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Season 41

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Season 41

746 :41x01 - Ground Zero Supertower

Sep/11/2013
NOVA returns to Ground Zero to witness the final chapter in an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit: the completion of One World Trade Center, the skyscraper rising 104 stories and 1,776 feet from the site where the Twin Towers once stood. This update of NOVA's Emmy-nominated special "Engineering Ground Zero" goes inside the construction of the new tower's final floors and the installation of its soaring, 800-ton spire and beacon.

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Guest Stars: Jay O. Sanders as Narrator
Director: Terri Randall

747 :41x02 - Megastorm Aftermath

Oct/09/2013
Was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to a changing climate and rising seas? How can we gird cities against future storm surges? Join NOVA on a trip to the Netherlands, a country which has combined extraordinary engineering with natural landscape restoration to protect its low-lying cities from the sea. And meet climate scientists who are racing to understand how a warming world will affect extreme--but unpredictable--weather phenomena like hurricanes and tornadoes.

Source: PBS
Guest Hosts: Miles O'Brien as Himself

748 :41x03 - Making Stuff Faster

Oct/16/2013
Ever since humans stood on two feet we have had the basic urge to go FASTER. But are there physical limits to how fast we can go? David Pogue wants to find out, and he'll investigate everything from electric muscle cars and ultrafast cameras to quantum teleportation. Along the way, he finds that speed is more than just getting us from point A to B; it's also about getting things done in less time. From the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to UPS headquarters, Pogue's quest for ultimate speed limits takes him to unexpected places.

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Guest Hosts: David Pogue as Himself

749 :41x04 - Making Stuff Wilder

Oct/23/2013
What happens when engineers open up Nature's toolbox? In WILDER, David Pogue explores bold new innovations inspired by the Earth's greatest inventor, Life itself. From robotic "mules" and "cheetahs" for the military, to swarms of robotic bees, Pogue travels the world seeing the "wildest" ideas put into action in new inventions and technologies. It is a journey that sees today's bacteria turned into tomorrow's metallurgists, viruses building batteries and even DNA, the Code of Life, put to work in "living" computers. Will the "stuff" of the future take on a life of its own?

Source: PBS
Guest Hosts: David Pogue as Himself

750 :41x05 - Making Stuff Colder

Oct/30/2013
Cold is the new HOT, in this brave new world. For centuries we've fought it, shunned it, and huddled against it. Cold has always been the enemy of life, but now it may hold the key to a new generation of science and technology that will improve our lives. In COLDER, David Pogue explores the frontiers of cold science from saving the lives of severe trauma patients and cooling a warming planet to ultracold physics, where bizarre new properties of matter are the norm and the basis of new technologies like levitating trains and quantum computers.

Source: PBS
Guest Hosts: David Pogue as Himself

751 :41x06 - Making Stuff Safer

Nov/06/2013
Is it possible to engineer an absolutely safe world for ourselves? In SAFER, David Pogue explores the extent to which science and technology can protect us from monumental forces of nature like earthquakes and epidemics. He challenges researchers to save us from dangers of our own making, like traffic accidents and contact sports. Our increasing reliance on the Internet makes us vulnerable to new risks: Pogue delves into cyber security, where computer experts work to shield us from attacks by hackers and terrorists. Risk is all around us, but can we be safer?

Source: PBS
Guest Hosts: David Pogue as Himself

752 :41x07 - Cold Case JFK

Nov/13/2013
For decades, the assassination of John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies and mishandled evidence. Now, 50 years later, NOVA asks: Could modern investigators do better? For the first time since the original investigation by the FBI laboratory, NOVA and a team of foremost forensic experts employ sophisticated new technology to reconstruct and review the physical evidence: the weapon, the bullets and the wounds. Exclusive ballistics tests provide important new insights on the controversial "single bullet theory."

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Jay O. Sanders as Narrator

753 :41x08 - At the Edge of Space

Nov/20/2013
At the Edge of Space takes viewers on a spectacular exploration to probe the earth-space boundary zone, which is home to some of nature's most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites. NOVA rides with scientists in a high-flying weather observation plane as they hunt for sprites and finally succeed in snaring them in 3D video, gaining vital clues to unravel their mystery.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Craig Sechler as Narrator

754 :41x09 - Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday?

Nov/20/2013
The asteroid that exploded in the skies over Siberia was a shocking reminder that Earth is a target in a cosmic shooting range. These space rocks have the potential to be killers. In a collision with Earth, they could set off deadly blast waves, raging fires and colossal tidal waves. But some audacious entrepreneurs look up at asteroids and see payday, not doomsday. Some asteroids are loaded with billions of dollars-worth of elements like iron, nickel, and even platinum. Will asteroids turn out to be our economic salvation—or instruments of extinction?

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Craig Sechler as Narrator

755 :41x10 - Alien Planets Revealed

Jan/08/2014
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has discovered thousands of exotic new worlds far beyond our solar system. Are any of them like Earth? And what sort of life could flourish on them? With vivid animation and input from expert astrophysicists and astrobiologists, NOVA takes you on a mind-bending exploration of these strange worlds and the possible creatures we might one day encounter there.

