3 March 1974
10 March 1974
17 March 1974
24 March 1974
31 March 1974
7 April 1974
14 April 1974
21 April 1974
28 April 1974
5 May 1974
12 May 1974
19 May 1974
26 May 1974
3 November 1974
10 November 1974
17 November 1974
24 November 1974
1 December 1974
8 December 1974
15 December 1974
5 January 1975
12 January 1975
19 January 1975
2 February 1975
9 February 1975
16 February 1975
9 March 1975
16 March 1975
30 March 1975
6 April 1975
4 January 1976
Season 3, Episode 2: Joey11 January 1976
18 January 1976
25 January 1976
1 February 1976
8 February 1976
15 February 1976
7 March 1976
7 March 1976
14 March 1976
21 March 1976
11 April 1976
18 April 1976
2 May 1976
Season 3, Episode 15: Benjamin9 May 1976
23 May 1976
6 June 1976
13 June 1976
20 June 1976
27 June 1976
5 January 1977
12 January 1977
19 January 1977
2 February 1977
Is the sun static or does it vary, and if it varies how does that affect the Earth and its climate? Studying sunspots and other solar phenomena may provide the answers.
9 February 1977
23 February 1977
2 March 1977
9 March 1977
16 March 1977
23 March 1977
30 March 1977
20 April 1977
20 April 1977
27 April 1977
11 May 1977
18 May 1977
1 June 1977
22 June 1977
29 June 1977
11 January 1978
4 January 1978
18 January 1978
25 January 1978
1 February 1978
15 February 1978
22 February 1978
1 March 1978
The century old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is now at the heart of a scientific revolution. Engineers and designers are discovering how, by adopting the principles of origami, they are able to reshape the world around us... and even within us. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, origami is being adopted in designing new drugs, micro-robots, even future space missions! With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the questions is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm - a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds the secrets of Origami.
8 March 1978
22 March 1978
29 March 1978
12 April 1978
19 April 1978
3 May 1978
Documentary about the life of American industrialist Henry Ford. Using Newsreels, dramatic films and documentaries to tell the story of his life from boyhood until his death in 1947.
10 May 1978
24 May 1978
31 May 1978
7 June 1978
14 June 1978
21 June 1978
28 June 1978
Season 6, Episode 1: Black Tide4 January 1979
11 January 1979
18 January 1979
1 February 1979
8 February 1979
22 February 1979
1 March 1979
8 March 1979
Season 6, Episode 9: Einstein15 March 1979
29 March 1979
2 October 1979
9 October 1979
16 October 1979
30 October 1979
6 November 1979
Nova examines sports injuries and the science of sports medicine.
20 November 1979
4 December 1979
11 December 1979
18 December 1979
15 January 1980
22 January 1980
5 February 1980
19 February 1980
4 March 1980
11 March 1980
18 March 1980
25 March 1980
30 September 1980
7 October 1980
14 October 1980
28 October 1980
Season 7, Episode 13: The Big If4 November 1980
11 November 1980
18 November 1980
25 November 1980
2 December 1980
9 December 1980
23 December 1980
30 December 1980
6 January 1981
20 January 1981
27 January 1981
10 February 1981
17 February 1981
24 February 1981
3 March 1981
10 March 1981
17 March 1981
25 August 1981
27 September 1981
4 October 1981
11 October 1981
18 October 1981
25 October 1981
1 November 1981
15 November 1981
22 November 1981
29 November 1981
Season 8, Episode 20: Twins6 December 1981
10 January 1982
17 January 1982
24 January 1982
31 January 1982
7 February 1982
14 February 1982
28 February 1982
Supreme Court ruling on the patentability of life in the context of the recombinant DNA controversies, and possible ramifications.
7 March 1982
14 March 1982
28 March 1982
12 October 1982
19 October 1982
9 November 1982
16 November 1982
23 November 1982
30 November 1982
Documents the loss of Louisiana coastlines.
7 December 1982
14 December 1982
1 April 1983
To celebrate its 10th broadcast season, NOVA repeats the very first NOVA program every aired, a fascinating and delightful program about how wildlife films are made.
18 January 1983
25 January 1983
Theoretical physicist Richard Feynman tells his story.
8 February 1983
15 February 1983
1 March 1983
8 March 1983
22 March 1983
29 March 1983
11 October 1983
18 October 1983
25 October 1983
1 November 1983
8 November 1983
15 November 1983
Nova takes a look at the science of thoroughbred horses, including breeding, genetics, and the evolution of the modern horse. The great Secretariat is highlighted here.
22 November 1983
29 November 1983
6 December 1983
13 December 1983
Will nuclear weapons deter World War III or only make it more likely? NOVA explores the military strategies of the nuclear age, now that the challenge may no longer be to win global war but to prevent it.
20 December 1983
27 December 1983
10 January 1984
|Bill Finnigan|| ... ||Himself - Former Ensign, U.S. Navy|
|H. Jack Geiger|| ... ||Himself - Professor of Community Medicine, CUNY|
|Sergei Kapitza|| ... ||Himself - Physicist, Moscow Institute for the Study of Physical Problems|
|John F. Kennedy|| ... ||Himself (archive footage)|
|Robert McNamara|| ... ||Himself - Former Secretary of Defense|
|Stephen Meyer|| ... ||Himself - Assoc. Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Mikhail Milshtein|| ... ||Himself - Dir., Military Studies Section, Institute for the Study of U.S. / Canada|
|Philip Morrison|| ... ||Himself - Physicist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Michael Nacht|| ... ||Himself - Assoc. Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University|
|Ted O'Brien|| ... ||Narrator (voice)|
|Richard Perle|| ... ||Himself - Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs|
|Ronald Reagan|| ... ||Himself (archive footage)|
|Eugene Rostow|| ... ||Himself - Co-Founder, Committee on the Present Danger|
|James Schlesinger|| ... ||Himself (archive footage)|
|Herbert Scoville|| ... ||Himself - Former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency|
|Harry S. Truman|| ... ||Himself (archive footage)|
|Kosta Tsipis|| ... ||Himself - Physicist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Paul Warnke|| ... ||Himself - Former Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency|
|Caspar Weinberger|| ... ||Himself - Secretary of Defense (archive footage)|
17 January 1984
31 January 1984
14 February 1984
28 February 1984
6 March 1984
20 March 1984
27 March 1984
3 April 1984
2 October 1984
16 October 1984
23 October 1984
30 October 1984
6 November 1984
13 November 1984
20 November 1984
Season 11, Episode 16: Space Women27 November 1984
4 December 1984
11 December 1984
18 December 1984
8 January 1985
15 January 1985
22 January 1985
29 January 1985
5 February 1985
12 February 1985
19 February 1985
Season 12, Episode 7: Baby Talk26 February 1985
5 March 1985
12 March 1985
19 March 1985
8 October 1985
15 October 1985
22 October 1985
29 October 1985
5 November 1985
12 November 1985
Season 12, Episode 17: Tornado!19 November 1985
26 November 1985
3 December 1985
17 December 1985
21 January 1986
28 January 1986
4 February 1986
11 February 1986
18 February 1986
25 February 1986
4 March 1986
11 March 1986
18 March 1986
25 March 1986
22 April 1986
14 October 1986
Shows the exhumation and study of the frozen remains of expedition members found in arctic graves. Speculates on lead poisoning as the cause of the expedition's tragic failure. Plays the Stan Rogers tune "Northwest Passage" during the opening sequence.
