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Atomic Theory

Best Mind Since Einstein, The
Learn about the late Richard Feynman -- atomic bomb pioneer, Nobel prize-winning physicist, and all-around eccentric, who helped solve the mystery of the space shuttle Challenger explosion. 1 hr.

Dirty Bomb
Learn what a dirty bomb is and see Washington and London attack scenarios played out by radiation experts. 1 hr.

Einstein Revealed
Meet the young patent clerk whose ideas about light, space, and time have transformed our view of the universe. 2 hrs.

Elegant Universe, The: Einstein's Dream
Learn about string theory and Albert Einstein's dream of unifying the forces that underlie all phenomena in the physical universe. 1 hr.

Elegant Universe, The: String's the Thing
Explore the evolution and features of string theory, including the theory's basic concepts and how it resolves the conflict between general relativity and quantum theory. 1 hr.

Elegant Universe, The: Welcome to the 11th Dimension
Investigate the latest incarnation of string theory, known as M-theory, and discover what kind of universe it predicts. 1 hr.

Ghost Particle, The
Learn about the 70-year struggle so far to understand the most elusive of all elementary particles, the neutrino. 1 hr.

Hitler's Sunken Secret
Follow a team of underwater archeologists to the bottom Lake Tinn in Norway as they try to locate and determine the historically significant contents of a ferry sabotaged in World War II. 1 hr.

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
Follow musician Mark Everett on his journey to learn more about his father, Hugh Everett, and his father's groundbreaking theory of parallel universes. 1 hr.

Russia's Nuclear Warriors
Go inside Russia's largest missile base, where soldiers still stand at the ready, awaiting orders to push the nuclear button. 1 hr.

Science Odyssey, A: Mysteries of the Universe
Traces what astronomers have learned about the cosmos, how Einstein changed the face of physics, how the atomic model and particle physics developed, and what led to the splitting of the atom. 2 hrs.

Submarines, Secrets, and Spies
Explorer Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, investigates the wrecks of two Cold War-era nuclear submarines. 1 hr.

Time Travel
Is time travel anything more than sci-fi fantasy? Leading physicists ponder building a time machine. 1 hr.


Energy

Best Mind Since Einstein, The
Learn about the late Richard Feynman -- atomic bomb pioneer, Nobel prize-winning physicist, and all-around eccentric, who helped solve the mystery of the space shuttle Challenger explosion. 1 hr.

Car of the Future
Follow NPR "Car Talk" hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi as they hit the road to examine options for cleaner, more energy-efficient vehicles. 1 hr.

Death Star
Astronomers investigate gamma ray bursts, the most powerful celestial explosions since the big bang. 1 hr.

Dirty Bomb
Learn what a dirty bomb is and see Washington and London attack scenarios played out by radiation experts. 1 hr.

Einstein Revealed
Meet the young patent clerk whose ideas about light, space, and time have transformed our view of the universe. 2 hrs.

Einstein's Big Idea
Learn about the scientists who helped discover the concepts behind E = mc2, find out how Einstein came to his astonishing conclusion about the equivalence and energy and mass, and discover how the equation was first experimentally confirmed. 2 hrs.

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Fire
Learn about 2,000 years of human effort to be safe from fire, including such inventions as the automatic sprinkler. 1 hr.

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

Lightning!
Join an investigation that probes the source of lightning. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: Fuel Cells
Learn how hydrogen fuel cells work and find out what the challenges are for using hydrogen as a fuel source. Running time: 14:00.

Origins: Back to the Beginning
Learn about the chemical nature of the universe and how the cosmic microwave background may help reveal how the universe began. 1 hr.

Runaway Universe
Astronomers grapple with some very big questions: what is the size and shape of the universe, and how will it end? 1 hr.

Saved By the Sun
Find out what it would take for solar energy to become a real player in the energy game. 1 hr.

What's Up With the Weather?
FRONTLINE and NOVA take on a complex and critical phenomenon -- global warming. 2 hrs.


