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Atmosphere

Chasing El Niño
Find out what El Niño is, learn how scientists study past climates, view a timeline of El Niños' reach through time, and compare forecasts of effects against what actually occurred.

Cracking the Ice Age
Find out why ice ages may occur, learn how the greenhouse effect works, and explore one way that scientists measure continental plate movement.

Danger in the Jet Stream
Read what it is like to ride the jet stream, explore the atmosphere's layers, take a virtual balloon flight, and learn how to estimate the distance to a far-away balloon.

Deadly Ascent
Learn what physiological factors help out at high altitude, explore the route from base camp to Denali's summit, brush up on climbing survival skills, and see how extreme cold can affect the body.

Dimming the Sun
Find out more about aircraft contrails and their impact, read the producer's take on why many people remain skeptical about global warming, see a time line of global dimming discoveries, and learn about tools to reduce and prevent air pollution.

Everest -- The Death Zone
Follow team members as they ascend from sea level to the summit, learn about how minds and bodies respond to high exposure, and read answers to questions about life on Everest.

NOVA scienceNOW: Capturing Carbon
Explore options for storing the carbon dioxide, find out how many pounds of CO2 a person breathes out every year, and read an experts answers to questions about carbon capture and storage.

NOVA scienceNOW: Lightning
Watch the segment, learn more about lightning, see a gallery of lightning images, and read answers to questions about lightning.

Three Men and a Balloon
Read what it is like to ride the jet stream, explore the atmosphere's layers, take a virtual balloon flight, and learn how to estimate the distance to a far-away balloon.

What's Up with the Weather?
Consider opposing arguments to global warming's impact on Earth's future climate, read about carbon-free energy technologies, learn what uses energy in a house, and get answers to questions about global warming.


Earthquakes

Volcano's Deadly Warning
Read how one scientist discovered a novel way to classify seismic events, learn the different parts of a volcano, and investigate the seismology of four types of earthquakes that originate within volcanoes.

Wave That Shook the World
Find out about how well officials can prepare for the next big tsunami, read an Ask the Expert feature, see how the Indonesian event unfolded, and delve into the global history of these seismic sea waves.


Geology

Arctic Dinosaurs
Find out from the program producer what it was like to shoot a film in northern Alaska's remote and forbidding terrain.

Cracking the Ice Age
Find out why ice ages may occur, learn how the greenhouse effect works, and explore one way that scientists measure continental plate movement.

Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
See photos of remains dating back 3,000 years, find out how mummies are made, and discover what a linguist does.

Descent Into the Ice
Journey with scientists into Mont Blanc's glaciers, where they search for internal glacial lakes and track water flow in an effort to predict future flood events. 1 hr.

Diamond Deception, The
Find out what diamonds do to light, discover where diamonds occur in the universe, explore a primer on gemstones, and make your own carbon atom.

Evolution: Extinction!
Consider whether humans are in the midst of a modern mass extinction, explore hypotheses and evidence for various theories for why dinosaurs vanished, and find information on the basic questions about evolution.

Evolution: Great Transformations
Explore an illustrated timeline of events in geologic history, consider the concept of "intelligent design," build a family tree of related organisms, and find answers to questions about evolution.

Garden of Eden
Learn how the Seychelles Islands evolved, follow the ongoing rescue of the Seychelles magpie robin, discover what causes dwarfism and gigantism in some ocean island species, and see how an atoll is formed.

Hawaii Born of Fire
Find out the ecological and evolutionary effect of frequent lava flows, learn details about lava, and read one researcher's findings regarding the relatedness of 1,000 species of flies.

Magnetic Storm
Learn about the impact of magnetic fluctuations on animal navigation, scan a timeline of magnetic reversals, view a gallery of auroras, and see a simulation of a magnetic field flip in action.

Mountain of Ice
Read a description of Antarctica, follow an account from the first woman to summit Vinson from its east side, and trace the journey of a single snowflake as it takes a 30,000-year ride through a glacier.

Mysterious Life of Caves
Learn more about extremophile microbes, read a first-person account of a descent into Lechuguilla, view 12 pictures of the cave, and investigate four causes of cave formation.

Mystery of the Megaflood
Read what one geologist has to say about megafloods, discover what Glacial Lake Missoula was like before it burst, use an interactive map to explore the scablands, and test your hunches about the earthly forces that made eight super structures.

Mystery of the Megavolcano
Discover what a supervolcano eruption might mean today, find out what lessons can be learned from the Toba eruption, see the impact Toba had 75,000 years ago, and explore a map of supereruptions around the world.

