Skip to Main Content
Watch Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee

Ship That Changed the World

Ship That Changed the World

The Age of Exploration and Europe’s imperial colonization of far-off lands was launched by a revolution in ship design that made long-distance voyages practical. A newly discovered 500-year-old wreck offers vital clues to this momentous innovation.
S48 E9 Length 53:12 Premiere: 6.2.21

Program Details

NOVA

About NOVA

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.

TV Schedules

Jump to Recent Airdates

Upcoming

Eagle Power

What makes eagles so remarkable? Researchers study one incredible bird, revealing her exceptional strength, eyesight, and flying skills. In-the-nest footage of a new bald eagle family captures the drama of chicks struggling to survive.

  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 9:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 8:00 pm CT on KET
  • Thursday June 17, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Thursday June 17, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Friday June 18, 2021 2:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday June 18, 2021 1:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday June 20, 2021 7:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 20, 2021 6:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Tuesday June 22, 2021 3:00 am ET on KET2
  • Tuesday June 22, 2021 2:00 am CT on KET2

Secrets of the Forbidden City - S44 E15

Explore the ingenious engineering of Beijing's Forbidden City, the power center of imperial China.

  • Thursday June 24, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Thursday June 24, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday June 27, 2021 7:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 27, 2021 6:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Tuesday June 29, 2021 3:00 am ET on KET2
  • Tuesday June 29, 2021 2:00 am CT on KET2

First Horse Warriors - S46 E9

Scientists use archeology and genetics to uncover clues about the first horse riders and how they shaped the world.

  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 9:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 8:00 pm CT on KET
  • Friday July 2, 2021 2:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday July 2, 2021 1:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday July 4, 2021 7:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday July 4, 2021 6:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Tuesday July 6, 2021 3:00 am ET on KET2
  • Tuesday July 6, 2021 2:00 am CT on KET2

Cuba's Cancer Hope

Cuba has developed lung cancer vaccines that show so much promise some Americans are defying the embargo and traveling to Cuba for treatment. In an unprecedented move, Cuban researchers are working with U.S. partners to make the medicines more widely available.

  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 9:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 8:00 pm CT on KET
  • Thursday July 8, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Thursday July 8, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Friday July 9, 2021 2:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday July 9, 2021 1:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday July 11, 2021 7:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday July 11, 2021 6:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Tuesday July 13, 2021 3:00 am ET on KET2
  • Tuesday July 13, 2021 2:00 am CT on KET2

Meteor Strike - S40 E13

Scientists hunt for debris and clues to the origin and makeup of a meteor that landed in Russia on February 15th, 2013. According to NASA, the Siberian Meteor, which exploded with the power of 30 Hiroshima bombs, was the largest object to burst in the atmosphere since a 1908 event near Siberia's Tunguska river.

  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 9:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 8:00 pm CT on KET
  • Thursday July 15, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Thursday July 15, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Friday July 16, 2021 2:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday July 16, 2021 1:00 am CT on KET
Jump to Upcoming Airdates

Recent

Great Escape at Dunkirk - S45 E5

  • Tuesday June 15, 2021 3:00 am ET on KET2
  • Tuesday June 15, 2021 2:00 am CT on KET2
  • Sunday June 13, 2021 7:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 13, 2021 6:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Friday June 11, 2021 2:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday June 11, 2021 1:00 am CT on KET
  • Thursday June 10, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Thursday June 10, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 9:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 8:00 pm CT on KET

Ship That Changed the World

  • Tuesday June 8, 2021 3:00 am ET on KET2
  • Tuesday June 8, 2021 2:00 am CT on KET2
  • Sunday June 6, 2021 7:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 6, 2021 6:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Friday June 4, 2021 2:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday June 4, 2021 1:00 am CT on KET
  • Thursday June 3, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Thursday June 3, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 9:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 8:00 pm CT on KET

Great Electric Airplane Race

  • Tuesday June 1, 2021 3:00 am ET on KET2
  • Tuesday June 1, 2021 2:00 am CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 30, 2021 7:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 30, 2021 6:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Friday May 28, 2021 2:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday May 28, 2021 1:00 am CT on KET
  • Thursday May 27, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Thursday May 27, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 8:00 pm CT on KET

Hindenburg: The New Evidence

  • Tuesday May 25, 2021 3:00 am ET on KET2
  • Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:00 am CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 23, 2021 7:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 23, 2021 6:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Friday May 21, 2021 2:00 am ET on KET
  • Friday May 21, 2021 1:00 am CT on KET
  • Thursday May 20, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Thursday May 20, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 9:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 8:00 pm CT on KET

