Dead Sea Scroll Detectives

Since the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, these fragile parchment relics have intrigued scholars, religious leaders, and profiteers alike. The 2,000-year-old scrolls include the oldest-known versions of the Hebrew Bible and hold vital clues about the birth of Christianity. While certain scrolls have survived intact, others have been ravaged by time—burnt, decayed, or torn to pieces.

PBS’ premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science and technology and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.

NOVA Episodes

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Can We Cool the Planet?

S47 Ep16 | 53m 31s

Scientists look to geoengineering and other methods to cool the planet.

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Touching the Asteroid

S47 Ep15 | 54m 3s

Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx attempts to grab a piece of an asteroid to bring it back to Earth.

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Nature's Fear Factor

S47 Ep9 | 53m 31s

Can bringing predators—and fear—back into an ecosystem help restore its natural balance?

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A to Z: How Writing Changed the World

S47 Ep14 | 53m 31s

The creation of printing, the first information technology, drove empires and revolutions.

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