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Current Episode (aired 31 May 2018)

What's the Universe Made Of?

Nova follows the efforts of scientists to unravel the mysteries of dark matter, which holds our universe together, and dark energy which is making it fly apart.


4 Jan. 2005
Welcome to Mars
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.
8 Feb. 2005
The Viking Deception
There are few more tantalizing or notorious historical documents than the Vinland map.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 ...
22 Feb. 2005
A Daring Flight
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.
20 Sep. 2005
Mystery of the Megaflood
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 Oct. 2005
Sinking the Supership
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 Oct. 2005
E=mc²: Einstein's Big Idea
E = mc2 is not about an old Einstein, it's about a young, energetic, dynamic, even a sexy Einstein.
1 Nov. 2005
Volcano Under the City
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.
15 Nov. 2005
Newton's Dark Secrets
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.

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