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Hollywood-made science documentary series comes to TV

National Geographic’s Breakthrough covers wide ground with variety of approaches reflecting each episode’s director’s choices

8:00am, October 20, 2015

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Premieres November 1
National Geographic Channel

A new series puts Hollywood’s stamp on innovative science, with interesting results.

Premiering November 1 on the National Geographic Channel, Breakthrough is a series of six hour-long installments, each directed by a different Hollywood talent. The episodes, covering topics from aging to water, each highlight work from a few scientists. Science News got a sneak peek at the first three episodes. 

In the first hour, “Fighting Pandemics,” director Peter Berg explores the West

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