NOVA - Season 6

Wednesday 9:00 PM on PBS Premiered Mar 03, 1974 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • The Keys Of Paradise
    Scientists discover that the human brain naturally produces powerful painkilling chemicals, and NOVA wants to know how this happens. This episode profiles why alternative medicine such as acupuncture and chiropractory psychologically cure pain by using endorphins transmitted from the brain. The episode also reports on placebos and its effect in treating psychological pain.moreless
  • Einstein
    Episode 9
    NOVA brings you rare and unseen footage and interviews regarding one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century, Albert Einstein. Considered to be the father of modern day physics, he is most well known for his theory of relativity, but there was far more to this German scientist than E=mc2.moreless
  • Beersheva Experiment (The)
    Health care is the third largest industry in the US. As a result of billions of dollars spent for medical education in the 1960s, there are now too many specialists and too few primary care physicians, especially in underserved areas. NOVA tells the story of one medical school in Israel that is training a new kind of family doctor.moreless
  • End Of The Rainbow (The)
    Is nuclear fusion the solution to the energy crisis? NOVA examines the promise—and problems—of fusion as a future energy source.
  • Invisible Flame (The)
    Some day hydrogen may replace the gasoline that we are now using up so rapidly. NOVA looks at the potential of hydrogen as a zero-pollution fuel.
  • Patterns From The Past
    Below the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian Andes, the Q'eros Indians live a life patterned on that of their ancestors thousands of years ago. NOVA takes a look at the unchanging world of these isolated mountain people.
  • Cashing In On The Ocean
    This episode goes underwater and into the Pacific Ocean to capture footage the vast minerals that lay on the ocean floor. Miners from across the world are on the lookout for magnesium, copper and other valuable minerals embedded in the floor of international waters. Producers take a look at the controversy surrounding the debate on who owns the right to mine the ocean.moreless
  • World of Difference (A)
    In 1945, B.F. Skinner shocked the world by putting his 13 month-old daughter, Deborah, into a "box." The box was actually a climate-controlled crib designed for comfort and protection, and the young psychologist was merely testing his theory that environment controls behavior. NOVA portrays the life of this famous behavioral psychologist now in his 70's and living quietly in Cambridge as Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.moreless
  • Long Walk Of Fred Young
    The well-known nuclear physicist working in New Mexico's Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory came from a humble background, and NOVA brings his story to television. Doctor Frederick Young lived in the wild as a teenager and hunted for his food by using prehistoric weapons. He communicated with Indians, who took care of him when he became sick. Producers profile Dr. Young and show viewers how he became a famous scientist.moreless
  • (Part 2 of 2) In a two-hour special, NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe.
  • Black Tide
    Black Tide
    Episode 1
    The supertanker, Amoco Cadiz, and the oil spill that occurred after it ran aground in English Channel in the 70s take center stage in this episode. Using archive footage shot by NOVA producers after the accident, the piece focuses on the cleanup effort, and how the largest oil spill in history affected the French and English fishing industry.moreless
  • (Part 1 of 2) In a two-hour special, NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe.