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Modeling a Comet Airburst

Modeling a Comet Airburst

Modeling a Comet Airburst

See why an explosion three miles above Earth would act like a hot tornado on the surface.
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Decoding da Vinci - S46 E21

Discover how Leonardo da Vinci used science, from human dissections to innovative painting techniques, to create his legendary artwork. Learn why Mona Lisa's smile is so captivating - and what it took to create it.

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Forgotten Genius - S34 E3

Percy Julian overcame numerous obstacles to become a world-class scientist, a self-made millionaire, and a civil rights pioneer.

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Great Cathedral Mystery - S41 E5

Using period tools and techniques, bricklayers build a mini version of the Duomo in Florence.

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Beyond the Elements - Reactions

Discover the chemical reactions that transform our world, including one that enables us to feed billions, but when reversed, is explosive. And lock-and-key molecules that put the heat in hot peppers or make deadly venoms useful to medicine.

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Beyond the Elements - Indestructible

As the environmental impact of the quest for durability becomes clear, scientists look for ways to maintain utility but minimize harm.

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Beyond the Elements - Life

Discover molecules that allowed life on Earth to begin and thrive and how scientists use evolution in chemistry.

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Mars 2020

NASA attempts to land its newest robotic geologist, a rover named Perseverance.

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Secrets In Our DNA

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Prediction by the Numbers - S45 E6

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The Impossible Flight - S45 E3

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Decoding the Great Pyramid - S46 E4

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Pluto and Beyond - S46 E1

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Secrets in our DNA

S48 E1 Length 53:26 Premiere Date 1.13.21

Surviving an Elevator Fall

Clip Length 01:31 Premiere Date 8.23.10

Shabbat Elevator

Clip Length 02:42 Premiere Date 8.23.10

Six Questions with David Pogue

Clip Length 02:33 Premiere Date 1.4.11

A Mind for Music

Clip Length 04:05 Premiere Date 2.9.11

Modeling a Comet Airburst

Clip Length 03:20 Premiere Date 2.9.11

Green Energy in China

Clip Length 05:09 Premiere Date 4.12.11

A Strict Carbon Diet

Clip Length 02:58 Premiere Date 4.12.11

Brian Greene Answers Your Questions

Clip Length 01:07 Premiere Date 8.2.11

The 9/11 Memorial Mock-Up

Clip Length 01:54 Premiere Date 8.24.11

Solving an Engineering Problem

Clip Length 02:49 Premiere Date 8.24.11

Walls of Glass

Clip Length 02:29 Premiere Date 8.24.11

The Memorial Plaques

Clip Length 02:31 Premiere Date 8.24.11

Rebuilding 7 World Trade Center

Clip Length 01:48 Premiere Date 8.31.11

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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

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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

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Bee Toxin

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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

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Battle Jacket

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Oobleck

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Magnetic Oobleck

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Life-Saving Non-Newtonian Fluids

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Silicon Transistors

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Starling 8

Length 00:44 Premiere Date 7.15.13

sandy-raw-1-2

Length 00:04 Premiere Date 7.8.13

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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

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