This fall, “Nova” explores the engineering behind suits of armor, new archaeology from Stonehenge, imperial China’s Forbidden City and the geology of mega-volcanoes. Join us each Wednesday at 8 p.m.
“Secrets of the Shining Knight”
Discover what it was like to be a knight in shining armor and follow the historic manufacturing process. Join master armorers as they re-engineer the Greenwich armor-considered some of the greatest armor ever made-and then put it to the test. Watch online.
“Ghosts of Stonehenge”
See what major new clues have come to light from the last decade of groundbreaking archaeological digs at Britain’s enigmatic 5,000-year-old site. What have we learned about the people who constructed it? Watch online.
“Secrets of the Forbidden City”
For nearly 500 years, Beijing’s complex of palaces and temples was the power center of imperial China. Explore this ancient architectural masterpiece, long hidden from western eyes, as experts use ancient craft secrets to restore its fading grandeur. Watch online.
A team of volcanologists search for an elusive volcanic mega-eruption that plunged the medieval earth into a deep freeze. Investigate the geologic evidence from Greenland all the way to Antarctica to identify the 750-year-old culprit.
Follow a team of experts investigating the Great Hurricane of 1780 that killed more people than any other Caribbean hurricane. Discover what made the storm so deadly and whether mega-storms are more likely to strike in our rapidly changing climate.
Uncover geologic fingerprints of colossal floods that violently reshaped the ancient world. Follow geologists around the globe as they reconstruct catastrophic Ice Age floods more powerful than all the world’s top ten rivers combined.
“Extreme Animal Weapons”
Explore the secrets that underlie nature’s battleground. Every animal has some kind of weapon, whether claws or horns, fangs or stings. But why are some armaments huge and extreme, far beyond any practical need?