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Season 44 2017

  • 2017-01-05T05:00:00+03:00 on PBS
  • 60 mins
  • 20 hours, 45 mins (21 episodes)
  • 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.

21 episodes

44x01 Secrets of the Sky Tombs

  • Season Premiere

    2017-01-05T05:00:00+03:00 — 53 mins

Scientists explore mountain tombs in the Himalayas, revealing ancient secrets about the people who settled there, including rituals to ward off restless spirits.

44x02 The Nuclear Option

  • 2017-01-12T05:00:00+03:00 — 113 mins

Scientists and engineers work to control a nuclear renaissance five years after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

44x03 Search for the Super Battery

  • 2017-02-02T05:00:00+03:00 — 113 mins

David Pogue investigates how batteries work and what the future may hold for technical innovation.

44x04 Ultimate Cruise Ship

  • 2017-02-09T05:00:00+03:00 — 52 mins

Shipbuilders in Italy work around the clock to build the Seven Seas Explorer, the world's largest and most luxurious cruise ship.

44x05 The Origami Revolution

  • 2017-02-16T05:00:00+03:00 — 53 mins

The art of origami reshapes the world, affecting drug development and future NASA space missions.

44x06 Why Trains Crash

  • 2017-02-23T05:00:00+03:00 — 53 mins

Investigators study wreckage of train accidents; safety experts test crash prevention designs.

44x07 Holocaust Escape Tunnel

  • 2017-04-20T04:00:00+03:00 — 53 mins

Archaeologists discover a tunnel near Vilnius, Lithuania, which served as an escape route for Jews fleeing the Nazis during World War II.

44x08 Building Chernobyl's MegaTomb

  • 2017-04-27T04:00:00+03:00 — 53 mins

Engineers build a dome to contain the crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

44x09 Chinese Chariot Revealed

  • 2017-05-18T04:00:00+03:00 — 53 mins

Design secrets that made chariots a war machine for hundreds of years; how they were used and how they helped unify China.

44x10 Poisoned Water

  • 2017-06-01T04:00:00+03:00 — 53 mins

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., brings awareness to the vulnerabilities of water systems across the U.S.

44x11 Eclipse Over America

  • 2017-08-22T04:00:00+03:00 — 53 mins

The history of eclipse science and research into the solar corona.

44x12 Death Dive to Saturn

  • 2017-09-14T04:00:00+03:00 — 53 mins

The Cassini space probe attempts to dive between the innermost ring and top of Saturn's atmosphere.

44x13 Secrets of the Shining Knight

  • 2017-10-05T04:00:00+03:00 — 52 mins

A re-engineering of Greenwich armor to get a sense of what it was like to be a knight and how the armor was manufactured in medieval times.

44x14 Ghosts of Stonehenge

  • 2017-10-12T04:00:00+03:00 — 54 mins

Archaeological digs reveal new clues as to who built Stonehenge and why.

44x15 Secrets of the Forbidden City

  • 2017-10-19T04:00:00+03:00 — 52 mins

The architectural design of Beijing's ancient complex of palaces and temples enabled it to survive centuries of earthquake shocks.

44x16 Killer Volcanoes

  • 2017-10-26T04:00:00+03:00 — 53 mins

The hunt for a volcanic mega-eruption that plunged medieval Earth into a deep freeze includes geologic evidence from Greenland to Antarctica.

44x17 Killer Hurricanes

  • 2017-11-02T04:00:00+03:00 — 54 mins

Researching the Great Hurricane of 1780, which blasted its way across the Caribbean, why it was so dangerous and the potential for more mega-storms in the future.

44x18 Killer Floods

  • 2017-11-09T05:00:00+03:00 — 53 mins

Efforts to uncover the geologic footprints of colossal megafloods in Iceland and on the seabed of the English Channel.

44x19 Extreme Animal Weapons

  • 2017-11-23T05:00:00+03:00 — 52 mins

Why some animals have extreme armaments, including claws, horns, fangs and stings.

44x20 Bird Brain

  • 2017-12-21T05:00:00+03:00 — 60 mins

Scientists test avian aptitude with brainteasers that reveal acute intelligence.

44x21 Day the Dinosaurs Died

  • 2017-12-28T05:00:00+03:00 — 60 mins

Scientists discover new clues as to the catastrophe that ended the reign of the dinosaurs on Earth.