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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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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/v7M7siwVEBVXuW-k5hBsYQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance genius. Not only did he paint masterpieces of art, but he was an obsessive scientist and inventor, dreaming up complex machines centuries ahead of his time, including parachutes, armored tanks, hang gliders, and robots. On the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s... /episodes/get/97808 /episode/97808 Decoding da Vinci /episode-player/97808

Journey to Florence to discover how Leonardo da Vinci used science, from human dissections to innovative painting techniques, to create his legendary artwork. Learn why Mona Lisa's smile is so captivating - and what it took to create it.

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/AHAhTGX708FcdhaQUW09EQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Since the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, these fragile parchment relics have intrigued scholars, religious leaders, and profiteers alike. The 2,000-year-old scrolls include the oldest-known versions of the Hebrew Bible and hold vital clues about the birth of Christianity. While certain... /episodes/get/97562 /episode/97562 Dead Sea Scroll Detectives /episode-player/97562

What can new technology reveal about the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls? Join scientists as they investigate suspicious, newly surfaced fragments to see if they're forfeited, and use imaging techniques to digitally unravel the charred remains of a scroll.

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/09e2LhBi-v-3WBYWxDqPmA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs in a fiery global catastrophe. But we know little about how their successors, the mammals, recovered and took over the world. Now, hidden inside ordinary-looking rocks, an astonishing trove of fossils reveals a dramatic new picture of... /episodes/get/98387 /episode/98387 Rise of the Mammals /episode-player/98387

Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs in a fiery global catastrophe. An amazing new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over, ultimately evolving into the huge array of species, including us, that rule Earth today.

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Wed, 10/23/2019 - 22:00
//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/EQ3HFDrDYpUJwdM5378-Ow==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false After years of anticipation, autonomous vehicles are now being tested on public roads around the world. As ambitious innovators race to develop what they see as the next high-tech pot of gold, some experts warn there are still daunting challenges ahead, including how to train artificial... /episodes/get/97160 /episode/97160 Look Who's Driving /episode-player/97160

Tech giants and car manufacturers alike are developing self-driving cars - and some of them are already on public roads. But what must computers be capable of to truly take the wheel? And could they eventually be safer than human drivers?

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Wed, 10/23/2019 - 04:45
//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/Qo0q2bK-nZgcqtXpePWgsw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false In 2018, Italy’s Morandi Bridge collapsed, tragically killing 43 people. For 50 years, the iconic bridge had withstood the elements—and stress from ever-increasing traffic. What went wrong that fateful day? And how can new engineering technology protect bridge infrastructure to prevent such tragic... /episodes/get/96862 /episode/96862 Why Bridges Collapse /episode-player/96862

In 2018, Italy's Morandi Bridge collapsed, killing 43 people. NOVA investigates what went wrong and explores other bridge collapses across the United States. How can new engineering techniques make bridges safer and prevent such tragedies?

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Wed, 10/16/2019 - 04:45

Beyond icy worlds of Uranus and Neptune, Pluto dazzles with its mysterious ocean.

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