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Atomic Theory

Absolute Zero
Learn why whether there is a hottest hot is not a simple question to answer, read about the impact of refrigerated railway cars on native cultures, learn the ins and outs of a new form of matter, and find a interactives that explore the nature of cold.

Dirty Bomb
Learn the history of loose radioactive materials, discover how the United States can protect itself against this kind of attack, and explore a virtual environment of naturally occurring and manmade sources of radiation.

Einstein Revealed
Find out what makes Einstein stand out from other great scientists, learn about the General Theory of Relativity, explore a timeline of Einstein's life, play a time traveler game, and investigate the speed of light.

Elegant Universe, The: Einstein's Dream
Delve into the ideas of string theory, see just how small strings are believed to be, explore how strings resonate, find ways to visualize extra dimensions, and investigate aspects of particle physics.

Elegant Universe, The: String's the Thing
Delve into the ideas of string theory, see just how small strings are believed to be, explore how strings resonate, find ways to visualize extra dimensions, and investigate aspects of particle physics.

Elegant Universe, The: Welcome to the 11th Dimension
Delve into the ideas of string theory, see just how small strings are believed to be, explore how strings resonate, find ways to visualize extra dimensions, and investigate aspects of particle physics.

Ghost Particle, The
Read seven steps to making a good science film, learn of two scientists who spent their careers searching for the solar neutrino, explore neutrino-hunting projects worldwide, and view a time line detailing the pursuit of the elusive particle.

Hitler's Sunken Secret
Read a book excerpt about the Hydro plant raid, learn how near the Nazis were to developing a nuclear weapon, examine spy messages regarding the Hydro boat bombing, and discover how heavy water can be used to turn uranium into weapons-grade plutonium.

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
Read an excerpt from Mark Everett's autobiography, follow a time line of how the theory of parallel worlds played out in science fiction and quantum physics, take a look at never-before-published pieces of writing by Hugh Everett, and more.

Russia's Nuclear Warriors
Find out the arsenals of the five acknowledged nuclear-weapons states, read about two nuclear missile launch close calls, and engage in a 10-minute Russian early-warning scenario that goes from first alert to missile launch.

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.

Submarines, Secrets, and Spies
Take a tour through a nuclear submarine, read about what life is like on a sub, find out how scientists are using nuclear attack subs for research, and test your knowledge about how sound works underwater.

Time Travel
Read Carl Sagan's views on the nature of time, see why one author thinks time travel is possible, learn the definitions behind the concepts related to time travel, and try to think like Einstein.


Energy

Absolute Zero
Learn why whether there is a hottest hot is not a simple question to answer, read about the impact of refrigerated railway cars on native cultures, learn the ins and outs of a new form of matter, and find a interactives that explore the nature of cold.

Car of the Future
See innovative autos from the past and those of future, meet people who currently drive alternative-fuel powered cars, read about when new technologies may be realized, and tell your own story using our downloadable video clips.

Death Star
Learn about the mysteries of gamma-ray bursts, find definitions for and images of 20 extraterrestrial wonders, and take a tour of the electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves through gamma rays.

Dirty Bomb
Learn the history of loose radioactive materials, discover how the United States can protect itself against this kind of attack, and explore a virtual environment of naturally occurring and manmade sources of radiation.

Einstein Revealed
Find out what makes Einstein stand out from other great scientists, learn about the General Theory of Relativity, explore a timeline of Einstein's life, play a time traveler game, and investigate the speed of light.

Einstein's Big Idea
Hear top physicists explain E = mc2, discover the legacy of the equation, see how much energy matter contains, learn how today's physicists are working with the equation, read quotes from Einstein, and more on this companion Web site.

Elegant Universe, The: Einstein's Dream
Delve into the ideas of string theory, see just how small strings are believed to be, explore how strings resonate, find ways to visualize extra dimensions, and investigate aspects of particle physics.

