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PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science and technology and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.

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Ice Age Death Trap

Preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons and other giant extinct beasts are uncovered in the Rockies.

Wed, Feb 17 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Feb 18 at 4:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Feb 18 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Fri, Feb 19 at 12:00 am on WTTW Create/World

Sun, Feb 21 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD

Ancient Computer

An ancient Greek device in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck turns out to be the world's first computer.

Mon, Apr 18 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sat, Apr 23 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

First Man on the Moon

An intimate portrait of the American hero features interviews with Armstrong's family and friends.

Wed, Mar 2 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Mar 3 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Fri, Mar 4 at 3:30 am on WTTW HD

Mon, Apr 4 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sat, Apr 9 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

The Great Math Mystery

An exploration of math's power across the centuries sheds light on how math works in our brains.

Wed, Mar 30 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Mar 31 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Fri, Apr 1 at 3:30 am on WTTW HD

Lethal Seas

As carbon emissions raise the oceans' acidity, experts try to crack the code of a changing seas.

Mon, Apr 11 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sat, Apr 16 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Secrets of Noah's Ark

A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical flood story.

Mon, Apr 25 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sat, Apr 30 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Life's Rocky Start

NOVA goes around the world and back in time to investigate how minerals are vital to life.

Mon, Feb 15 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Feb 16 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Feb 16 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Feb 20 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Mystery Beneath The Ice

Scientists search for the killer decimating the population of shrimp-like creatures in Antarctica.

Mon, Feb 22 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Feb 23 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Feb 23 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Feb 27 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Himalayan Megaquake

Dramatic eyewitness footage reveals the shocking quake that devastated Nepal in April 2015.

Mon, Feb 29 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 1 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 1 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Mar 5 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Iceman Reborn

Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth.

Wed, Feb 17 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Feb 18 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Feb 18 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Thu, Feb 18 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Sun, Feb 21 at 3:00 am on WTTW HD

Mon, Mar 21 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 22 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 22 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Mar 26 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Rise of the Robots

Meet the world's most advanced humanoid robots as they leave the lab and face real-world challenges.

Wed, Feb 24 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Feb 25 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Feb 25 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Thu, Feb 25 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Sun, Feb 28 at 1:30 am on WTTW HD

Mon, Mar 28 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 29 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 29 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Apr 2 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Memory Hackers

Researchers on the cutting edge of mind-control are implanting, changing and even erasing memories.

Mon, Mar 14 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 15 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 15 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Mar 19 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped?

Join scientists as they untangle the cause of Alzheimer's and go behind the scenes of drug trials.

Wed, Apr 6 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Sun, Apr 10 at 1:00 am on WTTW HD

Creatures of Light

Explore how and why so many of the ocean's creatures light up in their a hidden undersea world.

Mon, Mar 7 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 8 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 8 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Mar 12 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Vikings Unearthed

Wed, Apr 13 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Sun, Apr 17 at 3:00 am on WTTW HD

Wild Ways

From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa's elephant highways stretching across five nations, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to some of our planet's most cherished - but endangered - species.

Wed, Apr 20 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Sun, Apr 24 at 1:00 am on WTTW HD

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