Flight

B-29 Frozen in Time
Join an expedition with famed test pilot Darryl Greenamyer and his crew as they seek to repair and fly a B-29 bomber stranded on the Greenland icecap since 1947. 1 hr.

Battle of the X-Planes
Go behind the scenes of an intense five-year competition between Boeing and Lockheed Martin to see who will produce a single airplane design -- the Joint Strike Fighter -- to meet the needs of three branches of the U.S. military. 2 hrs.

Crash of Flight 111
Go behind the scenes to learn the details of one of the most exhaustive investigations in aviation history -- the inquiry into the crash of Swissair flight 111. 1 hr.

Danger in the Jet Stream
Ride along with three teams that, in January 1997, tried to be first to circumnavigate the planet non-stop in a balloon. 1 hr.

Daredevils of the Sky
Track members of the U.S. Aerobatics Team as they prepare for and compete in the 1992 World Aerobatics Championship. 1 hr.

Daring Flight, A
Follow a tale of flight in a story that interweaves Louis Bl╚riot's historic flight across the English Channel in 1909 with his grandson's attempt to recreate it. 1 hr.

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Plane Crash
Learn about the history of aircraft and passenger safety, from early inventions like the parachute through today's ultra-modern safety systems. 1 hr.

Faster Than Sound
Top test pilots describe the dangers, mysteries, and thrill of being the first to fly at supersonic speed. 1 hr.

Last Flight of Bomber 31
Join forensic scientists who set out to discover what happened to seven American airmen whose plane crashed on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula during World War II. 1 hr.

Mysterious Crash of Flight 201
Track the investigation of a mysterious jetliner crash in Panama. 1 hr.

Nazi Prison Escape
From 1940 to 1945, Allied prisoners of war engineered spectacular escapes from Colditz Castle, the Nazis' most impregnable prison. 1 hr.

Spies That Fly
Examine 50 years of unmanned aerial vehicle development that includes flying spies the size of a CD player to fully armed pilotless jets that roam halfway around the world. 1 hr.

Supersonic Dream
Take a look at the world's first supersonic jet, the Concorde, and its place in aviation history. 1 hr.

Supersonic Spies
The race to build the world's first supersonic passenger airliner leads to a massive Cold War espionage effort. 1 hr.

Three Men and a Balloon
Follow one of the foremost teams in the race to be the first to circumnavigate the earth in a hot-air balloon. 1 hr.

Top Gun Over Moscow
Flights in Russia's powerful fighter jets are for sale to foreign travelers. So is the Russian Air Force still in the game? 1 hr.

Vanished!
The mysterious 1947 disappearance of an airplane high in the Andes en route from Argentina to Chile is finally resolved. 1 hr.

Who Killed the Red Baron?
Explore the mystery of who killed the Red Baron and learn about innovations in aircraft development during World War I. 1 hr.

Wings of Madness
Meet Alberto Santos-Dumont, a legendary inventor who, at the turn of the 20th century, inspired a generation of aeronauts to push the limits of their courage and imagination. 1 hr.

Wright Brothers' Flying Machine
Learn the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, who invented the first powered airplane to achieve sustained, controlled flight and see authentic replicas of their historic plane in flight. 1 hr.


Gravity and Forces

Avalanche!
Scientists take you inside a snow slide to unlock its deadly secrets. 1 hr.

Building Big: Bridges
Traces the history of bridge building, from the stone arch bridges of the Roman Empire to Japan's giant, all-steel Akashi-Kaikyo suspension bridge. 1 hr.

Building Big: Dams
Investigates the engineering challenges and social impact of big dams, including the concrete Hoover Dam and Egypt's enormous Aswan High Dam. 1 hr.

Building Big: Domes
Explores the history of domes, from Emperor Hadrian's Pantheon to the geodesic structures of Buckminster Fuller, and the science principles that support them. 1 hr.

Building Big: Skyscrapers
Examines the psychology and physics behind skyscrapers, from Italy's medieval towers to New York's forest of towering structures. 1 hr.