21 October 1986
4 November 1986
11 November 1986
Alzheimer's disease ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. The cause of Alzheimer's and whether it can be stopped is one of the greatest medical mysteries of our time. Join courageous patients participating in clinical trials, and then go behind the scenes of the major drug trials to see how researchers target and test therapies that may slow and even prevent Alzheimer's.
18 November 1986
25 November 1986
2 December 1986
Season 13, Episode 19: Sail Wars!9 December 1986
16 December 1986
13 January 1987
20 January 1987
27 January 1987
3 February 1987
Commercial airplanes have become much more reliable, but since 1975 the fatality rate has stopped falling and has leveled off. From 60 to 80 percent of all plane crashes are now blamed on cockpit (pilot) error. This NOVA episode examines the causes and possible solutions for flight crew miscommunication and procedural errors. One factor may be the 'macho' or 'go-it-alone' attitudes of pilots originally trained to fly single-seat military fighter jets. Another factor is "automation complacency", where a highly-automated cockpit environment leads to reduced piloting skills and a false sense of security. One promising program being developed by aviation psychologists is Cockpit Resource Management (CRM), which trains crew members to work and communicate as a team. To illustrate the deadly results of human-factors failures, three recent airline crashes are reviewed in detail: the 1982 Air Florida Flight 90 crash into the 14th Street Potomac River Bridge; the 1972 Eastern Flight 401 crash into the Florida Everglades; and the 1985 Delta Flight 191 crash near the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
10 February 1987
17 February 1987
24 February 1987
3 March 1987
10 March 1987
24 March 1987
31 March 1987
7 April 1987
6 October 1987
13 October 1987
20 October 1987
27 October 1987
3 November 1987
|Berton Beach|| ... ||Himself - Manager, Flight Training, Eastern Airlines (as Captain Berton Beach)|
|Roger Brooks|| ... ||Himself - Frontier Airlines (as Captain Roger Brooks)|
|Jerry Chandler|| ... ||Himself - Journalist|
|Jim Damron|| ... ||Himself - Airline Pilots Association (as Captain Jim Damron)|
|Harold Donner|| ... ||Himself - Air Safety Investigator, N.T.S.B.|
|James Ewing|| ... ||Himself - Director, Delta Airlines National Media Relations|
|Del Fadden|| ... ||Himself - Manager, Flight Deck Integration, Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company|
|Charlie Finch|| ... ||Himself - Delta Airlines (as First Officer Charlie Finch)|
|Clay Foushee|| ... ||Himself - Manager, NASA Aerospace Human Factors Division (as Dr. Clay Foushee)|
|Rudolf Kapustin|| ... ||Himself - Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board (as Rudy Kapustin)|
|John Lauber|| ... ||Himself - Member, National Transportation Safety Board (as Dr. John Lauber)|
|John McCarthy|| ... ||Himself - Scientist, Nat'l Center for Atmospheric Research (as Dr. John McCarthy)|
|Mike McMullen|| ... ||Himself - Air Safety Investigator, N.T.S.B.|
|John Nance|| ... ||Himself - Author and Pilot|
|Joe Oliver|| ... ||Himself - Delta Airlines (as Captain Joe Oliver)|
|Bill Reynaud|| ... ||Himself - Director, NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System|
|Gregory Salottolo|| ... ||Himself - Air Safety Investigator, N.T.S.B.|
|Richard Stone|| ... ||Himself - Safety Investigator, Delta Airlines (as Captain Richard Stone)|
|Frank Tullo|| ... ||Himself - Training Instructor, Continental Airlines (as Captain Frank Tullo)|
|Paul Turner|| ... ||Himself - Laboratory Technician, National Transportation Safety Board|
|Mel Volz|| ... ||Himself - Senior Safety Consultant, United Airlines (as Captain Mel Volz)|
|Earl Wiener|| ... ||Himself - Professor, Human Engineering, University of Miami (as Dr. Earl Wiener)|
Season 14, Episode 17: Volcano!10 November 1987
17 November 1987
1 December 1987
8 December 1987
15 December 1987
19 January 1988
26 January 1988
2 February 1988
9 February 1988
23 February 1988
1 March 1988
8 March 1988
15 March 1988
22 March 1988
NOVA explores the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a poor clerk from India who astounded mathematicians in the 1910s with his brilliant insight into the world of numbers.
29 March 1988
5 April 1988
6 September 1988
13 September 1988
20 September 1988
27 September 1988
4 October 1988
11 October 1988
25 October 1988
15 November 1988
22 November 1988
6 December 1988
13 December 1988
17 January 1989
24 January 1989
31 January 1989
14 February 1989
21 February 1989
28 February 1989
7 March 1989
7 March 1989
21 March 1989
28 March 1989
3 October 1989
10 October 1989
17 October 1989
24 October 1989
31 October 1989
Season 16, Episode 16: Hurricane!7 November 1989
14 November 1989
21 November 1989
5 December 1989
12 December 1989
9 January 1990
23 January 1990
6 February 1990
13 February 1990
27 February 1990
20 March 1990
27 March 1990
3 April 1990
10 April 1990
2 October 1990
Astronomer-turned-computer system administrator Clifford Stoll discovers a hacker in his system at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. The trail leads him from California, across the United States, and eventually to Germany, where the hacker is discovered to be selling secrets to the KGB.
9 October 1990
16 October 1990
23 October 1990
30 October 1990
Season 17, Episode 15: Earthquake!6 November 1990
13 November 1990
20 November 1990
27 November 1990
4 December 1990
18 December 1990
8 January 1991
15 January 1991
26 March 1991
A look at the event where the world champion in chess, Kasparov, played against a computer, Deep Thought, what led up to this event and what the implications might be.