NOVA scienceNOW: Fastest Glacier
Watch the segment, view satellite images of glaciers from space, learn more about the expedition to Greenland's Jakobshavn glacier, and read answers to questions about glaciers.

Origins: Back to the Beginning
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

Origins: Earth is Born
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

Origins: How Life Began
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

Origins: Where are the Aliens?
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

Science Odyssey, A: Bigger, Better, Faster
Compare what was known in 1900 to today, quiz some of the 20th century's prominent scientists in a game-show format, explore a databank of discoveries, or try your hand at eight interactive activities.

Science Odyssey, A: In Search of Ourselves
Compare what was known in 1900 to today, quiz some of the 20th century's prominent scientists in a game-show format, explore a databank of discoveries, or try your hand at eight interactive activities.

Science Odyssey, A: Matters of Life and Death
Compare what was known in 1900 to today, quiz some of the 20th century's prominent scientists in a game-show format, explore a databank of discoveries, or try your hand at eight interactive activities.

Science Odyssey, A: Mysteries of the Universe
Compare what was known in 1900 to today, quiz some of the 20th century's prominent scientists in a game-show format, explore a databank of discoveries, or try your hand at eight interactive activities.

Science Odyssey, A: Origins
Compare what was known in 1900 to today, quiz some of the 20th century's prominent scientists in a game-show format, explore a databank of discoveries, or try out eight interactive activities.

Volcano Above the Clouds
Find out how Earth's glaciers are holding up, see a map of the planet's ecological zones, learn about each of the tallest summits on the seven continents, and discover why mountains make their own weather.

Volcano Under the City
Learn whether volcanic eruptions can be predicted, discover what it was like to film in a volcanic crater, explore Nyiragongo's main features, and read historic accounts of the some of the worst volcanic disasters of the past 400 years.

Volcano's Deadly Warning
Read how one scientist discovered a novel way to classify seismic events, learn the different parts of a volcano, and investigate the seismology of four types of earthquakes that originate within volcanoes.

Volcanoes of the Deep
Learn how researchers extracted black smoker chimneys from the Juan de Fuca Ridge, read about deep-ocean discoveries, and explore the lives and ecology of creatures that thrive far below the ocean surface.

Wave That Shook the World
Find out about how well officials can prepare for the next big tsunami, read an Ask the Expert feature, see how the Indonesian event unfolded, and delve into the global history of these seismic sea waves.


Meteorology

Chasing El Niño
Find out what El Niño is, learn how scientists study past climates, view a timeline of El Niños' reach through time, and compare forecasts of effects against what actually occurred.

Cracking the Ice Age
Find out why ice ages may occur, learn how the greenhouse effect works, and explore one way that scientists measure continental plate movement.

Dimming the Sun
Find out more about aircraft contrails and their impact, read the producer's take on why many people remain skeptical about global warming, see a time line of global dimming discoveries, and learn about tools to reduce and prevent air pollution.

Hunt for the Supertwister
Discover why tornadoes are more frequent in the United States, read one story about how forecasting has changed, learn about how building practices affect tornado safety, and rate tornado damage using the Fujita scale.

Mountain of Ice
Read a description of Antarctica, follow an account from the first woman to summit Vinson from its east side, and trace the journey of a single snowflake as it takes a 30,000-year ride through a glacier.

NOVA scienceNOW: Hurricanes
Watch the segment, find out how scientists know how much energy is in a hurricane, and take a hurricane quiz.

NOVA scienceNOW: Lightning
Watch the segment, learn more about lightning, see a gallery of lightning images, and read answers to questions about lightning.

NOVA scienceNOW: Stronger Hurricanes
Watch the segment, examine the link between rising sea surface temperature and more intense storms, and see the October 2005 story on Hurricane Katrina.

Sinking City of Venice
Discover why Venice is facing increasing flooding, view how the proposed hinged barriers would work, learn about the region's problems through three satellite photographs, and find out what causes tides.

Storm That Drowned a City
Read an interview with one scientist who predicted a Katrina-like hurricane, learn about New Orleans' 300-year battle with water, track the hurricane's progression, zoom in on key flooding sites, and map the effect Katrina would have had on your city.

Warnings from the Ice
Find facts about Antarctica, learn what it's like to live and work there, see what might happen to some coastal locales if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melts, and discover what ice cores can reveal about past climates.

What's Up with the Weather?
Consider opposing arguments to global warming's impact on Earth's future climate, read about carbon-free energy technologies, learn what uses energy in a house, and get answers to questions about global warming.


Natural Disasters

Avalanche!
View film clips of avalanches, find out how the documentary was made, and learn about how to read the signs indicating snowpack stability and maximize safety in an avalanche terrain.