Building Big: Tunnels
Describes the methods and machines involved in burrowing through the solid rock of a hillside or the soft mud beneath a river. 1 hr.

Daredevils of the Sky
Track members of the U.S. Aerobatics Team as they prepare for and compete in the 1992 World Aerobatics Championship. 1 hr.

Einstein Revealed
Meet the young patent clerk whose ideas about light, space, and time have transformed our view of the universe. 2 hrs.

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Car Crash
Hear about the heroes of automobile safety who have helped make today's cars safer than they have ever been. 1 hr.

Fall of the Leaning Tower
An international committee of engineers and architects race to prevent the toppling of Pisa's famous monument. 1 hr.

Fast Cars
Follow champion race driver Bobby Rahal and a team of engineers as they strive to design a car that can win the checkered flag at the Indy. 1 hr.

Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
Learn about Galileo Galilei's pioneering telescopic observations, his fateful Inquisition trial for heresy, and life in the seventeenth century in this re-creation of the famous scientist's life. 2 hrs.

Magnetic Storm
Find out how Earth's magnetic field is generated from its core and discover whether it might be headed for a reversal. 1 hr.

Newton's Dark Secrets
Step into the life and science of Sir Isaac Newton (1642˝1727), one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: Smart Bridges
Learn about new technologies designed to provide warning signs for bridge stress. Running time: 9m 54s.

Origins: Earth is Born
Find out how Earth evolved into a planet, how its magnetic field formed, and the role Earth may have played in the formation of the moon. 1 hr.

Roller Coaster!
Explore the science of roller coasters, where physics and psychology meet. 1 hr.

Science Odyssey, A: Mysteries of the Universe
Traces what astronomers have learned about the cosmos, how Einstein changed the face of physics, how the atomic model and particle physics developed, and what led to the splitting of the atom. 2 hrs.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Colosseum
Travel with a team of archaeologists and engineers to the famous Roman amphitheater to recreate the gigantic canopy that once covered it. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Inca
Investigate the secrets behind such Inca mysteries as grass suspension bridges and near perfect-fitting giant blocks. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Obelisk
Travel with scientists and others to the quarries of Aswan, the source of the original obelisks, in their quest to raise a 35 foot-long replica. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Pyramid
Join an Egyptologist, a stonemason, and a team of Egyptian workers as they attempt to build an 18-foot stone pyramid in three weeks on site at Giza. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Stonehenge
Watch as a team uses only Stone Age tools to move, raise, and cap a Stonehenge-like structure. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- China Bridge
Two teams working from opposite sides of a turbulent river attempt to build a 12th-century Chinese bridge. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Easter Island
How did the ancient Easter Islanders move and erect giant stone statues? Our team tests one theory. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Medieval Siege
Two teams set out to build precise replicas of a fearsome medieval weapon -- the trebuchet. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Pharaoh's Obelisk
Experts take on the challenge of raising a 40-ton obelisk without using modern technology. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Roman Bath
NOVA sets out to create a working Roman bath, complete with hot tubs and underfloor heating. 1 hr.

Super Bridge
Engineers solve a unique set of problems in safety, aesthetics, and cost as they build a bridge over the Mississippi River. 2 hrs.


Properties of Matter

Absolute Zero
See historical recreations of great moments in low-temperature research and hear interviews with historians and scientists that reveal how civilization has been profoundly affected by the mastery of cold. 2 hrs.

Einstein's Big Idea
Learn about the scientists who helped discover the concepts behind E = mc2, find out how Einstein came to his astonishing conclusion about the equivalence and energy and mass, and discover how the equation was first experimentally confirmed. 2 hrs.

Elegant Universe, The: Einstein's Dream
Learn about string theory and Albert Einstein's dream of unifying the forces that underlie all phenomena in the physical universe. 1 hr.

Elegant Universe, The: String's the Thing
Explore the evolution and features of string theory, including the theory's basic concepts and how it resolves the conflict between general relativity and quantum theory. 1 hr.

