NOVA - Season 7

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

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  • Mr. Ludwig's Tropical Dreamland
    3/25/80
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    During the sixties, a billionaire purchased three million acres of tropical rainforest in Brazil, and NOVA wants to know why. This episode profiles Daniel K. Ludwig and his Jari project on the Amazon basin. Ludwig wanted to corner the paper production market during the seventies, and he thought that Brazilian rainforest could help him accomplish the task. Unfortunately, things didn't turn out the way he planned.moreless
  • Mediterranean Prospect (A)
    3/18/80
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    Every year, millions of tourists converge on the Mediterranean's sunny coasts, lured by the prospect of bathing in clear, azure waters and basking in semi-tropical sun. But years of use and abuse have taken their toll on the once idyllic Mediterranean and the "world's biggest swimming pool" has become the world's biggest open sewer. NOVA explores the complex problems that plague the Mediterranean's future.moreless
  • Safety Factor (The)
    Safety Factor (The)
    Episode 15
    3/11/80
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    Recent aircraft accidents have raised the question of just how safe modern commercial aviation really is. NOVA looks at some of the problems and experimental efforts underway to deal with them.
  • Umealit: The Whale Hunters
    3/4/80
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    Umealit: The Whale Hunters is an episode of the PBS science television series Nova. In this episode, native Alaskan whale hunters try to preserve their ancient way of life in the face of criticism from conservationists. Can the Umealit survive if they're no longer able to hunt whales? Watch Umealit: The Whale Hunters, and find out.moreless
  • Portrait of a Killer
    2/19/80
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    NOVA looks at the latest information on the possible causes and preventative measures involved in cardiovascular disease which affects more than 40 million Americans.
  • Living Machines
    Living Machines
    Episode 12
    2/5/80
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    "Why is grass green, and why do giraffes have long necks?" Natural engineering and adaptation take center stage in this episode of NOVA. Producers how explore plants and animals have changed throughout the years and how they acquired their natural designs. The episode also profiles extinct animals and the reasons why they didn't survive over time.moreless
  • A is for Atom, B is for Bomb
    1/22/80
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    NOVA profiles Dr. Edward Teller, the "Father of the Hydrogen Bomb," an acclaimed scientific genius and brilliant theoretician, and a man considered by some the most dangerous scientist in the United States.
  • Elusive Illness (The)
    1/15/80
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    Aborigines in Australia, woodchucks in Pennsylvania, the Nobel Prize in Stockholm and the gay community in New York—what could possibily link such disparate elements? The answer is Hepatitis. NOVA examines this elusive disease, what causes it, how it is spread and how you get rid of it.
  • Blindness: Five Points of Views
    12/18/79
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    For many people the idea of life without vision is as fearful as death. NOVA looks at five people struggling to save their threatened vision using drugs, surgery, counseling and determination.
  • Termites to Telescopes
    12/11/79
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    Dr. Philip Morrison, Institute Professor and Professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presents this thoughtful and provocative commentary on the nature of civilization.
  • Bridge That Spanned The World (The)
    12/4/79
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    The Iron Bridge across the River Severn in Telford, England is two centuries old this year. It remains a monument to the Shropshire iron masters who built it, and a symbol of the Industrial Revolution that was born in the area where the bridge stands. NOVA traces the development of ironmaking and its far-reaching effects on society and the world economy.moreless
  • India: Machinery of Hope
    11/20/79
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    Most of India lives by the same rhythm, the same tools, as in centuries past. But there is another India—with thriving commercial centers, spotless research laboratories and large-scale industry. NOVA looks at how the gap between these two extremes is shrinking because of a policy of "appropriate" technology that uses the resources of both to meet the greatest needs of all.moreless
  • All Part of The Game
    11/6/79
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    Thousands of amateur athletes are hurt every year, and many professional athletes suffer injuries that may mean the end of a career. NOVA looks at a new medical specialty—sports medicine—that promises to prevent and cure many sports related problems.
  • Race For The Gold
    Race For The Gold
    Episode 4
    10/30/79
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    At the 1976 Olympics, East German athletes walked off with 40 of the coveted gold medals, though their country is only the size of New Jersey. NOVA investigates whether a drug responsible for their incredible success—or is American athletic training and commitment falling behind that of the Communist world?
  • Sweet Solutions
    Sweet Solutions
    Episode 3
    10/16/79
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    NOVA views the history of sugar—from its scientific, religious and political history to its medical controversy.
  • Life On A Silken Thread
    10/9/79
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    Sinister, sometimes even deadly, spiders have little popular appeal; yet their silken webs are among nature's loveliest creations. NOVA takes a close-look in slow motion, as spiders reveal a delicate grace and beauty, and an amazing array of lifestyles.
  • Plague on our Children (A)
    10/2/79
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    Is the chemical industry a boom to modern civilization, or a major threat to our health and that of future generations? NOVA examines how toxic heribicides, pesticides, and other chemicals may cause cancer, miscarriages and birth defects in humans.