker, Ben Bernanke, Zach Burns

Votes: 38

21. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Mt. St. Helens Back from the Dead (2010)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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Nova examines the Mount St. Helens volcano and investigates whether it is soon due for another eruption.

Directors: Nick Davidson, Jörg Daniel Hissen, Heinz Leger | Stars: Charlie M. Crisafulli, Daniel Dzurisin, Lance Lewman, Jon J. Major

Votes: 25

22. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Riddles of the Sphinx (2010)

TV-G | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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Nova investigates the Great Sphinx of Egypt in an attempt to understand its origin, creation, and purpose.

Director: Gary Glassman | Stars: Laura Brown, Rick Brown, Gunter Dreyer, Ramsey Faragallah

Votes: 39

23. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Secrets of Stonehenge (2010)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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A look at new attempts by archaeologists to understand Stonehenge by excavating in the area around the site. Included is an explanation of previous excavations at the site as well as how ... See full summary »

Director: Gail Willumsen | Stars: Bruce Bradley, Bill Lord, John Lord, Valerie Lord

Votes: 30

24. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Pluto Files (2010)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson gives the facts on Pluto and examines the controversy over whether it is a planet.

Director: Terri Randall | Stars: Mike Brown, Kenneth Chang, Stephen Colbert, Gary G. Dahl

Votes: 60

25. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Trapped in an Elevator (2010)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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In TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR, NOVA reveals the secret life of these ubiquitous machines. Once brawny but simple machines, elevators are getting a brainy makeover.

Director: Joseph Seamans | Star: John Lithgow

Votes: 13

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

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Director: Sarah Holt

27. 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

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

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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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.

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

Votes: 83

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

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and considers weather climate change was the driving force behind our early evolution.

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

Votes: 100

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

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and examines why Homo sapiens won out over Neanderthals in the evolutionary race.

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

Votes: 76

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

TV-PG | 104 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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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 »

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

Votes: 157

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

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

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

Director: Julia Cort

33. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Dinosaur Plague (2009)

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Director: Terri Randall

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

TV-PG | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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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

Votes: 20

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

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Michael Barnes

Votes: 15

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

TV-G | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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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

Votes: 55

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

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Director: Anna Lee Strachan | Star: Doug Quade

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

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Director: Sarah Holt | Star: Chad Cohen

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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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.

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

Votes: 27

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

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

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

Directors: Elizabeth Arledge, Dean Irwin

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

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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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 »

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

Votes: 26

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

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Directors: Julia Cort, Dean Irwin

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

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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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 »

Star: Liev Schreiber

Votes: 16

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

Documentary

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Director: Josh Rosen

45. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Musical Minds (2009)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Louise Lockwood | Star: Alan Yentob

Votes: 17

46. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Mystery of the Gakkel Ridge (2009)

Documentary

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Director: Dana Rae Warren | Star: Ziya Tong

47. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Profile: Franklin Chang-Díaz (2009)

53 min | Documentary

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Two drugs that may aid kids with muscular dystrophy; demise of the dinosaurs; profile of Franklin Chang-Diaz; northern lights.

Director: Joshua Seftel

48. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Profile: Lonnie Thompson (2009)

53 min | Documentary

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Rockets to the moon; the oldest known organic molecules on earth; neuronal processes that lead to producing sound; profile of Lonnie Thompson.

Director: Dana Rae Warren

49. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Profile: Luis von Ahn (2009)

Documentary

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Director: Joshua Seftel

50. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )
Episode: Profile: Maydianne Andrade (2009)

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Director: Joshua Seftel