5 February 1991
12 February 1991
19 February 1991
26 February 1991
27 February 1991
28 February 1991
1 October 1991
8 October 1991
15 October 1991
22 October 1991
5 November 1991
12 November 1991
3 December 1991
10 December 1991
17 December 1991
5 March 1991
14 January 1992
Season 19, Episode 2: Submarine!21 January 1992
28 January 1992
11 February 1992
18 February 1992
3 March 1992
10 March 1992
17 March 1992
24 March 1992
25 August 1992
29 September 1992
13 October 1992
20 October 1992
27 October 1992
4 November 1992
Dr Mark Lehrer attempts to explain how ancient Egyptians moved the stone blocks used to make the Great Pyramid by building a 6 metre tall facsimile.
Season 19, Episode 16: Iceman10 November 1992
17 November 1992
1 December 1992
22 December 1992
29 December 1992
12 January 1993
19 January 1993
26 January 1993
2 February 1993
9 February 1993
16 February 1992
Higher Further Faster - What are the limits of human performance and can science help us push them?
23 February 1993
2 March 1993
30 March 1993
5 October 1993
12 October 1993
19 October 1993
26 October 1993
2 November 1993
9 November 1993
16 November 1993
Meet Ron Toomer the worlds most prolific roller coaster designer and watch his creations come to life. Then take a look at where Walt Disney and his successors are taking amusement park rides into the future.
30 November 1993
7 December 1993
21 December 1993
28 December 1993
18 January 1994
25 January 1994
1 February 1994
8 February 1994
15 February 1994
28 February 1994
1 March 1994
2 March 1994
12 April 1994
19 April 1994
11 October 1994
18 October 1994
25 October 1994
1 November 1994
8 November 1994
15 November 1994
29 November 1994
6 December 1994
20 December 1994
27 December 1994
10 January 1995
24 January 1995
31 January 1995
7 February 1995
14 February 1995
7 March 1995
3 May 1995
Season 22, Episode 8: Fast Cars23 May 1995
10 October 1995
17 October 1995
Venus is a world of innumerable secrets that it only reluctantly reveals. Nova reviews the many decades of frustrating exploration that finally revealed a world that is beyond belief.
24 October 1995
31 October 1995
Season 22, Episode 13: Lightning!7 November 1995
14 November 1995
28 November 1995
19 December 1995
26 December 1995
9 January 1996
16 January 1996
30 January 1996
6 February 1996
20 February 1996
27 February 1996
Debunking the alien abduction concepts and practices for more earth bound common sense explanations in a format of critical analysis that in the end lets you decided. Are alien abduction's plausible in light of these new findings?
Season 23, Episode 7: Flood!26 March 1996
2 April 1996
9 April 1996
16 April 1996
1 October 1996
8 October 1996
15 October 1996
22 October 1996
12 November 1996
Nova contrasts the philosophies of Russian and American fighter commands and how they influence aircraft design, operation and tactics.
19 November 1996
24 November 1996
25 November 1996
26 November 1996
31 December 1996
Season 24, Episode 1: Kaboom!14 January 1997
This program traces the history of the development of explosives focusing on gunpowder, nitroglycerin and efforts, particularly by Alfred Nobel, to make them safe to handle. Commentary examines the fascination with explosives, the guilt of explosives developers and the fallacy of the doomsday weapon that would put an end to wars.
28 January 1997
11 February 1997
11 February 1997
Nova examines how the Inca could construct magnificently engineered citadels and an extensive system of roads at the top of the rugged Andes Mountains without metal tools, wheels, mathematics or writing.
12 February 1997
12 February 1997
18 February 1997
25 February 1997
8 April 1997
15 April 1997
Season 24, Episode 11: Coma7 October 1997
14 October 1997
Season 24, Episode 13: Bomb Squad21 October 1997
Season 24, Episode 14: The Proof28 October 1997
11 November 1997
12 November 1997
The problems and challenges in building a new highway bridge, of innovative cable-stayed design, across the mighty Mississippi River at Alton, Illinois.
18 November 1997
Season 24, Episode 18: Avalanche!25 November 1997
2 December 1997
6 January 1998
20 January 1998
27 January 1998
3 February 1998
10 February 1998
24 February 1998
31 March 1998
21 April 1998
Scientists study the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet.
28 April 1998
12 May 1998
6 October 1998
13 October 1998
27 October 1998
3 November 1997
10 November 1998
24 November 1998
24 November 1998
24 November 1998
1 December 1998
29 December 1998
27 April 1998
An account of Dr. Robert Rines' expedition during the Summer of 1997 to find the elusive Loch Ness Monster and his attempt to counter the scepticism surrounding his famous "Flipper" and "Gargoyle Head" photographs taken in 1972 and 1975. Meanwhile, photographic experts set out to investigate the credibility of the "Surgeon's Photograph" of April 1934, the most famous picture ever taken of the Monster.
19 January 1999
2 February 1999
16 February 1999
16 February 1999
17 February 1999
17 February 1999
23 February 1999
30 March 1999
Season 26, Episode 11: To the Moon13 July 1999
5 October 1999
Season 26, Episode 13: Time Travel12 October 1999
19 October 1999
The real case what inspired one of the more famous TV series of all times, "The Fugitive".
2 November 1999
9 November 1999
23 November 1999
21 December 1999
4 January 2000
18 January 2000
1 February 2000
1 February 2000
8 February 2000
8 February 2000
For over a hundred years economists had dreamed of a way of reducing risk in the stock market. Two Nobel Prize winning economists found a formula which it seemed did exactly that- only for a roiling crisis to sweep through the markets, leaving their new hedge fund almost broke
15 February 2000
15 February 2000
22 February 2000
22 February 2000
29 February 2000
18 April 2000
25 April 2000
Season 27, Episode 14: The Vikings9 May 2000
24 October 2000
This is the story of an armored combat vessel that opened up an entirely new chapter in naval warfare. At a critical moment of the American Civil War in 1861, the Navy commissioned the USS Monitor to test a daring idea-that a mechanical fighting machine could inflict a crushing defeat on Confederate forces. Not long after its legendary confrontation with the ironclad Merrimack, the Monitor sank in stormy seas off Cape Hatteras. Almost a century and a half after these stirring events, NOVA's cameras follow the Navy's risky efforts to salvage the secrets of the Monitor as it lies rusting on the ocean bottom.
31 October 2000
14 November 2000
21 November 2000
Nova follows cosmologists as they make the inconceivable discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. This new reality forces the astronomical community to deal with the likelihood that the universe is composed primarily of dark energy.
