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Life Science


Animals

Ancient Creature of the Deep
Learn about the discovery of the coelacanth, a "living fossil" that has changed little in 400 million years. 1 hr.

Animal Hospital
High-tech health care comes to veterinary medicine -- radiology to surgery, intensive care to sports medicine. 1 hr.

Ape Genius
Explore evidence for intelligence and culture among the great apes. 1 hr.

Beast of Loch Ness, The
Scientists employ state-of-the-art sonar and cameras in an attempt to locate the elusive Loch Ness Monster. 1 hr.

Brain Eater, The
Scientists scramble to understand the devastating ailment known as mad cow disease. 1 hr.

Buried in Ash
Travel back 10 million years to a water hole on an ancient savanna in what is now north central Nebraska, to the scene of a remarkable tragedy. 1 hr.

Can Chimps Talk?
Discover controversial research with chimpanzees who have been trained to express themselves with human symbols. Are they speaking their minds? Or just aping their trainers? 1 hr.

Crocodiles!
Scientists examine the life of the crocodile, a creature that has changed little since the time of the dinosaurs. 1 hr.

Curse of T. rex
How do paleontologists and commercial fossil hunters know where to look for rare and priceless dinosaur bones? 1 hr.

Dinosaurs of the Gobi
Accompany an American Museum of Natural History expedition to the Gobi Desert to find fossils of velociraptors and primitive birds. 1 hr.

Dogs and More Dogs
Learn about the story of dogs and how they evolved into the most diverse animals on the planet. 1 hr.

Flying Casanovas
The male bowerbird of Australia exhibits extraordinary courting antics. 1 hr.

Garden of Eden
The giant tortoise and an ant-sized frog are just two of the dazzling array of life-forms native to the Seychelles Islands. 1 hr.

Great Wildlife Heist, The
Go undercover with a U.S. government sting that breaks an international parrot smuggling ring. 1 hr.

Haunted Cry of a Long Gone Bird
Delve into the legacy of the great Auk, a magnificent flightless bird that was hunted to extinction more than a century ago. 1 hr.

Hawaii Born of Fire
From their blistering beginnings as molten rock, the Hawiian islands have grown into a verdant paradise of unique lifeforms. 1 hr.

Island of the Spirits
On the island of Hokkaido in the far north of Japan lives an extraordinary spectrum of life. 1 hr.

Japan's Secret Garden
For at least 2,000 years, the wildlife and people living around Japan's Lake Biwa have lived in a harmonious balance. 1 hr.

Journey to Kilimanjaro
Explore ice-capped mountains on the Equator where giant forest hogs, bearded vultures, the elusive bongo, and other exotic creatures live. 1 hr.

Journey to the Sacred Sea
Follow a year of study at Lake Baikal, the world's largest lake. 1 hr.

Kingdom of the Seahorse
The world's leading sea horse biologist journeys to Australia and the Philippines to explore the secret lives of these extraordinary fish. 1 hr.

Kings of Camouflage
Explore the behavior and intelligence of the cuttlefish, a cephalopod with smarts. 1 hr.

Last Great Ape, The
Discover the little-studied world of the bonobo -- a peaceful species of great ape that, just as they were starting to be researched, were threatened by civil war in the Congo. 1 hr.

Leopards of the Night
NOVA's state-of-the-art camera equipment reveals the nocturnal hunting behavior of leopards in Zambia's Luangua Valley. 1 hr.

Little Creatures Who Run the World
Be transported into the amazing world of ants. 1 hr.

Mammoths of the Ice Age
Learn about discoveries of the life and extinction of the woolly mammoth. 1 hr.

Missing Link, The
Paleontologists studying the Devonian Period (408-360 million years ago) discover a tiny fossil of colossal importance. 1 hr.

Night Creatures of the Kalahari
Beneath the grassland plains of the Kalahari lies a hidden world of rare and exotic animals. 1 hr

NOVA scienceNOW: Bird Brains
Learn more about how bird brains are providing clues to the origins of human language. Running time: 12m 47s.

