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  • Robot Pals

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    S 15 : Ep 10 - 4/13/05

    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.moreless
  • Cybersenses

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    S 15 : Ep 9 - 4/6/05

    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.moreless
  • The Secret Canyon

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    S 15 : Ep 8 - 3/30/05

    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?
  • Hidden Motives

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    S 15 : Ep 7 - 3/2/05

    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."
  • Hydrogen Hopes

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    S 15 : Ep 6 - 2/23/05

    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?moreless
  • Hot Planet - Cold Comfort

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    S 15 : Ep 5 - 2/16/05

    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.
  • Chimp Minds

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    S 15 : Ep 4 - 2/9/05

    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.moreless
  • Going Deep

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    S 15 : Ep 3 - 2/2/05

    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.
  • Cars That Think

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    S 15 : Ep 2 - 1/26/05

    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.moreless
  • Surgical Slimmers

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    S 15 : Ep 1 - 1/19/05

    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.moreless
  • Coming Into America

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    S 14 : Ep 6 - 7/20/04

    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

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    S 14 : Ep 5 - 6/22/04

    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
  • Hot Times in Alaska

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    S 14 : Ep 4 - 6/15/04

    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
  • Future Car

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    S 14 : Ep 3 - 5/19/04

    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
  • Don't Forget!

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    S 14 : Ep 2 - 5/11/04

    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
  • Losing It

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    S 14 : Ep 1 - 1/20/04

    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
  • Make Up Your Mind

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    S 13 : Ep 2 - 10/15/02

    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
  • Unearthing Secret America

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    S 13 : Ep 1 - 10/8/02

    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
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