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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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A to Z: The First Alphabet

54:02

The birth of writing and the first alphabet were among the world’s most vital inventions.



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Secret Mind of Slime

53:17

Meet slime molds: the brainless blobs that can learn, make decisions, and navigate mazes.

Human Nature

01:33:41

We can now edit the human genome with a tool called CRISPR. But how far should we go?

Gene-Editing Reality Check

19:13

CRISPR gene-editing technology is advancing quickly. What can it do now—and in the future?

Decoding COVID-19

53:38

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

Polar Extremes

01:53:06

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

The Violence Paradox

01:53:22

Is violence actually declining? If so, why? And can we build a more peaceful future?