Mar. 03, 1974
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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 7 (1980)

7x01 7 7x01 Elusive Illness (The)
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 ...
Jan. 15, 1980
7x02 7 7x02 A is for Atom, B is for Bomb
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 ...
Jan. 22, 1980
7x03 7 7x03 Living Machines
NOVA explores the science of natural engineering and asks the basic questions: what makes a good design in nature and why did a particular plant or animal adopt a particular design ...
Feb. 05, 1980
7x04 7 7x04 Portrait of a Killer
More than 40 million Americans are afflicted by cardiovascular disease. NOVA examines the new information on risk factors and possible prevention of heart attacks and strokes—often ...
Feb. 19, 1980
7x05 7 7x05 Umealit: The Whale Hunters
Whaling is an integral part of Eskimo life, and a major source of food; even so, conservationists are seeking to restrict the hunting of bowheads in Alaska.
Mar. 04, 1980
7x06 7 7x06 The Safety Factor
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 ...
Mar. 11, 1980
7x07 7 7x07 A Mediterranean Prospect
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 ...
Mar. 18, 1980
7x08 7 7x08 Mr. Ludwig's Tropical Dreamland
NOVA explores the amazing Jari project of the Amazon basin. Eleven years ago, 3.5 million acres of virgin jungle were bought by the reclusive billionaire, Daniel K. Ludwig.
Mar. 25, 1980
7x09 7 7x09 Pinks and the Blues (The)
NOVA explores the shaping and molding of the male and female personality. From infancy through childhood, the program documents the impact of culture on the development of sex diff ...
Sep. 30, 1980
7x10 7 7x10 The Cancer Detectives Of Lin Xian
In one of the first films ever to come out of modern China, NOVA sifts through clues that Chinese scientists have uncovered in their pursuit of particularly virulent and elusive forms ...
Oct. 07, 1980
7x11 7 7x11 The Sea Behind The Dunes
One year in the intricate life of a coastal lagoon unfolds in an hour's time when NOVA documents the fragile tidal ecosystem which supports the entire ocean.
Oct. 14, 1980
7x12 7 7x12 Do We Really Need The Rockies?
Locked in the shale of the Western Rocky Mountains is more oil than in the Middle East—more than enough to solve our dependence on foreign crude oil. But will shale oil solve our ...
Oct. 28, 1980
7x13 7 7x13 The Big IF
Is interferon—known as IF in medical shorthand—the wonder drug and cure for cancer that some doctors claim? NOVA travels to London, Stockholm, Houston, San Francisco, and New Haven ...
Nov. 04, 1980
7x14 7 7x14 Voyager: Jupiter & Beyond
On Wednesday, November 12, 1980, Voyager 1 is expected to arrive at Saturn for a first time ever extensive close-up investigation of the majestic ringed planet. Astronomers can expect ...
Nov. 11, 1980
7x15 7 7x15 The Wizard Who Spat On The Floor
Thomas Edison is the quintessential American hero, the Wizard whose inventions revolutionized modern living. But there was always more to Edison than met the eye. He was a complex and ...
Nov. 18, 1980
7x16 7 7x16 The Water Crisis
Water, water everywhere...but just how useful is it? NOVA travels to the Adirondack Mountains where acid rain is killing many high elevation lakes; to the Mississippi River where chlorine ...
Nov. 25, 1980
7x17 7 7x17 Moving Still
NOVA tells the story of still and cine photography in science—from the extraordinary work of the pioneers in the early 1800s to how the ability to freeze time on film in ever shorter ...
Dec. 02, 1980
7x18 7 7x18 A Touch of Sensitivity
The exquisite sensitivity of tough cells in the human skin makes it possible for us to discriminate with precision the slightest changes in texture and pressure, but how the electrical ...
Dec. 09, 1980
7x19 7 7x19 The Red Deer of Rhum
The cuddly image of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has become an integral part of the jollity of the Christmas season. NOVA takes a timely look at how real deer live by visiting Rhum—an ...
Dec. 23, 1980
7x20 7 7x20 It's About Time
Time—a concept which has baffled scientists and philosophers since time immemorial. Actor Dudley Moore hosts a funny, sobering and visually stunning quest for answers to riddles, ...
Dec. 30, 1980

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