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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 48 (2021)

48x01 48 48x01 Secrets In Our DNA
Some 30 million people have sent their DNA to be analyzed by companies like 23andMe and AncestryDNA. But what happens once the sample is in the hands of testing companies, and how accurate ...
Jan. 13, 2021
48x02 48 48x02 Beyond the Elements: Reactions
Just about every solid, liquid, or gas in the world as we know it begins with reactions between individual atoms and molecules. Host David Pogue dives into the transformative world ...
Feb. 03, 2021
48x03 48 48x03 Beyond the Elements: Indestructible
Glass so strong you can jump on it, a rubber-like coating tough enough to absorb a bomb blast and protect a clay pot dropped from 50 feet, endless varieties of plastic. Scientists and ...
Feb. 10, 2021
48x04 48 48x04 Beyond the Elements: Life
Without the chemistry of photosynthesis, ozone, and a molecule called Rubisco, none of us would be here. So how did we get so lucky? To find out, host David Pogue investigates the surprising ...
Feb. 17, 2021
48x05 48 48x05 Looking For Life on Mars
Follow along as NASA launches the Mars 2020 Mission, perhaps the most ambitious hunt yet for signs of ancient life on Mars. In February 2021, the spacecraft will blaze into the Martian ...
Feb. 24, 2021
48x06 48 48x06 Picture a Scientist
Women make up less than a quarter of STEM professionals in the United States, and numbers are even lower for women of color. But there is a growing group of researchers who are writing ...
Apr. 14, 2021
48x07 48 48x07 Reef Rescue
Coral reefs are not just beautiful, they are also home to over a quarter of all marine life and are crucial to human societies around the globe. But as the climate changes and oceanic ...
Apr. 21, 2021
48x08 48 48x08 Fighting for Fertility
In the United States, some 10% of people who wish to have children struggle with infertility. It’s especially common in the African American community, and fertility preservation ...
May. 12, 2021
48x09 48 48x09 Hindenburg: The New Evidence
The cause of the infamous Hindenburg crash has baffled experts for over 80 years, with theories about the airship’s fire ranging from deliberate sabotage to a spark generated by the ...
May. 19, 2021
48x10 48 48x10 Great Electric Airplane Race
Can new emission-free electric planes replace our polluting airliners and revolutionize personal transportation in our cities? NOVA takes you for a ride in some impressive prototypes ...
May. 26, 2021
48x11 48 48x11 Ship That Changed the World
Five centuries ago, the Age of Exploration and Europe’s imperial colonization of far-off lands was launched by a revolution in ship design that made long-distance ocean voyages practical. ...
Jun. 02, 2021
48x12 48 48x12 High-Risk High-Rise
Five centuries ago, the Age of Exploration and Europe’s imperial colonization of far-off lands was launched by a revolution in ship design that made long-distance ocean voyages practical. ...
Sep. 08, 2021
48x13 48 48x13 Bat Superpowers
Bats have been implicated in deadly epidemics such as COVID-19 and Ebola, yet scientists are discovering evidence that they may hold a key to a longer and healthier life. From caves ...
Sep. 15, 2021
48x14 48 48x14 The Cannabis Question
As state-legalized cannabis spreads, NOVA investigates the latest scientific evidence for its potential benefits and risks, and how criminalization has disproportionately harmed ...
Sep. 29, 2021
48x15 48 48x15 Particles Unknown
Outnumbering atoms a billion to one, neutrinos are the universe’s most common yet most elusive and baffling particle. NOVA joins an international team of neutrino hunters whose ...
Oct. 06, 2021
48x16 48 48x16 Arctic Drift
Join scientists on the biggest Arctic research expedition of all time. Facing hungry polar bears, perilous sea ice cracks, and brutal cold, the team strives to understand the forces ...
Oct. 13, 2021
48x17 48 48x17 Edible Insects
From crunchy crickets to nutty fly grubs, NOVA takes a tasty look at insect foods and how they could benefit our health and our warming planet. From Thailand to Texas, insect farmers ...
Oct. 20, 2021
48x18 48 48x18 NOVA Universe Revealed: Age of Stars
The sun is our life-giving source of light, heat, and energy, and new discoveries are unraveling its epic history. Join NOVA on a spectacular voyage to discover the sun’s place in ...
Oct. 27, 2021
48x19 48 48x19 NOVA Universe Revealed: Milky Way
Straddling the night sky, the Milky Way reminds us of our place in the galaxy we call home. But what shaped this giant spiral of stars and what will be its destiny? NOVA travels back ...
Nov. 03, 2021
48x20 48 48x20 NOVA Universe Revealed: Alien Worlds
It’s an age-old question: are we alone? Or do other lifeforms and intelligences thrive on worlds far beyond our own? Ultra-sensitive telescopes and dogged detective work are transforming ...
Nov. 10, 2021
48x21 48 48x21 NOVA Universe Revealed: Black Holes
Take a seat on the ultimate thrill ride to explore nature’s strangest and most powerful objects. Black holes can reshape entire galaxies, warp the fabric of space and time, and may ...
Nov. 17, 2021
48x22 48 48x22 NOVA Universe Revealed: Big Bang
The Big Bang is when many think the universe started and time itself began. But what clues can we discover about this ultimate genesis of everything? And can we ever know what existed ...
Nov. 24, 2021

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