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Guest Stars: Lance Lewman as Narrator
Director: Nathan Williams

756 :41x11 - Zeppelin Terror Attack

Jan/15/2014
In the early days of World War I, Germany launched a new kind of terror campaign: bombing civilians from the sky from Zeppelins. With a team of engineers, explosives experts and historians, NOVA investigates the secrets behind these deadly war machines. The program explores the technological arms race that unfolded as Britain scrambled to develop defenses that could neutralize the threat, while Germany responded with ever bigger and more powerful Zeppelins. Experts reconstruct and detonate incendiary bombs and test-fire antique flaming bullets to discover how the British would finally take down the biggest flying machines ever made.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Jay O. Sanders as Narrator
Director: Ian Duncan (2)

757 :41x12 - Killer Typhoon

Jan/22/2014
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, whipping the islands with 200-mile-per-hour winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools and hospitals, leaving thousands dead and millions homeless. Meteorologists take viewers inside the anatomy of the typhoon, tracking its progress and revealing why the Pacific is such fertile ground for cyclones. NOVA reveals how conditions deteriorated in the storm's aftermath. Disaster preparedness experts and relief workers scramble to understand why the Philippines was so vulnerable.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Craig Sechler as Narrator

758 :41x13 - Ghosts of Murdered Kings

Jan/29/2014
In the hills of Ireland's County Tipperary, a laborer harvesting peat from a dried-up bog spots the remnants of a corpse — a headless torso almost perfectly preserved and stained dark brown by the bog. Archaeologists recognize it as one of Europe's rare bog bodies: prehistoric corpses flung into the marshes. The corpse eventually will be dated to the Bronze Age, more than 4,000 years ago. Forensic evidence reveals a shockingly violent death. NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in their hunt for clues to the identity and the circumstances of this and other violent deaths of bog body victims.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Jay O. Sanders as Narrator
Director: Edward Hart (1)

759 :41x14 - Roman Catacomb Mystery

Feb/05/2014
Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the catacombs, a cemetery for the citizens of ancient Rome. In 2002, maintenance workers stumbled through an opening in one of the tunnel walls and discovered a previously unknown complex of six small rooms, each stacked floor to ceiling with skeletons. It was a mass grave, locked away for nearly 2,000 years. NOVA's forensic investigation opens up new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens during the heyday of the mighty Roman Empire.

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760 :41x15 - Great Cathedral Mystery

Feb/12/2014
The dome that crowns Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore -- the Duomo -- is a masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship. More than four million bricks could collapse at any moment -- and we still don't understand how its architect, Filippo Brunelleschi prevented it. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. bricklayers will help build an experimental "mini-Duomo" using period tools and techniques.

Source: PBS

761 :41x16 - Wild Predator Invasion

Apr/02/2014
A growing number of scientists are discovering that removing top predators from the wild has thrown ecosystems off-kilter, triggering domino effects that scientists are just beginning to understand. NOVA follows scientists who are trying out a simple but controversial solution: returning apex predators — like coyotes, bears and panthers — to their natural environments.

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762 :41x17 - Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius

Apr/09/2014
Today, researchers are discovering that some creatures have mastered skills purportedly restricted to humans. Many are bird brains. Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography. Are these skills really evidence of high intelligence or just parlor tricks, the result of training and instinct? To find out, NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet’s brainiest animals.

Source: PBS

763 :41x18 - Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses

Apr/16/2014
Humans rely on smell, sight, taste, touch and sound; other animals have super-powered versions of these senses, and a few have extra senses we don't have at all. From a dog that seems to use smell to tell time to a dolphin that can "see" with its ears, discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it's not just the senses that are remarkable — it's the brains that process them. NOVA goes into the minds of animals to "see" the world in an entirely new way.

Source: PBS

764 :41x19 - Inside Animal Minds: Who's the Smartest?

Apr/23/2014
What makes an animal smart? Many scientists believe the secret lies in relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures — including humans — seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet.

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765 :41x20 - Why Sharks Attack

May/07/2014
In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in 10 months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed Jaws. To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to uncover the science behind the great white's hunting instincts. With shark populations plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep.

Source: PBS

766 :41x21 - Escape From Nazi Alcatraz

May/14/2014
Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up an escape plan. The plan was to fly to freedom from the roof of the castle, but the war ended before they could put it to the test. Now a team of aero engineers and carpenters rebuilds the glider in the same attic using the same materials. The program explores the Colditz legend and exposes the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes.

Source: PBS

767 :41x22 - D-Day's Sunken Secrets

May/28/2014
NOVA has exclusive access to a unique collaboration among military historians, archaeologists and specialist divers to carry out the most extensive survey of the seabed bordering the Normandy beachheads of June 6, 1944. Dive teams, submersibles and underwater robots will identify key examples of the Allied craft that fell victim to German shellfire, mines and torpedoes. The team will use the latest 3D mapping tools to plot the relics on the sea floor. Highlighting the ingenious technology that helped the Allies overcome the German defenses, "D-Day's Sunken Secrets" unfolds a vivid account of the tumultuous events of D-Day.

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Classification: Documentary
Genre: Discovery/Science | Educational
Status: Returning Series
Network: PBS ( USA)
Airs: Wednesdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: March 03, 1974
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