Fighting for Fertility

  • Tuesday May 18, 2021 3:00 am ET on KET2
  • Tuesday May 18, 2021 2:00 am CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 16, 2021 7:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 16, 2021 6:00 pm CT on KET2
Top

Season 48 Episodes

Search Engine Breakdown

S48 E101 Length 20:37 Premiere Date 4.14.21

Ship That Changed the World

S48 E9 Length 53:12 Premiere Date 6.2.21

Great Electric Airplane Race

S48 E7 Length 53:06 Premiere Date 5.26.21

Hindenburg: The New Evidence

S48 E6 Length 53:13 Premiere Date 5.19.21

Fighting for Fertility

S48 E5 Length 53:06 Premiere Date 5.12.21

Reef Rescue

S48 E4 Length 53:21 Premiere Date 4.21.21

Picture a Scientist

S48 E3 Length 1:33:06 Premiere Date 4.14.21

Looking for Life on Mars

S48 E2 Length 53:46 Premiere Date 2.24.21

Secrets in our DNA

S48 E1 Length 53:26 Premiere Date 1.13.21

Ship That Changed the World Preview

Preview Length 00:29 Premiere Date 6.2.21

Mysterious Bones Found in 500-Year-Old Shipwreck

Clip Length 03:03 Premiere Date 6.2.21

This University Monitors COVID-19 Through Saliva Testing

Clip Length 06:53 Premiere Date 1.15.21

Lingering Symptoms from COVID-19 are “Unprecedented”

Clip Length 05:05 Premiere Date 2.4.21

New COVID-19 Variants Spread More Easily

Clip Length 07:15 Premiere Date 2.4.21

Why Misinformation Matters

Clip Length 02:41 Premiere Date 2.11.21

Dream Hacking: Decisions, Addictions, and Sleep

Clip Length 14:34 Premiere Date 2.18.21

How Mask-Wearing Misinformation Became a Reality

Clip Length 05:38 Premiere Date 2.23.21

The Big Lie about Monarch Butterflies

Clip Length 09:25 Premiere Date 3.15.21

Origins of Misinformation and How it Spreads

Clip Length 05:47 Premiere Date 3.15.21

Texas' Power Grid Trouble is Far From Over

Clip Length 08:23 Premiere Date 3.20.21

GameStop, Reddit, and the Rise of Risky Trades

Clip Length 08:35 Premiere Date 4.27.21

Are You Feeding a Powerful Facial Recognition Algorithm?

Clip Length 06:55 Premiere Date 4.30.21

Specials

Picture a Scientist (with Audio Description)

Length 1:52:37 Premiere Date 4.14.21

Looking for Life on Mars (with Audio Description)

Length 53:46 Premiere Date 2.24.21

Beyond the Elements: Life (with Audio Description)

Length 53:17 Premiere Date 2.17.21

Secrets in our DNA (with Audio Description)

Length 53:26 Premiere Date 1.13.21

Treasures Metals Eiffel Tower

Length 02:09 Premiere Date 12.9.16

A Labyrinth of Lava

Length 01:13 Premiere Date 11.2.15

Driving Dinosaur Diversity

Length 01:47 Premiere Date 10.22.15

Pangea

Length 00:56 Premiere Date 10.22.15

Making Granite From Volcanic Rock

Length 02:16 Premiere Date 10.22.15

A Massive Volcanic Eruption

Length 01:14 Premiere Date 10.22.15

From Mud to Rock

Length 01:36 Premiere Date 10.22.15

Finding Stromatolites

Length 01:23 Premiere Date 10.22.15

Stromatolites Were Kings

Length 01:05 Premiere Date 10.22.15

Ancient Life

Length 00:28 Premiere Date 10.22.15

Millions of Years Captured in Chalk

Length 01:17 Premiere Date 10.22.15

A Fourteen-Foot Fish From Kansas

Length 01:38 Premiere Date 10.22.15

Hell Creek Formation

Length 01:10 Premiere Date 10.22.15

No Dinosaurs Above the Line

Length 02:00 Premiere Date 10.22.15

Mammal Survivors

Length 01:40 Premiere Date 10.22.15

Dinosaur Fossils

Length 01:53 Premiere Date 10.22.15

King of Gore

Length 02:00 Premiere Date 10.22.15

Manhattan Skyline

Length 00:52 Premiere Date 10.21.15

New York's Mountains

Length 01:13 Premiere Date 10.21.15

Rock Time Capsules

Length 01:18 Premiere Date 10.21.15

The Sandstone Top of the Canyon

Length 01:15 Premiere Date 10.21.15

Fossil-Filled Limestone

Length 00:54 Premiere Date 10.21.15

The Grand Canyon's Oldest Rocks

Length 00:19 Premiere Date 10.21.15

From Lava to Land

Length 02:14 Premiere Date 10.21.15

Semi-Precious Pebbles

Length 00:57 Premiere Date 10.21.15

Five Steps of Volcanic Rock

Length 00:26 Premiere Date 10.21.15

Tearing North America Apart

Length 01:01 Premiere Date 10.21.15

Fossilized Sand Dunes

Length 01:15 Premiere Date 10.21.15

Volcanoes of Sand

Length 01:33 Premiere Date 10.21.15

Rockies 2.0

Length 02:00 Premiere Date 10.21.15

Manhattan Schist

Length 01:13 Premiere Date 10.21.15

Grand Canyon 4

Length 00:19 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Mendenhall Glacier

Length 02:51 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Monument Rocks 1

Length 01:18 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Monument Rocks 2

Length 01:48 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Exuma Cays 1

Length 01:26 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Exuma Cays 3

Length 00:28 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Exuma Cays 4

Length 03:22 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Gooseberry Falls 1

Length 00:57 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Gooseberry Falls 2

Length 00:24 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Gooseberry Falls 3

Length 01:06 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Gooseberry Falls 4