NOVA scienceNOW: First Primates
Examine an interdisciplinary collaboration between a paleontologist, an evolutionary anthropologist, and a primate anthropologist that sheds new light on how and where primates got their evolutionary start. Running time: 13m 04s.

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Edith Widder
Meet Edie Widder and learn about her research on marine animals and efforts to save the ocean. 9m 14s

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Erich Jarvis
Find out about efforts to change scientific nomenclature relating to bird brains so that it more closely reflects birds' true intelligence. Running time: 12:00.

Ocean Animal Emergency
Delve into California's Marine Mammal Center emergency room to hear the heartwarming"and sometimes heartbreaking"story of a team of wildlife veterinarians and volunteers who work to save sick and injured ocean animals. 1 hr.

Perfect Pearl, The
Once a rare gem produced by an accident of nature, the pearl is now the product of careful human engineering. 1 hr.

Rat Attack
Explore why mysterious rat plagues ravage northeast India every 48 years. 1 hr.

Secrets of the Crocodile Caves
Explore the wildlife living within Madagascar's Ankarana reserve, including the cave crocodile, crowned lemur, and fossa. 1 hr.

Shadow of the Condor
Soar with the condor, a bird that lives a tenuous existence in the California mountains and the Andes of South America. 1 hr.

Shark Attack!
Sharks are known as the "perfect predators," but sometimes they slip up and attack the wrong prey -- people. 1 hr.

Tales from the Hive
Our cinematographer films inside a hive and follows bees in flight to capture honeybee behavior. 1 hr.

Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef
Travel to the Great Barrier Reef for a day to see the annual spawning of coral and other unusual reef inhabitants. 1 hr.

Volcanoes of the Deep
See how deep sea volcanoes can support oases of creatures as well as hold clues to how life itself may have begun. 1 hr.

Wild Wolves
NOVA exposes the secret life of the pack: where its members live, how they hunt, what their calls mean. 1 hr.


Botany

Deep Sea Invasion
Follow a marine biologist on a scientific detective hunt to discover the source of a toxic aquarium plant that has infested Mediterranean, Australian, and southern California waters. 1 hr.

First Flower
Delve into the controversial discovery of Archaefructus, a Chinese fossil scientists believe is the earliest evidence of a flower yet found on Earth. 1 hr.

Garden of Eden
The giant tortoise and an ant-sized frog are just two of the dazzling array of life-forms native to the Seychelles Islands. 1 hr.

Harvest of Fear
Genetically modified foods -- a wondrous advance or a new threat? Explore the growing controversy. 2 hrs.

Japan's Secret Garden
For at least 2,000 years, the wildlife and people living around Japan's Lake Biwa have lived in a harmonious balance. 1 hr.

Journey to Kilimanjaro
Explore ice-capped mountains on the Equator where giant forest hogs, bearded vultures, the elusive bongo, and other exotic creatures live. 1 hr.

Journey to the Sacred Sea
Follow a year of study at Lake Baikal, the world's largest lake. 1 hr.

Methuselah Tree
NOVA examines the fascinating life cycle of the world's oldest living thing, a 4,600-year-old bristlecone pine in California's White Mountains. 1 hr.

Orchid Hunter
Travel to the jungles of New Guinea and the largest orchid "factory" in the world and trace orchids back to the extinction of the dinosaurs to learn about nature's most highly evolved plant. 1 hr.

Rat Attack
Explore why mysterious rat plagues ravage northeast India every 48 years. 1 hr.

Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef
Travel to the Great Barrier Reef for a day to see the annual spawning of coral and other unusual reef inhabitants. 1 hr.


Classification

First Flower
Delve into the controversial discovery of Archaefructus, a Chinese fossil scientists believe is the earliest evidence of a flower yet found on Earth. 1 hr.

Missing Link, The
Paleontologists studying the Devonian Period (408-360 million years ago) discover a tiny fossil of colossal importance. 1 hr.

