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A to Z: The First Alphabet

A to Z: The First Alphabet

A to Z: The First Alphabet

Writing shaped our world and the rise of human knowledge, from the trading of goods to tales of ancient goddesses and kings. Follow the evolution of the written word, from 4,000-year-old carvings in an Egyptian turquoise mine to modern-day alphabets.
S47 E13 Length 54:02 Premiere: 9.23.20

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A to Z: The First Alphabet

Follow the evolution of the written word, from millennia-old carvings in an Egyptian turquoise mine to our modern-day alphabets.

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A to Z: How Writing Changed the World

Just as handwritten records changed how societies work, the printing press transformed the spread of information, igniting the Industrial Revolution.

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The Impossible Flight - S45 E3

Two intrepid pilots attempt to construct and fly the first solar-powered airplane around the world.

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Rise of the Mammals - S46 E17

A new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

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Nature's Fear Factor

Scientists are reintroducing wild dogs to Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park to restore a "landscape of fear" and with it the natural balance of the ecosystem.

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Touching the Asteroid

Scientists attempt to grab a piece of an asteroid and bring it to Earth using spacecraft OSIRIS-REx.

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Can We Cool the Planet?

As global temperatures rise, scientists are exploring various geoengineering solutions.

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Secret Mind of Slime

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Rise of the Rockets - S46 E5

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Secrets of Noah's Ark - S42 E12

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Human Nature

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Season 47

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S47 E111 Length 19:13 Premiere Date 9.4.20

A to Z: The First Alphabet

S47 E13 Length 54:02 Premiere Date 9.23.20

Secret Mind of Slime

S47 E12 Length 53:17 Premiere Date 9.16.20

Human Nature

S47 E11 Length 1:33:41 Premiere Date 9.9.20

Decoding COVID-19

S47 E10 Length 53:38 Premiere Date 5.13.20

Eagle Power

S47 E7 Length 53:40 Premiere Date 5.20.20

The Truth About Fat

S47 E6 Length 53:38 Premiere Date 4.8.20

Cuba's Cancer Hope

S47 E5 Length 53:45 Premiere Date 4.1.20

Mysteries of Sleep

S47 E4 Length 53:14 Premiere Date 2.26.20

Cat Tales

S47 E3 Length 53:40 Premiere Date 2.19.20

Dog Tales

S47 E2 Length 54:11 Premiere Date 2.12.20

Polar Extremes

S47 E1 Length 1:53:06 Premiere Date 2.5.20

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