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    • Affairs of the Heart
      Affairs of the Heart
      Season 11 - Episode 4
      1/23/01
      10
      Affairs of the Heart is the fourth episode in the eleventh season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda follows a group of expert heart surgeons who are using high-tech scientific tools to develop new ways to repair the human heart.
    • Episode 02
      Episode 02
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      11/14/90
      8.5
      Total Tennis at MIT: Engineering students build machines for yearly contests. Designing Delicacies: Cultured black truffles are taste tested against the real thing. Deep Divers: A profile of the deepest human and animal divers. Safer Fire Fighting: Firefighters test a method of battling fires by blowing air into the burning building.moreless
    • Episode 11
      Episode 11
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      10/14/92
      8.5
    • Special from Egypt and Israel
      Special from Egypt and Israel
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      1/13/93
      8.0
      Special from Egypt and Israel is the fourth episode in the third season of the documentary series Scientific American Frontiers. Host Alan Alda and a team of scientists travel to Egypt and Israel to explore scientific discoveries unique to the area. Specific areas that the team investigates include tombs, a coral reef and the ocean.moreless
    • Episode 01
      Episode 01
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      10/1/90
      8.0
      The World's Scariest Rollercoaster: A new kind of rollercoaster design takes passengers through a barrel roll like a jet fighter. New Hearts for Newborns: The latest efforts in successful heart transplants for infants. Woodpecker Housing Crunch: Man-made nests replacing what Hurricane Hugo destroyed. Facing Feelings: The connection between how you look and how you feel. Supercool Squirrels: The body temperature of hibernating Alaskan ground squirrels is below the freezing point and yet their blood does not freeze!moreless
    • Episode 10
      Episode 10
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      2/12/92
      8.0
    • Episode 06
      Episode 06
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      10/23/91
      8.0
    • Episode 07
      Episode 07
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      11/20/91
      7.0
    • Special from France
      Special from France
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      1/15/92
      6.5
      Special from France, hosted by Alan Alda, is the fourth episode in the second season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series. Alda and the scientists travel to Europe to investigate several unique scientific advances being made there. Specific scientific advances featured in the episode include using coral for bone health, ways to keeps chickens happy and avoiding oil spills.moreless
    • Special from the Soviet Union
      Special from the Soviet Union
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      1/9/91
      6.5
      Host Woodie Flowers travels to Moscow to explore the budding relationship between the United States and Russia. As tensions from the Cold War fade into the past, American scientists have plenty to learn from the exciting scientific advances that Russian scientists and researchers are uncovering. From space travel to reconstructive surgery, the breakthroughs have the power to benefit both countries.moreless
    • On the Ball
      On the Ball
      Season 12 - Episode 6
      3/19/02
      0.0
      On the Ball is the sixth episode in the twelfth season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series. In this episode, Alan Alda, the host, sets out to find out how technological advances aid athletes and sports officials to perform better. Alda also discusses how these same advances enhance spectators viewing experiences.moreless
    • Games Machines Play
      Games Machines Play
      Season 12 - Episode 8
      5/21/02
      0.0
      Games Machines Play is the eighth episode in the twelfth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda visits a gaming competition featuring young inventors who are all striving to create the best gaming machine. Who will come out on top?
    • Body Building
      Body Building
      Season 12 - Episode 9
      5/28/02
      0.0
      Most people do not think of engineers as body builders, but MIT scientists are building body tissues from scratch in a lab. Tissue engineers are building everything from a nose, heart tissue, retina tissues and liver tissues. Now that the first complete liver is living, how far do scientists have to go to use lab-produced livers in liver transplant recipients? Some say the "Lab Liver" will be available for our grandchildren, but maybe sooner. Others say this is the first step towards building a complete laboratory version of the human body.moreless
    • Beneath the Sea
      Beneath the Sea
      Season 12 - Episode 7
      5/14/02
      0.0
      Beneath the Sea is the seventh episode in the twelfth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda. This episode features scientist who are developing technology designed to explore the greatest depths of the ocean. How will these technological advances change the way the ocean is explored?moreless
    • A Different Way to Heal?
      A Different Way to Heal?
      Season 12 - Episode 10
      6/4/02
      0.0
      A Different Way to Heal? is an episode from the PBS show Scientific American Frontiers that aired on June 4, 2002. In this episode, alternative remedies to ailments and diseases are closely looked at and studied, such as a herbal remedy for prostate cancer and how chiropractic realignments of the spine can keep you in good health.moreless
    • Unearthing Secret America
      Unearthing Secret America
      Season 13 - Episode 1
      10/8/02
      0.0
      Episode 1 from season 13 of the PBS show Scientific American Frontiers, aired on 10/8/02, and is entitled Unearthing Secret America. The popular television series is hosted by six-time Emmy award-winning actor Alan Alda who uses his enthusiasm and curiosity to explore the matters of science. In this episode, archeologists reveal new discoveries about life in colonial America, including artifacts that were buried underneath slaves' quarters.moreless
    • The Intimate Machine
      The Intimate Machine
      Season 13 - Episode 3
      10/22/02
      0.0
      In this episode of Scientific American Frontiers, scientists work together to blend sociology and technology together. Their goal is to try to make machines more enjoyable for people to use. Host, Alan Alda, communicates with computers in this segment. They know how he feels, what Alan's doing, where he's located and who he actually is. The cuddly, cute robot, known as "ultimate computer", is in development under a MIT and Hollywood collaboration.moreless
    • Make Up Your Mind
      Make Up Your Mind
      Season 13 - Episode 2
      10/15/02
      0.0
      Make Up Your Mind from the show Scientific American Frontiers is an educational documentary program that is hosted by Alan Alda and written, produced and directed by Graham Chedd. The program is split into four segments, How Phileas Lost It, Why Kids Don't Get It, Tough Choices, Into the Dark and Power of Half. During each segment Alan examines various studies and talks with researchers and scientists to gain insight into how the human brain makes choices and decisionsmoreless
    • Growing Up Different
      Growing Up Different
      Season 12 - Episode 5
      11/13/01
      0.0
      Growing Up Different, hosted by Alan Alda, is the fifth episode in the twelfth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers. In this episode, Alda interacts with several children who are growing up differently than their peers. How do these special children's differences affect the way the are growing up?moreless
    • Alien Invasion
      Alien Invasion
      Season 12 - Episode 4
      11/6/01
      0.0
      Alien Invasion is the fourth episode in the twelfth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda discusses how and why globalization is changing the world. Specific topics discussed in the episode include plants, insects, animals and diseases and how globalization affects each of these topics individually and collectively.moreless
    • Dead Men's Tales
      Dead Men's Tales
      Season 12 - Episode 3
      10/30/01
      0.0
      Dead Men's Tales is the third episode in the twelfth season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda interviews several scientists who use highly advanced technological tools in combination with detective skills to bring the past alive. What will Alda learn from these unique scientists?moreless
    • Life's Little Questions II
      Life's Little Questions II
      Season 11 - Episode 5
      1/30/01
      0.0
      Life's Little Questions II is the fifth episode in the eleventh season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series hosted by Alan Alda. Alda and the FRONTIERS scientists attempt to answer questions that seemingly have no answer. Specific topics the scientists and Alda discuss include tickling and why humans laugh.moreless
    • Wild Places
      Wild Places
      Season 11 - Episode 6
      2/6/01
      0.0
      Wild Places, hosted by Alan Alda, is the sixth episode in the eleventh season of the PBS documentary Scientific American Frontiers. In this episode, the scientist and Alda investigate what it takes to save endangered species. Specific preservation topics discussed include the animal's ecosystems and the location of the animals.
