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NOVA

Season 35 2008
TV-PG

  • 2008-01-09T02:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 16 hours, 13 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary

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.

18 episodes

35x01 Absolute Zero: The Conquest Of Cold (1)

  • Season Premiere

    2008-01-09T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Our mastery of cold is something we take for granted, whether it s air conditioning and frozen food or the liquefied gases and superconductivity at the heart of cutting-edge technology. But what is cold? How do you achieve it, and how cold can it get? This two-part NOVA special brings the history of this frosty fascination to life with brilliant dramatic recreations of high moments in low-temperature research and the quest for ever-lower notches on the thermometer. The first hour, The Conquest of Cold, opens in the 1600s when the nature of cold and heat was a complete mystery. Were they different aspects of the same phenomenon? The experiments that settled these questions helped stoke the Industrial Revolution. In the second hour, The Race For Absolute Zero dramatizes the titanic rivalry between Scottish researcher James Dewar and Dutch physicist Heike Onnes, who plunged cold science to the forbidding realm at which oxygen and then nitrogen turn into liquids. The race continues today as scientists pioneer super-fast computing near absolute zero the ultimate chill of -459.67° F where atoms slow to a virtual standstill.

Our mastery of cold is something we take for granted, whether it s air conditioning and frozen food or the liquefied gases and superconductivity at the heart of cutting-edge technology. But what is cold? How do you achieve it, and how cold can it get? This two-part NOVA special brings the history of this frosty fascination to life with brilliant dramatic recreations of high moments in low-temperature research and the quest for ever-lower notches on the thermometer. The first hour, The Conquest of Cold, opens in the 1600s when the nature of cold and heat was a complete mystery. Were they different aspects of the same phenomenon? The experiments that settled these questions helped stoke the Industrial Revolution. In the second hour, The Race For Absolute Zero dramatizes the titanic rivalry between Scottish researcher James Dewar and Dutch physicist Heike Onnes, who plunged cold science to the forbidding realm at which oxygen and then nitrogen turn into liquids. The race continues today as scientists pioneer super-fast computing near absolute zero the ultimate chill of -459.67° F where atoms slow to a virtual standstill.

35x03 Secrets Of The Parthenon

  • 2008-01-30T02:00:00Z — 52 mins

A look at the Greek government's Acropolis Restoration Project as they restore the Parthenon and learn its many secrets.

35x04 Astrospies

  • 2008-02-13T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

NOVA explores the other Cold War space race, the top-secret programs by the U.S. and the USSR, to place military astronauts aboard orbiting spy stations.

35x05 Ape Genius

  • 2008-02-20T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

As new research continues to reveal that apes are smarter than previously thought, NOVA explores just what separates humans from the great apes.

35x06 The Four-Winged Dinosaur

  • 2008-02-27T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

A look at the 2002 discovery of a four-winged crow-sized dinosaur fossil dubbed Microraptor, which has rekindled the scientific debate over the origins of flight. Included is a wind tunnel test of a "flight-ready" model of the 130 million-year-old Microraptor.

35x07 Cracking The Maya Code

  • 2008-04-09T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

NOVA retraces the paths of a few pioneers who deciphered the complex system of Mayan hieroglyphs.

35x08 Car Of The Future

  • 2008-04-23T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Tom and Ray Magliozzi of NPR's Car Talk, explore new technologies and ideas for the future of automobiles.

35x09 A Walk To Beautiful

  • 2008-05-14T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Surviving injuries incurred through childbirth, three Ethiopian women travel to a special hospital in Addis Ababa where they begin to rebuild their lives.

35x10 Lord Of The Ants

  • 2008-05-21T01:00:00Z — 53 mins

At age 78, E.O. Wilson is still going through his "little savage" phase of boyhood exploration of the natural world. In "Lord of the Ants," NOVA profiles this soft-spoken Southerner and Harvard professor, who is an acclaimed advocate for ants, biological diversity, and the controversial extension of Darwinian ideas to human society. Actor and environmentalist Harrison Ford narrates this engaging portrait of a ceaselessly active scientist and eloquent writer, who has accumulated two Pulitzer Prizes among his many other honors. Says fellow naturalist David Attenborough: "He will go down as the man who opened the eyes of millions 'round the world to the glories, the values, the importance of—to use his term—biodiversity."

35x11 Arctic Dinosaurs

  • 2008-10-08T01:00:00Z — 53 mins

A field expedition to collect new fossil clues on Alaska's North Slope reveals details of the lives of polar dinosaurs.

35x12 Space Shuttle Disaster

  • 2008-10-15T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

An investigation uncovers the human failures and design flaws behind the 2003 Columbia tragedy.

Join Mark Everett on his quixotic quest to understand his father Hugh, creator of a radical theory of quantum physics.

Fractals are more than just pretty pictures. These simple but sophisticated equations describe the world we live in, from forest growth patterns to the beating of a human heart, and they are inspiring new investigation in myriad fields of science and technology.

35x15 Alien From Earth

  • 2008-11-12T02:00:00Z — 53 mins

The 2004 discovery of tiny human fossil bones on the island of Flores, Indonesia, raised new—and controversial—speculation about the history of the human race. Ever since, scientists have been scrambling to find more information about these "hobbits."

35x16 The Bible's Buried Secrets

  • 2008-11-19T02:00:00Z — 52 mins

“The Bible’s Buried Secrets,” produced by Rhode Island-based Providence Pictures for PBS's science series Nova, attempts to uncover who wrote the Hebrew Bible and whether it’s history or parable, delving into the origins of the Israelites to explore their gradual transformation into a monotheistic people. The show also poses provocative ideas – including the “revelation” that many Israelites believed that God had a wife – and disputes literal readings of the text.

35x17 Ocean Animal Emergency

  • 2008-11-26T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

With a passion that will leave few viewers unmoved, veterinarians and volunteers at California's Marine Mammal Center work to rescue and rehabilitate a variety of marine mammals, including harbor seal pups and California sea lions.

35x18 Is There Life On Mars?

  • 2008-12-31T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

NASA's twin robot explorers, Spirit and Opportunity, have endured the worst Martian storm ever recorded and survived near-fatal glitches—yet continue to operate. Now they're joined on the Red Planet by NASA's Phoenix probe, which has already made significant discoveries of its own.

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