Elegant Universe, The: String's the Thing
Delve into the ideas of string theory, see just how small strings are believed to be, explore how strings resonate, find ways to visualize extra dimensions, and investigate aspects of particle physics.

Elegant Universe, The: Welcome to the 11th Dimension
Delve into the ideas of string theory, see just how small strings are believed to be, explore how strings resonate, find ways to visualize extra dimensions, and investigate aspects of particle physics.

NOVA scienceNOW: Fuel Cells
Read opposing viewpoints about fuel cells, take a tour around a clickable hydrogen fuel cell car, discover how fuel cells work, and read answers to questions about fuel cells.

Runaway Universe
Explore the nature and timeline of the universe, spin a spiral galaxy on two axes, see how a supernova is born, and learn how the doppler effect works.

Saved By the Sun
Learn about the latest solar technologies, see how to convert a home to solar power, discover how a photovoltaic cell works, and join the discussion about solar technologies.

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.


Flight

Battle of the X-Planes
Explore aspects of tomorrow's fighter planes, learn what makes up a fighter pilot's outfit, visit a plane graveyard in Arizona, and see if you can get a virtual plane aloft.

Battle Plan Under Fire
Read about the technology challenges posed by Iraq, learn about war-fighting strategies, view a time line of unmanned aerial vehicles, see how to image with radar, and find out how one plane is designed for stealth.

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
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.

Daring Flight, A
Read an interview with Louis BlÈriot's grandson, discover more about female pilot Harriet Quimby, explore the parts of a BlÈriot XI, and take a close-up look at each of BlÈriot's 11 aircraft designs.

Faster Than Sound
Read an interview with Chuck Yeager, find out the obstacles to breaking the sound barrier, gets the basics on a sonic boom, and learn about the speediest planes, boats, and cars.

Last Flight of Bomber 31
View a photo gallery of World War II bombers, learn how nuclear and mitochondrial DNA can reveal kinship, and examine the U.S. effort to identify and return the remains of those lost during war.

Spies That Fly
Examine 14 influential surveillance images, learn about Cuban missile crisis surveillance photos, scan a timeline of unmanned aerial vehicles, and analyze a synthetic aperture radar image of Washington, D.C.

Supersonic Dream
Learn about efforts to silence the sonic boom, read about what it was like to fly the Concorde, explore features of the supersonic jet, and view a slide show of the past century's revolutionary planes.

Supersonic Spies
Read about efforts to design a supersonic passenger jet, view an animation of what the next supersonic transport plane might look like, and explore a few of the Concorde's features.

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.

Top Gun Over Moscow
See the view from inside a fighter plane cockpit during flight, consider a debate on the viability of the Russian Air Force, read about aviation journalist Jeffrey L. Ethell, and explore centripetal and G forces.

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.

Who Killed the Red Baron?
View a pictorial timeline of World War I aviation innovations, read the Red Baron's writings, explore competing theories about the Red Baron's death, and follow the life of one U.S. fighter who voluntarily joined Allied forces.

Wings of Madness
Read Santos's own account of his first balloon ascent, learn of his efforts to devise a compact personal aircraft, see a slide show of the Demoiselle, and view other influential planes of Santos's era.

Wright Brothers' Flying Machine
Find out why the Wrights were successful, manipulate the controls of an online Wright Flyer, read reports about the Wrights' earliest flights, learn about lift, and experiment with various airfoil designs.


Gravity and Forces

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.

Building Big: Bridges
Learn bridge basics, take the bridge challenge, find data on bridges throughout the world, discover what forces affect structures, and read about careers involved with bridge building.

Building Big: Dams
Find out what careers are involved with dam construction, learn dam basics, take the dam challenge, find information of dam projects worldwide, and explore the three most common shapes used to build structures.

Building Big: Domes
Search a databank for well-known dome structures, take the dome challenge, investigate properties of materials, learn dome basics, and read about careers involved with building domes.

Building Big: Skyscrapers
Take the skyscraper challenge, discover careers related to these superstructures, find data on skyscrapers worldwide, learn how structures experience loads, and read about careers involved with building skyscrapers.

