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Why Ships Crash

53m 31s

When the colossal Ever Given container ship crashed in the Suez Canal in March 2021, international supply chains ground to a halt. How did it happen? Follow the investigation into one of the most expensive shipping disasters ever.

Episodes

  • Why Ships Crash: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Ships Crash

    S49 E9 - 53m 31s

    When the colossal Ever Given container ship crashed in the Suez Canal in March 2021, international supply chains ground to a halt. How did it happen? Follow the investigation into one of the most expensive shipping disasters ever.

  • Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day

    S49 E7 - 53m 33s

    The search continues for signs of what might have happened on the day the dinosaurs died. Scientists uncover remarkable evidence, including a near perfectly preserved dinosaur leg and what could be pieces of the asteroid itself.

  • Dinosaur Apocalypse: The New Evidence: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dinosaur Apocalypse: The New Evidence

    S49 E6 - 53m 33s

    In North Dakota, scientists use new fossils to reconstruct what life might have been like just before an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. The site reveals remarkable evidence, including the unhatched egg of a pterosaur, a huge flying reptile.

  • Determined: Fighting Alzheimer's: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Determined: Fighting Alzheimer's

    S49 E5 - 53m 28s

    Follow three women at risk of developing Alzheimer’s as they join a groundbreaking study to try to prevent the disease – sharing their ups and downs, anxiously watching for symptoms, and hoping they can make a difference.

  • Augmented: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Augmented

    S49 E4 - 1h 25m

    Follow the dramatic personal journey of Hugh Herr, a biophysicist working to create brain-controlled robotic limbs. At age 17, Herr’s legs were amputated after a climbing accident. Frustrated by the crude prosthetic limbs he was given, Herr set out to remedy their design, leading him to a career as an inventor of innovative prosthetic devices.

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    Great Mammoth Mystery

    S49 E3 - 53m 26s

    Sir David Attenborough investigates a unique site in southern England where amateur fossil hunters uncovered giant mammoth bones and evidence of Neanderthals. A team of paleontologists and archaeologists soon discover that the site preserves rare evidence of the extinct beasts and early human inhabitants of Britain dating to over 200,000 years ago.

  • Secrets in the Scat: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Secrets in the Scat

    S49 E2 - 53m 32s

    Scott Burnett is “Scatman”—an Australian ecologist on the trail of the secrets of poop. By identifying and analyzing animal scat for DNA and hormones, he discovers essential details of their behavior, how they fit in the ecosystem, and even how to protect them.

  • Arctic Sinkholes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Arctic Sinkholes

    S49 E1 - 53m 28s

    Colossal explosions shake a remote corner of the Siberian tundra, leaving behind massive craters. In Alaska, a huge lake erupts with bubbles of inflammable gas. Scientists are discovering that these mystifying phenomena add up to a ticking time bomb, as long-frozen permafrost melts and releases vast amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Extras + Features

  • Predicting My MS Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Predicting My MS Preview

    S49 E101 - 38s

    In 2005, filmmaker Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, a rare type of MS that has no known cure and inflicts progressively debilitating symptoms. In this moving personal film, DaSilva looks back on the challenges he’s faced, delves into the science behind MS, and investigates the potential risk factors that may–or may not–have contributed to his rare diagnosis.

  • Predicting My MS: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Predicting My MS

    S49 E101 - 30m 37s

    In 2005, filmmaker Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, a rare type of MS that has no known cure and inflicts progressively debilitating symptoms. In this moving personal film, DaSilva looks back on the challenges he’s faced, delves into the science behind MS, and investigates the potential risk factors that may–or may not–have contributed to his rare diagnosis.

  • Why Ships Crash Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Ships Crash Preview

    S49 E9 - 29s

    When the colossal Ever Given container ship crashed in the Suez Canal in March 2021, international supply chains ground to a halt. How did it happen? Follow the investigation into one of the most expensive shipping disasters ever.

  • Ice Age Footprints Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ice Age Footprints Preview

    S49 E8 - 30s

    Ancient footprints in New Mexico’s White Sands National Park reveal new evidence of Ice Age humans that walked the land alongside enormous ground sloths and mammoths—thousands of years earlier than archaeologists thought people were in the Americas.

  • Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day

    S49 E7 - 29s

    The search continues for signs of what might have happened on the day the dinosaurs died. Scientists uncover remarkable evidence, including a near perfectly preserved dinosaur leg and what could be pieces of the asteroid itself.

  • Dinosaur Apocalypse: The New Evidence Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dinosaur Apocalypse: The New Evidence Preview

    S49 E6 - 29s

    In North Dakota, scientists use new fossils to reconstruct what life might have been like just before an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. The site reveals remarkable evidence, including the unhatched egg of a pterosaur, a huge flying reptile.

