NOVA: Season 42 (2015)

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Air date: Sep 10, 2014

An examination of vaccines and why they're important. In addition to explaining how vaccines work, the report discusses the concerns and misinformation that surround them; and details the risks to both children and society if people forgo immunization, which about 10 percent of Americans do.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2014

The experts battling to protect data from hackers are spotlighted. Included: the men who discovered an advanced cyber weapon; the computer expert who figured out how to hack ATMs; and scientists who think they can store passwords in unconscious brains.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2014

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, is detailed. Included: how planes disappear; and whether technological advances will eventually make it so that every plane can be located.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2014

A report on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which is threatening to spiral out of control. Included: the medical teams struggling to cope with the flood of victims; and the scientists who are racing to test vaccines and find a cure.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2014

The daring aeronauts of 18th-century Paris, who took flight in hot-air and gas balloons, are recalled. Included: recreations of key flights, including the first manned voyage on November 21, 1783.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2014

The evolution of warplanes during World War I is recalled. In the space of a few years, they graduated from rickety biplanes to efficient killing machines.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2014

Reconstructing a Spinosaurus and the world it ruled. Based on fossils found in Morocco, the dinosaur was 53-feet long and possessed a huge dorsal sail, scimitar-like claws and powerful jaws.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2014

The story of the terra-cotta army found in the mausoleum of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, including how and why the clay warriors were made. Also: the technology behind the statues' still-lethal crossbows, spears, and swords.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2014

A look at what may have caused a massive landslide that killed dozens of people and destroyed nearly 50 homes in Oso, Washington, on March 22, 2014.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2014

A profile of Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), the first person to set foot on the moon, featuring remarks from his family and friends.

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The award-winning science-and-technology documentary series tackles a wealth of interesting topics in its 42nd season, including sinkholes; the ancient city of Petra; the 2011 nuclear meltdown crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan; history of mathematics; and the WWII-era German submarine U-166, which sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 1942.

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