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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 39 (2012)

39x01 39 39x01 Deadliest Volcanoes
Millions of people around the world live in the shadow of active volcanoes. Under constant threat of massive volcanic eruptions, their homes and their lives are daily at risk from these ...
Jan. 04, 2012
39x02 39 39x02 Bombing Hitler's Dams
In 1943 a squadron of Lancaster bombers staged one of the most audacious raids in military history: destroying two gigantic dams in Germany’s industrial heartland and cutting the ...
Jan. 11, 2012
39x03 39 39x03 3D Spies of WWII
During World War II, Hitler’s scientists developed terrifying new weapons of mass destruction. Alarmed by rumors of advanced rockets and missiles, Allied intelligence recruited a ...
Jan. 18, 2012
39x04 39 39x04 Mystery of a Masterpiece
In October 2007, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. Originally sold nine years before for around $20,000, the portrait is now thought ...
Jan. 25, 2012
39x05 39 39x05 Ice Age Death Trap
In a race against developers in the Rocky Mountains, archeologists uncover a unique fossil site packed with astonishingly well-preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons, and other giant ...
Feb. 01, 2012
39x06 39 39x06 Separating Twins
This is the incredible story of Trishna and Krishna, twin girls born joined at the head. Abandoned shortly after birth at an orphanage in Bangladesh, they had little chance of survival, ...
Feb. 08, 2012
39x07 39 39x07 Cracking Your Genetic Code
What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA—all three billion chemical letters of it—read, stored, and available for analysis? In "Cracking Your ...
Mar. 28, 2012
39x08 39 39x08 Hunting the Elements
Where do nature’s building blocks, called the elements, come from? They’re the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our ...
Apr. 04, 2012
39x09 39 39x09 Deadliest Tornadoes
In April 2011, the worst tornado outbreak in decades left a trail of destruction across the U.S., killing more than 360 people. Why was there such an extreme outbreak? How do such outbreaks ...
Apr. 11, 2012
39x10 39 39x10 Why Ships Sink
Twenty million passengers embark on cruises each year, vacationing in deluxe "floating cities" that offer everything from swimming pools to shopping malls to ice skating rinks. And ...
Apr. 18, 2012
39x11 39 39x11 Secrets of the Sun
It contains 99.9 percent of all the matter in our solar system and sheds hot plasma at nearly a million miles an hour. The temperature at its core is a staggering 27 million degrees ...
Apr. 25, 2012
39x12 39 39x12 Secrets of the Viking Sword
The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would ...
Oct. 10, 2012
39x13 39 39x13 Forensics on Trial
There is a startling gap between the glamorous television world of “CSI” and the gritty reality of the forensic crime lab. With few established scientific standards, no central ...
Oct. 17, 2012
39x14 39 39x14 Mystery of Easter Island
A remote, bleak speck of rock in the middle of the Pacific, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient ...
Nov. 07, 2012
39x15 39 39x15 Ultimate Mars Challenge
Why go back to Mars? Far from dead, Mars holds untold potential. Nearly half a century of Mars exploration has yielded tantalizing clues that Mars may once have harbored life—and ...
Nov. 14, 2012
39x16 39 39x16 Inside the Megastorm
Was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to a warming climate? How did this perfect storm make search and rescue so ...
Nov. 18, 2012

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