NOVA - Season 3

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  • The Case of the Bermuda Triangle
    6/27/76
    9.0
    NOVA heads to the Bermuda Triangle to find out why over the last 40 years planes and ships have disappeared there. The episode starts in Florida and travels southeast over the Atlantic Ocean. Cameramen stay overnight to see if anything strange happens, and at around midnight, some odd lights appear on the horizon.moreless
  • Genetic Chance (The)
    6/20/76
    0.0
    Recent scientific developments have made it possible to detect a wide variety of defects in unborn babies. NOVA focuses on the ethical question that must be considered: What defines a defect? Should defective babies be aborted, or should they be allowed to live?
  • Inside the Shark
    Inside the Shark
    Episode 18
    6/13/76
    0.0
    The "Jaws" phenomenon has given sharks a bad name. But is the shark really such a barbarian? NOVA looks at the lifestyle of this remarkable survivor from the days when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
  • Death of a Disease
    Death of a Disease
    Episode 17
    6/6/76
    0.0
    As late as 1967, smallpox struck as many as 15 million people in 43 countries and killed an estimated two or three million. Experts now believe that the disease is on the verge of extinction. NOVA looks at the recent success of the World Health Organization's program to eradicate this disease, considered a triumph of western-styled medicine.moreless
  • Women Rebel (The)
    Women Rebel (The)
    Episode 16
    5/23/76
    0.0
    Margaret Sanger was responsible almost single-handedly for changing the whole attitude of the male-dominated medical profession towards "women's issues" and, above all, for gaining social and political acceptance for the concept of birth control. This NOVA docudrama reconstructs her life, told as flashbacks interspersed throughout an interview. Piper Laurie stars as Margaret Sanger.moreless
  • Benjamin
    Benjamin
    Episode 15
    5/9/76
    0.0
    Benjamin is a healthy, normal baby, whom we meet at birth and whose first year of life provides the backbone of this revealing NOVA about early child development
  • Hunters of the Seal
    Hunters of the Seal
    Episode 14
    5/2/76
    0.0
    NOVA shows the Netsilik eskimoes of Pelly Bay and their traditional way of life and what happens when Western civilization is imposed upon them.
  • Underground Movement (The)
    4/18/76
    0.0
    NOVA explores life underground, from foxes and badgers through moles and worms down to the myriad of micro-organisms that make soil the most complex substrate for life on earth. Included in the film is extraordinary footage of a mole burrowing and of roots growing.
  • Transplant Experiment (The)
    4/11/76
    0.0
    Dr. Norman Shumway of Stanford University has performed more heart transplants than any other heart surgeon. NOVA explores those extraordinary days in 1968-69 when it appeared that everyone with a scalpel was doing heart transplants, and survival of patients was measured in days.
  • Overworked Miracle (The)
    3/21/76
    0.0
    Today we take antibiotics for granted, and by doing so are steadily eroding their medical value. NOVA examines the problem of resistance to antibiotics in the bacteria they are designed to kill.
  • The Williamsburgh File
    3/14/76
    0.0
    NOVA joins chief archaeologist, Ivor Noel Hume, of Colonial Williamsburg, VA, for a fascinating glimpse of the lifestyles of the founders of this country, complete with detailed reconstructions of houses, stores, workshops, gardens, taverns and palaces.
  • Renewable Tree (The)
    3/7/76
    0.0
    Each Sunday edition of the New York Times consumes 153 acres of trees. The paper packs, napkins, paper cups and packing used by McDonald's gobble up 315 square miles of trees every day. NOVA asks if, at this rate, trees can remain a renewable resource.
  • Race for the Double Helix (The)
    3/7/76
    9.7
    Author Isaac Asimov joins NOVA in the retelling of the remarkable story of the discovery of the structure of DNA. James Watson and his ex-colleague Francis Crick exchange memories of the events which led to their winning the race for the structure of the gene.
  • Ninety Degrees Below
    2/15/76
    0.0
    There's one place on earth where no one will ever catch a cold. And the freezing waters are so bitter there that a fish has been discovered to have developed its own anti-freeze. NOVA explores Antarctica—the coldest desert in the world.
  • Small Imperfection (A)
    2/8/76
    0.0
    Every year, some 5,000 babies are born in the US with spina bifida, a congenital abnormality of the central nervous system. NOVA explores the mystery of what causes spina bifida and raises the issues of whether heroic measures should be taken to preserve the life of severely malformed babies.
  • Desert Place (A)
    Desert Place (A)
    Episode 5
    2/1/76
    0.0
    NOVA explores the mysterious ecosystem of the desert: a snowstorm; a lashing summer monsoon; and the emergence—in a pool created only minutes before—of a pair of adult spadefoot toads. Toads who had been waiting beneath the sand for a year for this brief and fortuitous moment to procreate the next generation...moreless
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    For 45 centuries, the Great Sphinx has cast its enigmatic gaze over Egypt's Giza plateau. The biggest and oldest statue in a land of colossal ancient monuments, its scale is staggering. How was it built, and who or what does it represent? NOVA's expert team of archaeologists carries out experiments that reveal the techniques and incredible labor that was invested in the carving of this gigantic sculpture.moreless
  • Planets (The)
    Planets (The)
    Episode 4
    1/25/76
    0.0
    The last fourteen years have been a revolution in our understanding of our place in the stars, the Solar System. Beginning in 1961 with a Russian spacecraft flying to Venus, quickening with the Apollo manned missions to the Moon, it came of age in the Spring of 1974, when there were six spacecrafts traveling simultaneously from the Earth to the planets. NOVA looks at the era of manned and unmanned exploration of the Solar System.moreless
  • Meditation and the Mind
    1/18/76
    0.0
    What do singer Peggy Lee, New York Jets Quarterback Joe Namath and Congressman Richard Nolas have in common? They all practice a ritual called TM—Transcendental Meditation. NOVA examines the recent phenomenal success of the TM movement in America.
  • Joey
    Joey
    Episode 2
    1/11/76
    0.0
    NOVA takes viewers into the world of Joey Deacon, 54 years old and a spastic since birth. Joey has lived most of his life in institutions, unable to communicate with anyone until he met Ernie Roberts. The docudrama recreates Joey's story, with remarkable performances by two spastic actors portraying him as a boy and as a young man. Joey and Ernie themselves appear in the final sequences.moreless
  • Predictable Disaster
    1/4/76
    0.0
    Earthquakes and how scientists predict them take the center stage in this episode. NOVA heads to California to film geologists make disaster predictions. Producers also discuss how earthquakes happen, and the pros and cons of notifying the public in advance of a possible earthquake. With two successful predictions recorded, the episode ends with live footage of scientists trying to predict a third disaster.moreless
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    In the spring of 2009, NASA sent a shuttle crew on a risky mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope for the last time. The astronaut servicing team must carry out the first ever in-space repairs of Hubble's defective instruments, a task that requires ingenious engineering fixes and the most intensive NASA spacewalk ever. NOVA presents the inside story of the mission and the extraordinary challenges faced by the rescue crew.moreless
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