NOVA - Season 9

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


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  • Aging: The Methuselah Syndrome
    In the Aging: The Methuselah Syndrome episode of the television program NOVA, the hosts investigate the progress of human aging. Scientists speak to how and why humans age, while also predicting ways in which the aging process may be slowed and eventually even stopped due to advances in medical science.
  • Animal Impostors
    Animal Impostors
    Episode 19
    Animal Impostors focuses on mimicry and camouflage in nature. Following snakes, butterflies, fish and turtles to see how they are able to fend off predators and fool their intended victims tells the story in natural settings. Mimicry and camouflage are shown as key features for deception in the animal kingdom to avoid being eaten, or in order to eat.moreless
  • Palace of Delights
    Palace of Delights
    Episode 18
    Palace of Delights, originally airing on Nova, won a Cine Golden Eagle Award. The episode visits the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California. The Exploratorium is a unique attraction which is part laboratory, part school, and part circus atmosphere. The episode documents the people running the Exploratorium, who is a collection of physicists and high school students.moreless
  • Life: Patent Pending
    Life: Patent Pending, originally broadcast on February 28, 1982, documents the growing effects of genetic research and the ways its findings influence medicine and industry. It examines the impact on universities with genetic study programs, shows how scientists are creating new life forms, and discloses that some countries earmark more resources for genetic research than the United States does.moreless
  • The Television Explosion
    Originally aired in 1982, this episode of NOVA looks at the history of television and predicts the trends and advances of the future. With the dawn of cable, the landscape of television becomes more exciting and more uncertain. New technology invites questions about how much influence networks should have over the shows that people want to see.moreless
  • Finding a Voice
    Finding a Voice
    Episode 15
    Originally airing in 1982, this episode documents the struggles and triumphs of Dick Boydell, a man with cerebral palsy. Since birth, Boydell has not been able to communicate effectively, limited to expressing only "yes" or "no." However, advanced technology may be able to let Boydell and others like him finally speak out.moreless
  • The Hunt for the Legion Killer
    In The Hunt for the Legion Killer episode of the television program NOVA, the show looks back to July 27, 1976 and explores the mysterious outbreak of Legionaires Disease at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Thirty-four people lost their lives and more than 220 were afflicted when the lethal legionellosis bacteria was circulated throughout the convention via poorly maintained ventilation systems.moreless
  • A Field Guide to Roger Tory Peterson
    A Field Guide to Roger Tory Peterson aired originally on January 24, 1982. This insightful biography of Peterson examines the man behind the wildly popular Field Guides series on birds. His expertise in ornithology and his beautifully accurate illustrations have made Peterson's field guides indispensable to serious birdwatchers and backyard observers alike.moreless
  • Test-Tube Babies: A Daughter For Judy
    Test-Tube Babies: A Daughter For Judy from the PBS show Nova premiered on January 17, 1982. The episode takes an in-depth, documentary look at the birth of the first test tube baby born in America. The program tracks the pregnancy from its inception, with a view of the medical procedures that were utilized to fertilize the egg, to Elizabeth Jordan Carr's birth on December 28, 1981.moreless
  • Salmon on the Run
    Salmon on the Run
    Episode 11
    Salmon on the Run from Nova captures the annual spawning run of salmon with all the dangers and obstacles these fish face to reproduce. The impact of man through the advance of business and technology and how it is changing the fishing industry is a focus. The development of the salmon through adaptation to these external forces is featured.moreless
  • Twins
    Episode 10
    Nova spotlights genetics in this episode, taking a look at identical twins and the scientific research surrounding their genetic codes. The episode starts with the lesson on how twins form during pregnancy, and segues to their birth and early childhood. Producers try to discover how two humans who look the same turn out to become very different individuals.moreless
  • City Spaces, Human Places
    City Places, Human Spaces aired on November 29, 1981. William H. Whyte's extensive study of city parks and green spaces explains why some parks are lackluster while others seem inviting and pleasant. Whyte's ideas helped to convert some of New York's bleakest squares to active, lively plazas, and proved that cities of any size could transform dreary downtown spaces to welcoming havens.moreless
  • Notes of a Biology Watcher: A Film with Lewis Thomas
    Notes of a Biology Watcher aired on November 22, 1981. Featuring eminent biologist and scientific author, Dr. Lewis Thomas, the film presents an array of astonishing facts about the process of life. Thomas is a master of startling truths, with such snippets of wisdom as: all living creatures, including humans, harbor multitudes of prehistoric organisms in every cell of their bodies.moreless
  • Artists in the Lab
    Artists in the Lab
    Episode 7
    Computers and lasers take focus in this episode of NOVA. Producers bring their cameras into the studios of some twentieth-century artists who used new technology to create their masterpieces. Film directors, special effect crews and modern-day artists take center stage, as the show presents their creations, which made them famous.
  • Did Darwin Get It Wrong?
    A look at the current debate from science to religion, over Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
  • Locusts: War Without End
    Using macrophotography, NOVA explores deadly locust swarms and their transformation from harmless grasshoppers. Also revealed are the latest attempts to get rid of this destructive force.
  • Cosmic Fire
    Cosmic Fire
    Episode 4
    X-ray astronomy is helping scientists to better understand our universe, including neutron stars, exploding galaxies, black holes, quasars and the sun's corona.
  • The Great Violin Mystery
    A search for the secret of the Amati and Stradivarius violins of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and a look at the work of physicist Jack Fry who's using modern science to uncover this mystery.
  • Why America Burns
    Why America Burns
    Episode 2
    NOVA examines outdated fire codes and flammability-testing methods that may be part of the reason why more people die in fires in the U.S. than in any other industrialized country. Also looked at are inadequate sprinkler systems and smoke detectors, fires caused by cigarettes, towering infernos, arson, and the use of combustible plastics in furniture and building materials.moreless
  • Computers, Spies & Private Lives
    NOVA examines possible threats of modern computers on privacy rights. Discussed are nationwide databanks and the thieves who hack into them, telecomputers and smart cards, and the various uses and abuses of all this collected information about our daily lives.
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