In police departments and courts across the country, artificial intelligence is being used to help decide who is policed, who gets bail, how offenders should be sentenced, and who gets parole. But is it actually making our law enforcement and court systems fairer and more just? This timely investigation digs into the hidden biases, privacy risks, and design flaws of this controversial technology.
Almost 40 years after the discovery of HIV, could we be on the verge of ending the AIDS epidemic in America? How did scientists tackle one of the most elusive deadly viruses to ever infect humans? Can innovative drugs bring new infections to zero?
NOVA presents the dramatic story of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the quest to peer deeper back in time than ever before in the hope of answering some of astronomy’s biggest questions.
Can new emission-free electric planes replace our polluting airliners and revolutionize personal transportation in our cities?
Ancient footprints in New Mexico’s White Sands National Park reveal new evidence of Ice Age humans that walked the land alongside enormous ground sloths and mammoths—thousands of years earlier than archaeologists thought people were in the Americas.
In NOVA's two-part program Dinosaur Apocalypse. Sir David Attenborough explores how a North Dakota fossil dig site could reveal a detailed picture of the day an asteroid struck Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. But can the remains be linked to that impact event?
Follow three women at risk of developing Alzheimer’s as they join a groundbreaking study to try to prevent the disease – sharing their ups and downs, anxiously watching for symptoms, and hoping they can make a difference.
Some 30 million Americans have sent their DNA to be analyzed by companies like 23andMe and AncestryDNA. But what happens once the sample is in the hands of testing companies? This program explores the power of genetic data to reveal family connections, ancestry, health risks and even solve criminal cold cases.
Scientists investigate the bizarre “intelligence” of slime molds, organisms which are neither plant nor animal. These single-celled blobs appear to learn and make decisions without a brain and can navigate mazes and create efficient networks. Can they also redefine cognition?
Follow the dramatic personal journey of Hugh Herr, a biophysicist working to create brain-controlled robotic limbs. At age 17, Herr’s legs were amputated after a climbing accident. Frustrated by the crude prosthetic limbs he was given, Herr set out to remedy their design, leading him to a career as an inventor of innovative prosthetic devices.
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