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NOVA brings you stories from the frontlines of science and engineering, answering the big questions of today and tomorrow, from how our ancestors lived, to whether parallel universes exist, to how technology will transform our lives. Visit the official website to watch full-length documentaries, or explore our world through short-form video, on our digital publication NOVA Next.

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National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS viewers. Additional funding is provided by the NOVA Science Trust.

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Decoding COVID-19

53:38

Scientists race to understand and defeat the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic.



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Polar Extremes

01:53:06

Paleontologist Kirk Johnson explores the dynamic history—and future—of ice at the poles.

Decoding da Vinci

53:40

Discover the science behind Leonardo da Vinci's masterpieces—and Mona Lisa's iconic smile.

Rise of the Mammals

53:17

Amazing fossils reveal how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.

The Planets: Ice Worlds

52:48

Beyond icy worlds of Uranus and Neptune, Pluto dazzles with its mysterious ocean.

The Planets: Saturn

53:54

NASA's Cassini reveals the mysteries of Saturn's rings—and new hope for life on a moon.

The Planets: Jupiter

53:18

Jupiter's massive gravitational force has made it a wrecking ball and a protector of Earth