NOVA: Season 43 (2016)

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Air date: Sep 16, 2015

A look at ancient fossils discovered in a South African cave that shed light on early human evolution.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2015

The discovery of one of the two lost ships of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, which set out to chart the Northwest Passage in the Arctic in 1845, is detailed.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2015

The discovery of a 3700-year-old clay tablet that calls for a virtuous man to build an ark is detailed. The tablet also includes directions on how to build the ark; and the instructions are followed here in order to see if, indeed, the vessel can float.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2015

An examination of the dangers of cyber warfare, including the damage that cyber weapons can inflict on factories, power plants and pipelines.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2016

This PBS documentary takes a look at the fascinating creatures living deep in the ocean who use their bioluminescence as a means of survival.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2015

Part 1 of 3. The history of North America, from how it was created to the evolution of life on the continent, is charted by Kirk Johnson of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. First up: the forces that created North America. Johnson travels to the Grand Canyon, where billion year-old rock layers are observed; and visits Alaska, where a fossil proves that palm trees once flourished there. Also: a gigantic lava flows that once threatened to split the continent.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2015

Part 2 of 3. How life emerged in North America; and why the continent was home to many iconic dinosaurs, including the T. rex. Included: a diving expedition off the Bahamas spotlights rare living fossils; and a trip to the Badlands of North Dakota and desert wilderness of southern Utah highlights dinosaur discoveries. Also: evidence of the catastrophic asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs; and why North America was mostly primate-free until the arrival of humans.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2015

Conclusion. The history of North America since the arrival of humans is chronicled. Natural resources, including gold and oil, have enabled humans to transform the land almost as much as the geological forces that created it. However, geology may, some day, play another role in reshaping the continent: the Cascadia fault line in the Pacific Northwest could unleash a massive earthquake and tsunami; and the super-volcano beneath Yellowstone could obliterate half the continent if it erupts.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2015

An examination of how Albert Einstein developed the theory of general relativity, which reshaped the understanding of gravity, space and time.

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Air date: Jan 6, 2016

Recalling an Allied tunneling operation beneath German lines in France during World War I, when some 600 tons of explosives were placed in the secret tunnels and simultaneously triggered. The resulting explosion was heard 150 miles away in London; and killed 10,000 German soldiers. Archaeologists and bomb disposal experts clear topsoil packed with shrapnel and unexploded shells; and probe a tunnel connected to a 22-ton bomb that didn't detonate after the chamber was flooded by German engineers.

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