• Air date: 05 Feb '20 12 episodes
      PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA demystifies science and technology, and highlights the people involved in scientific pursuits.
  • List of Episodes (12)
    • 1. Polar Extremes

      05 Feb '20
      Following a trail of fossils found in all the wrong places–beech trees in Antarctica, redwoods and hippo-like mammals in the Arctic–NOVA uncovers the bizarre history of the poles, from miles-thick ice sheets to warm polar forests teeming with life.
    • 2. Dog Tales

      12 Feb '20
      Dogs have long been dependable companions by our sides. But it wasn’t always that way, and a look at their closest living relative, the wolf, makes it clear why. Research into dog domestication and intelligence offers clues into the human-dog relationship. And analyzing dogs’ brain activity and genes may even help answer whether dogs are in it for the food—or if they really love us.
    • 3. Cat Tales

      19 Feb '20
      Worshipped as a goddess, condemned as satanic, and spun into a stunning array of breeds, cats have long fascinated humans. But did we ever really domesticate them? And what can science tell us about our most mysterious companions?
    • 4. Mysteries of Sleep

      26 Feb '20
      From fruit flies to whales, virtually every animal sleeps. But why? Why do we need to spend nearly a third of our lives in such a defenseless state? Scientists are peering more deeply into the sleeping brain than ever before, discovering just how powerful sleep can be, playing a role in everything from memory retention and emotional regulation to removing waste from our brains.
    • 5. Cuba's Cancer Hope

      01 Apr '20
      When the U.S. trade embargo left Cuba isolated from medical resources, Cuban scientists were forced to get creative. Now they’ve developed lung cancer vaccines that show so much promise, some Americans are defying the embargo and traveling to Cuba for treatment. In an unprecedented move, Cuban researchers are working with U.S. partners to make the medicines more widely available.
    • 6. The Truth About Fat

      08 Apr '20
      The mysteries of fat and its role in hormone production, hunger and pregnancy.
    • 7. Blood Sugar Rising: America's Hidden Diabetes Epidemic

      15 Apr '20
      "Blood Sugar Rising" follows the diabetes epidemic in the U.S. Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect over 100 million people in the country, costing more than $325 billion each year. The documentary puts human faces to these statistics, exploring the history and science of the illness through portraits of Americans whose stories shape the film.
    • 8. H20: The Molecule That Made Us - Episode 1: Pulse

      22 Apr '20
      Earth is alive because of water, and humanity’s relationship with this simple molecule is everything. "H20, The Molecule That Made Us" is a three-hour series from WGBH Boston premiering, dramatically revealing how water underpins every aspect of our existence.
    • 9. H20: The Molecule That Made Us - Episode 2: Civilizations

      29 Apr '20
      Earth is alive because of water, and humanity’s relationship with this simple molecule is everything. "H20, The Molecule That Made Us" is a three-hour series from WGBH Boston premiering, dramatically revealing how water underpins every aspect of our existence.
    • 10. H20: The Molecule That Made Us - Episode 3: Crisis

      06 May '20
      Earth is alive because of water, and humanity’s relationship with this simple molecule is everything. "H20, The Molecule That Made Us" is a three-hour series from WGBH Boston premiering, dramatically revealing how water underpins every aspect of our existence.
    • 11. Eagle Power

      13 May '20
      Follow eagles from the nest to the skies to see what makes these predators so remarkable.
    • 12. Decoding Covid-19

      20 May '20
      Scientists race to understand and defeat the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic.