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Nova Previous Broadcasts

Sunken Ship Rescue (Episode #4202H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 21, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

Nova follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship - which stretches the length of three football fields, weighs over 114,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef with a 50-meter long hole in its hull - from its precarious perch on the edge of a 60 meter high underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, Nova joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as they attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 25, 2015 -- 3:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 24, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jan 23, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jan 23, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 23, 2015 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 22, 2015 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 22, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

Big Bang Machine (Episode #4201H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 14, 2015 -- 10:00 PM

On July 4, 2012, scientists at the giant atom smashing facility at CERN announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that seems like a tantalizingly close match to the elusive Higgs Boson, thought to be responsible for giving all the stuff in the universe its mass. Since it was first proposed nearly fifty years ago, the Higgs has been the holy grail of particle physicists: if they can find it, it will validate the "standard model" that underlies all of modern physics. CERN's scientists are still scrutinizing the results from July to see how well they fit the Higgs prediction. If the data conceals surprises, they could upend much of what we thought we knew about the particles and forces that make up our universe.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 18, 2015 -- 4:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 17, 2015 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jan 16, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jan 16, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 16, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 15, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 15, 2015 -- 4:00 AM

First Man on the Moon (Episode #4122H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 13, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he won instant fame. Yet this accomplished engineer and test pilot was so determined to stay out of the limelight that few know the personal story of how his rare combination of talent, luck and experience led to his successful command of Apollo 11. Nova presents an intimate portrait of an unassuming American hero through interviews with Armstrong's family and friends.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 14, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

Rise of the Drones (Episode #4003H)

KQED World: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 -- 10:00 PM

A revolution is transforming the armed forces of every nation. Nova launches an investigation of the explosive growth of airborne UAVs or pilotless drones. During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the US deployed only a handful; now, it has more than 7000. Besides the US, over 40 other nations are now building or buying these increasingly lethal and cost-effective weapons, and it's only a matter of time before a terrorist group turns the technology against Western targets. The latest Predators can track 12 targets at once, trace footprints back to their source and even recognize individual faces. Yesterday's soldiers and pilots put their lives on the line but today, a UAV pilot can "fly" a mission in Afghanistan remotely from a base in Nevada. As one pilot said, after carrying out a strike, "within 20 minutes you can be sitting at the dinner table talking to your kids." That new ability has already saved hundreds if not thousands of US service lives but may make military strikes a more tempting, seemingly risk-free option.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 11, 2015 -- 3:00 PM

Iceman Murder Mystery (Episode #3815H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

He's been dead for more than 5,000 years. He's been poked, prodded and probed by scientists for the last 20. And yet today, Otzi the Iceman, the famous mummified corpse pulled from a glacier in the Italian Alps nearly two decades ago, continues to keep many secrets. Now, through an autopsy like no other, scientists attempt to unravel more mysteries from this ancient mummy than ever before, revealing not only the details of Otzi's death, but an entire way of life. How did people live during Otzi's time, the Copper Age? What did we eat? What diseases did we cope with? The answers abound miraculously in this one man's mummified remains.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

Rise of the Drones (Episode #4003H)

KQED World: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 -- 5:00 AM

A revolution is transforming the armed forces of every nation. Nova launches an investigation of the explosive growth of airborne UAVs or pilotless drones. During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the US deployed only a handful; now, it has more than 7000. Besides the US, over 40 other nations are now building or buying these increasingly lethal and cost-effective weapons, and it's only a matter of time before a terrorist group turns the technology against Western targets. The latest Predators can track 12 targets at once, trace footprints back to their source and even recognize individual faces. Yesterday's soldiers and pilots put their lives on the line but today, a UAV pilot can "fly" a mission in Afghanistan remotely from a base in Nevada. As one pilot said, after carrying out a strike, "within 20 minutes you can be sitting at the dinner table talking to your kids." That new ability has already saved hundreds if not thousands of US service lives but may make military strikes a more tempting, seemingly risk-free option.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 11, 2015 -- 3:00 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 -- 11:00 AM

Iceman Murder Mystery (Episode #3815H)

KQED 9: Thu, Jan 8, 2015 -- 9:37 PM

He's been dead for more than 5,000 years. He's been poked, prodded and probed by scientists for the last 20. And yet today, Otzi the Iceman, the famous mummified corpse pulled from a glacier in the Italian Alps nearly two decades ago, continues to keep many secrets. Now, through an autopsy like no other, scientists attempt to unravel more mysteries from this ancient mummy than ever before, revealing not only the details of Otzi's death, but an entire way of life. How did people live during Otzi's time, the Copper Age? What did we eat? What diseases did we cope with? The answers abound miraculously in this one man's mummified remains.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 -- 3:37 AM

Rise of the Drones (Episode #4003H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 7, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

A revolution is transforming the armed forces of every nation. Nova launches an investigation of the explosive growth of airborne UAVs or pilotless drones. During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the US deployed only a handful; now, it has more than 7000. Besides the US, over 40 other nations are now building or buying these increasingly lethal and cost-effective weapons, and it's only a matter of time before a terrorist group turns the technology against Western targets. The latest Predators can track 12 targets at once, trace footprints back to their source and even recognize individual faces. Yesterday's soldiers and pilots put their lives on the line but today, a UAV pilot can "fly" a mission in Afghanistan remotely from a base in Nevada. As one pilot said, after carrying out a strike, "within 20 minutes you can be sitting at the dinner table talking to your kids." That new ability has already saved hundreds if not thousands of US service lives but may make military strikes a more tempting, seemingly risk-free option.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 11, 2015 -- 3:00 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 8, 2015 -- 3:00 AM
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