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The towering Himalayas were among the last places on Earth that humanity settled. Scaling sheer cliff sides, a team of daring scientists hunts for clues to how ancient people found their .. show full overview
Scientists explore mountain tombs in the Himalayas, revealing ancient secrets about the people who settled there, including rituals to ward off restless spirits.
Scientists and engineers work to control a nuclear renaissance five years after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
Five years after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the unprecedented trio of meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, scientists and engineers are struggling to .. show full overview
David Pogue investigates how batteries work and what the future may hold for technical innovation.
We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating .. show full overview
Shipbuilders in Italy work around the clock to build the Seven Seas Explorer, the world's largest and most luxurious cruise ship.
Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate .. show full overview
The art of origami reshapes the world, affecting drug development and future NASA space missions.
The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural .. show full overview
Investigators study wreckage of train accidents; safety experts test crash prevention designs.
From derailments to head-on collisions to drivers killed at road crossings, deadly train accidents claim dozens of lives each year. But just how unsafe are the railroads? NOVA .. show full overview
Archaeologists discover a tunnel near Vilnius, Lithuania, which served as an escape route for Jews fleeing the Nazis during World War II.
For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilna was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title “Jerusalem of the North” until World War II, when the Nazis .. show full overview
Engineers build a dome to contain the crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.
Design secrets that made chariots a war machine for hundreds of years; how they were used and how they helped unify China.
The water crisis in Flint, Mich., brings awareness to the vulnerabilities of water systems across the U.S.
The history of eclipse science and research into the solar corona.
On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans will witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years. As in all total solar eclipses, the moon will .. show full overview
The Cassini space probe attempts to dive between the innermost ring and top of Saturn's atmosphere.
A re-engineering of Greenwich armor to get a sense of what it was like to be a knight and how the armor was manufactured in medieval times.
Archaeological digs reveal new clues as to who built Stonehenge and why.
The architectural design of Beijing's ancient complex of palaces and temples enabled it to survive centuries of earthquake shocks.
The hunt for a volcanic mega-eruption that plunged medieval Earth into a deep freeze includes geologic evidence from Greenland to Antarctica.
Researching the Great Hurricane of 1780, which blasted its way across the Caribbean, why it was so dangerous and the potential for more mega-storms in the future.
All over the world, scientists are discovering traces of ancient floods on a scale that dwarfs even the most severe flood disasters of recent times. What triggered these cataclysmic .. show full overview
Efforts to uncover the geologic footprints of colossal megafloods in Iceland and on the seabed of the English Channel.
From lobster claws and dog teeth to bee stings and snake fangs, every creature depends on a weapon. But some are armed to extremes that make no practical sense—whether it’s bull elks .. show full overview
Why some animals have extreme armaments, including claws, horns, fangs and stings.
Call somebody a “bird brain,” and you’re not delivering them a compliment. But as NOVA shows, birds turn out to have advanced problem-solving skills that we usually assume are unique to .. show full overview
Scientists test avian aptitude with brainteasers that reveal acute intelligence.
A seven-mile-wide asteroid collided with Earth 66 million years ago, triggering a chain of events that coincide with the end of the dinosaurs. But experts have long debated exactly what .. show full overview
Scientists discover new clues as to the catastrophe that ended the reign of the dinosaurs on Earth.
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