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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 38 (2011)

38x01 38 38x01 Deadliest Earthquakes
In 2010, several epic earthquakes delivered one of the worst annual death tolls ever recorded. The deadliest strike, in Haiti, killed more than 200,000 people and reduced homes, hospitals, ...
Jan. 11, 2011
38x02 38 38x02 Making Stuff: Stronger
What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? NOVA kicks off the four-part series "Making Stuff" with a quest for the ...
Jan. 19, 2011
38x03 38 38x03 Making Stuff: Smaller
How small can we go? Could we one day have robots taking "fantastic voyages" in our bodies to kill rogue cells? The triumphs of tiny are seen all around us in the Information Age: transistors, ...
Jan. 26, 2011
38x04 38 38x04 Making Stuff: Cleaner
Can innovations in materials science help clean up our world? In "Making Stuff: Cleaner," David Pogue explores the rapidly developing science and business of clean energy and examines ...
Feb. 02, 2011
38x05 38 38x05 Making Stuff: Smarter
"Making Stuff: Smarter" looks at materials that respond to their environments and even learn, such as an airplane wing that changes shape as it flies. Scientists are turning to nature ...
Feb. 09, 2011
38x06 38 38x06 Smartest Machine on Earth
Augmenting human intelligence is a lot tougher than it looks, and the promise of "Hal" from 2001: A Space Odyssey is still just a fantasy. But scientists are edging closer with machines ...
Feb. 09, 2011
38x07 38 38x07 Crash of Flight 447
On June 1, 2009, Flight AF447, an Air France Airbus A330 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all 228 lives. How could a state-of-the-art ...
Feb. 16, 2011
38x08 38 38x08 Venom: Nature's Killer
Over the millennia, thousands of creatures have developed that most sophisticated of biological and chemical weapons: venom. These complex chemicals can scramble your brain signals, ...
Feb. 23, 2011
38x09 38 38x09 Japan's Killer Quake
In its worst crisis since World War II, Japan faces disaster on an epic scale: a death toll likely in the tens of thousands, massive destruction of homes and businesses, shortages of ...
Mar. 30, 2011
38x10 38 38x10 Power Surge
Can emerging technology defeat global warming? The United States has invested tens of billions of dollars in clean energy projects as our leaders try to save our crumbling economy and ...
Apr. 20, 2011
38x11 38 38x11 Engineering Ground Zero
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The ...
Sep. 07, 2011
38x12 38 38x12 Surviving the Tsunami
The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, was recorded at magnitude 9.0 the worst ever recorded in Japan. It generated an unprecedented tsunami, obliterating ...
Sep. 28, 2011
38x13 38 38x13 Finding Life Beyond Earth: Are We Alone?
Take a spectacular trip to distant realms of our solar system to discover where secret forms of life may lie hidden. Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling animation, this ...
Oct. 19, 2011
38x14 38 38x14 Iceman Murder Mystery
He’s been dead for more than 5,000 years and poked, prodded, and probed by scientists for the last 20. Yet Ötzi the Iceman, the famous mummified corpse pulled from a glacier in the ...
Oct. 26, 2011
38x15 38 38x15 The Fabric of the Cosmos: What is Space?
Brian Greene reveals space as a dynamic fabric that can stretch, twist, warp, and ripple under the influence of gravity. Stranger still is the newly discovered dark energy, an ingredient ...
Nov. 02, 2011
38x16 38 38x16 The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time
Ask physicists what time actually is, and the answer might shock you: they have no idea. The deep sense we have of time passing from present to past may be an illusion. How can our ...
Nov. 09, 2011
38x17 38 38x17 The Fabric of the Cosmos: Quantum Leap
Brian Greene explores the weirdness of quantum physics, which governs the universe on the tiniest of scales. While counterintuitive, it's one of the most successful theories in the ...
Nov. 16, 2011
38x18 38 38x18 The Fabric of the Cosmos: Universe or Multiverse?
Our universe may be just one of an infinite number of worlds that make up the multiverse. In this show, Brian Greene explains why scientists believe this is true and shows what some ...
Nov. 23, 2011

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