Building Big: Tunnels
Learn basics about tunnels, take the tunnel challenge, find data on tunnels throughout the world, explore the forces that affect structures, and read about careers involved in tunnel building.

Einstein Revealed
Find out what makes Einstein stand out from other great scientists, learn about the General Theory of Relativity, explore a timeline of Einstein's life, play a time traveler game, and investigate the speed of light.

Fall of the Leaning Tower
Learn why the tower leans and what is being done about it, read a timeline of interventions across 800 years, see what is being done to rescue other world monuments, and play a set of Galileo games.

Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
Explore a timeline of Galileo's life, read about why Galileo is considered the father of modern science, learn about reflector and refractor telescopes, find out Galileo's big mistake, and sample a set of virtual experiments.

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.

Missing in MiG Alley
Find out about U.S. efforts to identify, bring back, and inter all American personnel lost since World War II; learn about gravity forces and their impact on the human body; and take a look at the equipment essential to a fighter pilot.

Newton's Dark Secrets
Discover more about who Sir Isaac Newton really was, find out what inspired the Principia,read what Einstein wrote about his predecessor, see one of Newton's 300-year-old manuscripts decoded, and learn about seven of Newton's greatest accomplishments.

NOVA scienceNOW: Smart Bridges
Hear an engineer describe the state of bridge monitoring worldwide, find out what caused eight bridges to collapse, see the Tacoma Narrows Bridge just before it collapsed, and read an expert's answers to questions on the future of "smart" bridges.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- China Bridge
Read up on China's Song Dynasty, see how NOVA recreated China's rainbow bridge, discover facts about bamboo, and match four types of bridges to their proper locations.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Easter Island
Explore Easter Island and learn about its first inhabitants, see how NOVA tried to move and erect a moai, try different techniques to move a moai yourself, and compare the weight of a moai to a herd of elephants.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Medieval Siege
Learn some of the major weapons and strategies used in medieval offense and defense, see how NOVA tried to build a trebuchet, try your hand at building a virtual trebuchet, and discover what life in a castle was like.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Pharaoh's Obelisk
Tour the Land of the Pharaohs, find out more about the pyramids, see how NOVA tried to raise an obelisk, explore how levers work, and compare the weight of an obelisk to a herd of elephants.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Roman Bath
Learn about the Romans' sophisticated water distribution system, take a stroll around a Roman bath, see how NOVA tried to build a Roman bath, construct an virtual aqueduct, and examine some ancient Roman recipes.

Super Bridge
Look at four different sites that need bridges and determine which bridge is best for each -- arch, beam, suspension, or cable stay.

Top Gun Over Moscow
See the view from inside a fighter plane cockpit during flight, consider a debate on the viability of the Russian Air Force, read about aviation journalist Jeffrey L. Ethell, and explore centripetal and G forces.


Properties of Matter

Absolute Zero
Learn why whether there is a hottest hot is not a simple question to answer, read about the impact of refrigerated railway cars on native cultures, learn the ins and outs of a new form of matter, and find a interactives that explore the nature of cold.

Building Big: Domes
Search a databank for well-known dome structures, take the dome challenge, investigate properties of materials, learn dome basics, and read about careers involved with building domes.

Einstein's Big Idea
Hear top physicists explain E = mc2, discover the legacy of the equation, see how much energy matter contains, learn how today's physicists are working with the equation, read quotes from Einstein, and more on this companion Web site.

Elegant Universe, The: Einstein's Dream
Delve into the ideas of string theory, see just how small strings are believed to be, explore how strings resonate, find ways to visualize extra dimensions, and investigate aspects of particle physics.

Elegant Universe, The: String's the Thing
Delve into the ideas of string theory, see just how small strings are believed to be, explore how strings resonate, find ways to visualize extra dimensions, and investigate aspects of particle physics.

