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Nova

Rise of the Mammals

Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs in a fiery global catastrophe. An amazing new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over, ultimately evolving into the huge array of species, including us, that rule Earth today.

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Four dogs of different sizes sit side by side in a line. | From "Nova: Dog Tales"
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54:11
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S47 E2: Dog Tales

Dogs have long been dependable companions by our sides. But it wasn't always that way-and a look at their closest living relative, the wolf, makes it clear why.
Man looks out to an icy landscape from "NOVA: Polar Extremes."
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1:53:06
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S47 E1: Polar Extremes

Following a trail of fossils found in all the wrong places — beech trees in Antarctica, redwoods and hippo-like mammals in the Arctic — uncover the bizarre history of the poles, from miles-thick ice sheets to warm polar forests teeming with life.
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19:13
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CRISPR Gene-Editing Reality Check

CRISPR gene-editing technology is advancing quickly. What can it do now—and in the future?
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53:17
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Beyond the Elements: Life

Discover the fascinating chemistry that makes our world and everything in it—including us.
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53:17
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Beyond the Elements: Indestructible

Discover the fascinating chemistry that makes our world and everything in it—including us.
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53:17
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Beyond the Elements: Reactions

Discover the fascinating chemistry that makes our world and everything in it—including us.
Closeup image of a camera lens with a reflection of giraffes on it. | From "NOVA: Animal Espionage"
Episode
53:29
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S46 E23: Animal Espionage

Camera traps and drones are revolutionizing the study of wildlife by providing an up-close look at animals without disturbing them.
A skull with multi-colored mapping.
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1:53:22
Nova

S46 E22: The Violence Paradox

Violence is all over the news. But some say we're living in the most peaceful time in history.
Multiple versions of the Mona Lisa.
Episode
53:31
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S46 E21: Decoding Da Vinci

Journey to Florence to discover how Leonardo da Vinci used science, from human dissections to innovative painting techniques, to create his legendary artwork.
Newly surfaced fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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53:15
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S46 E20: Dead Sea Scroll Detectives

What can new technology reveal about the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls?
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