Mysteries of Sleep

From fruit flies to whales, virtually every animal sleeps. But why? Why do we need to spend nearly a third of our lives in such a defenseless state? Scientists are peering more deeply into the sleeping brain than ever before, discovering just how powerful sleep can be, playing a role in everything from memory retention and emotional regulation to removing waste from our brains.

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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Eagle Power

Follow eagles from the nest to the skies to see what makes these predators so remarkable.

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Decoding COVID-19

Scientists race to understand and defeat the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Truth About Fat

Could it be that body fat has more to do with biological processes than personal choices?

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Cuba's Cancer Hope

Can Cuba's innovative lung cancer vaccines give new hope to patients across the world?