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.
A team of intrepid paleontologists discovers that dinosaurs thrived in the unlikeliest of places—the cold and dark of winter in the Arctic Circle. How did they survive year-round and raise their young in frigid and dark winter conditions?
The hidden scientific secrets of butterflies reveal them to be more inventive and resilient than we ever imagined. Follow their extraordinary life cycle and migrations to tropical rainforests, windswept prairies, and even inside a chrysalis as it’s being spun.
Stunning new archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the Great Pyramid of Giza–and how they did it. Join researchers as they delve into the logbook of a work crew and discover how the massive project transformed Egypt.
Experts from over twenty different nations join the voyage of the massive Polarstern icebreaker as it’s gripped by the polar ice and drifts for nearly an entire year. Facing hungry polar bears, perilous sea ice cracks, and brutal cold, the team strives to understand the forces that are changing the region—and the world—forever.
Outnumbering atoms a billion to one, neutrinos are the universe’s most common yet most elusive and baffling particle. NOVA joins an international team of neutrino hunters whose discoveries may change our understanding of how the universe works.
Fifty-five million Americans say they currently use cannabis, and that number is growing as voters push for legalization in more and more states. NOVA The Cannabis Question explores what scientists have discovered about the plant’s effects on the body and brain, including its potential risks and medicinal benefits.
While bats have been implicated in deadly epidemics such as COVID-19 and Ebola, scientists are discovering evidence that they may hold a key to a longer and healthier life.
On Extreme Animal Weapons, explore the secrets that underlie nature’s battleground. Every animal has some kind of weapon, whether it’s claws or horns, fangs or stings. But why are some armaments huge and extreme, far beyond any practical need?
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