28 November 2000
12 December 2000
19 December 2000
16 January 2001
Season 28, Episode 2: Vanished!30 January 2001
6 February 2001
13 February 2001
A group of archaeologists explore the early history of the Maya by examining excavations and hieroglyphs at the Mayan city of Copán.
27 February 2001
27 March 2001
3 April 2001
10 April 2001
17 April 2001
24 April 2001
2 October 2001
9 October 2001
23 October 2001
A man who can "see" without seeing; amputees who feel pain in limbs that are gone; a man who believes his parents are impostors; and an epileptic who believes he is God: a neuroscientist gives the viewer insight into these strange cases.
30 October 2001
6 November 2001
Season 28, Episode 16: Bioterror11 November 2001
Three New York Times reporters studying biological weapons before, during and after 9/11, end up being the target of an actual anthrax attack.
20 November 2001
11 December 2001
25 December 2001
Season 29, Episode 1: Death Star8 January 2002
Astronomers struggle for decades to determine where gamma ray bursts are coming from unsure whether they are nearby or half way across the universe. Once that is pinned down an even bigger question arises, what could possibly produce them.
8 January 2002
Season 29, Episode 3: Fireworks!29 January 2002
5 February 2002
26 February 2002
26 March 2002
In late 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set forth for Antarctica with 27 men, determined to be the first man to cross the continent from coast to coast. His ship, the Endurance, became trapped in pack ice just short of the continent. When the ice crushed their ship to splinters, they were left stranded on the ice floes. Shackleton resolved to rescue each and every man, and turned disaster into one of the greatest survival stories of all time.
Film on the mechanism of collapse of the World Trade Center.
Season 29, Episode 8: Fire Wars7 May 2002
3 September 2002
1 October 2002
Two scientists studying the legendary Carlsbad Caverns come to question the conventional wisdom of how the massive caves system formed. They propose a new theory that extremophile bacteria producing hydrogen sulfide, a precursor to sulfuric acid, are the main cause of the caves formation rather than geological processes.
8 October 2002
29 October 2002
In this two-hour special, NOVA celebrates the story of the father of modern science and his struggle to get Church authorities to accept the truth of his astonishing discoveries. The program is based on Dava Sobel's bestselling book, Galileo's Daughter, which reveals a new side to the famously stubborn scientist-that his closest confidante was his illegitimate daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun.
12 November 2002
26 November 2002
7 January 2003
Nova recounts the history of the development of military unmanned aerial vehicles along with the opportunities and challenges they present.
14 January 2003
21 January 2003
4 February 2003
Nova takes an inside look at a competition between Boeing and Lockheed Martin to develop the next generation of American fighter aircraft.
11 February 2003
18 February 2003
|Edward C. Aldridge Jr.|| ... ||Himself - Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics|
|Rick Baker|| ... ||Himself - Vice President, Tactical Aircraft, Lockheed Martin|
|Andy Balough|| ... ||Himself - Boeing|
|Ed Beurer|| ... ||Himself - Assembly Manager, Lockheed Martin|
|George Bible|| ... ||Himself - Manufacturing Engineer, The Boeing Company|
|John Brotemarkle|| ... ||Himself - Lieutenant, U.S. Navy|
|Dick Burton|| ... ||Himself - Flight Test Director, Lockheed Martin|
|Walt Cannon|| ... ||Himself - Flight Test Engineer, The Boeing Company|
|Gerry Clausier|| ... ||Himself|
|Phil Condit|| ... ||Himself - Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company|
|Eric Didominico|| ... ||Himself - Joint Strike Fighter Program Office|
|Barb Gleich|| ... ||Herself - Mechanic, The Boeing Company|
|Howard Gofus|| ... ||Himself - Flight Test Conductor, The Boeing Company|
|Simon Hargreaves|| ... ||Himself - B.A.E. Test Pilot, Lockheed Martin|
|Michael Hough|| ... ||Himself - Major General, Joint Strike Fighter Program Director, 1999-2001|
|Paul Kaminski|| ... ||Himself - Department of Defense|
|Fred Knox|| ... ||Himself - Chief Test Pilot, The Boeing Company|
|Mark Magnussen|| ... ||Himself|
|Jay Miller|| ... ||Himself - Aviation Writer / Historian|
|Tom Morgenfeld|| ... ||Himself - Chief Test Pilot, Lockheed Martin|
|George Muellner|| ... ||Himself - Major General, Joint Strike Force Program Director, 1993-1995|
|Dennis Muilenburg|| ... ||Himself - Engineer, The Boeing Company|
|Dan Nielson|| ... ||Himself - Contracts Director, Joint Strike Fighter|
|Dennis O'Donoghue|| ... ||Himself - Test Pilot, The Boeing Company|
|Nancylew O'Donoghue|| ... ||Herself|
|Curtis Peebles|| ... ||Himself - Aviation Writer / Historian|
|Ralph Pelikan|| ... ||Himself - Engineer, The Boeing Company|
|Dorian Racey|| ... ||Himself - Machinist, Lockheed Martin|
|Rick Rezabek|| ... ||Himself - Chief Engineer, Lockheed Martin|
|James G. Roche|| ... ||Himself - Secretary of the United States Air Force|
|Liev Schreiber|| ... ||Himself - Narrator|
|Paul Smith|| ... ||Himself - Lieutenant Colonel, JSF Chief Test Pilot, U.S. Air Force|
|Frank Statkus|| ... ||Himself - Program Manager, The Boeing Company|
|Craig Steidle|| ... ||Himself - Rear Admiral, Joint Strike Fighter Program Director, 1995-1997|
|Bill Sweetman|| ... ||Himself - Aerospace Writer|
|Graham Warwick|| ... ||Himself - Writer, Flight International|
|Sam Wilson|| ... ||Himself - Joint Strike Fighter Engineer, NASA|
|Scott Winship|| ... ||Himself - Engineer, Lockheed Martin|
|Phil Yates|| ... ||Himself - Commander, Test Pilot, U.S. Navy|
Nova follows a group of art conservationists to the ancient Buddhist Temples of the Mustang. There they attempt to restore artwork that has been slowly deteriorating with time.
Season 30, Episode 7: Dirty Bomb25 February 2009
1 April 2003
14 April 2003
This Nova special tells the story of Roselynne Franklin, concentrating on her breakthrough discovery of the structure of DNA, and how her discoveries were used without her permission by Watson, Crick, and Wilkens.
