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Battle Alert in the Gulf
Get the facts on the crafts that make up the Navy battle command, meet a female lieutenant serving on board a carrier, and read e-mails from the film's director while on location.

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.

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.

Decoding Nazi Secrets
Discover how the Enigma works, try to break a cipher, encode your own message with a virtual Enigma-like machine, and read about the safety of online credit card transactions.

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.

Forgotten Genius
Learn about Julian's role as a civil rights trailblazer, hear one of his speeches, find a time line of his life, read stories from those who knew him, discover plants that have been synthesized into chemicals, create your own steroids online, and more.

Great Escape
Read the story of the only three to make it to freedom, consider some of the greatest jailbreaks of all time, view drawings of Stalag Luft III made by a prisoner, and learn about the creative inventions that allowed the Allied airmen to escape.

Hitler's Lost Sub
Read an account from the U-869's sole survivor, take a tour of a U-boat, view a timeline of submarine invention, investigate the perils of deep-sea diving, and command a virtual submarine.

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
Read arguments for intelligent design and evolution, find out more about the nature of science, hear the judge read key findings from the case, see examples of transitional fossils, read about some of Darwin's pioneering conjectures, and more.

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.

Life and Death in the War Zone
Find out how combat doctors decide whom to treat, learn what it was like to make this film, read experiences from combat hospital doctors and nurses, view photos taken during the filmís production, and interpret military medical photographs through time.

Lincoln's Secret Weapon
Take a look inside a virtual recreation of the USS Monitor, read letters from the Monitor's paymaster, follow an hour-by-hour account of one diver's day, and take control of a reciprocating steam engine.

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.

Most Dangerous Woman in America, The
Read a letter Mary Mallon wrote in 1909, consider the role public health officials played in Mallonís case, follow a time line of quarantine, and use basic field epidemiology methods to trace a mysterious illness to its source.

Pocahontas Revealed
Learn what is involved with accurately recreating history for a documentary, discover the truth about Pocahontas and John Smith's relationship, see a dozen images of Pocahontas, and read a time line that shows what science has contributed to history.

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.

Saving the National Treasures
Explore how light causes damage, read what conservators have to say about working on the Charters of Freedom, take a close-up look at the Declaration, and delve into the details of the case construction.

Secrets of Making Money
Learn more about the safety features of the redesigned U.S. currency, review the history of money, and try to spot five incorrect features on a bogus bill.

Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies
Examine the content of four Venona cables, read interviews with the closest relatives of some of America's most notorious atomic spies, and try to decipher the cipher used to encrypt a secret message.

Space Shuttle Disaster
Read how a high-risk effort to save Columbia's crew in space might have unfolded, find out how Scott Hubbard fought to convince NASA of the true cause of the Columbia accident, hear a podcast about the Columbia disaster, and more.

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.

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.

The Spy Factory
Learn how computers decipher spoken language, read an interview with the Staff Director of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on the September 11th Attacks, and find out more about the National Security Agency's artificial intelligence system.

To the Moon
View panoramas of the moon's surface, learn where the moon might have come from, hear astronauts talk about their adventures in space, read what it's like to walk on the moon, and try to solve four lunar puzzlers.

Trillion Dollar Bet
See how the Black-Scholes formula works in the real world, read about the growing trend of trading stocks over the Internet, learn the lingo of a stock trader, and play a mock stock market game.

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.

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.

World in the Balance
Find the latest population figures, see how the worldís population has grown, learn about how rising populations affect the environment, test your understanding of population trends, read interviews with experts, discover ways to get involved, and more.

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.


World History 1500 A.D. to Present

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.

Astrospies
Read short biographies of eight of the 17 Manned Orbiting Laboratory astronauts, learn about the today's "space race," and take a look at surveillance images that display influential political locations worldwide.

Battle Alert in the Gulf
Get the facts on the crafts that make up the Navy battle command, meet a female lieutenant serving on board a carrier, and read e-mails from the film's director while on location.

Decoding Nazi Secrets
Discover how the Enigma works, try to break a cipher, encode your own message with a virtual Enigma-like machine, and read about the safety of online credit card transactions.

Everest -- The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine
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.

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.

Hitler's Lost Sub
Read an account from the U-869's sole survivor, take a tour of a U-boat, view a timeline of submarine invention, investigate the perils of deep-sea diving, and command a virtual submarine.

Holocaust on Trial
Explore a timeline of Nazi abuses, read about the challenges of making this film, consider the use of death-camp experiment results, and examine five real-life examples of research conclusions that were later invalidated.

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.

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.

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

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.

Nazi Prison Escape
Use an interactive map to trace 25 escape attempts, learn what it was like to work as a prison guard, discover how the Colditz glider was built, and find out how an airplane's wing creates lift.

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.

Secrets of the Parthenon
Learn more about the history behind the Parthenon; see how architects, historians, and masons are reassembling the monument; and view an interactive time line of the structure's different uses and alterations over time.

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.

Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies
Examine the content of four Venona cables, read interviews with the closest relatives of some of America's most notorious atomic spies, and try to decipher the cipher used to encrypt a secret message.

