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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.

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.

Bomb Squad
Read a robotics scientists' personal views on robots, watch six different robots in action, and see if you can match the right robot to the hazardous duty job for which it was created.

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.

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.

Cut to the Heart
Learn how military doctors pioneered medical advances, read an overview of how the heart works, explore annotated photos of diseased hearts, and see how blood flows through a human heart.

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.

Eighteen Ways to Make a Baby
Learn the 18-plus ways to make a baby, explore issues about cloning, find out how fertility changes through life's stages, and discover how meiosis and mitosis work in an animated comparison of the two.

Electric Heart
Read what a heart transplant surgeon has to say about artificial hearts, learn facts about the human heart, see an animation of how blood flows through the heart, and perform a virtual heart transplant.

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Abandon Ship
Learn about how to behave in an emergency, discover various survival strategies, read survivor stories, and scan a timeline of safety improvements in cars, planes, lifeboats, and firefighting equipment.

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Fire
Learn about how to behave in an emergency, discover various survival strategies, read survivor stories, and scan a timeline of safety improvements in cars, planes, lifeboats, and firefighting equipment.

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Plane Crash
Learn about how to behave in an emergency, discover various survival strategies, read survivor stories, and scan a timeline of safety improvements in cars, planes, lifeboats, and firefighting equipment.

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.

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.

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 Robot Race, The
Learn more about 12 of the teams that raced, discover some real-world applications for autonomous vehicles, see video extras, and view a slide show that reveals what racing robots see.

Harvest of Fear
Explore some of the issues in genetic engineering, compare the traditional method of selective breeding to one of the latest transgenic methods, and take a peek at what GM foods might appear on grocery shelves.

Killer's Trail, The
Read a chronology of the Sam Sheppard case, learn about a laser-imaging system that produces 3-D pictures of objects, see a list of inmates cleared by DNA, and create a virtual DNA fingerprint.

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.

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 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.

MARS Dead or Alive
Watch the program online, learn why water is necessary for life, investigate the rover's parts, explore Mars' landscape, and design your own parachute.

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.

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Hany Farid
Decide whether nine photographs are fake or real and read Hany Farid's answers to questions about digital image manipulation and photo fakeries.

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: James McLurkin
Watch the segment, learn more about MIT graduate student James McLurkin, click through a time line of McLurkin's life, and snoop through the inventor's backpack.

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Naomi Halas
Watch the segment, learn more about nanoshells, and explore nanotechnology that may someday be used for cancer treatment.

NOVA scienceNOW: Saving Hubble
Learn about the challenges of working in space, hear about the risks involved in repairing the Hubble, find out what happened after NASA cut funding to repair the Hubble, and read expertsÄô answers to questions about the mission.

Odyssey of Life, Part I -- The Ultimate Journey
Learn about microphotography technology, watch time-lapse sequences of growing embryos, read a debate on the question "How did we get here?", and discover creatures that may be in a house and human body.

Perfect Pearl, The
Read theories behind the oyster's decline in Japan's Ago Bay, find out the role the pearl has played in history, learn how freshwater pearls are cultured, and estimate the number pearls in a treasure chest.

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.

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.

Search for a Safe Cigarette
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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Sinking the Supership
Learn what it took to tell the story of the Yamato, read eyewitness accounts of the ship's fatal last conflict, use an interactive map to explore the ship's features, and view dramatic archival photographs from the ship's final battle.

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.

Special Effects -- Titanic and Beyond
Learn about computer-generated characters, explore a timeline of developments in special effects, read interviews with an animator and visual effects supervisor, and turn a regular-sized chicken into a 50-foot-tall giant.

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.

Stationed in the Stars
Explore key components of the space station, hear from astronauts about what it's like to move around in space, find out how science fiction has informed science fact, and learn why astronauts feel weightless in space.

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

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.

The Big Energy Gamble
Find out the pros and cons of California's approach to energy issues in audio highlights and interviews with Governor Schwarzenegger, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and more, and follow a NOVA staffer's efforts to reduce her energy use.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Underwater Dream Machine
Read an excerpt from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, find out from entrepreneur Peter Robbins what it was like to build a sub, view a collection of research subs over time, and take a virtual tour of some extraordinary adventures.

Welcome to Mars
Learn why water is necessary for life, investigate the rovers' parts, take a visual tour of the rovers' most revealing discoveries, design your own parachute, and more.

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.

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.

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