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NOVA

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.

NOVA Universe Revealed: Big Bang

53m 27s

The Big Bang is when the cosmos started and time itself began. With stunning animation based on space telescope images, NOVA winds back the ages to discover new clues about this ultimate genesis and what happened in the universe’s first few seconds.

Episodes

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    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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    NOVA Universe Revealed: Big Bang

    S48 E19 - 53m 27s

    The Big Bang is when the cosmos started and time itself began. With stunning animation based on space telescope images, NOVA winds back the ages to discover new clues about this ultimate genesis and what happened in the universe’s first few seconds.

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    NOVA Universe Revealed: Black Holes

    S48 E18 - 53m 27s

    Take a seat on the ultimate thrill ride to explore nature’s strangest and most powerful objects. Discover new science showing how black holes reshape entire galaxies, warp the fabric of space and time, and might even be portals to another universe.

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    NOVA Universe Revealed: Alien Worlds

    S48 E17 - 53m 27s

    Ultra-sensitive telescopes have transformed alien planet-hunting from science fiction into enthralling hard fact. Join NOVA on a visit to exotic worlds orbiting distant suns to answer an age-old question with thrilling new science: are we alone?

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    NOVA Universe Revealed: Milky Way

    S48 E16 - 53m 26s

    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 in time to unlock the turbulent story of our cosmic neighborhood.

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    NOVA Universe Revealed: Age of Stars

    S48 E15 - 53m 27s

    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 its place in a grand cycle of birth, death and renewal that makes this the age of stars.

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    Edible Insects

    S48 E14 - 53m 28s

    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.

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    Arctic Drift

    S48 E13 - 53m 32s

    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 that are changing the region—and the world—forever.

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    Particles Unknown

    S48 E12 - 53m 28s

    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 discoveries may change our understanding of how the universe works.

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    The Cannabis Question

    S48 E11 - 53m 32s

    As state-legalized cannabis spreads, NOVA investigates the latest scientific evidence for its potential benefits and risks, and how criminalization has disproportionately harmed communities of color.

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    Bat Superpowers

    S48 E10 - 53m 23s

    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 in Thailand and Texas to labs around the globe, NOVA meets the scientists who are decoding the superpowers of the bat.

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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.

Extras + Features

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    NOVA Universe Revealed Series Teaser

    S48 E115 - 1m

    In this five-part series, NOVA delves into the vastness of space to capture moments of high drama when the universe changed forever. State-of-the-art animation gives us astonishing, photorealistic glimpses of the birth of a star in a stellar nursery, the chaos created as two galaxies collide, and the power of a supermassive black hole as it flings a star across space.

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    NOVA Universe Revealed: Big Bang Preview

    S48 E19 - 30s

    The Big Bang is when the cosmos started and time itself began. With stunning animation based on space telescope images, NOVA winds back the ages to discover new clues about this ultimate genesis and what happened in the universe’s first few seconds.

  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Black Holes Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    NOVA Universe Revealed: Black Holes Preview

    S48 E18 - 30s

    Take a seat on the ultimate thrill ride to explore nature’s strangest and most powerful objects. Discover new science showing how black holes reshape entire galaxies, warp the fabric of space and time, and might even be portals to another universe.

  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Alien Worlds Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    NOVA Universe Revealed: Alien Worlds Preview

    S48 E17 - 30s

    Ultra-sensitive telescopes have transformed alien planet-hunting from science fiction into enthralling hard fact. Join NOVA on a visit to exotic worlds orbiting distant suns to answer an age-old question with thrilling new science: are we alone?

  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Milky Way Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    NOVA Universe Revealed: Milky Way Preview

    S48 E16 - 30s

    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 in time to unlock the turbulent story of our cosmic neighborhood.

  • NOVA Universe Revealed: Age of Stars Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    NOVA Universe Revealed: Age of Stars Preview

    S48 E15 - 30s

    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 its place in a grand cycle of birth, death and renewal that makes this the age of stars.

  • Will the Universe's Stars Someday Disappear?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Will the Universe's Stars Someday Disappear?

    S48 E15 - 2m 42s

    The chance of a star being born today is much lower than it was in the universe's past. Here's why—and how astronomers predict the age of stars will someday come to an end.

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    Edible Insects Promo

    S48 E14 - 29s

    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.

Schedule

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    NOVA

    Saving Notre Dame

    Wednesday
    Dec 1

    1 Hour

    Engineers race to rebuild the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral and secure the medieval structure within five years.
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    NOVA

    Saving Notre Dame

    Thursday
    Dec 2

    1 Hour

    Engineers race to rebuild the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral and secure the medieval structure within five years.
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    NOVA

    Dog Tales

    Thursday
    Dec 2

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    A look at dog domestication, how scientists test wolf intelligence and decode canine DNA, and what science says about a dog's love for humans.
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    NOVA

    Dog Tales

    Friday
    Dec 3

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    A look at dog domestication, how scientists test wolf intelligence and decode canine DNA, and what science says about a dog's love for humans.
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    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Dog Tales

    Friday
    Dec 3

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    A look at dog domestication, how scientists test wolf intelligence and decode canine DNA, and what science says about a dog's love for humans.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Dog Tales

    Friday
    Dec 3

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    A look at dog domestication, how scientists test wolf intelligence and decode canine DNA, and what science says about a dog's love for humans.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Saving Notre Dame

    Sunday
    Dec 5

    1 Hour

    Engineers race to rebuild the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral and secure the medieval structure within five years.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Saving Notre Dame

    Sunday
    Dec 5

    1 Hour

    Engineers race to rebuild the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral and secure the medieval structure within five years.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Rise of the Mammals

    Wednesday
    Dec 8

    1 Hour

    A new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
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    NOVA

    Rise of the Mammals

    Thursday
    Dec 9

    1 Hour

    A new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Rise of the Mammals

    Thursday
    Dec 9

    1 Hour

    A new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Secrets of Noah's Ark

    Thursday
    Dec 9

    1 Hour

    A new version of the biblical flood story includes instructions for assembling an ark.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Rise of the Mammals

    Friday
    Dec 10

    1 Hour

    A new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Secrets of Noah's Ark

    Friday
    Dec 10

    1 Hour

    A new version of the biblical flood story includes instructions for assembling an ark.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Rise of the Mammals

    Friday
    Dec 10

    1 Hour

    A new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Secrets of Noah's Ark

    Friday
    Dec 10

    1 Hour

    A new version of the biblical flood story includes instructions for assembling an ark.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Rise of the Mammals

    Sunday
    Dec 12

    1 Hour

    A new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

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