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NOVA brings you stories from the frontlines of science and engineering, answering the big questions of today and tomorrow, from how our ancestors lived, to whether parallel universes exist, to how technology will transform our lives. Visit the official website to watch full-length documentaries, or explore our world through short-form video, on our digital publication NOVA Next.

Ship That Changed the World

53m 12s

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 voyages practical. A newly discovered 500-year-old wreck offers vital clues to this momentous innovation.

Episodes

  • Search Engine Breakdown: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Search Engine Breakdown

    S48 E101 - 20m 37s

    Why does a widely used internet search engine deliver results that can be blatantly racist and sexist? Two leading information researchers investigate their discoveries of hidden biases in the search technology we rely on every day.

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    Ship That Changed the World

    S48 E9 - 53m 12s

    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 voyages practical. A newly discovered 500-year-old wreck offers vital clues to this momentous innovation.

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    Great Electric Airplane Race: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Electric Airplane Race

    S48 E7 - 53m 6s

    Can new emission-free electric planes replace our polluting airliners and revolutionize personal transportation in our cities? NOVA takes a ride in some quiet, energy-efficient, prototypes that are vying for success as electric flight takes off.

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    Hindenburg: The New Evidence

    S48 E6 - 53m 13s

    80 years after the world’s largest airship ignited in a giant fireball, newly discovered footage sparks a reinvestigation of what exactly caused the Hindenburg disaster.

  • Fighting for Fertility: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fighting for Fertility

    S48 E5 - 53m 6s

    What causes infertility, and how can assisted reproductive technologies help? Follow the journeys of people navigating fertility challenges from structural inequalities and racism to falling sperm counts, egg freezing, and IVF.

  • Reef Rescue: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Reef Rescue

    S48 E4 - 53m 21s

    If oceans continue to warm at the current pace, coral reefs could be wiped out by the end of the century. But scientists from around the globe are rushing to help corals adapt to a changing climate through assisted evolution.

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    Picture a Scientist

    S48 E3 - 1h 33m

    Women make up less than a quarter of STEM professionals in the United States, and numbers are even lower for women of color. But a growing group of researchers is exposing longstanding discrimination and making science more inclusive.

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    Looking for Life on Mars

    S48 E2 - 53m 46s

    NASA launches its most ambitious hunt for traces of life on Mars, landing a car-sized rover in a rocky, ancient river delta. The rover will stow samples for possible return to Earth and test technology that may pave the way for human travel to Mars.

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    Secrets in our DNA

    S48 E1 - 53m 26s

    Some 30 million Americans 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 are their results? NOVA explores the power of genetic data to reveal family connections, ancestry, and health risks—and even solve criminal cold cases.

Extras + Features

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    Ship That Changed the World Preview

    S48 E9 - 29s

    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 voyages practical. A newly discovered 500-year-old wreck offers vital clues to this momentous innovation.

  • Great Electric Airplane Race Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Electric Airplane Race Preview

    S48 E7 - 29s

    Can new emission-free electric planes replace our polluting airliners and revolutionize personal transportation in our cities? NOVA takes a ride in some quiet, energy-efficient, prototypes that are vying for success as electric flight takes off.

  • You Could Take a Flying Car to Work Someday: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    You Could Take a Flying Car to Work Someday

    S48 E7 - 5m 23s

    As electric vehicle technology takes off—literally—how will the logistics of air traffic work? Watch how NASA researchers are writing the rules that will make air travel via electric vehicles safe.

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    Newly Analyzed Footage Helps Solve Hindenburg Mystery

    S48 E6 - 6m 45s

    Newly analyzed amateur footage of the crash shows the airship’s final seconds from a fresh angle—allowing historians for the first time to see the airship from nose to tail just after the fire breaks out.

  • Hindenburg: The New Evidence Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hindenburg: The New Evidence Preview

    S48 E6 - 30s

    80 years after the world’s largest airship ignited in a giant fireball, newly discovered footage sparks a reinvestigation of what exactly caused the Hindenburg disaster.

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    A Woman's Journey with Infertility and Adoption

    S48 E5 - 1m 52s

    Mia Fassi’s infertility journey started when she was in her mid-30s. After unsuccessful in vitro treatments, adopting a child felt like an easy transition to consider.

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    To Start a Family, This Woman Turned to Egg Freezing

    S48 E5 - 7m 34s

    At 39, Brigitte Adams became an early adopter of egg vitrification, a technology that can dramatically improve the preservation of a woman's eggs and, potentially, her future fertility.
    Here’s her story.

  • Fighting for Fertility Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fighting for Fertility Preview

    S48 E5 - 28s

    What causes infertility, and how can assisted reproductive technologies help? Follow the journeys of people navigating fertility challenges from structural inequalities and racism to falling sperm counts, egg freezing, and IVF.

