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Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over.

NOVA Season 36 (2009)

36x01 36 36x01 The Big Energy Gamble
An examination of California's alternative-energy efforts which eco-celebrities Ed Begley Jr. and Bill Nye helped bring forth. Includes Luscious Garage in San Francisco, which makes ...
Jan. 20, 2009
36x02 36 36x02 The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies
A look at the annual journey made by the monarch butterflies to the remote mountain areas in central Mexico. Included is a look at their inborn GPS system which directs them to their ...
Jan. 27, 2009
36x03 36 36x03 The Spy Factory
A look inside our National Security Agency, the security organization which intercepts our communications, including its supposed failures before 9/11 and its new eavesdropping system ...
Feb. 03, 2009
36x04 36 36x04 Rat Attack
Scientists explore the precise cyclical way in which the rat population explodes every half-century in a remote bamboo forest of India.
Feb. 24, 2009
36x05 36 36x05 Extreme Ice
Along with National Geographic, NOVA examines the exploits of acclaimed photojournalist James Balog and a team of scientists as they place time-lapse cameras in risky, remote locations ...
Mar. 24, 2009
36x06 36 36x06 Last Extinction Megabeasts' Sudden Death
An examination over whether a comet struck the Great Lakes region 12,900 years ago, and whether it caused the extinction of such mega-creatures as the woolly mammoth and the saber-toothed ...
Mar. 31, 2009
36x07 36 36x07 Doctors' Diaries Pt.1
Nova has spent years tracking seven Harvard Medical students since 1987. All but one are still practicing medicine, although they each chose different specialties, and the one who didn't, ...
Apr. 07, 2009
36x08 36 36x08 Doctors' Diaries Pt.2
The story of seven Harvard Medical students which NOVA has been tracking since 1987. Only one has chosen another direction other than being a doctor, and she became the president of ...
Apr. 14, 2009
36x09 36 36x09 Musical Minds
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 ...
Jun. 30, 2009
36x10 36 36x10 Darwin's Darkest Hour
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 selection. ...
Oct. 06, 2009
36x11 36 36x11 Hubble's Amazing Rescue
Seven astronauts put their lives on the line: the final repair of the Hubble Space Telescope.It's a mission so dangerous that for years NASA refused even to attempt it.
Oct. 13, 2009
36x12 36 36x12 Lizard Kings
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 ...
Oct. 20, 2009
36x13 36 36x13 Becoming Human: First Steps
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 ...
Nov. 03, 2009
36x14 36 36x14 Becoming Human: Birth of Humanity
In gripping forensic detail, the second program in “Becoming Human” investigates the first skeleton that really looks like us — “Turkana Boy” — an astonishingly complete ...
Nov. 10, 2009
36x15 36 36x15 Becoming Human: Last Human Standing
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 ...
Nov. 17, 2009
36x16 36 36x16 What Are Dreams?
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 ...
Nov. 24, 2009
36x17 36 36x17 What Darwin Never Knew
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 ...
Dec. 29, 2009

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