30 September 2003
An ancient Archimedes Manuscript is discovered over written by a medieval prayer book. Program follows the effort to recover the lost text an the implications of its loss to history.
7 October 2003
In the midst of World War I's aerial combat arms race emerges Germany's ace of aces, Manfred von Richthofen. The factors that made him devastatingly effective, and kept him alive when all around him were falling from the skies are described culminating in the best guesses of experts on what caused his death.
28 October 2003
From Newton to String Theory Nova chronicles the progress toward a unified theory of everything.
11 November 2003
Nova looks at how the Wright brothers made their first powered flight through the efforts of enthusiasts to replicate the Wright's early gliders and airplanes.
18 November 2003
25 November 2003
4 January 2004
NOVA goes behind the scenes at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to offer a look at the construction and launch of two Martian exploratory rovers: "Spirit" and "Opportunity".
20 January 2004
3 February 2004
|Mark Adler|| ... ||Himself - Deputy Mission Manager, MER|
|Jim Colvin|| ... ||Himself - Rover Engineer|
|Juan R. Cruz|| ... ||Himself - Landing Systems Engineer, MER|
|George H. Diller|| ... ||Himself - NASA Countdown Voice, Kennedy Space Center (voice)|
|Ho-Jin Huang|| ... ||Himself - Test Engineer|
|Joel Krajewski|| ... ||Himself - Rover Engineer|
|Gentry Lee|| ... ||Himself - Scientist, Mars Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Wayne Lee|| ... ||Himself - Entry, Descent and Landing Systems Engineer, MER|
|Dan Limonadi|| ... ||Himself - Rover Engineer|
|Randel Lindemann|| ... ||Himself - Rover Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Rob Manning|| ... ||Himself - Systems Engineering Manager, MER|
|Dan McCleese|| ... ||Himself - Scientist, Mars Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Greg Miehall|| ... ||Himself - Engineer|
|James Newell|| ... ||Himself - Test Engineer|
|Tom Rivellini|| ... ||Himself - Landing Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Neil Ross|| ... ||Narrator|
|Steve Silverman|| ... ||Himself - Technical Director, Planetary Systems, Raytheon|
|Steve Squyres|| ... ||Himself - Lead Science Investigator, Mars Exploration Rovers|
|Adam Steltzner|| ... ||Himself - Landing Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Pete Theisinger|| ... ||Himself - Mars Exploration Rovers Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Art Thompson|| ... ||Himself - Rover Engineer|
|Ed Weiler|| ... ||Himself - Associate Administrator, NASA|
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.
10 February 2004
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.
17 February 2004
Can the lessons of one air disaster help prevent another? What caused Swissair Flight 111 to plunge into waters off the coast of Nova Scotia on September 2, 1998, killing all 229 people aboard? After four years and almost $40 million, investigators revealed that the accident was caused by factors that, alarmingly, still exist on many planes today. NOVA was given unprecedented access to this intricate investigation, involving a seemingly hopeless search for evidence among two million pieces of debris scattered across the ocean floor. The recovery of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder raised hopes until both were found to have failed during the last six minutes of the flight. Despite these daunting challenges, crash detectives methodically collected, sifted, and sorted through the wreckage to reassemble a large portion of the plane in a giant hangar, building a detailed picture of Flight 111's last moments. After years of painstaking recovery, reconstruction, and testing, the investigators submitted their conclusions and recommended new safety measures. But some experts still believe that another disaster like this one could be just a matter of time.
2 March 2004
Nova examines the practice of wartime medicine by taking an inside look into the medical care offered to injured US troops during the Iraq War.
30 March 2004
|Beverly Beavers|| ... ||Herself - Major, Operations Officer, 21st Combat Support Hospital|
|James Bruckart|| ... ||Himself - Colonel, Commander, 21st Combat Support Hospital|
|George Bush|| ... ||Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)|
|Joseph Endrizzi|| ... ||Himself - Major, Urologist, 21st Combat Support Hospital|
|Ari Fleischer|| ... ||Himself - White House Press Secretary (archive footage)|
|Torin Howling Wolf|| ... ||Himself - Private First Class, Medic, 21st Combat Support Hospital|
|Dave Lounsbury|| ... ||Himself - Colonel, Deputy Commander, 10th Combat Support Hospital|
|Will Lyman|| ... ||Narrator (voice)|
|Bob Lyons|| ... ||Himself - Colonel, Deputy Commander for Clinical Services|
|David Mason|| ... ||Himself - Private First Class|
|Nhat Nguyen-Minh|| ... ||Himself - Major, General Surgeon, 21st Combat Support Hospital|
|Christopher Niles|| ... ||Himself - Major, Anesthesiologist, 21st Combat Support Hospital|
|Glenn Paulino|| ... ||Himself - Sergeant First Class|
|John Powell|| ... ||Himself - Colonel, Commander, 10th Combat Support Hospital|
|Douglas Prevost|| ... ||Himself - Major, Orthopedic Surgeon, 21st Combat Support Hospital|
|Suki Quattlebaum|| ... ||Herself - Captain, Ward Nurse, 21st Combat Support Hospital|
|Christian Ramirez|| ... ||Himself - Sergeant, Chemical Protection Specialist|
|Christina Ramirez|| ... ||Herself - Specialist, Preventative Medicine Specialist|
|Clark Searle|| ... ||Himself - Colonel, Orthopedic Surgeon, 21st Combat Support Hospital|
|Renaldi Toledo|| ... ||Himself - Sergeant First Class, Senior Medical Noncommissioned Officer, 21st Combat Support Hospital|
|Dallas Walker|| ... ||Himself - Captain|
|Andrew Wiesen|| ... ||Himself - Major, Civil-Military Affairs, 62nd Brigade|
|Angela Winn|| ... ||Herself - Captain, Emergency Room Nurse, 21st Combat Support Hospital|
|Stan Taylor|| ... ||Himself - Laboratory NCOIC (uncredited)|
Tornado-chasing scientists with an eye to better forecasting risk their lives to plumb the secrets of nature's most terrifying killer.
15 April 2004
4 May 2004
28 September 2004
28 September 2004
Following the formation of the Earth, life didn't waste any time getting started. Scientists explore the evidence and conduct experiments to determine how life could form on the inhospitable early Earth then change to cover the entire Earth.
29 September 2004
This program reviews the Drake equation to provide an updated estimate of the likelihood that there is another civilization close enough to Earth for us to talk with. And it ponders the question; with so many strange life forms on earth how would we know an alien if we met one?
29 September 2004
Scientists discover and explore the the cosmic microwave background and with it, the big bang and understanding of the first stars and the formation of the elements.
