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NOVA | Great Cathedral Mystery

Watch Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9pm on WMHT TV.

The dome that crowns Florence’s great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore — the Duomo — is a masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship. Historians and engineers have long debated how its architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, kept the dome perfectly aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center. More than four million bricks could collapse at any moment — and we still don’t understand how Brunelleschi prevented it. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. bricklayers will help build an experimental “mini-Duomo” using period tools and techniques.

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

NOVA scienceNOW News

Five Reasons to Eat Insects

Save room for bugs! They're the future of green cuisine.

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

Snow Monkeys: Infographic: What’s on the Snow Monkey Menu

Japanese Macaques that inhabit Jigokudani or "Hell Valley" must stick to together and adapt to harsh weather to survive and thrive. When they’re not soaking in hot springs during chilly months, sno...

Snow Monkeys: Snow Monkeys in Japan: Photos Through The Seasons

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