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  • Premiered: Mar 1974
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Season 36
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The Big Energy Gamble
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Jan 20, 2009
Can California's ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases actually succeed?
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The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies
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Jan 27, 2009
Orange-and-black wings fill the sky as NOVA charts one of nature's most remarkable phenomena: the epic migration of monarch butterflies across North America. To capture a butterfly's .. show full overview
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The Spy Factory
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Feb 03, 2009
NOVA investigates the high-tech eavesdropping carried out by the National Security Agency and the effectiveness of surveillance in an age of terrorism.
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Rat Attack
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Feb 24, 2009
Once every 48 years, bamboo forests in parts of northeast India go into exuberant flower. Then, like clockwork, the flowering is invariably followed by a plague of black rats that appear .. show full overview
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Extreme Ice
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Mar 24, 2009
In collaboration with National Geographic, NOVA follows the exploits of acclaimed photojournalist James Balog and a scientific team as they deploy time-lapse cameras in risky, remote .. show full overview
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Last Extinction (Megabeasts' Sudden Death)
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Mar 31, 2009
What killed the mammoths? Near the end of the last ice age 13,000 years ago, these mighty beasts disappeared from North America together with some 35 other groups of mammals, including .. show full overview
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Doctors' Diaries (1)
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Apr 07, 2009
In 1987, NOVA's cameras began rolling to chronicle the lives of seven young, bright medical students embarking on the longest and most rigorous endeavor in higher education: the .. show full overview
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Doctors' Diaries (2)
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Apr 14, 2009
Seven doctors, 21 years... Saving lives is only part of the story.
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Musical Minds
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Jun 30, 2009
An exploration of the effect of music on the brain via four case studies from neurologist Oliver Sacks book "Musicopia" and the MRI visualizations from Sacks' own brain as classical .. show full overview
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Darwin's Darkest Hour
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Oct 06, 2009
This two-hour scripted drama tells the remarkable story behind the unveiling of the most influential scientific theory of all time, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural .. show full overview
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Hubble's Amazing Rescue
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Oct 13, 2009
The best-known scientific instrument in history was dying. After nearly 20 years in space and hundreds of thousands of spectacular images, the Hubble Space Telescope's gyroscopes and .. show full overview
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Lizard Kings
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Oct 20, 2009
Though they may look like dragons and inspire stories of man-eating, fire-spitting monsters with long claws, razor-sharp teeth and muscular, whip-like tails, these creatures are actually .. show full overview
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Becoming Human Part 1: First Steps
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Nov 03, 2009
The first hour examines the factors that caused the split from the apes. The film explores the fossil of “Selam,” also known as “Lucy’s Child” — an amazing, nearly complete child fossil .. show full overview
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Becoming Human Part 2: Birth of Humanity
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Nov 10, 2009
In gripping forensic detail, the second program in “Becoming Human” investigates the first skeleton that really looks like us — “Turkana Boy” — an astonishingly complete specimen of Homo erectus found by the famous Leakey team in Kenya.
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Becoming Human Part 3: Last Human Standing
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Nov 17, 2009
The final program examines the roots of our own species, Homo sapiens, which new evidence pinpoints to southern Africa some 200,000 years ago. New discoveries are upending old ideas and .. show full overview
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What Are Dreams?
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Nov 24, 2009
What are dreams and why do we have them? Are they a window into a hidden realm within us? Science is only just beginning to understand. NOVA joins the leading dream researchers and .. show full overview
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What Darwin Never Knew
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Dec 29, 2009
NOVA takes viewers on a journey from the Galapagos Islands to the Arctic, and from the Cambrian explosion of animal forms half a billion years ago to the research labs of today. Here .. show full overview

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