NOVA, Vol. 16HDClosed Captioning
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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.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGreat Human Odyssey||Numbering no more than a few thousand, tiny groups of intrepid humans began to move out of Africa—eventually dominating the planet. How did these early humans acquire the skills, technology, and talent to thrive in every environment on earth? Takes a global journey through the past, following our ancestors’ footsteps out of Africa along a trail of scientific clues to help unravel the mystery of how we got where we are.||1:53:14||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSuper Tunnel||Follow an army of engineers and designers as they tackle the complex challenge of building Crossrail, a massive new subterranean railway deep beneath the streets of London.||53:05||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTreasures of Earth: Gems||Their beauty has captivated us for millennia. Their cost can be extraordinary–some are even considered priceless. Precious gems like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opal, and jade are the ultimate treasures of the earth, and each one is made from a specific–and often torturous–recipe of chemistry, pressure, and heat.||53:06||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTreasures of Earth: Metals||The enduring luster of gold, the conductivity of copper, the strength of steel—the special properties of metals have reshaped societies and defined eras; they have such an important role in human history that entire ages have been named after them||53:05||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTreasures of Earth: Power||Drill down to discover the treasures beneath our feet that power our world. Fossil fuels–coal, oil, and natural gas–powered the industrial revolution and allowed us to build a way of life that many cherish today. Personal cars, planes, lights, hot showers–all of these are gifts from our fossil fuels… but they have a dirty dark side in that they are polluting the planet||53:05||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSecrets of the Sky Tombs||The Himalayas were among the last places on Earth that homo sapiens came to inhabit. Now, join an international team of scientists as they climb to the world’s highest tombs to unearth secrets of the people who settled these extreme environments.||53:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Nuclear Option||Five years after the Fukushima disaster, the future of nuclear power is in question. Join engineers as they embark on an unprecedented cleanup and investigate new nuclear technologies that would prevent future meltdowns.||53:39||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSearch for the Super Battery||Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work, and uncover what the future has in store for our gadgets, our lives, and even our planet.||53:45||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoUltimate Cruise Ship||Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship. It will be decked with the finest gold, marble, and crystal and designed to offer guests the roomiest accommodations of any commercial cruise ship. However, engineering opulence is no easy feat. NOVA follows a pioneering team of ship builders as they embark on what is advertised to be a milestone in maritime engineering.||52:55||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoOrigami Revolution||The century old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is now at the heart of a scientific revolution. Engineers and designers are discovering how, by adopting the principles of origami, they are able to reshape the world around us… and even within us. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, origami is being adopted in designing new drugs, micro-robots, even future space missions! With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the questions is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm – a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds the secrets of Origami.||53:46||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWhy Trains Crash||From derailments to head-on collisions to drivers killed at road crossings, deadly train accidents claim dozens of lives each year. But just how unsafe are the railroads? NOVA investigates recent rail tragedies and advances in train tech that could help prevent them, taking a special look at Japan’s superefficient bullet trains, which have a perfect safety record. What would it take to usher in a new golden age of safer, faster, more modern and reliable train travel?||53:53||$2.99||View in iTunes|