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Nazi Prison Escape
From 1940 to 1945, Allied prisoners of war engineered spectacular escapes from Colditz Castle, the Nazis' most impregnable prison.
Neanderthals on Trial
Are Neanderthals our ancestors or an evolutionary dead end?
Newton's Dark Secrets
Sir Isaac Newton, the eccentric genius who helped define modern science, was also an obsessive alchemist.
Night Creatures of the Kalahari
Beneath the grassland plains of the Kalahari lies a hidden world of rare and exotic animals.
NOVA scienceNOW: January 25, 2005
Correspondent Robert Krulwich hosts this new magazine-style series, airing five times a year. Topics covered in this first episode include mirror neurons, hurricanes, "swarm"-robot pioneer James McLurkin, and booming sand dunes.
NOVA scienceNOW: April 19, 2005
In the second installment of NOVA's innovative science magazine show, host Robert Krulwich looks into things small and large, from the promise and peril of stem-cell research to a new addition to the human family tree, from frozen frogs that freeze solid in winter to the gigantism of T. rex. The episode also profiles "nanoshell" inventor Naomi Halas of Rice University.
NOVA scienceNOW: July 26, 2005
The third episode of of NOVA's science magazine program examines hydrogen fuel cell cars, introduces a promising new form of gene therapy called RNAi, profiles two brilliant mathematicians who built their own supercomputer, and journeys to Greenland to chase the fastest-moving glacier in the world.
NOVA scienceNOW: October 18, 2005
The fourth episode of NOVA's magazine-style series looks at attempts to create artificial life, the mysteries of lightning, surgery on pet fish, and more.
NOVA scienceNOW: January 10, 2006
Eight of the most compelling science stories of 2005, including the ivory-billed woodpecker, pandemic flu, the 10th planet, and more
NOVA scienceNOW: October 3, 2006
Host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson examines doomsday asteroids, the genetics behind overeating, the quest to create a new element, and an MIT roboticist who also writes award-winning fiction.
NOVA scienceNOW: November 21, 2006
In his second episode as host, Neil Tyson investigates mass extinction, the killer 1918 flu virus, high-tech ways to read ancient papyrus, and an MIT roboticist who designs sociable robots.
NOVA scienceNOW: January 9, 2007
The January 9 broadcast looks at attempts to build a space elevator, how we age, a new technique for finding Maya ruins, and a profile of biologist Bonnie Bassler.
NOVA scienceNOW: July 10, 2007
Find out why you shouldn't shortchange sleep, look inside the biggest atom smasher ever, examine the strange phenomenon of emergence, and see a profile of archeologist Julie Schablitsky.
NOVA scienceNOW: July 24, 2007
Learn how our lifestyles can change the way our genes work, examine a yet-to-be-broken code on a sculpture called Kryptos, see preserved dinosaur blood vessels, and meet cosmologist Arlie Petters.
NOVA scienceNOW: June 25, 2008
Host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson examines new findings on dark matter, regaining lost memories, the art and science of digital forensics, and how a crowd can prove "smarter" than each of its individual members.
NOVA scienceNOW: July 2, 2008
Explore genetic tests that can tell you your chances of developing diseases like diabetes and cancer, see how digital scans and clever algorithms can reveal counterfeit paintings, learn how artificial "trees" could someday help remove excess carbon from the atmosphere, and meet Pardis Sabeti, a geneticist by day and a rocker by night.
NOVA scienceNOW: July 9, 2008
This broadcast looks at attempts to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, the discovery of our earliest primate ancestors, a dangerous bacterium that's making soldiers sick, and a profile of neurologist and cancer researcher Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa.
NOVA scienceNOW: July 16, 2008
Examine bird songs and what they tell us about language, learn how violent space weather causes the northern lights, see how structural engineers are developing "smart" bridges, and meet neuroboticist Yoky Matsuoka, who is developing a robotic hand that could one day be controlled by brain signals.
NOVA scienceNOW: July 23, 2008
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the wonderful world of leeches, searches for intelligent alien life with SETI, examines a breakthrough that could allow for embryonic stem-cell research without the embryo, and goes deep-sea diving with marine-bioluminescence specialist Edith Widder.
NOVA scienceNOW (July 30, 2008)
Learn about the white matter in your brain and why it's just as important as your gray matter, watch a tribute to the late "cancer warrior" Judah Folkman and his groundbreaking discovery of angiogenesis, and much more.
June 30, 2009 (NOVA scienceNOW)
Visit a factory that grows diamonds, learn how experts identified the source of the 2001 anthrax attacks, hear amazing results from pitch-correction software, and meet a computer scientist who wants to harness the brainpower of 500 million people.
July 7, 2009 (NOVA scienceNOW)
Join astronomers hunting for Earth-like planets, see how computers distinguish authentic art from forgeries, meet a spider biologist who studies sexual cannibalism, and learn about genes that may be involved in causing autism.
July 14, 2009 (NOVA scienceNOW)
Watch how an "exercise pill" turns couch-potato mice into athletes, explore a controversial new theory of what killed the dinosaurs, meet the first Latino-American astronaut, and find out why the beautiful northern lights signal a threat to our electronic society.
July 21, 2009 (NOVA scienceNOW)
Discover why picky eaters may have a genetic excuse, learn about a new strategy for capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, see just how intelligent marine mammals can be, and meet a biomedical engineer who has figured out a way to make tiny livers in her lab.
July 28, 2009 (NOVA scienceNOW)
Follow a NASA satellite looking for water on the moon, see what ancient salt deposits reveal about life 250 million years ago, learn how bird brains are remarkably similar to our own, and meet a climatologist who digs for clues to climate change in the world's highest glaciers