Contribute Now
NOVA | Why Ships Sink | Science | Technology | Nature | WMHT
  • Click to join the WMHT e-news mailing list
  • Click to make a sustaining contribution to WMHT
  • Click to contribute to WMHT
  • In Partnership With:
  • PBS
  • NPR

NOVA | Why Ships Sink

Posted by WMHT Web Editor

Watch Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 9pm on WMHT TV.

NOVA which investigates the safety of cruise ships. Twenty million passengers embark on cruises each year, vacationing in deluxe “floating cities” that offer everything from swimming pools to shopping malls to ice skating rinks. And the ships just keep getting bigger: the average cruise ship has doubled in size in just the last 10 years. Some engineers fear that these towering behemoths are dangerously unstable, and the recent tragedy of the Costa Concordia has raised new questions about their safety. Now, NOVA brings together marine engineering and safety experts to reconstruct the events that led up to famous cruise disasters, including the ill-fated Concordia, the Sea Diamond and the Oceanos. Are we really safe at sea — or are we on the brink of a 21st-century Titanic?

Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space?

NOVA scienceNOW News

Five Reasons to Eat Insects Five Reasons to Eat Insects
Save room for bugs! They're the future of green cuisine.
Profile: Shaundra Daily Profile: Shaundra Daily
This software engineer and dancer found her groove teaching children about their emotional lives.
Nature follows one of the most fearless animals in the world: the honey badger.

PBS Nature News

A Sloth Named Velcro: About A Sloth Named Velcro: About
Please view the original post to see the video. In 2000 in the jungles of Panama, a young journalist, named Ana, has a chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, whi...
Animal Misfits: Animal Misfit Yearbook Photos Animal Misfits: Animal Misfit Yearbook Photos
Have you ever felt awkward? Like you just didn't fit in with the group? You're not alone. There are certain species o...