Scoop: NOVA on PBS - WINTER/SPRING 2017

NOVA Secrets of the Sky Tombs Wednesday, January 4, 9-10 p.m. ET The towering Himalayas were among the last places on Earth that humanity settled. Scaling sheer cliff sides, a team of daring scientists hunts for clues to how ancient people found their way into this forbidding landscape and adapted to survive the high altitude. They discover rock-cut tombs filled with human bones and enigmatic artifacts, including gold masks and Chinese SILK dating back thousands of years, and piece together evidence of strange rituals and beliefs designed to ward off the RESTLESS spirits of the dead.

NOVA The Nuclear Option Wednesday, January 11, 9-10 p.m. ET Five years after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the unprecedented trio of meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, scientists and engineers are struggling to control an ongoing crisis at the wrecked plant. What?s next for Fukushima? What?s next for Japan? And what?s next for a world that seems determined to jettison one of our most important carbon-free sources of energy? Despite the catastrophe, a new generation of nuclear power seems poised to emerge phoenix-like from the ashes of Fukushima. NOVA investigates how the realities of climate change, the inherent limitations of renewable energy sources, and the optimism and enthusiasm of a new generation of nuclear engineers is seeding a renaissance in nuclear technology, all while the most recent disaster is still being managed. What are the lessons learned from Fukushima? And how might we be able to build a safe nuclear future?

NOVA Search for the Super Battery Wednesday, February 1, 9-10 p.m. ET
Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work, and uncover what the future has in store for our gadgets, our lives, and even our planet..

NOVA Ultimate Cruise Ship Wednesday, February 8, 9-10 p.m. ET
Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas EXPLORER is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship. It will be decked with the finest gold, marble, and crystal, and designed to offer guests the roomiest accommodations of any commercial cruise ship...But engineering opulence is no easy feat. NOVA follows a pioneering team of ship builders as they embark on what is advertised to be a milestone in maritime engineering.

NOVA Secrets of Origami Wednesday, February 15, 9-10 p.m. ET
Origami. The century old tradition of paper folding is now at the heart of a scientific revolution. Scientists are discovering that folding is a powerful tool to explore the limits of science. Engineers and designers are now adopting origami designs to conquer space or reshape the world around us. From aircraft design to protein folding to micro-robots, join NOVA to discover how the age-old art of origami is transforming our world.

NOVA Killer Trains Wednesday, February 22, 9-10 p.m. ET
NOVA investigates how trains can be agents of such tragic destruction by dissecting the MOST INFAMOUS accidents, unraveling how the laws of physics stack the deck against trains, and exploring how creative innovations are bringing about a revival in train tech.

NOVA Holocaust Escape Tunnel Wednesday, April 19, 9-10 p.m. ET
In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi death camp to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners and their daring escape.

NOVA Death Dive to Saturn Wednesday, April 26, 9-10 p.m. ET
As the Cassini space probe?s mission nears its end, it will attempt one last daring maneuver?diving between the innermost ring and top of Saturn?s atmosphere. Explore the risks involved in this daring task, and discover the many wonders of Saturn?s system that Cassini has revealed over the years.

NOVA Chernobyl Entombed? (w.t.) Wednesday, April 26, 10-11 p.m. ET
An international team of engineers races to construct a gargantuan dome to contain the lingering radioactive materials and crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, decades after being the site of the world?s worst nuclear disaster.

NOVA Secret of Shining Knights (w.t.) Wednesday, May 17, 9-10 p.m. ET
What was it like to be a knight in shining armor and how was that armor manufactured in Medieval times? NOVA joins experts and master armorers as they re-engineer Greenwich armor, some of the greatest ever made, and then put it to the test.

NOVA Spirit of St. Louis (w.t.) Wednesday, May 24, 9-10 p.m. ET
Follow an intrepid team of aircraft engineers as they set about constructing a replica of Charles Lindberg?s Spirit of St. Louis... and then endeavor to retrace Lindberg?s historic but perilous flight.

NOVA Flint? (w.t.) Wednesday, May 31, 9-10 p.m. ET
Investigate how the water disaster in Flint has brought to light a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of water systems across the country. Discover the delicate intricacies of water chemistry, the biology of lead poisoning, and the engineering challenge of replacing this ravaged infrastructure.

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