Decoding da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance genius. Not only did he paint masterpieces of art, but he was an obsessive scientist and inventor, dreaming up complex machines centuries ahead of his time, including parachutes, armored tanks, hang gliders, and robots. On the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, with the help of biographer Walter Isaacson, NOVA investigates the secrets of Leonardo’s success.

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Animal Espionage

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The Violence Paradox

Is violence actually declining? If so, why? And can we build a more peaceful future?

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Dead Sea Scroll Detectives

New technologies unravel the Dead Sea Scrolls’ mysteries and uncover million-dollar ...

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Rise of the Mammals

Amazing fossils reveal how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.