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NOVA Season 39 (2012)
|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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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