Neanderthals on Trial
Are Neanderthals our ancestors or an evolutionary dead end? 1 hr.


Ecology

Beast of Loch Ness, The
Scientists employ state-of-the-art sonar and cameras in an attempt to locate the elusive Loch Ness Monster. 1 hr.

Crocodiles!
Scientists examine the life of the crocodile, a creature that has changed little since the time of the dinosaurs. 1 hr.

Deep Sea Invasion
Follow a marine biologist on a scientific detective hunt to discover the source of a toxic aquarium plant that has infested Mediterranean, Australian, and southern California waters. 1 hr.

Fire Wars
Wildland firefighters battle one of the most destructive fire seasons in U.S. history. 2 hrs.

Flying Casanovas
The male bowerbird of Australia exhibits extraordinary courting antics. 1 hr.

Garden of Eden
The giant tortoise and an ant-sized frog are just two of the dazzling array of life-forms native to the Seychelles Islands. 1 hr.

Great Wildlife Heist, The
Go undercover with a U.S. government sting that breaks an international parrot smuggling ring. 1 hr.

Harvest of Fear
Genetically modified foods -- a wondrous advance or a new threat? Explore the growing controversy. 2 hrs.

Haunted Cry of a Long Gone Bird
Delve into the legacy of the great Auk, a magnificent flightless bird that was hunted to extinction more than a century ago. 1 hr.

Hawaii Born of Fire
From their blistering beginnings as molten rock, the Hawiian islands have grown into a verdant paradise of unique lifeforms. 1 hr.

Island of the Spirits
On the island of Hokkaido in the far north of Japan lives an extraordinary spectrum of life. 1 hr.

Japan's Secret Garden
For at least 2,000 years, the wildlife and people living around Japan's Lake Biwa have lived in a harmonious balance. 1 hr.

Jewel of the Earth
Join David Attenborough as he probes the mysteries of ancient life-forms perfectly preserved in amber in NOVA's "Jewel of the Earth." 1 hr.

Journey to Kilimanjaro
Explore ice-capped mountains on the Equator where giant forest hogs, bearded vultures, the elusive bongo, and other exotic creatures live. 1 hr.

Journey to the Sacred Sea
Follow a year of study at Lake Baikal, the world's largest lake. 1 hr.

Kingdom of the Seahorse
The world's leading sea horse biologist journeys to Australia and the Philippines to explore the secret lives of these extraordinary fish. 1 hr.

Leopards of the Night
NOVA's state-of-the-art camera equipment reveals the nocturnal hunting behavior of leopards in Zambia's Luangua Valley. 1 hr.

Little Creatures Who Run the World
Be transported into the amazing world of ants. 1 hr.

Lord of the Ants
Learn about Edward O. Wilson, a pioneering biologist whose study of ants led to the advent of sociobiology, a discipline that seeks to explain the social behavior of all species through genetics and natural selection.1 hr.

Methuselah Tree
NOVA examines the fascinating life cycle of the world's oldest living thing, a 4,600-year-old bristlecone pine in California's White Mountains. 1 hr.

Night Creatures of the Kalahari
Beneath the grassland plains of the Kalahari lies a hidden world of rare and exotic animals. 1 hr

Ocean Animal Emergency
Delve into California's Marine Mammal Center emergency room to hear the heartwarming"and sometimes heartbreaking"story of a team of wildlife veterinarians and volunteers who work to save sick and injured ocean animals. 1 hr.

Orchid Hunter
Travel to the jungles of New Guinea and the largest orchid "factory" in the world and trace orchids back to the extinction of the dinosaurs to learn about nature's most highly evolved plant. 1 hr.

Perfect Pearl, The
Once a rare gem produced by an accident of nature, the pearl is now the product of careful human engineering. 1 hr.

Rat Attack
Explore why mysterious rat plagues ravage northeast India every 48 years. 1 hr.

Secrets of the Crocodile Caves
Explore the wildlife living within Madagascar's Ankarana reserve, including the cave crocodile, crowned lemur, and fossa. 1 hr.