Elegant Universe, The: Welcome to the 11th Dimension
Investigate the latest incarnation of string theory, known as M-theory, and discover what kind of universe it predicts. 1 hr.

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
Follow musician Mark Everett on his journey to learn more about his father, Hugh Everett, and his father's groundbreaking theory of parallel universes. 1 hr.

Science Odyssey, A: Mysteries of the Universe
Traces what astronomers have learned about the cosmos, how Einstein changed the face of physics, how the atomic model and particle physics developed, and what led to the splitting of the atom. 2 hrs.

Secrets of the Samurai Sword
Learn about the ancient tradition of forging the samurai sword, and explore the legend of the renowned Japanese samurai warrior. 1 hr.


Simple Machines

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Sound

Faster Than Sound
Top test pilots describe the dangers, mysteries, and thrill of being the first to fly at supersonic speed. 1 hr.


Structures

A Man, A Plan, A Canal -- Panama
Ride along with author David McCullough on a journey through the engineering and human drama that produced the Panama Canal. 1 hr.

Building Big: Bridges
Traces the history of bridge building, from the stone arch bridges of the Roman Empire to Japan's giant, all-steel Akashi-Kaikyo suspension bridge. 1 hr.

Building Big: Dams
Investigates the engineering challenges and social impact of big dams, including the concrete Hoover Dam and Egypt's enormous Aswan High Dam. 1 hr.

Building Big: Domes
Explores the history of domes, from Emperor Hadrian's Pantheon to the geodesic structures of Buckminster Fuller, and the science principles that support them. 1 hr.

Building Big: Skyscrapers
Examines the psychology and physics behind skyscrapers, from Italy's medieval towers to New York's forest of towering structures. 1 hr.

Building Big: Tunnels
Describes the methods and machines involved in burrowing through the solid rock of a hillside or the soft mud beneath a river. 1 hr.

Building on Ground Zero
Find out what can be learned from the World Trade Center disaster. 1 hr.

Fall of the Leaning Tower
An international committee of engineers and architects race to prevent the toppling of Pisa's famous monument. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: Smart Bridges
Learn about new technologies designed to provide warning signs for bridge stress. Running time: 9m 54s.

Roller Coaster!
Explore the science of roller coasters, where physics and psychology meet. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Colosseum
Travel with a team of archaeologists and engineers to the famous Roman amphitheater to recreate the gigantic canopy that once covered it. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Inca
Investigate the secrets behind such Inca mysteries as grass suspension bridges and near perfect-fitting giant blocks. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Obelisk
Travel with scientists and others to the quarries of Aswan, the source of the original obelisks, in their quest to raise a 35 foot-long replica. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Pyramid
Join an Egyptologist, a stonemason, and a team of Egyptian workers as they attempt to build an 18-foot stone pyramid in three weeks on site at Giza. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Stonehenge
Watch as a team uses only Stone Age tools to move, raise, and cap a Stonehenge-like structure. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- China Bridge
Two teams working from opposite sides of a turbulent river attempt to build a 12th-century Chinese bridge. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Easter Island
How did the ancient Easter Islanders move and erect giant stone statues? Our team tests one theory. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Medieval Siege
Two teams set out to build precise replicas of a fearsome medieval weapon -- the trebuchet. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Pharaoh's Obelisk
Experts take on the challenge of raising a 40-ton obelisk without using modern technology. 1 hr.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Roman Bath
NOVA sets out to create a working Roman bath, complete with hot tubs and underfloor heating. 1 hr.

Sinking City of Venice
Examine the natural and manmade forces causing Venice to sink and the water to rise and see why a controversial plan to hold back the sea with massive floodgates has been hotly debated for more than 30 years. 1 hr.

Super Bridge
Engineers solve a unique set of problems in safety, aesthetics, and cost as they build a bridge over the Mississippi River. 2 hrs.

Why the Towers Fell
Forensic engineers investigate the collapse of the World Trade Center. 1 hr.


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