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Nova Wonders

Nova Wonders

This series takes viewers on a journey to the frontiers of science, where researchers are tackling some of the biggest questions about life and the cosmos. From the mysteries of astrophysics, to the secrets of the body, to the challenges of inventing technologies that could rival -- and even surpass -- the abilities of the human mind, the series reveals how far we've come in our search for answers, how we managed to get here, and how scientists hope to push our understanding of the universe even further.

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/rYIl583jgSYkfInGyvisNA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false "It's alive!" Since Dr. Frankenstein spoke those famous words, we've been alternately enthralled and terrified by the idea of creating life in the lab. Now, a revolution in genetic engineering and thrilling innovations in synthetic biology are bringing that dream—or nightmare,... /episodes/get/62710 /episode/62710 NOVA Wonders Can We Make Life? /episode-player/62710

A revolution in gene editing technology enables scientists to create and edit DNA.

Air date:
Wed, 05/23/2018 - 04:40
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/usIAM8FQ6DrE7jEOZSXV5g==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Artificially intelligent machines are taking over. They’re influencing our everyday lives in profound and often invisible ways. They can read handwriting, interpret emotions, play games, and even act as personal assistants. They are in our phones, our cars, our doctors’ offices, our banks, our web... /episodes/get/62572 /episode/62572 NOVA Wonders Can We Build a Brain? /episode-player/62572

How does today's artificial intelligence actually work-and is it truly intelligent?

Air date:
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:40
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/XT2hl1M2RjYoSFsj2NLmug==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false The search for extraterrestrial life is an age-old quest. But recent breakthroughs make today an era unlike any in the history of astronomy. From the exhilarating probing of our own solar system and the Kepler mission’s astounding discovery of thousands of extrasolar planets, to the next-generation... /episodes/get/62453 /episode/62453 NOVA Wonders Are We Alone? /episode-player/62453

Hunt for clues in the universes to answer one of humanity’s biggest questions.

Air date:
Wed, 05/09/2018 - 04:40
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/V5pkFExyV6BW6AIpbX6xdA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false The universe is hiding something. In fact, it is hiding a lot. Everything we experience on Earth, the stars and galaxies we see in the cosmos—all the “normal” matter and energy that we understand—make up only 5% of the known universe. Find out how scientists are discovering new secrets about the... /episodes/get/64569 /episode/64569 NOVA Wonders What's the Universe Made Of? /episode-player/64569

Peer into the deep unknowns of the universe to explore its mysteries.

Air date:
Tue, 05/08/2018 - 01:41
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/XexiUXdPY4DWoCQML2ajcQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false From singing whales and squeaking bats to thumping spiders and clicking dolphins, the world is filled with the exotic sounds of our fellow creatures. What are they saying? Can we decode their own communications? NOVA Wonders follows researchers around the globe who are deciphering an amazing array... /episodes/get/62112 /episode/62112 NOVA Wonders What Are Animals Saying? /episode-player/62112

Can we crack the code of animal communication?

Air date:
Wed, 04/25/2018 - 04:40
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/1QpQ96_iPAGqlyj7Q9jMSw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Whether they make you fat, fart, or freak out, microbes play a central role in your life. Right beneath your nose—on your face, in your gut, and everywhere in between—trillions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi are so abundant in your body, they outnumber your human cells. But these aren’t just nasty... /episodes/get/62317 /episode/62317 NOVA Wonders What's Living in You? /episode-player/62317

Discover how a world of microbes living in and on you can make you sick.

Air date:
Tue, 04/03/2018 - 21:33
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