NOVA: Season 39 (2012)

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Air date: Sep 28, 2011

Survivors of the 2011 Japanese tsunami reflect on the decisions that saved their lives, buttressed by amateur and professional videos of the disaster as it unfolded. Included: footage of a woman helping her elderly mother to their rooftop and safety; a man climbing onto an overpass just as the wave inundates his car.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2011

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of alien worlds as scientists try to answer one of life's greatest questions: Are we alone in the universe?

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Air date: Oct 26, 2011

An autopsy on the 5000-year-old remains of Otzi the Iceman, the mummified corpse recovered from a glacier in the Italian Alps in 1991, reveals details of life during the Copper Age, including people's diet and the types of diseases they dealt with.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2011

On "The Fabric of the Cosmos", probe some of the deepest mysteries of our times: space as a dynamic fabric that can stretch, twist, warp and ripple under the influence of gravity.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2011

On "The Fabric of the Cosmos", join Brian Greene on a wild ride into the weird realm of quantum physics, which governs the universe on the tiniest of scales.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2011

On "The Fabric of the Cosmos", learn about a brave new theory at the frontier of physics: that our universe may not be the only one.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2012

This NOVA installment of examines the work of scientists who are studying active volcanoes in an attempt to learn how likely they are to erupt, when eruptions might happen and how deadly they could be.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2012

The secrets behind the design and construction of the Vikings' Ulfberht sword, which was made between A.D. 800-1000, are revealed by master blacksmith Ric Furrer, who reverse engineers the sturdy weapon. Experts have also wondered where the high-carbon steel used in the blade came from, given that it wasn't used elsewhere in Europe at the time. Clues unearthed from Viking graves, however, point to an answer: traders who ventured to Persia or Afghanistan.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2012

An examination of modern forensic science, which is a far cry from what's presented in crime dramas. Few established scientific standards, no central oversight, and poor regulation of examiners have led to many wrongful convictions. Of the more than 200 inmates exonerated by DNA testing since 2000, for instance, more than half were initially found guilty in part due to invalid and/or improperly utilized forensic science. Included: high-tech solutions that could put the real criminals behind bars.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2012

An examination of Easter Island, the remote island in the middle of the Pacific that is home to almost 900 giant statues known as moai. How the island, which was once a pristine paradise, devolved into a treeless wasteland is investigated, as is the manner in which the islanders moved the moai.

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