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How will we power the planet without wrecking the climate? Airing January 11, 2017 at 9 pm on PBS

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  • #4024 — Asteroid: Doomsday Or Payday? |
    Monday, Jan 23 at 10:30pm TPT 2
  • #4024 — Asteroid: Doomsday Or Payday? |
    Tuesday, Jan 24 at 4:30am TPT 2
  • #4202 — Sunken Ship Rescue |
    Wednesday, Jan 25 at 8pm TPT 2
  • #4202 — Sunken Ship Rescue |
    Thursday, Jan 26 at 2am TPT 2
  • #4202 — Sunken Ship Rescue |
    Sunday, Jan 29 at 9pm TPT LIFE
  • #4024 — Asteroid: Doomsday Or Payday?
    The asteroid that exploded in the skies over Siberia injuring more than 1,000 and damaging buildings in six cities was a shocking reminder that Earth is a target in a cosmic shooting range. From the width of a football field to the size of a small city, the space rocks called asteroids have the potential to be killers: in a collision with Earth, they could set off deadly blast waves, raging fires and colossal tidal waves. But some audacious entrepreneurs look up at asteroids and see payday, not doomsday. That's because some asteroids are loaded with billions of dollars-worth of elements like iron, nickel and even platinum. While NASA plans an ambitious mission to return samples from a potentially hazardous asteroid, would-be asteroid miners are dreaming up their own program to scout for potentially profitable asteroids. Will asteroids turn out to be our economic salvation -- or instruments of extinction?
    Monday, Jan 23 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Jan 24 at 4:30am TPT 2
  • #4119 — Bigger Than T.rex
    Almost a century ago, paleontologists found the first tantalizing hints of a monster even bigger than Tyrannosaurus Rex, perhaps the largest predator ever to walk the Earth: spectacular fossil bones from a dinosaur dubbed Spinosaurus. But the fossils were completely destroyed during a World War II Allied bombing raid, leaving only drawings, lots of questions, and a mystery: What was Spinosaurus? Now, the discovery of new bones in a Moroccan cliff face is reopening the investigation into this epic beast. What did it feed on and how? Why did it grow so big? We follow the paleontologists who are reconstructing this terrifying carnivore piece by piece, revealing a 53-foot-long behemoth with a huge dorsal sail, enormous, scimitar-like claws, and massive superjaws, tapered toward the front like a crocodile, hosting an army of teeth. It is a painstaking puzzle, and it is missing many of its pieces. NOVA follows researchers on the hunt for more fossils, tracing ancient history along with the very modern drama of how the bones of the Spinosaurus were discovered, seized, bombed, stolen and smuggled across international borders. Bringing together experts in paleontology, geology, climatology and paleobotany, this NOVA/National Geographic special brings to life the lost world over which Spinosaurus reigned more than 65 million years ago.
    Thursday, Mar 2 at 9pm TPT 2
    Friday, Mar 3 at 3am TPT 2
  • #4202 — Sunken Ship Rescue
    NOVA follows the epic operation to secure, raise and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 passengers. Moving the ship - which stretches the length of three football fields, weighs over 114,000 tons and lies half submerged on the site of a protected reef with a 50-meter long hole in its hull - from its precarious perch on the edge of a 60 meter high underwater cliff will be a huge technical and logistical challenge. Now, NOVA joins a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock as they attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.
    Wednesday, Jan 25 at 8pm TPT 2
    Thursday, Jan 26 at 2am TPT 2
    Sunday, Jan 29 at 9pm TPT LIFE
    Monday, Jan 30 at 3am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Jan 30 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Jan 31 at 4:30am TPT 2
  • #4403 — Search for the Super Battery
    Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet.
    New Wednesday, Feb 1 at 8pm TPT 2
    Thursday, Feb 2 at 2am TPT 2
    Sunday, Feb 5 at 8pm TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 6 at 2am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 6 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Feb 7 at 4:30am TPT 2
  • #4404 — Ultimate Cruise Ship
    Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship.
    New Wednesday, Feb 8 at 8pm TPT 2
    Thursday, Feb 9 at 2am TPT 2
    Saturday, Feb 11 at 3pm TPT 2
    Sunday, Feb 12 at 8pm TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 13 at 1:55am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 13 at 10:45pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Feb 14 at 4:45am TPT 2
  • #4405 — The Origami Revolution
    The ancient art of paper folding is sparking scientific advances, affecting drug development and future NASA space missions. Discover how the art of origami is reshaping the world around us as scientists uncover the power of folding.
    New Wednesday, Feb 15 at 8pm TPT 2
    Thursday, Feb 16 at 2am TPT 2
    Sunday, Feb 19 at 8pm TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 20 at 2am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 20 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Feb 21 at 4:30am TPT 2
  • #4406 — Why Trains Crash
    Trains are essential for moving freight and people throughout the world, but they are far from accident-free. Follow investigators as they probe the wreckage of infamous accidents and watch safety experts test the latest crash prevention designs.
    New Wednesday, Feb 22 at 8pm TPT 2
    Thursday, Feb 23 at 2am TPT 2
    Sunday, Feb 26 at 8pm TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 27 at 2am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Feb 27 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Feb 28 at 4:30am TPT 2
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