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NOVA - Mystery of Easter Island

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A remote, bleak speck of rock in the middle of the Pacific, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues or moai, weighing up to 86 tons? And how did they transform a presumed paradise into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin upon their island and themselves? NOVA explores controversial recent claims that challenge decades of previous thinking about the islanders, who have been accused of everything from ecocide to cannibalism.

NOVA - Secrets Of The Parthenon

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"NOVA explores the ambitious, three decade-long restoration of the Parthenon and reveals a number of surprising secrets that help explain how the ancient Athenians constructed this unique architectural icon.

NOVA - Secrets of Lost Empires 2 - 5 of 5 Medieval Siege

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In the Middle Ages, those who attacked castles used trebuchets, military engines capable of firing missiles with frightening force. In this section, view an actual trebuchet NOVA built, and construct and fire one of your own online. Also, find out what other weapons were used and what daily life was like in a medieval castle.

Duration 54m29s
Resolution 624x368
Video format Xvid
Audio format AC3
Language english
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NOVA - Secrets of Lost Empires 2 - 4 of 5 Roman Bath

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The plumbing that brought hot water to the communal baths the Romans enjoyed was highly sophisticated. In this section, watch as NOVA builds its own Roman bath, then try your hand at constructing a working aqueduct online. Also, learn about the Romans' water system from a noted scholar

Duration 54m27s
Resolution 624x368
Video format Xvid
Audio format AC3
Language english
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NOVA - Secrets of Lost Empires 2 - 3 of 5 Pharaohs Obelisk

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The soaring stone monuments known as obelisks were the Egyptian pharaohs' way of capturing a ray of revered sunlight in stone. In this section, follow NOVA's ultimately successful attempts to raise an obelisk of its own. Also, learn where ancient Egypt's obelisks have ended up today

Duration 54m27s
Resolution 624x368
Video format Xvid
Audio format AC3
Language english
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NOVA - Secrets of Lost Empires 2 - 2 of 5 China Bridge

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The ancient Chinese relied on bamboo, one of nature's most versatile building materials, to lash together their famous rainbow bridges. In this section, learn more about this amazing plant and about China's most noteworthy inventions, including paper money, gunpowder, and the compass.

Duration 54m15s
Resolution 624x368
Video format Xvid
Audio format AC3
Language english
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NOVA - Secrets of Lost Empires 2 - 1 of 5 Easter Island

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This remote Pacific island's so-called moai statues are among the world's most enigmatic sculptures. In this section, explore an interactive map of Easter Island to find out where ancient residents quarried and moved the famous monoliths. Also, follow recent attempts by NOVA and others to transport moai overland.

Duration 54m15s
Resolution 624x368
Video format Xvid
Audio format AC3
Language english
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NOVA - Inifinite Secrets The Genius of Archimedes

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"NOVA explores the ongoing efforts of scientists to restore the 1,000-year-old Archimedes Palimpsest.
The program:
defines a palimpsest: a manuscript in which the original text has been erased and the pages written on again.
describes the discovery of the Palimpsest and its importance as a text that contains Archimedes' previously unknown mathematical treatises and illustrates Archimedes' process of discovery.
explores Archimedes' life and some of his inventions, including his weapons of war.

NOVA - Wright Brothers Flying Machine

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"On December 17, 1903, a wood and cloth biplane, representing four years of intense research by Wilbur and Orville Wright, took off from the dunes at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with Orville at the controls—thereby making history's first controlled, sustained, and powered flight. For the centennial of this great event, NOVA presents a dramatic investigation of the Wrights' amazing achievement.

NOVA - Wings of Madness

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"In the early 1900s, the most acclaimed celebrity in Europe, and arguably the world, was a fashionable, frail, Brazilian-born aviator named Alberto Santos-Dumont. The first to fly an airplane in Europe, Santos also built and flew the first practical dirigibles, or powered balloons. At a period when most balloons were at the mercy of the wind and many still thought the airplane an impossibility, Santos's bold exploits created a sensation. He was the spiritual father of aviation, and at the same time, a flying P.T.

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