Length 01:01 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Mount Kilauea

Length 01:30 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Grand Canyon 1

Length 01:19 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Grand Canyon 2

Length 01:05 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Grand Canyon 3

Length 00:58 Premiere Date 8.2.15

Lethal Seas Excerpt 1

Length 04:11 Premiere Date 5.12.15

Lethal Seas Excerpt 2

Length 01:00 Premiere Date 5.12.15

Lethal Seas Excerpt 3

Length 00:35 Premiere Date 5.12.15

Lethal Seas Excerpt 4

Length 00:51 Premiere Date 5.12.15

The Mother of Hubble

Length 02:28 Premiere Date 4.14.15

Formation of a Typhoon

Length 01:34 Premiere Date 6.25.14

Flatfish Larvae

Length 00:51 Premiere Date 5.6.14

RNAi Explained

Length 01:47 Premiere Date 4.22.14

Dolphin Mirror

Length 03:18 Premiere Date 4.22.14

Dogs' Sense of Time

Length 01:28 Premiere Date 4.13.14

Cockatoo Excerpt

Length 01:30 Premiere Date 4.8.14

How Solar Cells Work

Length 00:33 Premiere Date 2.26.14

Solar Power's Promise

Length 00:51 Premiere Date 2.26.14

Microneedle

Length 01:41 Premiere Date 12.30.13

Non-Newtonian Gel

Length 01:00 Premiere Date 11.15.13

GM Plants

Length 01:27 Premiere Date 11.15.13

Soft-Story Buildings

Length 07:36 Premiere Date 11.13.13

Levitation

Length 00:50 Premiere Date 10.24.13

Superconductor

Length 01:47 Premiere Date 10.24.13

Animal Robot 1

Length 02:35 Premiere Date 10.24.13

Animal Robot 2

Length 02:02 Premiere Date 10.24.13

Therapeutic Hypothermia

Length 01:11 Premiere Date 10.24.13

Therapeutic Hypothermia 2

Length 01:07 Premiere Date 10.24.13

Therapeutic Hypothermia 3

Length 01:43 Premiere Date 10.24.13

Therapeutic Hypothermia 4

Length 02:01 Premiere Date 10.24.13

Swarming Robots

Length 01:31 Premiere Date 10.21.13

Sneak Peek: Making Stuff Wilder

Length 06:14 Premiere Date 10.21.13

Sail Wing

Length 01:02 Premiere Date 10.19.13

Hydrofoil

Length 01:01 Premiere Date 10.19.13

Chicken Feathers

Length 01:56 Premiere Date 10.19.13

KillaCycle

Length 00:48 Premiere Date 10.19.13

How Batteries Work

Length 00:49 Premiere Date 10.19.13

Muon Detection

Length 01:52 Premiere Date 10.19.13

Muons

Length 01:25 Premiere Date 10.19.13

Plants White

Length 02:11 Premiere Date 10.19.13

DNA Patch

Length 01:19 Premiere Date 10.19.13

DNA Vaccine

Length 00:38 Premiere Date 10.19.13

Earthquake Test

Length 02:03 Premiere Date 10.19.13

David Drives

Length 01:27 Premiere Date 10.19.13

Virus Battery

Length 02:21 Premiere Date 10.19.13

Shelley

Length 02:07 Premiere Date 10.19.13

Robot Arm

Length 00:56 Premiere Date 10.19.13

Elephant Arm

Length 01:22 Premiere Date 10.19.13

FinGripper

Length 00:55 Premiere Date 10.19.13

Hagfish Defense

Length 01:36 Premiere Date 10.17.13

Slime Clothes

Length 01:00 Premiere Date 10.17.13

Pitcher Plant

Length 01:48 Premiere Date 10.17.13

SLIPS

Length 01:01 Premiere Date 10.17.13

Hagfish

Length 00:51 Premiere Date 10.17.13

New York City One Year Later: Telecommunications

Length 03:14 Premiere Date 10.16.13

Sneak Peek: Making Stuff Faster

Length 05:06 Premiere Date 10.15.13

David's Race

Length 01:28 Premiere Date 10.15.13

Steffen's Plan

Length 01:59 Premiere Date 10.15.13

Traveling Salesman

Length 01:21 Premiere Date 10.15.13

Eye Robot

Length 01:51 Premiere Date 10.10.13

Corkscrew Robot

Length 00:32 Premiere Date 10.10.13

Slow Goldfish

Length 01:39 Premiere Date 10.10.13

Bee Toxin

Length 01:31 Premiere Date 10.10.13

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Length 03:36 Premiere Date 10.7.13

Invisibility Cloak

Length 01:22 Premiere Date 9.24.13

Shape Memory Alloys

Length 00:32 Premiere Date 9.8.13

Jellyfish

Length 00:38 Premiere Date 9.8.13

Bird Wings

Length 01:56 Premiere Date 9.8.13

Shrinking Chips

Length 01:06 Premiere Date 9.5.13

Pizza Transistor

Length 01:34 Premiere Date 9.5.13

Graphene

Length 01:11 Premiere Date 9.5.13

Wheat Straw Plastic

Length 01:04 Premiere Date 8.29.13

Solar Leaves

Length 00:53 Premiere Date 8.29.13

Battle Jacket

Length 01:49 Premiere Date 8.29.13

Oobleck

Length 00:40 Premiere Date 8.29.13

Magnetic Oobleck

Length 00:54 Premiere Date 8.29.13

Life-Saving Non-Newtonian Fluids

Length 01:43 Premiere Date 8.29.13

Silicon Transistors

Length 00:50 Premiere Date 8.29.13

Starling 8

Length 00:44 Premiere Date 7.15.13

sandy-raw-1-2

Length 00:04 Premiere Date 7.8.13

sandy-raw-5-1

Length 01:02 Premiere Date 7.8.13

Chemotherapy Goes Small

Length 01:17 Premiere Date 7.1.13

The Making of a Cloud Old

Length 03:10 Premiere Date 6.30.13

Why So Many Cloud Types?

Length 03:35 Premiere Date 6.30.13

Clouds and Weather

Length 03:21 Premiere Date 6.30.13

Severe Storms

Length 03:37 Premiere Date 6.30.13

The Climate Wild Card

Length 03:02 Premiere Date 6.30.13

Life on Europa?

Length 02:25 Premiere Date 6.9.13

CloudLab_Megastorm_03

Length 01:41 Premiere Date 5.29.13

CloudLab_Megastorm_04

Length 01:43 Premiere Date 5.29.13

CloudLab_Megastorm_05

Length 01:04 Premiere Date 5.29.13

CloudLab_Megastorm_06

Length 00:40 Premiere Date 5.29.13

CloudLab_Megastorm_07

Length 03:07 Premiere Date 5.29.13

CloudLab_Megastorm_01

Length 00:35 Premiere Date 5.28.13

CloudLab_Megastorm_02

Length 00:31 Premiere Date 5.28.13

What Made the 1918 Flu So Deadly?

Length 01:28 Premiere Date 5.13.13

How the 1918 Flu Infected People

Length 00:25 Premiere Date 5.13.13

Fertilizing the Amazon

Length 03:27 Premiere Date 4.21.13

Flu Probabilities

Length 01:53 Premiere Date 4.16.13

Rare Earth Elements

Length 04:17 Premiere Date 4.1.13

CHNOPS: Ingredients for Life

Length 02:36 Premiere Date 3.12.13

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Length 00:44 Premiere Date 2.28.13

MODIS Sensor

Length 00:26 Premiere Date 2.28.13

Solving the Storage Problem

Length 02:26 Premiere Date 10.25.12

Putting Energy to Use Old

Length 02:14 Premiere Date 10.8.12

Explore KET