Elegant Universe, The: Welcome to the 11th Dimension
Delve into the ideas of string theory, see just how small strings are believed to be, explore how strings resonate, find ways to visualize extra dimensions, and investigate aspects of particle physics.

NOVA scienceNOW: Dark Matter
Learn about how Ernest Rutherford reacted when he discovered that atoms are mostly empty space, find out how atoms are often inaccurately portrayed, watch a model collision of two galaxies, and read an expertÄôs answers to questions about dark matter.

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
Read an excerpt from Mark Everett's autobiography, follow a time line of how the theory of parallel worlds played out in science fiction and quantum physics, take a look at never-before-published pieces of writing by Hugh Everett, and more.

Secrets of the Samurai Sword
Find out more about metal and the science of swordsmithing, learn about the origin and evolution of the samurai warrior, and read some of the principles of the samurai warrior's code of conduct.


Simple Machines

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Sound

Beast of Loch Ness, The
Find out how the Loch Ness legend began, hear native Scots describe eyewitness accounts, explore the legends behind the discoveries of exotic animals, and learn how sonar works.

Faster Than Sound
Read an interview with Chuck Yeager, find out the obstacles to breaking the sound barrier, gets the basics on a sonic boom, and learn about the speediest planes, boats, and cars.


Structures

Building Big: Bridges
Learn bridge basics, take the bridge challenge, find data on bridges throughout the world, discover what forces affect structures, and read about careers involved with bridge building.

Building Big: Dams
Find out what careers are involved with dam construction, learn dam basics, take the dam challenge, find information of dam projects worldwide, and explore the three most common shapes used to build structures.

Building Big: Domes
Search a databank for well-known dome structures, take the dome challenge, investigate properties of materials, learn dome basics, and read about careers involved with building domes.

Building Big: Skyscrapers
Take the skyscraper challenge, discover careers related to these superstructures, find data on skyscrapers worldwide, learn how structures experience loads, and read about careers involved with building skyscrapers.

Building Big: Tunnels
Learn basics about tunnels, take the tunnel challenge, find data on tunnels throughout the world, explore the forces that affect structures, and read about careers involved in tunnel building.

Building on Ground Zero
Learn why the towers were innovative and what led to their collapse, read one survivor's story, outfit a firefighter, explore the atomic structure of metal, and more.

Fall of the Leaning Tower
Learn why the tower leans and what is being done about it, read a timeline of interventions across 800 years, see what is being done to rescue other world monuments, and play a set of Galileo games.

NOVA scienceNOW: Smart Bridges
Hear an engineer describe the state of bridge monitoring worldwide, find out what caused eight bridges to collapse, see the Tacoma Narrows Bridge just before it collapsed, and read an expert's answers to questions on the future of "smart" bridges.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- China Bridge
Read up on China's Song Dynasty, see how NOVA recreated China's rainbow bridge, discover facts about bamboo, and match four types of bridges to their proper locations.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Easter Island
Explore Easter Island and learn about its first inhabitants, see how NOVA tried to move and erect a moai, try different techniques to move a moai yourself, and compare the weight of a moai to a herd of elephants.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Medieval Siege
Learn some of the major weapons and strategies used in medieval offense and defense, see how NOVA tried to build a trebuchet, try your hand at building a virtual trebuchet, and discover what life in a castle was like.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Pharaoh's Obelisk
Tour the Land of the Pharaohs, find out more about the pyramids, see how NOVA tried to raise an obelisk, explore how levers work, and compare the weight of an obelisk to a herd of elephants.

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Roman Bath
Learn about the Romans' sophisticated water distribution system, take a stroll around a Roman bath, see how NOVA tried to build a Roman bath, construct an virtual aqueduct, and examine some ancient Roman recipes.

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.

Super Bridge
Look at four different sites that need bridges and determine which bridge is best for each -- arch, beam, suspension, or cable stay.

Why the Towers Fell
Learn the history of the towers and what led to the structural failure, read an account of survival from the 84th floor, explore the crystalline structure of metal, and check out the gear that firefighters wear.


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