  • Can Two Men Make a Baby?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Can Two Men Make a Baby?

    S48 E5 - 5m 41s

    Trystan Reese felt grateful that he was able to become pregnant and give birth. But for parents about to transition, there are steps they can take to preserve their fertility.

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    Scientists Breed a New Generation of "Super Corals"

    S48 E4 - 4m 45s

    Some corals, called "super corals," are more resistant to temperature changes and bleaching. Discover how scientist Ruth Gates began a "super coral" breeding program to create more resilient reefs.

Schedule

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    Animal Espionage

    Friday
    Jun 25

    1 Hour

    Camera traps and drones offer an up-close look at animals without disturbing them, providing insight into the secret world of animals, including whales, tigers and giant armadillos.
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    Decoding COVID-19

    Wednesday
    Jun 30

    1 Hour

    Doctors strategize to stop the spread of COVID-19; researchers work toward finding treatments and vaccines; how the disease emerged, what it does to the human body, and how it became a pandemic.
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    First Horse Warriors

    Wednesday
    Jun 30

    1 Hour

    Canadian anthropologist Niobe Thompson travels to sites in Kazakhstan, genetics labs in Denmark and anthropology museums in Russia to unlock mysteries surrounding the first riders of wild horses.
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    First Horse Warriors

    Wednesday
    Jun 30

    1 Hour

    Canadian anthropologist Niobe Thompson travels to sites in Kazakhstan, genetics labs in Denmark and anthropology museums in Russia to unlock mysteries surrounding the first riders of wild horses.
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    First Horse Warriors

    Thursday
    Jul 1

    1 Hour

    Canadian anthropologist Niobe Thompson travels to sites in Kazakhstan, genetics labs in Denmark and anthropology museums in Russia to unlock mysteries surrounding the first riders of wild horses.
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    First Horse Warriors

    Thursday
    Jul 1

    1 Hour

    Canadian anthropologist Niobe Thompson travels to sites in Kazakhstan, genetics labs in Denmark and anthropology museums in Russia to unlock mysteries surrounding the first riders of wild horses.
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    First Horse Warriors

    Thursday
    Jul 1

    1 Hour

    Canadian anthropologist Niobe Thompson travels to sites in Kazakhstan, genetics labs in Denmark and anthropology museums in Russia to unlock mysteries surrounding the first riders of wild horses.
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    First Horse Warriors

    Friday
    Jul 2

    1 Hour

    Canadian anthropologist Niobe Thompson travels to sites in Kazakhstan, genetics labs in Denmark and anthropology museums in Russia to unlock mysteries surrounding the first riders of wild horses.
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    First Horse Warriors

    Friday
    Jul 2

    1 Hour

    Canadian anthropologist Niobe Thompson travels to sites in Kazakhstan, genetics labs in Denmark and anthropology museums in Russia to unlock mysteries surrounding the first riders of wild horses.
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    Rise of the Rockets

    Monday
    Jul 5

    1 Hour

    Private companies develop new ways to allow for more human activity in space; NASA builds a rocket that goes far beyond Earth.
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    Pluto and Beyond

    Monday
    Jul 5

    1 Hour

    New Horizons prepares to fly by an object known as MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019, which is expected to be the most distant flyby in NASA's history.
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    Cuba's Cancer Hope

    Wednesday
    Jul 7

    1 Hour

    Cuban scientists develop their own biotech industry, including lung cancer vaccines that may give new hope to patients around the world.
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    Cuba's Cancer Hope

    Wednesday
    Jul 7

    1 Hour

    Cuban scientists develop their own biotech industry, including lung cancer vaccines that may give new hope to patients around the world.
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    Cuba's Cancer Hope

    Thursday
    Jul 8

    1 Hour

    Cuban scientists develop their own biotech industry, including lung cancer vaccines that may give new hope to patients around the world.
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    Cuba's Cancer Hope

    Thursday
    Jul 8

    1 Hour

    Cuban scientists develop their own biotech industry, including lung cancer vaccines that may give new hope to patients around the world.
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    Cuba's Cancer Hope

    Thursday
    Jul 8

    1 Hour

    Cuban scientists develop their own biotech industry, including lung cancer vaccines that may give new hope to patients around the world.
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    Cuba's Cancer Hope

    Friday
    Jul 9

    1 Hour

    Cuban scientists develop their own biotech industry, including lung cancer vaccines that may give new hope to patients around the world.
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    Cuba's Cancer Hope

    Friday
    Jul 9

    1 Hour

    Cuban scientists develop their own biotech industry, including lung cancer vaccines that may give new hope to patients around the world.
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    The Truth About Fat

    Friday
    Jul 9

    1 Hour

    The mysteries of fat and its role in hormone production, hunger and pregnancy.

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