Shadow of the Condor
Soar with the condor, a bird that lives a tenuous existence in the California mountains and the Andes of South America. 1 hr.

Shark Attack!
Sharks are known as the "perfect predators," but sometimes they slip up and attack the wrong prey -- people. 1 hr.

Tales from the Hive
Our cinematographer films inside a hive and follows bees in flight to capture honeybee behavior. 1 hr.

Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef
Travel to the Great Barrier Reef for a day to see the annual spawning of coral and other unusual reef inhabitants. 1 hr.

Volcano Above the Clouds
Scale Mount Kilimanjaro with a group of climbers who travel through ecosystems ranging from a cloud forest to a glaciated mountaintop. 1 hr.

Volcanoes of the Deep
See how deep sea volcanoes can support oases of creatures as well as hold clues to how life itself may have begun. 1 hr.

Wild Wolves
NOVA exposes the secret life of the pack: where its members live, how they hunt, what their calls mean. 1 hr.

World in the Balance
Profiles the population challenges and environmental impacts of a changing world as told through personal stories from India, Kenya, Japan, and China. 2 hrs.


Entomology

Japan's Secret Garden
For at least 2,000 years, the wildlife and people living around Japan's Lake Biwa have lived in a harmonious balance. 1 hr.

Jewel of the Earth
Join David Attenborough as he probes the mysteries of ancient life-forms perfectly preserved in amber in NOVA's "Jewel of the Earth." 1 hr.

Little Creatures Who Run the World
Be transported into the amazing world of ants. 1 hr.

Lord of the Ants
Learn about Edward O. Wilson, a pioneering biologist whose study of ants led to the advent of sociobiology, a discipline that seeks to explain the social behavior of all species through genetics and natural selection.1 hr.

Master of the Killer Ants
Learn about the spiritual rituals of the African Mofu people as they go through their harvest cycle, and follow the efforts of the tribe to bring the ant they call jaglavak to their village to rid a home of termites. 1 hr.

Tales from the Hive
Our cinematographer films inside a hive and follows bees in flight to capture honeybee behavior. 1 hr.

The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies
Trace the monarch butterfly's 2,000-mile migration to Mexico from Canada and the Northeastern United States. 1 hr.


Evolution

Alien From Earth
Investigate whether fossil finds on the Indonesian island of Flores represent a new species and investigate what impact the findings could have on the current human evolutionary time line. 1 hr.

Ancient Creature of the Deep
Learn about the discovery of the coelacanth, a "living fossil" that has changed little in 400 million years. 1 hr.

Boldest Hoax, The
Learn about the Piltdown forgery, the people who may have been involved, and the potential reasons for the hoax. 1 hr.

Bone Diggers
Travel to a remote Australian cave to discover one of the most important paleontological discoveries ever made in the outback -- the full skeleton of a giant marsupial lion called Thylacoleo carnifex. 1 hr.

Dinosaurs of the Gobi
Accompany an American Museum of Natural History expedition to the Gobi Desert to find fossils of velociraptors and primitive birds. 1 hr.

Dogs and More Dogs
Learn about the story of dogs and how they evolved into the most diverse animals on the planet. 1 hr.

Evolution: Darwin's Dangerous Idea
Interweaves the drama in key moments of Darwin's life with documentary sequences of current research, linking past to present and introducing major concepts of evolutionary theory. 2 hrs.

Evolution: Extinction!
Explores the causes of the five mass extinctions that have occurred over the life of the planet -- and takes us to the sources of extinctions happening today. 1 hr.

Evolution: Great Transformations
Focuses on evolution's "great transformations" -- among them the development of a standard four-limbed body plan, the journey from water to land, the return of marine mammals to the sea, and the emergence of humans. 1 hr.

Evolution: The Evolutionary Arms Race
Explores the spiraling arms race humans have with microorganisms, the only entities that pose a threat to human existence, and follows the struggles of medical detectives uncovering the roots of epidemics. 1 hr.