    • The Bionic Body
      The Bionic Body
      Season 11 - Episode 7
      3/27/01
      0.0
      The Bionic Body is the seventh episode in the eleventh season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda meets a group of scientists who are dedicated to developing scientific technology that would benefit people who are paralyzed. How can these scientists provide these patients with relief?moreless
    • Chimps R Us
      Chimps R Us
      Season 11 - Episode 8
      4/3/01
      0.0
      Chimps R Us, hosted by Alan Alda, is the eighth episode in the eleventh season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers. In this episode, Alda attempts to get close and personal with chimpanzees. Through his contact with the chimps, Alda hopes to learn more about the similarities between chimps and humans.moreless
    • Flying Free
      Flying Free
      Season 11 - Episode 9
      4/10/01
      0.0
      Flying Free is the ninth episode in the eleventh season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda meets with Paul MacCready, an aviation engineer, to test a series of unusual planes. What will Alda learn about the art of flying from MacCready?moreless
    • Fat and Happy?
      Fat and Happy?
      Season 11 - Episode 10
      5/1/01
      0.0
      Fat and Happy? is the tenth episode in the eleventh season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda. With the help of the FRONTIERS scientist, Alda tries to uncover the link between fad foods, eating habits and lifestyles. Is it possible to be fat and happy?moreless
    • Pet Tech
      Pet Tech
      Season 12 - Episode 1
      10/16/01
      0.0
      Pet Tech is the twelfth season debut episode of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode Alda learns of connections between high-tech scientific tools and domestic pets. During his discovery, he works with a virtual pet, and learns some interesting facts about parrots.
    • The Gene Hunters
      The Gene Hunters
      Season 12 - Episode 2
      10/23/01
      0.0
      The Gene Hunters is the second episode in the twelfth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode Alda follows a group of unique scientists, gene hunters, who are working to unravel the mystery of genes. What will Alda learn about genes from these scientists?moreless
    • Forever Wild
      Forever Wild
      Season 13 - Episode 4
      11/5/02
      0.0
      The episode "Forever Wild" from the show Scientific American looks at the complex natural systems on which all of life depends in order to ensure continued survival. Alan Alda hosts the episode that hopes to figure out what is needed in order for a species to survive before it is too late.moreless
    • Mysteries of the Deep
      Mysteries of the Deep
      Season 13 - Episode 5
      11/26/02
      0.0
      Mysteries of the Deep is an episode of the PBS TV series Scientific American Frontiers. In this episode, host Alan Alda interviews underwater explorer Bob Ballard about his latest discoveries. What new breakthroughs are waiting to be found beneath the world's oceans? Watch Mysteries of the Deep, and find out.
    • Surgical Slimmers
      Season 15 - Episode 1
      1/19/05
      0.0
      In spite of the risks, people are lining up to solve their weight problems in the operating room. And if the latest device - an implantable stomach "pacer" - works out, millions more will be taking the surgical way out.
    • Cars That Think
      Season 15 - Episode 2
      1/26/05
      0.0
      The fully automatic car may be down the road a ways, but cars that do your thinking for you are just around the corner - they watch out for hazards, they listen to you, they read your lips, they even know when you're distracted.
    • Going Deep
      Season 15 - Episode 3
      2/2/05
      0.0
      A look back at the decades of effort that culminated in the deep sub Alvin reaching the ocean floor, and a look forward to what's next now Alvin's retiring.
    • Chimp Minds
      Season 15 - Episode 4
      2/9/05
      0.0
      A visit with an engaging if unruly bunch of cousins that we formally broke up with about 6 or 7 million years ago - with whom we share almost all of our genes but not a lot of our lifestyle. Why the difference? Maybe it's in how we learn.
    • Hot Planet - Cold Comfort
      Season 15 - Episode 5
      2/16/05
      0.0
      So you think global warming won't affect you? Wait until the great Atlantic Conveyor shuts down. And find out what's already happening in Alaska.
    • Hydrogen Hopes
      Season 15 - Episode 6
      2/23/05
      0.0
      We've all heard of hydrogen as the fuel of the future, but what will it take to get there from here? How can we create hydrogen from renewable sources like the sun - and how do we store it safely once we've got it?
