NOVA, Vol. 3Closed Captioning
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As entertaining as it is informative, NOVA explores headline-grabbing innovations and discoveries, demystifying science and technology along the way while also highlighting the human side of the people "who make science happen." As the most watched documentary series on PBS, NOVA programs have defined science television for the world, helping us to understand the way things work, while also exploring the social implications of these scientific findings that affect our past, present, and future. Ranging in topics covering everything from galaxies to atoms, the series opens viewers' imaginations to cutting-edge technology that is constantly pushing the limits of the real and possible.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoFractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension||What do movie special effects, the stock market, heart attacks, and the rings of Saturn have in common? They all consist of fractals, irregular repeating shapes that are found in cloud formations and tree limbs, in stalks of broccoli and craggy mountain ranges, and even in the rhythm of the human heart. NOVA takes viewers on a fascinating quest with a group of pioneering mathematicians determined to decipher the rules that govern fractal geometry. Their remarkable findings are deepening our understanding of nature and stimulating a new wave of scientific, medical and artistic innovation stretching from the ecology of the rainforest to fashion design.||53:34||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoAlien from Earth||NOVA presents an exclusive new investigation into the sensational discovery of the bizarre ancient bones of the so-called "Hobbit" unearthed in a cave on the island of Flores, Indonesia. No more than 3 feet tall when fully grown, these tiny humans survived in the cave for tens of thousands of years, hunting the huge and fierce Komodo dragons that roamed their remote island home. In Alien from Earth, NOVA explores the latest evidence in a furious scientific debate on what the Hobbit bones represent. Are they the remains of a dwarf race of modern humans suffering from a strange disease? Or are they the unique and tantalizing testament to a previously unknown branch of the human family?||52:25||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Bible's Buried Secrets||The Bible's Buried Secrets is a landmark two-hour NOVA special taking viewers on a fascinating scientific journey that began 3,000 years ago and continues to this day. The film presents the results of more than 100 years of excavation and centuries of biblical scholarship, digging deep into the origins of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament. This archeological detective story tackles some of the biggest questions in biblical studies. Where did the ancient Israelites come from? Who wrote the Bible, when, and why? How did the worship of one god—the foundation of modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—emerge? A powerful intersection of science, scholarship, and scripture, The Bible's Buried Secrets provides unique insight into the deeper meaning of the biblical texts and their continuing resonance through the centuries.||1:52:05||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoOcean Animal Emergency||NOVA takes you inside a very special ER to showcase the efforts of a renowned team of wildlife veterinarians as they fight to save sick and injured ocean mammals including full-grown feisty California sea lions and adorable but weak harbor seal pups. For many of their patients, The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, makes the difference between life and death. Witness amazing rescues of ocean mammals in distress and marvel at the cutting-edge research into many of the diseases plaguing these animals, some the result of the devastating effect that humans have on our environment. Ocean Animal Emergency gives an insider's view of the work of wild animal veterinarians and illustrates the devastating changes happening in the ecology of our oceans.||53:14||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Big Energy Gamble||A vast majority of Americans believe we are facing a global climate crisis, but we don't know how the various energy solutions we hear about can help. NOVA looks at everything California - an oasis of energy conservation - is doing, from conservation and efficiency to the development of new sources of carbon-free power, to find out how the rest of the country can join in their aggressive pursuit of a sustainable energy future.||52:43||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Incredible Journey of the Butterflies||Nowhere in nature is there a more powerful mix of scientific marvel, awesome beauty and epic struggle for survival than the Monarch butterfly. Journey into the Monarch's secret and fascinating world as NOVA visits the spectacular locations the Monarch calls home, meets its friends and enemies (including humans in both camps) and flies with it on one of the most inspiring migratory odysseys imaginable.||52:32||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Spy Factory||NOVA exposes the hidden, high-tech workings of the world's largest intelligence agency, the National Security Agency (NSA). Their mission is to eavesdrop on the world - from phone calls in Europe and Afghanistan to email messages from Pakistan to Baghdad. Based on the best-seller by James Bamford, this is a report on the threat to privacy and the effectiveness of high-tech surveillance in the age of terrorism.||52:59||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoRat Attack||Every 48 years in the remote Indian state of Mizoram, an indigenous species of bamboo blooms, spurring an explosion in the rat population which feeds off the bamboo's fruit. The rats run amok, destroying crops and precipitating crippling famine. NOVA investigates the botanical mystery of why the bamboo flowers and why the rats attack with clockwork precision every half-century.||53:01||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoExtreme Ice||In collaboration with National Geographic, NOVA follows the exploits of acclaimed photojournalist James Balog and a scientific team as they deploy time-lapse cameras in risky, remote locations in the Arctic, Alaska and the Alps. Their goal is to create a unique photo archive of melting glaciers that could provide a key to understanding their runaway behavior.||53:07||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoLast Extinction||What killed the mammoths? Near the end of the last ice age 13,000 years ago, these mighty beasts disappeared from North America together with some 35 other groups of mammals. For four decades, debate has raged over the cause of their abrupt demise. NOVA presents an in-depth investigation of a controversial new hypothesis which suggests that a massive impact from space could be the culprit, and also explores alternate theories.||52:11||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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Nova is a superlative science program
I have watched the Fractal episode several times, it is an amazing first exposure for me to the world of fractals. Please Nova keep these episodes of science coming, and I encourage you to sell your wares in more creative ways to support these efforts. I can not even imagine how much more I would have pursued mathematics if I had had access to content like this. Thank you and bravo!
Why this is not available for no cost
This is an excellent season of informative and thought-provoking programs. To the person who wonders why NOVA (and other PBS programs) are not available for free, there's (at least) three reasons: (a) Apple has costs associated with getting the content to you, (b) it's not just people who pay US taxes that want to see these programs, and (c) PBS's funding has been cut drastically thanks to Congress perceiving that its constituents don't care enough, or are actively hostile to PBS because of various political or cultural reasons.
Excellent as we have come to expect from NOVA! Truly worth much more than the money spent to purchase it. And for the person asking about how NOVA is funded and thus why he should pay for it...NOVA is part of the National Science Foundation, a U.S. government agency. These days we should be happy to support programs such as NOVA. There are few which can match them!
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- Genre: Nonfiction
- Released: Oct 14, 2008
- © 2009 WGBH Educational Foundation
- CCin English