12 October 2004
9 November 2004
More than 2,000 years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants who carved spectacular temple-tombs into its cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra's unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly 1,000 years. Now, in a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone.
16 November 2004
23 November 2004
Nova follows an archaeological expedition into the Cave of Letters and examines the Jewish Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman Empire.
4 January 2005
NOVA follows a team of scientists as the monitor the Martian rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Spirit runs into some problems, but Opportunity takes a photograph that may confirm the existence of water on Mars.
11 January 2005
18 January 2005
8 February 2005
There are few more tantalizing or notorious historical documents than the Vinland map. A faded, yellowing scrap of parchment bearing a faint tracery of lines, the map apparently shows the eastern seaboard of North America-yet it was drawn at least half a century before Columbus reached the New World. It seems to present unshakeable proof that the Vikings were the real discoverers of the Americas. But for 40 years, a bitter debate over its authenticity has raged among cartographers, historians, and scientists. Despite chemical analysis and radiocarbon tests, the case remained unresolved. Now, in an exclusive investigation, NOVA presents fresh evidence confirming that the map was probably one of the cleverest forgeries of all time, and probes who might have wanted to carry out the deception. In this enthralling cartographic detective story, NOVA pursues a trail from Scandinavia to Austria, Switzerland, London, and the U.S.
15 February 2005
22 February 2005
In 1909, French aviation pioneer Louis Blériot becomes the first man to cross the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine, Blériot's own Type XI monoplane. Nearly a century later, his grandson and namesake attempts a re-enactment of the historic flight that made his grandfather famous and catapulted France to the forefront of aviation technology.
29 March 2005
Dec. 26, 2004 Tsunami.
20 September 2005
The Channeled Scablands in Washington state defied conventional explanations for their formation for decades. Little by little evidence mounted for an old theory that was rejected by the scientific establishment. It involved glaciers, volcanoes, a relatively minor river and a prodigious amount of water.
4 October 2005
A modern team of divers sets out to learn the secrets of the super battleship Yamato, the greatest ship of the Second World War.
11 October 2005
E = mc2 is not about an old Einstein, it's about a young, energetic, dynamic, even a sexy Einstein.
1 November 2005
Volcanologists climb into the caldera of Mount Nyiragongo, an active and unstable volcano, to collect samples the will help determine when, where and how it is likely to erupt next. Two million souls in the nearby city of Goma depend on the results.
8 November 2005
15 November 2005
The auction of some of Newton's papers early in the 20th century uncovers the fact that he had a side other than the genius mathematician and visionary the world knew him as.
22 November 2005
3 January 2006
17 January 2006
7 February 2006
14 February 2006
This program examines and the many subtle secrets that scientists have teased out of insects trapped in amber.
21 February 2006
New theories explain the beginnings of creation.
28 February 2006
27 March 2006
Nova follows a group of teams as they construct driverless vehicles for a 130-mile race across the Mojave Desert.
4 April 2006
Nova follows the Cassini probe on it's voyage to Saturn's moon Titan. Along the way it examines a variety of other wonders of the solar system before attempting to land and photograph the surface of Titan.
18 April 2006
The scientific community took some time to accept the evidence that the level of sunlight reaching the Earth's surface had declined in recent decades because, from a narrow minded perspective, it seemed to contradict the phenomenon of global warming. Nova follows the scientists working to find the cause of global dimming but the emphasis of the program is a stern warning about global worming.
5 September 2006
26 September 2006
An eruption of a megavolcano may be the most likely cataclysmic event the earth faces in the present day. Four scientists independently uncover evidence of such an eruption just 75,000 years ago that radically altered the global climate for a millennium and probably disrupted human colonization of the earth.
17 October 2006
31 October 2006
7 November 2006
Nova reviews the contribution of Alberto Santos Dumont in the early days of aircraft development and his uncanny ability to abandon one line of endeavor for a technology with better long term potential.
14 November 2006
26 December 2006
6 February 2007
13 February 2007
3 April 2007
1 April 2007
24 April 2007
8 May 2007
10 June 2007
Nova follows the excavation of a paleontologist's gold mine, an Australian cave containing fossils of eight new species of kangaroo, and the ultimate prize, a complete skeleton of the marsupial lion, thylacoleo carnifex, previously know only from fragments. The complete skeleton enables scientists to predict the animals appearance, method of locomotion and hunting behavior.
26 June 2007
Recent archaeological research begins to reveal how a small number of Spanish fortune hunters could conquer the mighty Inca Empira. The evidences calls into question the accepted story of the conquest recorded by Spanish scribes. More likely, the Spanish were aided by native allies rebelling against Inca rule.
9 October 2007
Nova follows the creation of a katana from raw iron ore to finished masterpiece, through the hands of fifteen master artisans as scientists explain the chemistry and physics at each step that makes it a superb piece of engineering.
17 October 2007
Following the mapping of the human genome scientists discovered there is a huge new chapter in the genetics story. Dubbed epigenetics, it involves the chemical markers on DNA that effectively turn genes on or off dramatically influencing growth and development. The markers vary widely from person to person and tissue to tissue and are influenced not just by the environment but by experiences. Most remarkably the markers can be inherited generation after generation.
30 October 2007
What does it take for the average person to run one of the world's toughest races? NOVA finds out in a program that's both a human story and an intriguing scientific exploration of the way our bodies respond to intense exercise demands. Filmed in cooperation with the Boston Athletic Association, NOVA has been granted unprecedented access to the Boston Marathon course and will take viewers on a unique adventure inside the human body. Every year thousands of athletes from across the globe flock to Boston to run the city's marathon, known worldwide as the ultimate test of stamina and endurance. In the summer of 2006, NOVA began following 13 novices as they took the first step toward completing the 26.2-mile race in April 2007. The group of participants includes a variety of people from diverse backgrounds - a young woman running in memory of her mother, who died in a tragic car accident; a working single mom; even a former NFL linebacker - the unifying element is that not one of them is currently a runner. Over the nine-month training period, exercise and nutrition scientists and doctors at Tufts University use sophisticated technology to monitor the physical transformations that the participants undergo. Intimate interviews reveal the highs and lows along the way. The experience will demand a transformation of mind and body; NOVA cameras will be there, following every step.
6 November 2007
Nova examines the goals of the highly secretive American space program prior to Sputnik. The Eisenhower Administration's covert objectives in space gave the impression that the Soviets had a commanding lead in space technology.