    • Hidden Motives
      Season 15 - Episode 7
      3/2/05
      0.0
      If you think you know why you do things, you're probably wrong. Exploring how our unconscious determines our behavior - including why we buy things that are "cool."
    • The Secret Canyon
      Season 15 - Episode 8
      3/30/05
      0.0
      The best kept secret of American archeology is now revealed - an entire canyon of perfectly preserved 1,000-year-old remains. Who were these people - and where did they come from?
    • Cybersenses
      Season 15 - Episode 9
      4/6/05
      0.0
      Replacement synthetic senses for people are now a reality. Children as young as 12 months are already getting artificial hearing - while the first trials of electronic retinas for the blind are just beginning.
    • Coming Into America
      Coming Into America
      Season 14 - Episode 6
      7/20/04
      0.0
      Coming Into America from the show Scientific American Frontiers is a documentary program that is written, produced and directed by Graham Chedd. Hosted by Alan Alda the program is split into four short segments, Who Was Arlington Springs Woman? Clovis: A Primer, Clovis First?, Were the First Americans European? and By Land and Sea. During each section Alan looks at changes in technology that are leading archaeologists to re discover the origins of the first American settlers.moreless
    • The Dark Side of the Universe
      The Dark Side of the Universe
      Season 14 - Episode 5
      6/22/04
      0.0
      The Dark Side of the Universe is the fifth episode in the fourteenth season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda meets with a group of astronomers studying Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Does these astronomers research prove that our universe is only one of many?moreless
    • Deep Crisis
      Deep Crisis
      Season 13 - Episode 6
      1/28/03
      0.0
      Deep Crisis, hosted by Alan Alda, is the sixth episode in the thirteenth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers. This episode focuses on the uncertain future of salmon and tuna that live in the Earth's oceans. Alda meets with a group of scientist dedicated to the study of these fish to learn their fate.moreless
    • The Wonder Pill
      The Wonder Pill
      Season 13 - Episode 7
      2/18/03
      0.0
      In the episode The Wonder Pill from the show Scientific American Frontiers airing February 18 2003, host Alan Alda investigates the placebo effect. This is the psychological effect of a "fake pill" on the health of a patient. The show looks into the scientific basis behind it and whether it is possible to use it as medical therapy.moreless
    • Calls of the Wild
      Calls of the Wild
      Season 13 - Episode 8
      4/1/03
      0.0
      Calls of the Wild is an episode of the PBS show Scientific American Frontiers. Alan Alda is the host for this episode in which researchers listen to the sounds made by birds, bees, elephants, and bugs. They discover how they communicate when they flirt with one another, when they are eavesdropping on each other, and when giving directions.moreless
    • You Can Make it On Your Own
      You Can Make it On Your Own
      Season 13 - Episode 9
      4/8/03
      0.0
      You Can Make it On Your Own from the show Scientific American Frontiers is an educational documentary program hosted by actor and author Adam Alda. The program explores the world of digital technology and features four short films, Digital World, Young Inventors, The Frontiers Contest and Hyperscore. During the program Alan meets several inventors and is shown a hyper violin, a wearable computer and a camera flash periscope.moreless
    • Worried Sick
      Worried Sick
      Season 13 - Episode 10
      6/3/03
      0.0
      Worried Sick is an episode from the popular science show Scientific American Frontiers that aired on June 3, 2003. Scientists study stress and how it affects humans and animals. In the first segment, a Stanford researcher takes a look at the stress patterns of baboons. Then the effect stress has on the heart, on married couples, and the body's reaction to stress is studied.moreless
    • Losing It
      Losing It
      Season 14 - Episode 1
      1/20/04
      0.0
      In this episode of Losing It, scientists study effortlessly to try to understand the complexity of the weight-control system of the human body. Host, Alan Alda, teams up with 10 other volunteers, who all attempt to lose unwanted pounds. Other segments: Weighing In, Heavy Hormones?, Losing Weight with Surgery, The Low-fat, No-fat Myth and Counting Down.moreless
    • Don't Forget!
