Science and Nature

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.

Bat Superpowers

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.

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.

  • Bat Superpowers: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    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.

  • Ship That Changed the World: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • Picture a Scientist: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    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.

  • Looking for Life on Mars: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    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.

  • Secrets in our DNA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    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

  • Can Solar Storms Knock Out Our Power Grid?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Can Solar Storms Knock Out Our Power Grid?

    S48 - 6m 55s

    Solar storms have the potential to affect our power grid and cause widespread blackouts. Watch how researchers and engineers are working together to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  • Dream Hacking: Decisions, Addictions, and Sleep: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dream Hacking: Decisions, Addictions, and Sleep

    S48 - 14m 34s

    Neuroscience is beginning to demystify such feelings. Our agency and decisions, it turns out, can be measurably influenced by events that evade the conscious part of our brains. We’ll see three groundbreaking experiments that illustrate that influences we are unaware of in our waking life, during dreamless sleep, or even in our dreams can impact our memory and behavior.

  • Preparing for the Pacific Northwest's Next Major Earthquake: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preparing for the Pacific Northwest's Next Major Earthquake

    S48 - 6m 12s

    An earthquake with a magnitude of 8 or higher hasn’t rumbled beneath the contiguous U.S. in more than 300 years. Now, the Pacific Northwest is due for another "big one."
    Clues from the past, along with modern-day science, can help coastal Indigenous communities understand the risks and develop novel mitigation strategies.

  • How California's Droughts Lead to Other Disasters: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How California's Droughts Lead to Other Disasters

    S48 - 5m 54s

    Each year, California and the Southwest break new records for droughts and high temperatures, which bring damaging heat waves, wildfires, and even flooding. Learn how these catastrophes operate together—and how engineers are working on new technologies to help us survive.

  • The Coronavirus Pandemic's Toll on Mental Health: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Coronavirus Pandemic's Toll on Mental Health

    S48 - 6m 6s

    The precautions we’ve taken to quell the coronavirus pandemic—sheltering in place, social distancing, not spending much time with people outside our own households—have exacerbated America’s mental health crisis.

  • The Big Lie about Monarch Butterflies: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Big Lie about Monarch Butterflies

    S48 - 9m 25s

    Discover a piece of false information about monarch butterflies and Mexico’s Indigenous Purépecha community, and why tourism may be partly to blame.

  • Using Technology to Cope With Drought: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Using Technology to Cope With Drought

    S48 - 28m

    With the help of hydrologists and innovators on the ground and in the lab, Dr. Alok Patel learns about the traditional ecological knowledge of the Navajo Nation in the especially hard-hit Southwest. And he speaks with innovators applying advanced technology to agricultural practices, like drone surveillance and artificial intelligence, to prepare for and cope with drought.

  • Sciencing Out: How Trust in Medicine and Science is Built: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sciencing Out: How Trust in Medicine and Science is Built

    S48 - 14m 11s

    In the second episode of Sciencing Out, host Reyhaneh Maktoufi introduces us to two women: 18th-century Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and modern-day wildlife conservationist Paula Kahumbu. By dedicating time to build public trust, both Lady Mary and Paula made major positive changes in their communities.

  • Sciencing Out: What it Means to Make Information Tangible: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sciencing Out: What it Means to Make Information Tangible

    S48 - 14m 22s

    In this episode of Sciencing Out, host Reyhaneh Maktoufi introduces you to two of these experts—statistician and pioneer of modern nursing Florence Nightingale, and modern-day data journalist Mona Chalabi, who’s used her illustrations and graphics to visualize everything from how hairy you are to healthcare inequities.

Schedule

  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    The Cannabis Question

    Wednesday
    Sep 29

    1 Hour

    A look at the risks posed by cannabis on the developing adolescent brain and the potential long-term health consequences of its use.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    The Cannabis Question

    Wednesday
    Sep 29

    1 Hour

    A look at the risks posed by cannabis on the developing adolescent brain and the potential long-term health consequences of its use.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    The Cannabis Question

    Thursday
    Sep 30

    1 Hour

    A look at the risks posed by cannabis on the developing adolescent brain and the potential long-term health consequences of its use.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    The Cannabis Question

    Thursday
    Sep 30

    1 Hour

    A look at the risks posed by cannabis on the developing adolescent brain and the potential long-term health consequences of its use.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    The Cannabis Question

    Thursday
    Sep 30

    1 Hour

    A look at the risks posed by cannabis on the developing adolescent brain and the potential long-term health consequences of its use.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    The Cannabis Question

    Friday
    Oct 1

    1 Hour

    A look at the risks posed by cannabis on the developing adolescent brain and the potential long-term health consequences of its use.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    The Cannabis Question

    Friday
    Oct 1

    1 Hour

    A look at the risks posed by cannabis on the developing adolescent brain and the potential long-term health consequences of its use.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    The Cannabis Question

    Saturday
    Oct 2

    1 Hour

    A look at the risks posed by cannabis on the developing adolescent brain and the potential long-term health consequences of its use.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    The Cannabis Question

    Sunday
    Oct 3

    1 Hour

    A look at the risks posed by cannabis on the developing adolescent brain and the potential long-term health consequences of its use.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Particles Unknown

    Wednesday
    Oct 6

    1 Hour

    An international team studies the neutrino, the most common yet least understood particle in the universe.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Particles Unknown

    Wednesday
    Oct 6

    1 Hour

    An international team studies the neutrino, the most common yet least understood particle in the universe.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Particles Unknown

    Thursday
    Oct 7

    1 Hour

    An international team studies the neutrino, the most common yet least understood particle in the universe.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Particles Unknown

    Thursday
    Oct 7

    1 Hour

    An international team studies the neutrino, the most common yet least understood particle in the universe.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Particles Unknown

    Thursday
    Oct 7

    1 Hour

    An international team studies the neutrino, the most common yet least understood particle in the universe.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Particles Unknown

    Friday
    Oct 8

    1 Hour

    An international team studies the neutrino, the most common yet least understood particle in the universe.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Particles Unknown

    Friday
    Oct 8

    1 Hour

    An international team studies the neutrino, the most common yet least understood particle in the universe.

WETA Passport

Stream tens of thousands of hours of your PBS and local favorites with WETA Passport whenever and wherever you want. Catch up on a single episode or binge-watch full seasons before they air on TV.

Similar Shows