13 November 2007
When the school board in Dover, Pennsylvania votes to require science teachers to read a statement touting Intelligent Design as a scientific alternative to Darwin's Theory of Evolution parents sue the district, leading to a trial in which the judge must decide if Intelligent Design is merely a new name for creationism, already banned in public schools as being religious in nature.
20 November 2007
18 December 2007
Nova reviews the air war between Russian Mig 15s and American F86 Sabres over Korea. With the Russians anxious for information about American aerial combat tactics and the F86, many people speculate that some American pilots who are still MIA were taken to Russia for interrogation. Their families hope they may still be alive.
8 January 2008
Our mastery of cold is something we take for granted, whether it s air conditioning and frozen food or the liquefied gases and superconductivity at the heart of cutting-edge technology. But what is cold? How do you achieve it, and how cold can it get?
15 January 2008
Nova examines scientific efforts to produce colder and colder temperatures.
29 January 2008
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.
Season 35, Episode 4: Astrospies12 February 2008
This documentary investigates the background of a secret 1960s USAF space project named MOL (Manned Orbiting Laboratory) and its Russian counterpart ALMAZ.
Season 35, Episode 5: Ape Genius19 February 2008
26 February 2008
A Chinese paleontologist flies into controversy when he discovers a four winged dinosaur and claims it is the missing link between dinosaurs and birds rather than evolving from reptiles. Opposing sides in the controversy prepare skeletal reproductions to demonstrate their position but neither can figure out how the creature could possibly fly, leading to the creation of a detailed, poseable scale model for wind tunnel testing.
8 April 2008
Nova examines the fascinating history behind the scientific effort to decode the Mayan writing system.
22 April 2008
|Michael D. Coe|| ... ||Himself - Author, 'Breaking the Maya Code' (as Dr. Michael D. Coe)|
|William L. Fash|| ... ||Himself - Archeologist, Harvard University|
|Gillett Griffin|| ... ||Himself - Art Historian, Princeton University|
|Nicholas Hopkins|| ... ||Himself - Linguist, Florida State University|
|Stephen D. Houston|| ... ||Himself - Archeologist, Brown University|
|Kathryn Josserand|| ... ||Herself - Linguist, Florida State University|
|Barbara MacLeod|| ... ||Herself - Linguist and Anthropologist|
|Simon Martin|| ... ||Himself - Epigrapher - University of Pennsylvania Museum|
|Peter Mathews|| ... ||Himself - Epigrapher, La Trobe University|
|Lolmay Garcia Matzar|| ... ||Himself - Linguist, OKMA Language Center|
|Jay O. Sanders|| ... ||Himself - Narrator|
|Linda Schele|| ... ||Herself - Epigrapher, University of Texas, Austin|
|David Stuart|| ... ||Himself - Epigrapher, University of Texas at Austin|
|George Stuart|| ... ||Himself - Historian|
Click and Clack from NPR's Car Talk look at the future of motor vehicle transportation. New designs, new construction materials and new fuel sources are all discussed. Social and Political issues are also touched on lightly.
13 May 2008
A difficult journey that begins in loneliness and shame for thousands of Ethiopian women ends in a productive new life and hope for the future in this award-winning film. Shot against a starkly beautiful landscape, A Walk to Beautiful shares the inspiring stories of three women, rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, who leave home in search of treatment for obstetric fistula. In a courageous attempt to reclaim their lives, these women embark on a remarkable journey.
20 May 2008
Narrated by Harrison Ford. At age 78, E.O. Wilson is still going through his 'little savage' phase of boyhood exploration of the natural world. NOVA profiles this soft-spoken Southerner and Professor Emeritus at Harvard, who is an acclaimed advocate for ants, biological diversity, and the controversial extension of Darwinian ideas to human society.
17 October 2008
Dinosaurs are generally considered tropical animals. So what are their fossils doing north of the arctic circle? Paleontologists battle the fierce climate to find out if the arctic was warmer then than it is now, or the arctic was farther from the North Pole, or the dinosaurs were migratory animals, or if they warm blooded.
14 October 2008
A look at the Columbia space shuttle disaster in 2003. It includes interviews with shuttle astronauts, family members, flight control personnel, administrators and investigators. Also included is a brief history of the space shuttle program.
21 October 2008
28 October 2008
A look at fractal geometry, and how it is found just about everywhere in everything, and how the mathematics of fractals can be used to model and measure such things as mountains, coastlines, telephone line noise and heart rhythm. It also shows how they are used in animation, communications and textile design.
11 November 2008
NOVA investigates the furious scientific debate raging over what "Hobbit" bones represent.
18 November 2008
A powerful partnership between science and scholarship breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, their faith in a single, omnipotent God and the creation of the Bible.
25 November 2008
San Francisco veterinarian Dr. Frances Gulland is committed to saving sick marine mammals, but she's also desperately trying to figure out what's killing them.
30 December 2008
20 January 2009
Nova investigates California's aggressive pro-environment energy policies and examines whether such policies will be good or bad for business.
27 January 2009
NOVA flies along with the monarch butterflies, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.
3 February 2009
Nova examines the clandestine practices of the National Security Agency and investigates changes in the Agency that are the result of 9/11.
Season 36, Episode 12: Rat Attack24 February 2009
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.
Season 36, Episode 13: Extreme Ice24 March 2009
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.
31 March 2009
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 human predation. Nova follows the investigation of the evidence supporting a third controversial hypothesis; comet impact.
7 April 2009
NOVA returns one last time to get an update on the seven doctors they've documented since 1987.
14 April 2009
30 June 2009
6 October 2009
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 species. Darwin's theory was developed over a great many years and in flashbacks, the manner in which it developed is shown. He had many supporters and likely more critics. He knew that his ideas were radical and that they would conflict with religious thought on the subject of creation. In reviewing his thoughts however, he realizes that he can without much difficulty claim to have been the first to develop the theory. These events spur him on to publish his findings in his now famous book.
13 October 2009
Nova takes an inside look at space shuttle mission STS-125 and the efforts to service the almost two decade old Hubble Space telescope.
20 October 2009
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 the most evolutionarily advanced of the lizards. Dr. Eric Pianka, who studied lizards for forty years in Australia, serves as guide. Program concludes with the customary, trite comment on human impact on climate change and the environment.
3 November 2009
Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and considers weather climate change was the driving force behind our early evolution.
10 November 2009
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.
17 November 2009
Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and examines why Homo sapiens won out over Neanderthals in the evolutionary race.
24 November 2009
Nova examines the science of dreams by investigating what dreams are and why we have them.
29 December 2009
A look at Charles Darwin, his book On The Origin of Species, and how his theory of evolution is explained. It includes Darwin's observations through work on the Human Genome Project.
