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Grade Levels: 6 - 13+
Core Subject(s): Science
Next Airing: Wed, Dec 1st, 2021 at 8:30 PM on KUED-HD

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PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science and technology and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.


  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Milky Way

    Next Airing: Wed, Dec 1st, 2021 at 8:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 11/3/2021 to 11/2/2024
  • Rise of the Mammals

    Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs in a fiery global catastrophe. An amazing new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over, ultimately evolving into the huge array of species, including us, that rule Earth today.

    Next Airing: Fri, Dec 10th, 2021 at 3:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:55:02
    Usage rights: 10/30/2019 to 10/29/2022
  • Decoding Da Vinci

    Journey to Florence to discover how Leonardo da Vinci used science, from human dissections to innovative painting techniques, to create his legendary artwork. Learn why Mona Lisa's smile is so captivating - and what it took to create it.

    Next Airing: Wed, Dec 15th, 2021 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:55:31
    Usage rights: 11/13/2019 to 11/12/2022
  • Decoding The Great Pyramid

    Stunning new archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the Great Pyramid of Giza -- and how they did it. Join researchers as they delve into the logbook of a work crew and discover how the massive project transformed Egypt.

    Next Airing: Wed, Dec 22nd, 2021 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:54:44
    Usage rights: 2/6/2019 to 2/5/2022
  • Secrets of the Forbidden City

    Discover the ingenious engineering of Beijing's Forbidden City, the power center of imperial China for nearly 500 years. Discover how the design of this vast complex of palaces and temples enabled it to survive centuries of earthquake shocks.

    Next Airing: Wed, Dec 29th, 2021 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:55:16
    Usage rights: 12/2/2020 to 12/1/2023
  • High-Risk High-Rise

    Soaring skyscrapers are potent symbols of prestige, and architects are vying to build them ever higher. But can they find new ways to defend them against fires, wind, and earthquakes, as well as making them livable, interactive, and eco-friendly?

    Next Airing: Wed, Jan 5th, 2022 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 5/19/2021 to 5/18/2024
  • Butterfly Blueprints

    NOVA investigates the hidden scientific secrets of butterflies that reveal them as smarter and more resilient than we ever imagined, and explores how they're inspiring cutting-edge technical innovations.

    Next Airing: Wed, Jan 12th, 2022 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: Fair Use
  • Alaskan Dinosaurs

    Wielding chainsaws to extract fossils frozen into the permafrost and flying drones to map thousands of footprints, intrepid paleontologists discover that dinosaurs thrived in the unlikeliest of places -- the cold and dark of the Arctic Circle.

    Next Airing: Wed, Jan 19th, 2022 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: Fair Use
  • Ancient Maya Metropolis

    Around 800 CE, the ancient Maya abandoned the magnificent cities they had lived in for centuries. NOVA investigates dramatic new scientific evidence for droughts that pushed cities already stressed by overpopulation and warfare beyond their limits.

    Next Airing: Wed, Jan 26th, 2022 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: Fair Use
  • Arctic Drift

    Journey to the top of the world with scientists as they embark on the most ambitious Arctic research expedition of all time. The Arctic - a vast frozen ocean, shrouded in darkness for half the year - is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the globe. Since the northern ice cap acts as a cooling system for the entire planet, what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic. As the ice cap melts, the world warms faster, disrupting weather patterns, diverting ocean currents, and endangering biodiversity. Yet because the Arctic is so inaccessible and inhospitable, establishing exactly what's going on and forecasting its future have proven elusive. Now, Arctic Drift takes viewers on a groundbreaking expedition that will bring vital new clarity to scientists' predictions of global change. Experts from twenty different nations join the voyage of the 12, 000-ton Polarstern icebreaker as it's gripped by the polar ice and drifts for an entire year. From this unique research station, they can make previously impossible long-term observations and experiments. But long hours in this harsh environment bring their own challenges, including hungry polar bears, perilous sea ice cracks, and equipment failure. With breathtaking cinematography, heart-wrenching personal stories, and high stakes science, Arctic Drift follows the scientists in their risky race against time to understand the Arctic before it changes our world forever.

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 10/13/2021 to 10/12/2024
  • Edible Insects

    From crunchy cricket chips to nutty black soldier fly grubs, Edible Insects leaps across cultural and culinary boundaries to explore the insect food industry and how it could benefit our health and our warming planet. From Thailand to Texas, cricket farmers are showing how the tiny critters stack up as an environmentally friendly alternative to beef protein. In fact, as one of the show's many gastro-surprises reveals, insects make animal protein vastly more efficiently than cows and, pound for pound, deliver far better nutritional value than the finest steak. Unappealing as an insect milkshake might sound, it may promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria that can help prevent inflammation and cancer. But what about the "ick" factor? NOVA invites a panel of volunteers to sample an invitingly prepared tasting menu of roasted crickets, ants, mealworms, and chipotle-flavored grasshoppers prepared by a New York chef, and, not surprisingly, some of the diners have trouble concealing their squeamishness. Yet all the evidence in this diverting show adds up to the idea that our aversion to insects is mostly a matter of attitude and cultural conditioning. So will your kitchen table soon host its very own savory insect feast?

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 10/20/2021 to 10/19/2024
  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Age of Stars

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 10/27/2021 to 10/26/2024
  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Alien Worlds

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 11/10/2021 to 11/9/2024
  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Big Bang

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 11/24/2021 to 11/23/2024
  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Black Holes

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 11/17/2021 to 11/16/2024
  • Particles Unknown

    What's the commonest-yet most elusive and least understood-particle in the universe? The neutrino. Starting with the invention of the nuclear bomb, billions of dollars have been spent in pursuit of this so-called ghost particle. Outnumbering atoms a billion to one, neutrons are preposterously plentiful, they hardly interact with anything, and they mystifyingly morph between three different forms. What's going on here? NOVA joins an international team of neutrino hunters as they try to capture an elusive fourth form of neutrino. The results of their investigation may force scientists to redraw their well-established blueprint of the subatomic world, the Standard Model of physics, and change our understanding of how the universe works.

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 10/6/2021 to 10/5/2024
  • The Cannabis Question

    Cannabis contains chemicals which mimic ones found in our brain. One is THC, which produces the high associated with pot use. Another, called CBD, shows promise for treating seizures, addiction, and insomnia. NOVA joins scientists and experts around the country. What risks does cannabis pose to the developing adolescent brain? Does heavy cannabis use impair intelligence, increase psychosis, or even put future generations at risk for addiction? As cannabis becomes socially accepted, scientists are racing to understand the long-term health consequences.

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 9/29/2021 to 9/28/2024