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Decoding COVID-19

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has upended life as we know it in a matter of mere months. But at the same time, an unprecedented global effort to understand and contain the virus-and find a treatment for the disease it causes-is underway. Join the doctors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as they strategize to stop the spread, and meet the researchers racing to find treatments and vaccines. Along the way, discover how this devastating disease emerged, what it does to the human body, and why it exploded into a pandemic.

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Saving Notre Dame

When the Notre Dame cathedral caught fire in April 2019, Paris came perilously close to losing over 800 years of history. As engineers rebuild, researchers use cutting-edge technology to piece together what happened and restore the cathedral.

  • 2020-11-27T04:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-11-29T14:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-11-29T17:00:00-08:00
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Secrets of the Forbidden City

Discover the ingenious engineering of Beijing's Forbidden City, the power center of imperial China for nearly 500 years. Discover how the design of this vast complex of palaces and temples enabled it to survive centuries of earthquake shocks.

  • 2020-12-04T04:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-12-06T14:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-12-06T17:00:00-08:00
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Bird Brain

Long mocked as empty-headed, birds hide surprisingly acute intelligence. But just how smart are they? As scientists test avian aptitude with brainteasers, discover how the genius of birds is leading us to rethink our basic notions of intelligence.

  • 2020-12-11T04:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-12-13T14:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-12-13T17:00:00-08:00
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Rise of the Rockets

Marvel at a new era of space exploration and accessibility, thanks to NASA's return to crewed spaceflight, as well as private companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, and technologies that make rockets cheaper and more powerful than ever.

  • 2020-12-11T05:00:00-08:00
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Einstein's Quantum Riddle

Quantum entanglement is poised to revolutionize technology from networks to code breaking, but first we need to know it's real. Join physicists as they capture light from across the universe in a bid to prove Einstein's "spooky action at a distance."

  • 2020-12-18T04:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-12-20T14:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-12-20T17:00:00-08:00
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Apollo's Daring Mission

Hear Apollo astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of how the first mission to the moon, Apollo 8, pioneered groundbreaking technologies that would pave the way to land a man on the moon and win the space race.

  • 2020-12-18T05:00:00-08:00
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