January NOVA Episodes

PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science
behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science
and technology, and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.

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NOVA Feature

Making Stuff Wilder

What happens when engineers open up nature’s toolbox? David Pogue explores bold innovations inspired by the Earth’s greatest inventor, life itself. From underwater wi-fi based on dolphin communication, to robotic “mules” and “cheetahs” for the military, to swarms of robotic bees, Pogue travels the world seeing the “wildest” ideas put into action in new inventions and technologies.

Thursday, January 1 at 8:00pm.

 

NOVA Feature

Building the Great Cathedrals

Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse.

Sunday, January 4 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, January 8 at 11:00pm.

 

NOVA Feature

Great Cathedral Mystery

The dome that crowns Florence’s great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore—the Duomo—is a masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth after more than six centuries, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship. Historians and engineers have long debated how its architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, kept the dome perfectly aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center, 40 stories above the cathedral floor.

Sunday, January 11 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, January 15 at 11:00pm.

 

NOVA Feature

Rise of the Drones

These unmanned flying robots—some as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birds—do things straight out of science fiction. Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense and kill has remained secret. NOVA reveals the amazing technologies that make them so powerful. Discover the cutting-edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history.

Sunday, January 18 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, January 22 at 11:00pm.

 

NOVA Feature

Big Bang Machine

On July 4, 2012, scientists at the giant atom smashing facility at CERN announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that seems like a tantalizingly close match to the elusive Higgs Boson, thought to be responsible for giving all the stuff in the universe its mass. Since it was first proposed nearly 50 years ago, the Higgs has been the holy grail of particle physicists: finding it completes the “standard model” that underlies all of modern particle physics. Now CERN’s scientists are preparing for the Large Hadron Collider’s second act, when they restart the history-making collider, running at higher energy—hoping for the next great discovery that will change what we know about the particles and forces that make up our universe.

Sunday, January 25 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, January 29 at 11:00pm.


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