      Don't Forget!
      Season 14 - Episode 2
      5/11/04
      0.0
      Scientific American Frontiers is a PBS series that focused on informing viewers about the latest developments in the fields of science and medicine. Presented by Alan Alda, "Don't Forget!" looks at how the human brain creates memories; how we store and recall those memories; and how some memories can be lost.moreless
    • Future Car
      Future Car
      Season 14 - Episode 3
      5/19/04
      0.0
      Future Car, hosted by Alan Alda, is the third episode in the fourteenth season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series. To determine the future of the automobile industry, Alda and the FRONTIERS scientist visit the three biggest automobile manufacturers in the United States. What does Alda and the team learn during their visits?moreless
    • Hot Times in Alaska
      Hot Times in Alaska
      Season 14 - Episode 4
      6/15/04
      0.0
      Hot Times in Alaska from the show Scientific American Frontiers is an educational documentary program that is hosted by author and actor Alan Alda. The program features four short films, Canary in a Coal Mine, The Heat is On, Squirrels in Decline and The Trouble With Shrubs to highlight the impact climate change in Alaska is having upon wildlife and the environment.moreless
    • Life's Really Big Questions
      Life's Really Big Questions
      Season 11 - Episode 3
      12/19/00
      0.0
      Life's Really Big Questions is the third episode in the eleventh season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda and the FRONTIERS scientist attempt to answer some of life's most common big questions. Topics discussed include the future of machines, how the Earth was created and the minimal differences between apes and humans.moreless
    • SuperPeople
      SuperPeople
      Season 11 - Episode 2
      11/28/00
      0.0
      SuperPeople is the second episode in the eleventh season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda and the FRONTIER scientists study "superhumans," people who push themselves to accomplish seemingly impossible accomplishments. Will Alda learn the secrets of these superhumans, or are there no secrets to be unveiled?moreless
    • Life's Big Questions
      Life's Big Questions
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      10/5/94
      0.0
      Life's Big Questions is the fifth season debut episode of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary show hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, the FRONTIER scientist tackle questions that are difficult to answer. Specific questions that the scientists address include whether or not aliens exist, how the Universe was created, and where animals originated from.moreless
    • About All Your Can Eat
      About All Your Can Eat
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      11/2/94
      0.0
      About All You Can Eat is the second episode in the fifth season of PBS' documentary series, Scientific American Frontiers. Alan Alda hosts this episode where scientists investigate many different types of food. To better understand different types of food, the scientists conduct several different experiments. Specific food categories that are discussed include nutrition, plants and dog food.moreless
    • Science Italian Style
      Science Italian Style
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      1/11/95
      0.0
      Science Italian Style, hosted by Alan Alda, is the third episode in the fifth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers. In this episode, the FRONTIER scientist explore Pompeii, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. While exploring, the scientists try to uncover the mysteries that surround the locations.
    • Prime Time Primates
      Prime Time Primates
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      2/8/95
      0.0
      Prime Time Primates is the fourth episode in the fifth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, scientists try to find a link between a particular primate and human beings. To accomplish this, the scientists examine the primate's behavior and the tools that the primate uses to survive.moreless
    • It's a Kid's World
      It's a Kid's World
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      4/29/95
      0.0
      It's a Kid's World, hosted by Alan Alda, is the fifth episode in the fifth season of the PBS documentary series, Scientific American Frontiers. In this episode, scientists explore child development from infancy to adolescence. The scientists are specifically trying to determine how much of a child's physical development is genetic and how much is situational.moreless
    • Wild West
      Wild West
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      10/4/95
      0.0
      Wild West, hosted by Alan Alda, is the debut episode in the sixth season of PBS' documentary series Scientific American Frontiers. In this episode, Alda follows scientists as they explore the origins of several 19th century myths. Specific myths investigated in the episode include gold rush myths, Indian myths and cowboy myths.moreless
    • Dragon Science
      Dragon Science
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      11/8/95
      0.0
      Dragon Science is the second episode in the sixth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda. For this special episode, Alda and the scientists travel to China to investigate how the country manages to supply its huge population with food. Other topics discussed in the episode include mummies, the medicinal properties of trees and the desert.moreless
    • Flying High
      Flying High
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      1/17/96
      0.0
      Flying High is the third episode in the sixth season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda follows several scientists who are studying the art of flying. Specific topics featured in the article include birds, flying machines and independent flying robots.
