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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 47 (2020)

47x01 47 47x01 Polar Extremes
In this two-hour special, renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson takes us on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of our planet. Following a trail of strange fossils found ...
Feb. 05, 2020
47x02 47 47x02 Dog Tales
Dogs have long been dependable companions by our sides. But it wasn't always that way, and a look at their closest living relative, the wolf, makes it clear why. Research into dog ...
Feb. 12, 2020
47x03 47 47x03 Cat Tales
Worshipped as a goddess, condemned as satanic, and spun into a stunning array of breeds, cats have long fascinated humans. But did we ever really domesticate them? And what can science ...
Feb. 19, 2020
47x04 47 47x04 Mysteries of Sleep
From fruit flies to whales, virtually every animal sleeps. But why? Why do we need to spend nearly a third of our lives in such a defenseless state? Scientists are peering more deeply ...
Feb. 26, 2020
47x05 47 47x05 Cuba's Cancer Hope
When the U.S. trade embargo left Cuba isolated from medical resources, Cuban scientists were forced to get creative. Now they’ve developed lung cancer vaccines that show so much promise, ...
Apr. 01, 2020
47x06 47 47x06 The Truth About Fat
Scientists are coming to understand fat as a dynamic organ—one whose size may have more to do with biological processes than personal choices. Explore the mysteries of fat and its ...
Apr. 08, 2020
47x07 47 47x07 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 ...
May. 13, 2020
47x08 47 47x08 Eagle Power
Eagles dominate the skies. But what makes these predators so special? Researchers study one special bird—and stunning up-close footage reveals her exceptional strength, eyesight, ...
May. 20, 2020
47x09 47 47x09 Human Nature
With an extraordinary new technology called CRISPR, we can now edit DNA—including human DNA. But how far should we go? Gene-editing promises to eliminate certain genetic disorders ...
Sep. 09, 2020
47x10 47 47x10 Secret Mind of Slime
Who says you need brains to be smart? Extremely primitive life-forms called slime molds can navigate mazes, choose between foods, and create efficient networks—no brain required. ...
Sep. 16, 2020
47x11 47 47x11 A to Z: The First Alphabet
Where would we be without the world’s alphabets? Writing has played a vital role in the expansion and domination of cultures throughout history. But researchers are only now uncovering ...
Sep. 23, 2020
47x12 47 47x12 A to Z: How Writing Changed the World
Just as writing changed the course of human history, the evolution of paper and printing revolutionized the spread of information. The printing press kicked off the Industrial Revolution ...
Sep. 30, 2020
47x13 47 47x13 Nature's Fear Factor
For animals in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, the normal balance of competition and predation was upended when a war wiped out the top predators. The remaining animals didn’t ...
Oct. 14, 2020
47x14 47 47x14 Touching the Asteroid
If spacecraft OSIRIS-REx can grab a piece of an asteroid and bring it back to Earth, scientists could gain great insight into our planet's origins, and even how to defend against rogue ...
Oct. 21, 2020
47x15 47 47x15 Can We Cool the Planet?
As global temperatures continue to rise, scientists are wondering if we need solutions beyond reducing emissions. Enter geoengineering. From sucking carbon straight out of the air to ...
Oct. 28, 2020
47x16 47 47x16 Saving Notre Dame
When the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral erupted in flames in April of 2019, firefighters battled for nine grueling hours to save the historic landmark. Still, Paris came alarmingly close ...
Nov. 25, 2020
47x101 47 TV Special: Blood Sugar Rising: America's Hidden Diabetes Epidemic
Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect over 100 million people in the U.S., costing more than $325 billion each year. It's now predicted that one in three children born since 2000 will develop ...
Apr. 16, 2020

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