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.

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.

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.

Sputnik Declassified
Explore a historical time line of the first two decades of space travel, read a biographical excerpt from a V-2 rocket pioneer, and find out more about the many ways satellites are used to survey Earth.

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.

The Bible's Buried Secrets
Read interviews with various experts, explore a time line of discoveries related to the writing of the Bible, learn what a variety of clergy members have to say about the show, watch a series of videos on the making of the show, and more.

The Spy Factory
Learn how computers decipher spoken language, read an interview with the Staff Director of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on the September 11th Attacks, and find out more about the National Security Agency's artificial intelligence system.

Titanic's Lost Sister
Find out what's being done to enhance ship safety, read about the technological advances that have made underwater exploration possible, and perform a virtual salvage operation.

To the Moon
View panoramas of the moon's surface, learn where the moon might have come from, hear astronauts talk about their adventures in space, read what it's like to walk on the moon, and try to solve four lunar puzzlers.

Voyage of Doom
Explore a clickable photograph of La Belle's hull, find out more about the artifacts recovered, consider the issue of salvage rights, and investigate the basics of buoyancy.

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.

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.


World History Prehistory to 1500 A.D.

America's Stone Age Explorers
Consider who or what killed the mammoths and other megafauna 13,000 years ago, view a gallery of images of Clovis artifacts, peruse an Ice Age North American map to learn more about pre-Clovis sites, and match Stone Age artifacts to their uses.

Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land
Learn how one second-century woman lived, discover what it was like to travel to the Cave of Letters, hear about the 1960 expedition from one of its members, and use a viewer to translate a 2,000-year-old letter.

Cracking the Maya Code
Use a time line to trace key discoveries that helped decode Maya script, tour an interactive Maya mural, hear hieroglyphs spoken, and learn more about 15 of the better-known Maya sites.

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.

Great Escape
Read the story of the only three to make it to freedom, consider some of the greatest jailbreaks of all time, view drawings of Stalag Luft III made by a prisoner, and learn about the creative inventions that allowed the Allied airmen to escape.

Great Inca Rebellion, The
Learn how the Inca created such a vast empire, compare the differences between Inca and conquistador weaponry, and find out how one bioarcheologist examined Inca finds.

Ice Mummies -- Frozen in Heaven
Learn about Peruvian expedition finds, see what a gravesite can reveal, explore the ethical questions regarding mummy remains, and find out how scientists determined what and when the Iceman ate before he died.

Infinite Secrets
Explore what infinity really means, see pages from other great surviving manuscripts, follow the journey of the Archimedes manuscript, and discover how Archimedes estimated pi.

Lost City of Arabia
Use a map to locate the Shisur site, read about and view artifacts that were excavated, explore different types of remote sensing, and consider what would be needed for a desert journey.

Lost King of the Maya
Watch 17 film clips of Copan's treasures, read about and view photos of other Maya cities, and try to figure out the Maya numbering system.

Lost Roman Treasure
Find out the current state of Zeugma, learn about 10 modern remote-sensing tools, look at six other dam projects, and view 10 Roman mosaics depicting Greek mythology.

Lost Treasures of Tibet
Compare nine paintings before and after restoration, read about what it takes to restore a 15th-century painting, see the villages of Mustang, and investigate some of the familiar traits found in the Buddha image.

Lost Tribes of Israel
Follow the trail of the Lost Tribes, learn about the Lemba, explore the Great Zimbabwe, and analyze Y-chromosome data to properly place men on a males-only family tree.

Mummy Who Would Be King, The
Find out whether any undiscovered tombs still exist, discover who Rameses I was, see how a mummy is made, and learn more about the history of mummification in Egypt.

Mysterious Mummies of China

NOVA scienceNOW: Maya
Watch the segment, explore an ancient Maya mural, and read answers to questions about the 2,000-year-old masterpiece.

Perfect Corpse, The
Discover America's most famous bog, learn about 10 ways to make a mummy, see bog body discoveries worldwide, and take a close-up look at Tollund Man.

Search for the Lost Cave People
See before and after excavation photos of six Central American ruins, play a video clip of an ancient Zoque site, learn why the Zoque are important, and reassemble a virtual pile of pot shards.

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.

Sultan's Lost Treasure
Learn about ancient Chinese explorers and their ships, discover some of the secrets of early Chinese porcelain-makers, and assess the age of a centuries-old Chinese porcelain artifact.

Treasures of the Sunken City
Find out about the history of Alexandria, view video of some of the artifacts found, discover the methods used to map the site, and draw on clues to identify the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Viking Deception, The
Discover what cartography has to say about he Vinland Map, find out who the Vikings were, explore the evidence regarding the Vinland Map, and learn about eight other famous forgeries.

Vikings, The
Explore a medieval Viking village, read theories about the Norsemen, learn about Norse ships, view the breadth of the Viking diaspora, investigate tree-ring science, and see your name spelled in runes.

World in the Balance
Find the latest population figures, see how the worldís population has grown, learn about how rising populations affect the environment, test your understanding of population trends, read interviews with experts, discover ways to get involved, and more.


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