  • How an Alzheimer’s study reached Black communities: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How an Alzheimer’s study reached Black communities

    S49 E5 - 2m 32s

    Any investigator that doesn't understand how communities of color have been unfairly treated when it comes to research is doing themselves a disservice, says Gina Green Harris, director of Milwaukee Outreach.

  • Determined: Fighting Alzheimer's Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Determined: Fighting Alzheimer's Preview

    S49 E5 - 28s

    Follow three women at risk of developing Alzheimer’s as they join a groundbreaking study to try to prevent the disease – sharing their ups and downs, anxiously watching for symptoms, and hoping they can make a difference.

Schedule

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    Why Ships Crash

    Sunday
    May 22

    1 Hour

    The investigation into how the Ever Given container ship crashed into the Suez Canal in March 2021, causing a major supply chain crisis around the globe.
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    Why Ships Crash

    Sunday
    May 22

    1 Hour

    The investigation into how the Ever Given container ship crashed into the Suez Canal in March 2021, causing a major supply chain crisis around the globe.
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    NOVA

    Why Ships Crash

    Tuesday
    May 24

    1 Hour

    The investigation into how the Ever Given container ship crashed into the Suez Canal in March 2021, causing a major supply chain crisis around the globe.
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    Why Ships Crash

    Wednesday
    May 25

    1 Hour

    The investigation into how the Ever Given container ship crashed into the Suez Canal in March 2021, causing a major supply chain crisis around the globe.
  • Image
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    NOVA

    Why Ships Crash

    Wednesday
    May 25

    1 Hour

    The investigation into how the Ever Given container ship crashed into the Suez Canal in March 2021, causing a major supply chain crisis around the globe.
  • Image
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    NOVA

    Ice Age Footprints

    Wednesday
    May 25

    1 Hour

    A look at what thousands of prehistoric footprints in New Mexico's White Sands National Park might reveal about the peopling of the Americas.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Ice Age Footprints

    Wednesday
    May 25

    1 Hour

    A look at what thousands of prehistoric footprints in New Mexico's White Sands National Park might reveal about the peopling of the Americas.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Ice Age Footprints

    Thursday
    May 26

    1 Hour

    A look at what thousands of prehistoric footprints in New Mexico's White Sands National Park might reveal about the peopling of the Americas.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Ice Age Footprints

    Thursday
    May 26

    1 Hour

    A look at what thousands of prehistoric footprints in New Mexico's White Sands National Park might reveal about the peopling of the Americas.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Ice Age Footprints

    Sunday
    May 29

    1 Hour

    A look at what thousands of prehistoric footprints in New Mexico's White Sands National Park might reveal about the peopling of the Americas.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Ice Age Footprints

    Sunday
    May 29

    1 Hour

    A look at what thousands of prehistoric footprints in New Mexico's White Sands National Park might reveal about the peopling of the Americas.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Ice Age Footprints

    Tuesday
    May 31

    1 Hour

    A look at what thousands of prehistoric footprints in New Mexico's White Sands National Park might reveal about the peopling of the Americas.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Ice Age Footprints

    Wednesday
    Jun 1

    1 Hour

    A look at what thousands of prehistoric footprints in New Mexico's White Sands National Park might reveal about the peopling of the Americas.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Ice Age Footprints

    Wednesday
    Jun 1

    1 Hour

    A look at what thousands of prehistoric footprints in New Mexico's White Sands National Park might reveal about the peopling of the Americas.
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    Touching the Asteroid

    Wednesday
    Jun 1

    1 Hour

    Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx attempts to grab a piece of an asteroid to bring back to Earth so scientists can study it to learn about the planet's origins.
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    NOVA

    Touching the Asteroid

    Wednesday
    Jun 1

    1 Hour

    Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx attempts to grab a piece of an asteroid to bring back to Earth so scientists can study it to learn about the planet's origins.
  • Image
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    NOVA

    Great Escape at Dunkirk

    Wednesday
    Jun 1

    1 Hour

    Archaeologists and divers recover remains of ships and planes that were lost in Dunkirk, France, during World War II.
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    NOVA

    Great Escape at Dunkirk

    Wednesday
    Jun 1

    1 Hour

    Archaeologists and divers recover remains of ships and planes that were lost in Dunkirk, France, during World War II.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Touching the Asteroid

    Thursday
    Jun 2

    1 Hour

    Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx attempts to grab a piece of an asteroid to bring back to Earth so scientists can study it to learn about the planet's origins.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Great Escape at Dunkirk

    Thursday
    Jun 2

    1 Hour

    Archaeologists and divers recover remains of ships and planes that were lost in Dunkirk, France, during World War II.

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