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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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Why Ships Sink

The events that led up to famous cruise disasters are reconstructed, including the Costa Concordia.

Thu, Mar 9 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Mon, Mar 27 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 28 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 28 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Apr 1 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Secrets of the Viking Sword

Science and detective work are used to reconstruct the revolutionary, high-tech Ulfberht sword.

Wed, Mar 29 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Mar 30 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Fri, Mar 31 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD

Mon, Apr 17 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Apr 18 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Apr 18 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Apr 22 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Escape from Nazi Alcatraz

Aerospace engineers and carpenters test a plan to escape a Nazi war camp using a two-man glider.

Mon, Apr 10 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Apr 11 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Apr 11 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Apr 15 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Surviving Ebola

Scientists and courageous medical teams struggle to cope with a flood of victims Ebola in Africa.

Thu, Mar 23 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Big Bang Machine

Particle physicists attempt to close in on the Higgs boson, the Great White Whale of modern science.

Thu, Mar 16 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Mon, Apr 3 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Apr 4 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Apr 4 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Apr 8 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sunken Ship Rescue

The operation to raise and salvage the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship in Italy is chronicled.

Sat, Feb 25 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Himalayan Megaquake

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

Wed, Apr 5 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Apr 6 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Fri, Apr 7 at 3:30 am on WTTW HD

Search for the Super Battery

Renowned gadget geek David Pogue sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work.

Mon, Feb 27 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Feb 28 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Feb 28 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Mar 4 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Ultimate Cruise Ship

Pioneering shipbuilders endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship, the Seven Seas Explorer.

Mon, Mar 6 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 7 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

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

Sat, Mar 11 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

The Origami Revolution

The art of origami is reshaping the world around us as scientists uncover the power of folding.

Mon, Mar 13 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 14 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 14 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Mar 18 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Why Trains Crash

Investigators probe the wreckage of train accidents. Safety experts test crash prevention designs.

Thu, Feb 23 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Thu, Feb 23 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Thu, Feb 23 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Fri, Feb 24 at 2:30 am on WTTW HD

Mon, Mar 20 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 21 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Mar 21 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Mar 25 at 12:30 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Mar 25 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Holocaust Escape Tunnel

A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi execution site In the heart of Lithuania.

Wed, Apr 19 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Apr 20 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sun, Apr 23 at 1:30 am on WTTW HD

Building Chernobyl's Megatomb

An international team of engineers races to contain lingering radioactive materials at Chernobyl.

Wed, Apr 26 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Fri, Apr 28 at 2:30 am on WTTW HD

Sun, Apr 30 at 3:00 pm on WTTW HD

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