    • Creatures of the Deep
      Creatures of the Deep
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      2/7/96
      0.0
      MissQuinn TSensual My aunt sent me a card in the mail today. She wrote this quote on the inside: "Being single doesn't mean no one loves you... It just means that God is busy writing your love story. Praying for you to find God's match for you." Oh, sigh. I hate it when people are jealous of my vagina's freedom.moreless
    • Science 911
      Science 911
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      2/16/94
      0.0
      Science 911 is the fifth episode in the fourth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, the FRONTIERS scientist attempt to find out how some professions rely on technology to save lives. Specific careers that are explored in the episode include crash-test engineers, firefighters and policemen.moreless
    • Special from Germany
      Special from Germany
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      1/19/94
      0.0
      Special from Germany, hosted by Alan Alda, is the fourth episode in the fourth season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series. In this episode, the FRONTIERS scientists travel to Germany to investigate brain surgery. Specifically, the scientists want to learn more about German brain surgery techniques for epileptic patients.moreless
    • Episode 03
      Episode 03
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      12/12/90
      0.0
    • Episode 05
      Episode 05
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      2/27/91
      0.0
    • Episode 08
      Episode 08
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      12/18/91
      0.0
    • Episode 12
      Episode 12
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      11/11/92
      0.0
    • Episode 13
      Episode 13
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      12/2/92
      0.0
    • Episode 15
      Episode 15
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      2/10/93
      0.0
    • Bionics
      Bionics
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      10/13/93
      0.0
      In the episode, Bionics from the show Scientific American Frontiers, host Alan Alda and neurologist John McDonald discuss the science and transplant procedures used to repair damaged nerves. They also engage in a heated discussion on the new technology opened up by using embryonic stem cell research. Later, Alda visits actor Christopher Reeve, a quadriplegic since 1995. Reeve demonstrates various exercise treatments and discusses his foundation for the advancement of research and his undying hope for the future.moreless
    • Special! Science Contests
      Special! Science Contests
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      11/3/93
      0.0
      Special! Science Contests, hosted by Alan Alda, is the second episode in the fourth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers. In this episode, Alda gives viewers the highlights from several science fair contests all across the globe. Specific projects featured in the episode include a solar-powered car and a unique submarine.moreless
    • Science and Sports
      Science and Sports
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      12/1/93
      0.0
      Science and Sports, hosted by Alan Alda, is the third episode in the fourth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers. During this episode, the FRONTIERS scientists investigate how science helps athletes. Specific theories that are tested and explained include how science can help athletes excel past their competition.moreless
    • 21st Century Medicine
      21st Century Medicine
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      4/3/96
      0.0
      21st Century Medicine, which originally aired on April 3, 1996, is a PBS documentary hosted by Alan Alda. The documentary discusses how physicians are able to use new technology to conduct better medical research and how this enhances physicians abilities to treat patients. Specific technological advances that are discussed include telecommuting, virtual reality and revolutionary gene therapies.moreless
    • Inventing the Future
      Inventing the Future
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      10/23/96
      0.0
      Inventing the Future, hosted by Alan Alda, is the seventh season debut episode of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers. In this episode, Alda visits the media lab at MIT. While there, he interacts with scientists who are working on highly advanced projects. Specific projects featured in the show include smart cars, a cyborg and virtual animals.moreless
    • Animal Einsteins
      Animal Einsteins
      Season 9 - Episode 3
      1/20/99
      0.0
      Animal Einsteins is the third episode in the ninth season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda interviews scientists who work solely with animals. Through his discussion with the scientists, Alda tries to unveil why animals and their behavior are important to science.moreless
    • Life's Little Questions
      Life's Little Questions
      Season 9 - Episode 4
      2/24/99
      0.0
      Life's Little Questions is the fourth episode in the ninth season of PBS' documentary series Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda and the FRONTIER scientists attempt to answer many of life's little unanswered questions. Topics featured in the article include bees, peppers, jet lag and traffic jams.moreless
    • Spiders!
