A forest fire burns homes.

Inside The Megafire

From the front line of the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history, "NOVA" tells the stories of residents who had to flee for their lives during the 2018 fire season. Scientists racing to understand what's behind the rise of record-breaking megafires across the American West take to the forest, and even a fire lab, in search of answers. They investigate how forestry practices, climate change, and the physics of fire itself play a role in the dramatic increase in wildfires in recent decades.

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Mysteries of Sleep

From fruit flies to whales, virtually every animal sleeps. But why? Why do we need to spend nearly a third of our lives in such a vulnerable, defenseless state? Scientists are peering more deeply into the sleeping brain than ever before, discovering just how powerful sleep can be, playing a role in everything from memory retention and emotional regulation to removing waste from our brains. So why are we getting so little of it?

  • 2020-03-01T14:00:00-08:00
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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.

  • 2020-03-08T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-03-08T18:00:00-07:00
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Chinese Chariot Revealed

For over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China's battlefields-dominating warfare longer than anywhere else on earth. Now, a series of amazing archaeological findings enable a team of experts to reconstruct and test China's first super-weapon.

  • 2020-03-15T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-03-15T18:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-03-16T07:00:00-07:00
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Japan's Killer Quake

In its worst crisis since World War II, Japan faces disaster on an epic scale: a rising death toll in the tens of thousands, massive destruction of homes and businesses, shortages of water and power, and the specter of nuclear reactor meltdowns. The facts and figures are astonishing. The March 11th earthquake was the world's fourth largest earthquake since record keeping began in 1900 and the worst ever to shake Japan.

  • 2020-03-22T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-03-23T07:00:00-07:00
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