Mar. 03, 1974
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60 min.
PBS TV Network

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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 8 (1981)

8x01 8 8x01 Doctors of Nigeria
Is the fagara root a match for the stethoscope? This program looks at the contributions of both traditional herbal medicine and western orthodox medicine to the health of the Nigerian ...
Jan. 06, 1981
8x02 8 8x02 Message In The Rocks
Exploring clues gathered from ancient rocks and meteorites in an attempt to piece together how our planet formed, what happened during its earliest days, and when life first appeared. ...
Jan. 20, 1981
8x03 8 8x03 The Dead Sea Lives
NOVA examines the Dead Sea. The lowest place on earth, at 1400 feet below sea level, it is jointly owned by Israel and Jordan. If used properly it could become a vital natural resource ...
Jan. 27, 1981
8x04 8 8x04 Anatomy of a Volcano
When Mt. St. Helens erupted earlier this year, it focused the attention of the whole world on the almost incredible destructive forces that volcanos can release. Geologists from around ...
Feb. 10, 1981
8x05 8 8x05 The Science Of Murder
NOVA investigates what science can do in helping to solve murder—in understanding why it occurs, and how the rate might be reduced—and explores the work of people who have the stark ...
Feb. 17, 1981
8x06 8 8x06 The Malady of Health Care
Health care is no longer two aspirins and some chicken soup—it is a huge enterprise capable of amazing feats and costing billions of dollars. How can we afford to pay the bills? Is ...
Feb. 24, 1981
8x07 8 8x07 Beyond The Milky Way
Sophisticated instruments used by astronomers enable earthlings to see beyond what was once the cloudy barrier of the Milky Way, to a universe of perhaps 100 billion other galaxies. ...
Mar. 03, 1981
8x08 8 8x08 The Asteroid and the Dinosaur
For 150 million years, dinosaurs dominated the earth. Then, 65 million years ago, they suddenly vanished, along with a great deal of the planet's animal and plant life. NOVA examines ...
Mar. 10, 1981
8x09 8 8x09 Animal Olympians
The beauty, endurance, and raw power of animals in the wild are captured on film as NOVA juxtaposes Olympic athletes performing feats which have parallels in the animal kingdom with ...
Mar. 17, 1981
8x10 8 8x10 Resolution on Saturn
It's over 300 years since Galileo turned his new telescope on Saturn and first saw its spectacular rings. NOVA shows the beauty and new mysteries discovered by Voyager 1 on its historic ...
Aug. 25, 1981
8x11 8 8x11 Computers, Spies and Private Lives
NOVA reports on the potential danger of modern computers that gather "routine" information about our daily lives as we buy things, go to the hospital, or make donations. Computers can ...
Sep. 27, 1981
8x12 8 8x12 Why America Burns
More people die in fires in the US than in any other industrialized country. In an alarming report that challenges the complacency of the US fire prevention establishment, NOVA uncovers ...
Oct. 04, 1981
8x13 8 8x13 The Great Violin Mystery
A great secret lies locked inside the master violins created by Italian craftsmen like Antonio Stradivari in the 17th and 18th centuries. Now, a Wisconsin physicist, working alone in ...
Oct. 11, 1981
8x14 8 8x14 Cosmic Fire
A NOVA showing the extraordinary discoveries of X-ray astronomy. This new science has revealed that our universe is much stranger and more violent than ever imagined, filled with neutrons, ...
Oct. 18, 1981
8x15 8 8x15 Locusts: War Without End
Called the "teeth of the wind" by those who have battled them for centuries, locusts continue to plague hundreds of millions of people. Rare desert rains transforms locusts from harmless ...
Oct. 25, 1981
8x16 8 8x16 Did Darwin Get It Wrong?
The controversy which exploded a century ago when Charles Darwin published "The Origin of Species" is erupting again with new facts and emotion. NOVA explores challenges to the theory ...
Nov. 01, 1981
8x17 8 8x17 Artists in the Lab
Many were delighted by the extraordinary special effects in movies like "2001" and" Star Wars," but few realized how their magic relied on technologies as futuristic as their science ...
Nov. 15, 1981
8x18 8 8x18 Notes of a Biology Watcher: A Film with Lewis Thomas
You are not alone! Like it or not, every human being and virtually every living creature is, in a sense, owned and operated by legions of prehistoric organisms, hordes of them in each ...
Nov. 22, 1981
8x19 8 8x19 City Spaces, Human Places
William H. Whyte's insightful and humorous look at city parks, plazas and streets, and the people who use them. Whyte shows the remarkable research he did over a period of many years ...
Nov. 29, 1981
8x20 8 8x20 Twins
Ever thought what it's like having your mirror image talk back to you? It can be an everyday occurrence for identical twins. NOVA tells the incredible story of scientific research on ...
Dec. 06, 1981

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