      Spiders!
      Season 9 - Episode 5
      4/21/99
      0.0
      Spiders!, hosted by Alan Alda, is the fifth episode in the ninth season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series. Alda is admittedly terrified of spiders, but attempts to overcome his fear in the name of science. Will Alda conquer his fear, or will the spiders be too much for him to handle?moreless
    • Voyage to the Galapagos
      Voyage to the Galapagos
      Season 10 - Episode 1
      10/5/99
      0.0
      Voyage to the Galapagos is the debut episode of the tenth season of PBS' documentary series Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda travels to the Galapagos Islands. The islands are well known for inspiring Darwin, and Alda meets with scientists who are currently working on the island.moreless
    • Natural Born Robots
      Natural Born Robots
      Season 10 - Episode 2
      11/2/99
      0.0
      Natural Born Robots is the second episode in the tenth season of the PBS documentary Scientific American Frontiers hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda meets scientists who are developing a brand new type of robot. What can this new generation of robots do that other robots cannot accomplish?
    • Never Say Die
      Never Say Die
      Season 10 - Episode 3
      1/25/00
      0.0
      Never Say Die is the third episode in the tenth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, a team of scientists try to determine whether it is possible to live forever. The scientists also discuss things people can do to lengthen their lifespan.moreless
    • Mediterranean On the Rocks
      Mediterranean On the Rocks
      Season 10 - Episode 4
      3/28/00
      0.0
      Mediterranean On the Rocks is the fourth episode in the tenth season of the PBS documentary Scientific American Frontiers series, hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda travels to the Mediterranean to meet with scientists working in the region. What secrets are the scientists unlocking, and how will they affect science?moreless
    • The Frontiers Decade
      The Frontiers Decade
      Season 10 - Episode 5
      4/25/00
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      The Frontiers Decade is the fifth episode in the tenth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by Alan Alda. In this special episode, Alda reflects on the past ten years of episodes of the series. How has science changed over the previous decade? Were the scientist that Alda interviewed during the decade accurate about their predictions?moreless
    • Changing Your Mind
      Changing Your Mind
      Season 11 - Episode 1
      11/21/00
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      Changing Your Mind, hosted by Alan Alda, is the eleventh season debut episode of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series. In this episode, Alda follows a group of neurosurgeons who are working to determine how the human brain changes. How will these scientists work affect the future of other neurosurgeons?moreless
    • Journey to Mars
      Journey to Mars
      Season 9 - Episode 2
      11/11/98
      0.0
      Journey to Mars, hosted by Alan Alda, is the second episode in the ninth season of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers. In this episode, Alda interviews scientists who are working to develop the technology to explore Mars. What are the obstacles that scientists must overcome to successfully explore the mysterious planet?moreless
    • Science in Paradise
      Science in Paradise
      Season 9 - Episode 1
      10/7/98
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      Science in Paradise, hosted by Alan Alda, is the ninth season debut episode of the PBS documentary series Scientific American Frontiers. In this episode, Alda travels to the Caribbean to try and discover why the area is a popular destination for scientists to conduct research. Specific areas of interest covered in the episode include the astronomy and geology of the Caribbean.moreless
    • Science Safari - Special from South Africa
      11/20/96
      0.0
      City of Gold: An archaeological discovery in southern Africa reveals a royal tribal burial from the 13th century. Ways of the Wild: Natural processes like fire and drought in South Africa's game parks actually help preserve wildlife like the white rhino. Mr. Cele's Garden: Traditional healers in Africa are beginning to cultivate those valuable plants that are quickly disappearing from the wild. Fighting Malaria: A look at the 1996 malaria epidemic in South Africa. The First People: Excavations in the South Africa's ancient caves tell a story of human ancestry.moreless
    • Pieces of Mind
      Pieces of Mind
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      1/22/97