Chasing El Niño
Find out what El Niño is, learn how scientists study past climates, view a timeline of El Niños' reach through time, and compare forecasts of effects against what actually occurred.

Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
See photos of remains dating back 3,000 years, find out how mummies are made, and discover what a linguist does.

Descent Into the Ice
Journey with scientists into Mont Blanc's glaciers, where they search for internal glacial lakes and track water flow in an effort to predict future flood events. 1 hr.

Fire Wars
Review monthly global fire maps for the year 2000, find out why fire is essential to some plants and animals, explore a firefighter's workaday wardrobe, learn the basics of combustion, and operate a wildfire simulator.

Flood!
Learn about three large river systems, hear what a flood sounds like, and consider some of the pros and cons of living on the Mississippi River.

Hunt for the Supertwister
Discover why tornadoes are more frequent in the United States, read one story about how forecasting has changed, learn about how building practices affect tornado safety, and rate tornado damage using the Fujita scale.

Mystery of the Megaflood
Read what one geologist has to say about megafloods, discover what Glacial Lake Missoula was like before it burst, use an interactive map to explore the scablands, and test your hunches about the earthly forces that made eight super structures.

Mystery of the Megavolcano
Discover what a supervolcano eruption might mean today, find out what lessons can be learned from the Toba eruption, see the impact Toba had 75,000 years ago, and explore a map of supereruptions around the world.

NOVA scienceNOW: Hurricanes
Watch the segment, find out how scientists know how much energy is in a hurricane, and take a hurricane quiz.

NOVA scienceNOW: Stronger Hurricanes
Watch the segment, examine the link between rising sea surface temperature and more intense storms, and see the October 2005 story on Hurricane Katrina.

Storm That Drowned a City
Read an interview with one scientist who predicted a Katrina-like hurricane, learn about New Orleans' 300-year battle with water, track the hurricane's progression, zoom in on key flooding sites, and map the effect Katrina would have had on your city.

Wave That Shook the World
Find out about how well officials can prepare for the next big tsunami, read an Ask the Expert feature, see how the Indonesian event unfolded, and delve into the global history of these seismic sea waves.


Navigation

Arctic Passage
Learn about the predicted future of the Northwest Passage, gain insight into Passage conqueror Roald Amundsen, see expedition maps, read a note left by Franklin's surviving men, view Franklin artifacts, and discover the secrets of building an igloo.

Danger in the Jet Stream
Read what it is like to ride the jet stream, explore the atmosphere's layers, take a virtual balloon flight, and learn how to estimate the distance to a far-away balloon.

Lost at Sea -- The Search for Longitude
Read views from leading scientists about today's greatest scientific and technological challenges, learn the navigation techniques of ancient seafarers, see how GPS works, and find out how to determine longitude at sea.

Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance
See film and diary entries made during the voyage, find a timeline of events, view panoramas of Antarctica, discover what it takes to survive on the frozen continent, and learn how to use a sextant.

Three Men and a Balloon
Read what it is like to ride the jet stream, explore the atmosphere's layers, take a virtual balloon flight, and learn how to estimate the distance to a far-away balloon.

Vanished!
Learn about a century's worth of mysterious plane crashes, find out how investigators studied the Stardust site for clues, read a summary of theories about the STENDEC message, and learn how the jet stream works.


Volcanoes

Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
See photos of remains dating back 3,000 years, find out how mummies are made, and discover what a linguist does.

Hawaii Born of Fire
Find out the ecological and evolutionary effect of frequent lava flows, learn details about lava, and read one researcher's findings regarding the relatedness of 1,000 species of flies.

Mystery of the Megavolcano
Discover what a supervolcano eruption might mean today, find out what lessons can be learned from the Toba eruption, see the impact Toba had 75,000 years ago, and explore a map of supereruptions around the world.

Volcano Above the Clouds
Find out how Earth's glaciers are holding up, see a map of the planet's ecological zones, learn about each of the tallest summits on the seven continents, and discover why mountains make their own weather.

Volcano Under the City
Learn whether volcanic eruptions can be predicted, discover what it was like to film in a volcanic crater, explore Nyiragongo's main features, and read historic accounts of the some of the worst volcanic disasters of the past 400 years.

Volcano's Deadly Warning
Read how one scientist discovered a novel way to classify seismic events, learn the different parts of a volcano, and investigate the seismology of four types of earthquakes that originate within volcanoes.

Volcanoes of the Deep
Learn how researchers extracted black smoker chimneys from the Juan de Fuca Ridge, read about deep-ocean discoveries, and explore the lives and ecology of creatures that thrive far below the ocean surface.


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