Evolution: The Mind's Big Bang
Examines forces that may have contributed to the breakthrough that allowed humans to prevail over Neanderthals and explores where this power of mind may lead the human race. 1 hr.

Evolution: What About God?
Explores the controversy between science and religion by drawing on real human stories of people struggling to find a balance between religion and science. 1 hr.

Evolution: Why Sex?
Looks at the endless variety of sexual expression and the powerful hold sex exerts over almost all living things and explores how the need to pass on genetic information has shaped humans' bodies, minds, and lives. 1 hr.

Family That Walks on All Fours
Learn about possible reasons why some members of a Turkish family walk on all four limbs. 1 hr.

Four-Winged Dinosaur, The
Follow the fossil discovery and model recreation of the four-winged dinosaur, Microraptor gui, and investigates competing theories of how birds evolved. 1 hr.

Hawaii Born of Fire
From their blistering beginnings as molten rock, the Hawiian islands have grown into a verdant paradise of unique lifeforms. 1 hr.

In Search of Human Origins, Part I
Discover the missing link between humans and apes. 1 hr.

In Search of Human Origins, Part II
Follow a living experiment to understand how early humans thrived. 1 hr.

In Search of Human Origins, Part III
Learn about the worldwide expansion and evolution of the human race. 1 hr.

Journey to Kilimanjaro
Explore ice-capped mountains on the Equator where giant forest hogs, bearded vultures, the elusive bongo, and other exotic creatures live. 1 hr.

Missing Link, The
Paleontologists studying the Devonian Period (408-360 million years ago) discover a tiny fossil of colossal importance. 1 hr.

Neanderthals on Trial
Are Neanderthals our ancestors or an evolutionary dead end? 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: Artificial Life
Discover how scientists are attempting to construct simple life-forms in the laboratory. Running time: 15:00.

NOVA scienceNOW: First Primates
Examine an interdisciplinary collaboration between a paleontologist, an evolutionary anthropologist, and a primate anthropologist that sheds new light on how and where primates got their evolutionary start. Running time: 13m 04s.

NOVA scienceNOW: Little People of Flores
Learn about Homo floresiensis, a species some scientists think may be a new type of human that measured three feet tall, had a brain one-third the size of modern human's, and lived as recently as 18,000 years ago. Running time: 11:39.

Odyssey of Life, Part I -- The Ultimate Journey
See microphotography that shows how the developing human embryo reveals links to other species. 1 hr.

Science Odyssey, A: Origins
Discover how the Earth and its continents formed, the contributions that Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel made, how DNA was revealed, and how scientists think the human family tree is structured. 2 hrs.

Secrets of the Crocodile Caves
Explore the wildlife living within Madagascar's Ankarana reserve, including the cave crocodile, crowned lemur, and fossa. 1 hr.

Volcanoes of the Deep
See how deep sea volcanoes can support oases of creatures as well as hold clues to how life itself may have begun. 1 hr.


Genetics

Cracking the Code of Life
Follow the race to decode the human genome and see how this newfound knowledge is already changing medicine. 2 hrs.

Dogs and More Dogs
Learn about the story of dogs and how they evolved into the most diverse animals on the planet. 1 hr.

Evolution: Why Sex?
Looks at the endless variety of sexual expression and the powerful hold sex exerts over almost all living things and explores how the need to pass on genetic information has shaped humans' bodies, minds, and lives. 1 hr.

Family That Walks on All Fours
Learn about possible reasons why some members of a Turkish family walk on all four limbs. 1 hr.

Ghost in Your Genes
Discover how the epigenome -- the body's complex chemical network that controls gene expression -- plays a role in human biological destiny. 1hr.

Harvest of Fear
Genetically modified foods -- a wondrous advance or a new threat? Explore the growing controversy. 2 hrs.

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
Explore the 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial, which considered whether intelligent design is science and whether it should be taught alongside evolution in a public school science classroom. 2 hrs.