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      The Man With Two Brains: Doctors learn from a man whose left and right brain hemispheres no longer communicate with each other. Remembering What Matters: Bursts of adrenaline in the brain seem to help the formation of memories. True or False?: Research reveals the malleability of memories. What's in a Dream?: Sleep researchers show that REM sleep may be instrumental to learning. New Brain- Old Tricks: Language is stored in different parts of the brain depending on how old you were when you learned it.moreless
    • Going to Extremes
      Going to Extremes
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      2/19/97
      0.0
      Spider Canyon: A 30-year study of funnel web spiders in Arizona reveals an interesting theory about hybridization. Frozen Alive: Natural antifreeze in deep sea fish may help prolong donated organs. Ultimate Speed: Scientists study the biomechanics of the two fastest land animals, the cheetah and the pronghorn antelope. Hidden Depths: Explorations in the middle depths of the ocean off Monterey, California, turn up spectacular new life forms. High Anxiety: Can a new test identify who might succumb to mountain sickness?moreless
    • Robots Alive
      Robots Alive
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      4/9/97
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      Mazes and Squiggles: Robots compete to navigate mazes and pick up tennis balls as a test of their artificial intelligence programs. Look, No Hands!: Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have been developing a car that drives itself. Toddler's First Steps: Engineers at the University of New Hampshire are teaching a robot to walk on two legs. Almost Human: Rodney Brooks of MIT is developing a robot with human-like senses that will allow it to learn like people do. Roboflyers: Students compete to build robots capable of autonomous flight.moreless
    • Expedition Panama
      Expedition Panama
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      10/8/97
      0.0
      Echoes in the Night: A scientist monitors bat calls in Panama. Rat Soup: Rats could help solve problems with the Panama Canal. Bee Lines: Scientists study bees to determine just how they communicate with one another. Champion Chompers: Biologists study leaf-cutting ants and their fungus gardens. Bridge that Changed the World: A look at the effects of the Isthmus of Panama on world climate and species.moreless
    • Beyond Science?
      Beyond Science?
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      11/19/97
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      Water, Water Everywhere: A scientifically controlled trial tests a dowser to find water. Aliens Have Landed: Did a spaceship crash near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, or was it just a spy balloon? New Energy Age: Some scientists are searching for the unlimited supply of Zero Point Energy. Paper Personality: Does your handwriting reveal your personality traits? Healing Touch: A students science experiment test the healing claims of therapeutic touch.moreless
    • Nordic Sagas
      Nordic Sagas
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      1/21/98
      0.0
      Nordic Sage is the third episode in the eighth season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda and the FRONTIERS scientists visit Scandinavia to learn more about the culture. To accomplish this the group board a Viking ship, study reindeer and examine the Nordic genome.moreless
    • The Art of Science
      The Art of Science
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      1/21/98
      0.0
      The Art of Science, hosted by Alan Alda, is the fourth episode in the eighth season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series. In this episode, Alda and the scientists examine how scientific advances change lives. Specific scientific advances discussed in the episode include robots and instruments and how they continue to impact people's lives decades after they were invented.moreless
    • The New Zoos
      The New Zoos
      Season 8 - Episode 5
      1/21/98
      0.0
      The New Zoos is the fifth episode in the eighth season of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS documentary series hosted by Alan Alda. In this episode, Alda visits several zoos to learn how the zoos of today are different from the zoos of yesteryear. Specific issues discussed in the episode include animal habitats, cages, and zookeeper behaviors.moreless
    • Robot Pals
      Season 15 - Episode 10
      4/13/05
      0.0
      To be really useful, robots need to behave as a cooperative partners rather than mindless machines. We'll meet three robots - including a future member of an astronaut team - that are trying to better understand us.
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