5 January 2010
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 mysterious ship wreck to determine if it is the fifth submarine, if it successfully launched its torpedoes and if so did it succeed in in attacking any ships.
12 January 2010
Nova explores ancient Egyptian techniques of ship building by following a team of archaeologist as they construct a ship based on ancient designs.
19 January 2010
Nova investigates the Great Sphinx of Egypt in an attempt to understand its origin, creation, and purpose.
2 February 2010
Nova examines the ruins of Machu Picchu and tries to unravel what happened there.
9 February 2010
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.
2 March 2010
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson gives the facts on Pluto and examines the controversy over whether it is a planet.
30 March 2010
Nova examines the science behind making financial decisions and investigates why economists did not anticipate the 2008 financial crisis.
6 April 2010
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 and the inevitable major discoveries they produced.
13 April 2010
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.
4 May 2010
Nova examines the Mount St. Helens volcano and investigates whether it is soon due for another eruption.
19 October 2010
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 builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true. On this dazzling journey inside the jewels of Gothic architecture, NOVA reveals the hidden formulas, drawn from the pages of the Bible itself, that drove medieval builders ever upward.
26 October 2010
2 November 2010
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.
9 November 2010
Nova examines the special relationship that exists between human beings and dogs.
16 November 2010
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 the site compares to other stone and timber circles around the British Isles. Also, experiments are conducted to show how various components may have been brought together.
23 November 2010
This documentary, part of the "Nova"
(1974) television series, focuses on two archaeological expeditions that may shed light on the origin and nature of King Solomon's fabled mines. There is little in the historical record and while there are several Biblical references to Solomon's wealth, the mines themselves are never mentioned. In the ancient Kingdom of the Edomites, in what is now Jordan, ancient copper mines and the remnants of massive smelting have been found. Copper was an expensive commodity at the time and was used initially as a metal for ornaments and jewelry. In Israel, what is believed to be an early Israelite city has been found. Could it have been the city of David? An ancient piece of pottery with writing indicates Canaanite community and has been dated to the same period as the mines in ancient Edom.
28 December 2010
What happens when the ice melts and the sea levels rise? Scientists study Antarctica in an effort to understand possible climate change through geologists looking at ancient landscapes, paleobotany, drilling, and diving.
11 January 2011
19 January 2011
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.
26 January 2011
|C. Lewis Azad|| ... ||Herself - University of Texas at Dallas, NanoTech Institute|
|Jim Bales|| ... ||Himself - Edgerton Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Ray Baughman|| ... ||Himself - Chemist, University of Texas at Dallas, NanoTech Institute|
|Mark Eberhart|| ... ||Himself - Metallurgist, Author, Why Things Break|
|Joan Embery|| ... ||Herself - Embery Institute for Wildlife Conservation|
|Nicholas Godley|| ... ||Himself - Fashion Designer|
|Randy Lewis|| ... ||Himself - Molecular Biologist, University of Wyoming|
|Marcio Dias Lima|| ... ||Himself - University of Texas at Dallas, NanoTech Institute|
|Mark Meyers|| ... ||Himself - Materials Scientist, University of California, San Diego|
|Tucker Norton|| ... ||Himself - Ballistics Scientist, Dupont|
|John Paules|| ... ||Himself - General Manager, Ellwood Technologies|
|David Pogue|| ... ||Himself - Technology Reporter, New York Times|
|Scot Vannorman|| ... ||Himself - United States Navy|
|Danny Womack|| ... ||Himself - Owner, Outlaw Motor Speedway|
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.
2 February 2011
|David Albers|| ... ||Himself - Consumer Electronics Show Participant|
|Christos Bergeles|| ... ||Himself - Student, Institute of Robotics, ETH Zurich|
|Adam Cohen|| ... ||Himself - Consumer Electronics Show Participant|
|Courtney DeSisto|| ... ||Herself - Patient|
|Summer Douglass|| ... ||Herself - Consumer Electronics Show Participant|
|Pierre Gygax|| ... ||Himself - Chief Operating Officer, Ulysse Nardin|
|Ted Jansen|| ... ||Himself - Beekeeper|
|Pablo Jarillo-Herrero|| ... ||Himself - Physicist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Amy Koppmann|| ... ||Herself - Consumer Electronics Show Participant|
|Jean Lopategui|| ... ||Himself - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Molecular Pathology|
|Chad Mirkin|| ... ||Himself - Chemist, Northwestern University|
|Daniel S. Mishkin|| ... ||Himself - Gastroenterologist, Boston University|
|Bradley Nelson|| ... ||Himself - Institute of Robotics, ETH Zurich|
|David Pogue|| ... ||Himself - Technology Reporter, New York Times|
|Roy Pritchard|| ... ||Himself - Technician|
|Chris Riley-Portugues|| ... ||Himself - Technician|
|Frances Ross|| ... ||Herself - IBM Research Division|
|Leonie Seliger|| ... ||Herself - Head of Cathedral Studios|
|Stephen L. Smith|| ... ||Himself - Vice President, Intel Corporation|
|Tram Truong|| ... ||Himself - Technician|
|Mike Tuffey|| ... ||Himself - Owner, English Antique Glass|
|Samuel Wickline|| ... ||Himself - Cardiologist, Washington University|
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.
12 February 2011
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 with clever designs or micro structures that permit control of a material's ability to self-heal, stick and release, self-clean, prevent disease, alter their shape and other properties. This program explains where several of these materials came from, how they work and how they are put to practical use.
9 February 2011
16 February 2011
Forensic investigators reconstruct the final moments of the Air France disaster.
23 February 2011
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 and what is known about how venom works and why some animals are especially dangerous.
30 March 2011
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 of radioactive materials at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Season 38, Episode 17: Power Surge20 April 2011
6 September 2011
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit.
28 September 2011
19 October 2011
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 top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system.
2 November 2011
Simple, obvious, ever-present aspects of our daily lives give scientists fits trying to understand them. One of these aspects is space which physicists are convinced is something more than nothing. This program explains the experiments that are giving scientists hints about what space is.
9 November 2011
This program challenges our traditional questions about time such as; does it flow in one direction or does it flow at all? Does everyone experience the same now? Is time travel possible? Will time come to an end?
16 November 2011
This program explains some of the weirdest aspects of quantum mechanics: uncertainty and entanglement. Despite the absurdity of these behaviors they have been confirmed time and again and have never been refuted. Lastly the theory that suggests the possibility that teleportation and quantum computers may be possible are examined.