Mar. 03, 1974
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60 min.
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Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over.

NOVA Season 5 (1978)

5x01 5 5x01 In The Event of Catastrophe
Can a nuclear war be survived? Some members of the defense community say yes. NOVA explores the possibility.
Jan. 04, 1978
5x02 5 5x02 The Green Machine
Botany is a neglected science and plants are all around us, but unfamiliar. NOVA examines our state of knowledge of how plants work: growth hormones, responses to light and shade, photosynthesis, ...
Jan. 11, 1978
5x03 5 5x03 Blueprints in the Bloodstream
It has been known since the turn of the century that there are four human blood groups, based on different red cells and serum characteristics. NOVA looks at the more recent discovery ...
Jan. 18, 1978
5x04 5 5x04 One Small Step
Part one of a two-part series on the subject of man in space, NOVA examines the history of NASA—from the origin of the space race through the triumph of the Apollo programs. By tracing ...
Jan. 25, 1978
5x05 5 5x05 The Final Frontier
Second of the two-part series on space programs, NOVA looks ahead to the future, post-Apollo and the role that man in space will play, including the possibility of space colonization—huge ...
Feb. 01, 1978
5x06 5 5x06 BaMiki BaNdula: Children of the Forest
In the rain forests of Zaire, in the heart of Africa, live the Mbuti Pygmies. The Pygmy way of life has always been extraordinarily difficult to capture on film, though many have tried. ...
Feb. 15, 1978
5x07 5 5x07 Trial of Denton Cooley
In a dramatic docudrama, NOVA reconstructs the controversial lawsuit raised against renowned heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley when one of his patients died after heart surgery, and examines ...
Feb. 22, 1978
5x08 5 5x08 Great Wine Revolution (The)
A science-based revolution in the making of wine is underway. NOVA traces the secrets of the aging process and science's involvement with the predicting of mass production high-quality ...
Mar. 01, 1978
5x09 5 5x09 Case Of The Ancient Astronauts (The)
NOVA investigates the theories of von Daniken and others that the Earth has been visited by intelligent beings from outer space. Among claims examined are: that the building techniques ...
Mar. 08, 1978
5x10 5 5x10 Mind Machines (The)
Today's scientists may be creating their own successors. Work being done in Artificial Intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science, only suggest that in the not too distant future, ...
Mar. 22, 1978
5x11 5 5x11 Icarus' Children
In the summer of 1977 Paul MacCready, a California scientist and businessman, won the coveted Kremer Prize. His achievement was to design and build an airplane which completed, unaided, ...
Mar. 29, 1978
5x12 5 5x12 Still Waters
NOVA shows a year in the life of a beaver pond and includes almost every life form that exists in, on, under, around and above the water, from the microscopic plant life of summer to ...
Apr. 12, 1978
5x13 5 5x13 Battle for the Acropolis
The fortified plateau above Athens known as the Acropolis is the site of some of the most remarkable architecture in the world: its marble structures built in the fifth century BC, ...
Apr. 19, 1978
5x14 5 5x14 Road To Happiness: The Life and Times of Henry Ford
Henry Ford, a great friend of Edison, was a film enthusiast who amassed some one and a half million feet of film during his lifetime. Deposited in the National Archives and known as ...
May. 03, 1978
5x15 5 5x15 Light of the 21st Century
When first invented 18 years ago, lasers were called "a solution looking for a problem;" nobody could think what to do with them. But in fact research scientists immediately began to ...
May. 10, 1978
5x16 5 5x16 Insect Alternative (The)
In a world that each year loses up to 40 percent of its crops to insects, some form of pest control is desperately needed. But chemical pesticides have backfired. Pesticide-resistant ...
May. 24, 1978
5x17 5 5x17 Desert's Edge (The)
For thousands of years people have managed to live in deserts all over the world. But in recent years, a growing population and the demands of the international market have put more ...
May. 31, 1978
5x18 5 5x18 Tse Tse Trap (The)
NOVA explores Bovine sleeping sickness. Spread by a fly, it is a deadly disease that poses a threat to Africa's cattle.
Jun. 07, 1978
5x19 5 5x19 Memories From Eden
Traditionally zoos were designed neither for people nor animals; barred cages taught people more about their separation from nature than about an animal and its habitat. But just as ...
Jun. 14, 1978
5x20 5 5x20 Whisper From Space (A)
In 1965, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, two radio astronomers at Bell Telephone Laboratories, discovered faint, but ever-present, microwave signals from space—the most ancient and ...
Jun. 21, 1978
5x21 5 5x21 Alaska: The Closing Frontier
Congress is currently considering a proposal that would double the size of America's national park system by designating a sizeable chunk of Alaska as off-limits to developers. NOVA ...
Jun. 28, 1978

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