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Nova

Grade Levels: 6 - 13+
Core Subject(s): Science
Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/
Next Airing: Fri, May 29th, 2020 at 3:00 AM 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.

Episodes:

  • Last B-24

    In 1944 a smoking, battle-scarred B-24 Liberator bomber known as the Tulsamerican crashed into the choppy seas off the coast of Croatia, entombing three of its occupants under 135 feet of water. For years they were lost to the world-and their families. But in 2010, nearly seventy years after the crash, divers located the plane. And in 2017, the Department of Defense, aided by the Croatian Navy and some of the world's leading underwater archaeologists, set to work investigating the wreckage. Were the B-24s truly as dangerous as the nickname "the Flying Coffin" suggested? And what does that mean for the recovery of the fallen airmen? Now, NOVA joins a team of archaeologists on a dangerous mission to recover and identify their remains. They will deploy advanced mapping and diving technologies and sift through tons of sediment-eventually to find artifacts and other tantalizing clues. From the recovery of the remains to the subsequent forensics and DNA analysis of the remains in the laboratory, the story of the Tulsamerican is riveting and emotional. NOVA documents it all, including the moment a family hears the words they never expected to hear: "On behalf of a grateful nation..."

    Next Airing: Fri, May 29th, 2020 at 3:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 11/7/2018 to 12/21/2018
  • Great Cathedral Mystery

    The Duomo in Florence is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. A team of U.S. master bricklayers help build a unique experimental "mini-Duomo" using period tools and techniques. Will it stay intact during the final precarious stages of closing over the top of the dome?

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 5th, 2020 at 3:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:55:05
    Usage rights: 4/27/2016 to 2/11/2021
  • Ghosts of Stonehenge

    Who built Stonehenge and why? Discover how the last decade of groundbreaking archaeological digs has revealed major new clues to Britain's enigmatic 5,000-year-old site and the people who constructed it.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 12th, 2020 at 3:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 10/11/2017 to 10/10/2020
  • Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Awakening

    Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. NOVA's mini-series takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With help from high-energy host and scientist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. This is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the one island continent that has got it all. Hidden in the red hills of Australia are clues to the mysteries of Earth's birth, how life arose and how it transformed the planet into the world we now live in. Experts unveil the earliest forms of life: an odd assortment of bacterial slime. Life like this would flood the atmosphere with oxygen and spark the biological revolution that conquered the planet. Travel with NOVA and host Dr. Richard Smith to meet the cast in the first scenes of the great drama of life on earth.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 19th, 2020 at 3:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 1/1/2016 to 6/30/2016
  • Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes

    Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. NOVA's mini-series takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With help from high-energy host and scientist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. This is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the one island continent that has got it all. How did life storm the beaches and dominate planet Earth? Ancient Australian fossils offer clues. While the oceans were teeming, the world above the waves remained an almost lifeless wasteland - until the Silurian period, when the conquest of the land began. Host Richard Smith introduces Earth's forgotten pioneers: the scuttling arthropod armies that invaded the shores and the waves of green revolutionaries whose battle for the light pushed plant life across the face of a barren continent. Join NOVA's prehistoric adventure as four-legged animals walk onto dry land, with the planet poised for disaster.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 26th, 2020 at 3:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:55:10
    Usage rights: 1/1/2016 to 6/30/2016
  • Rise of the Mammals

    Next Airing: Wed, Aug 5th, 2020 at 8:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:55:02
    Usage rights: 10/30/2019 to 10/29/2022
  • Cuba's Cancer Hope

    When the U.S. trade embargo left Cuba isolated from medical resources, Cuban scientists developed their own biotech industry - and promising lung cancer vaccines. Can they now team up with U.S. partners to make the treatments available to all?

    Length: 00:56:45
    Usage rights: 4/1/2020 to 3/31/2023
  • Deadliest Tornadoes

    In April 2011, the worst tornado outbreak in decades left a trail of destruction across the U.S., killing more than 340 people. Why was there such an extreme outbreak? How do such outbreaks form? With modern warning systems why did so many die? Is our weather getting more extreme -- and if so how bad will it get? This episode of NOVA looks at the science behind the April outbreak, meeting those affected and the scientists trying to predict tornadoes and understand whether this outbreak relates to global climate change.

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 5/19/2020 to 5/18/2023
  • Decoding COVID-19

    The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has upended life as we know it in a matter of mere months. But at the same time, an unprecedented global effort to understand and contain the virus-and find a treatment for the disease it causes-is underway. Join the doctors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as they strategize to stop the spread, and meet the researchers racing to find treatments and vaccines. Along the way, discover how this devastating disease emerged, what it does to the human body, and why it exploded into a pandemic.

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 5/13/2020 to 5/12/2023
  • Eagle Power

    What makes eagles so remarkable? Researchers study one special bird, revealing her exceptional strength, eyesight and flying skills. Meanwhile, in-the-nest footage of a new bald eagle family captures the drama of chicks struggling to survive.

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 5/20/2020 to 5/19/2023
  • Killer Floods

    Uncover geologic fingerprints of colossal floods that violently reshaped the ancient world. Follow geologists around the globe as they reconstruct catastrophic Ice Age floods more powerful than all the world's top ten rivers combined.

    Length: 00:55:46
    Usage rights: 11/8/2017 to 11/7/2020
  • Poisoned Water

    The water contamination crisis in Flint, MI, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure. Discover the chemistry, biology and engineering that led to this disaster.

    Length: 00:55:48
    Usage rights: 7/1/2018 to 5/30/2020
  • The Truth About Fat

    Scientists are coming to understand fat as a system akin to an organ -- one whose size may have more to do with biological processes than personal choices. Explore the mysteries of fat and its role in hormone production, hunger and even pregnancy.

    Length: 00:56:46
    Usage rights: 4/8/2020 to 4/7/2023

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