Life's Greatest Miracle
Lennart Nilsson's microphotography chronicles the growth of a baby from embryo to newborn. 1 hr.

Lost Tribes of Israel
An anthropologist looks for the lost city of Africa's Lemba tribe, and investigates their claim to an ancient Jewish heritage. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: 1918 Flu
Find out why scientists have recreated the 1918 flu virus and what it may reveal. Running time: 13:00 minutes.

NOVA scienceNOW: Aging
Discover the biological attributes that contribute to defying the odds and living a life that is much longer than expected. Running time: 13:00 minutes.

NOVA scienceNOW: Artificial Life
Discover how scientists are attempting to construct simple life-forms in the laboratory. Running time: 15:00.

NOVA scienceNOW: Bird Brains
Learn more about how bird brains are providing clues to the origins of human language. Running time: 12m 47s.

NOVA scienceNOW: Of Mice and Memory
Examine the learning and memory experiments Alzheimer's researchers perform on mice to better understand the disease and whether memory can be restored. Running time: 12m 16s.

NOVA scienceNOW: Personal DNA Testing
Discover the revealing information that a personal genetic profile can provide and consider the questions and issues people face if this highly personal information is made available. Running time: 12m 00s.

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells Breakthrough
Discover how scientists transformed fully mature skin cells into the equivalent of an embryonic stem cell. 13m45s

Real Jurassic Park, The
Learn what it would take to recreate the dinosaur theme park in Jurassic Park. 1 hr.

Secret of Photo 51
Meet molecular biologist Rosalind Franklin, the unsung heroine behind the discovery of DNA's double helix, and learn about her groundbreaking X-ray image dubbed Photo 51. 1 hr.


Microbiology

Bioterror
Explore germ warfare's chilling past, present, and future. 90 min.

Brain Eater, The
Scientists scramble to understand the devastating ailment known as mad cow disease. 1 hr.

Cancer Warrior
Judah Folkman and other researchers pioneer a novel approach to cancer treatment. 1 hr.

Eighteen Ways to Make a Baby
Investigate the brave new world of assisted reproduction. 1 hr.

Evolution: The Evolutionary Arms Race
Explores the spiraling arms race humans have with microorganisms, the only entities that pose a threat to human existence, and follows the struggles of medical detectives uncovering the roots of epidemics. 1 hr.

Killer Disease on Campus
Learn how doctors are struggling to control outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis, a bacterial infection that commonly attacks teen-agers, young adults, and children under five. 1 hr.

Most Dangerous Woman in America, The
Follow the life and struggles of Mary Mallon -- the first healthy carrier of typhoid fever ever identified -- and the development of the nation's early public health policies. 1 hr.

Mysterious Life of Caves
Explore caves in various stages of formation -- including Mexico's Cueva de Villa Luz and New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns and Lechuguilla Cave -- to investigate the role microbes play in the creation of some limestone caves. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: Artificial Life
Discover how scientists are attempting to construct simple life-forms in the laboratory. Running time: 15:00.

NOVA scienceNOW: Killer Microbe
Learn from scientists about the dangers of a type of bacterium called Acinetobacter baumannii (referred to in Iraq as Iraqibacter), which has transformed itself into an antibiotic-resistant killer. Running time: 8m 29s.

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Judah Folkman
Learn about the late cancer researcher Judah Folkman and his pioneering work on the relationship between tumors and the blood vessels that nourish them. 11m 00s

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells
Find out what stem cells are and explore the arguments for and against the cloning of embryonic stem cells. Running time: 14:40.

Odyssey of Life, Part II -- The Unknown World
Look at microphotography that reveals the microbes that live in, on, and around us. 1 hr.

Origins: How Life Began
Join the hunt for hardy microbes that flourish in the most unlikely places and the investigation of comets as possible sources for the ingredients for life. 1 hr.

Surviving AIDS
Molecular biologists, immunologists, geneticists, and physicians pool their expertise in search of an AIDS vaccine. 1 hr.


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