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The story of the harnessing of cold and the race to reach the lowest temperature possible
Alien From Earth
Do the remains of a tiny hobbit-like creature found on the island of Flores belong to a new human species?
Experts zero in on what separates humans from our closest living relatives.
Experts in Alaska investigate how dinosaurs managed to thrive in polar regions.
An elite corps of secret U.S. astronauts is trained to gather intelligence on the Soviets during the Cold War.
The Bible's Buried Secrets
An archeological detective story traces the origins of the Hebrew Bible.
Car of the Future
Join the 'Car Talk' guys as they hit the road in search of a new breed of clean, fuel-efficient vehicles.
Cracking the Maya Code
The story behind the centuries-long decipherment of ancient Maya hieroglyphs
The Four-Winged Dinosaur
Surprising fossils from northeastern China spur a debate over how birds evolved.
Hunting the Hidden Dimension
Mysteriously beautiful fractals are shaking up the world of mathematics and deepening our understanding of nature.
Is There Life on Mars?
The decades-long search for life on the Red Planet heats up with the discovery of frozen water.
Lord of the Ants
Naturalist E.O. Wilson's fascination with little creatures has led him to some very big ideas.
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.
Ocean Animal Emergency
Wildlife veterinarians struggle to save injured seals and sea lions on the California coast.
Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
Join Mark Everett on his quixotic quest to understand his father Hugh, creator of a radical theory of quantum physics.
Secrets of the Parthenon
How did the ancient Athenians build this near-flawless icon of Greece's golden age?
Space Shuttle Disaster
An investigation uncovers the human failures and design flaws behind the 2003 Columbia tragedy.
A Walk to Beautiful
A powerful story of healing and hope for women in Ethiopia devastated by childbirth injuries