Engineering


New! Look Who's Driving 53 min.

Tech giants and car manufacturers alike are developing self-driving cars, and some of them are already on public roads. But what must computers be capable of to truly take the wheel? And could they eventually be safer than human drivers?

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Why Bridges Collapse 53 min.

In 2018, Italy’s Morandi Bridge collapsed, killing 43 people. For 50 years, the iconic bridge had withstood the elements—and stress from ever-increasing traffic. NOVA investigates what went wrong and explores other bridge collapses across the United States. How can new engineering techniques make bridges safer and prevent such tragedies?

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Airplane 55 min.

Take to the sky with the dreamers whose work gave humans the ability to fly. From Leonardo da Vinci’s “flying machines” to the modern commercial plane, without these inventions, we may have never left the ground.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Car 55 min.

Go for a ride through the 9,000-year history of the car, from its roots in dogsleds to Henry Ford’s affordable and assembly line-built Model T, and meet the scientists working on the next generation of self-driving automobiles.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Rise of the Rockets 53 min.

New technologies are making rockets cheaper and more powerful than ever before. As private companies make space more accessible, and NASA returns to crewed spaceflight, a new era of space exploration may be on the horizon.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Robot 55 min.

Learn how robots were first conceptualized in ancient Rome and see how their use has evolved over the centuries, from the calculator to the Roomba. Then, take a sneak peek at what future robots will be able to do.

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The Rocket 55 min.

Learn the explosive history of the rocket, from its origin in ancient China, to its use as a weapon of war, to how adding hydrogen allowed it to carry astronauts all the way to the moon.

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Saving the Dead Sea 53 min.

As the Dead Sea shrinks, engineers prepare a daring solution: connect it with the Red Sea by way of a massive desalination plant. If it works, it could stabilize the lake and ease regional tensions, but will it put the environment at risk?

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Sealab 54 min.

On a February day in 1969, off the shore of northern California, a U.S. Navy crane carefully lowered 300 tons of metal into the Pacific Ocean. The massive tubular structure was an audacious feat of engineering - a pressurized underwater habitat, complete with science labs and living quarters for an elite group of divers who hoped to spend days or even months at a stretch living and working on the...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

The Smartphone 55 min.

Dial in to the history of the smartphone, from its roots in Morse Code to 1997, when the first picture was transmitted over a cellphone. Plus, see how the next generation of smartphones will allow us to communicate through them just by thinking.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019