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  • Premiered: Mar 1974
  • Episodes: 966
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Season 12
12x12
The Garden of Inheritance
Episode overview
Air date
Jan 08, 1985
In this docudrama presentation, NOVA looks at the life, times and work of Gregor Mendel, the 19th cenutry Augustinian friar whose revolutionary scientific experiments in selective breeding have made him the "Father of Genetics."
12x1
Edgerton and His Incredible Seeing Machines
Episode overview
Air date
Jan 15, 1985
NOVA explores the fascinating world of Dr. Harold Edgerton, electronics wizard and inventor extraordinaire, whose invention of the electronic strobe, a "magic lamp," has enabled the human eye to see the unseen.
12x2
Global Village
Episode overview
Air date
Jan 22, 1985
NOVA presents an in-depth look at India's attempt to use satellite technology to leapfrog into the era of space-age communication and whether it brings benefit or blight to India's villages and rural areas.
12x4
Conquest of the Parasites
Episode overview
Air date
Jan 29, 1985
NOVA examines the complex world of parasites, parasitic diseases and the exciting work currently being done by a new breed of medical researchers as they meet the challenge of conquering the world's number one medical problem.
12x4
In the Land of the Polar Bears
Episode overview
Air date
Feb 05, 1985
A rare look at the beautiful and desolate Wrangel Island-a Soviet possession 300 miles off the coast of Alaska-as seen through the eyes of Soviet Filmmaker and naturalist Yuri Ledin. .. show full overview
12x5
AIDS: Chapter One
Episode overview
Air date
Feb 12, 1985
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is a deadly disease that has struck down some 2,000 people in the four years since its discovery. NOVA examines how modern science has been unraveling the mystery of this baffling ailment.
12x6
The Shape of Things
Episode overview
Air date
Feb 19, 1985
Sea shells, crystals, honeycombs, eggs and seeds: They are shaped the way they are for a reason. NOVA takes viewers on a unique journey of discovery to find out why things are shaped the way they are and why they work so well.
12x7
Baby Talk
Episode overview
Air date
Feb 26, 1985
It's a mystery just how children acquire language. Does the process begin in the womb? And which comes first, language or thought? NOVA explores the fascinating world of baby talk and reveals the latest theories on this remarkable achievement.
12x8
The Mathematical Mystery Tour
Episode overview
Air date
Mar 05, 1985
Imagine a bottle with no inside or a number bigger than infinity or parallel lines that meet. Welcome to the world of pure mathematics. NOVA offers a look into a wholly abstract, quirky world of mathematics.
12x9
Child's Play: Prodigies and Possibilities
Episode overview
Air date
Mar 12, 1985
What do Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the painter Raphael and chess champion Bobby Fischer have in common? They were all child prodigies. NOVA explores the current efforts to learn more about the nature of giftedness.
12x11
Monarch of the Mountains
Episode overview
Air date
Mar 19, 1985
NOVA explores the breeding, migration and survival patterns of the Rocky Mountain elk in a unique film, made totally under natural conditions. Telephoto lenses were used so as not to .. show full overview
12x12
The National Science Test II
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 08, 1985
In NOVA's special sequel to1984's National Science Test, viewers can match wits with celebrity panelists David Attenborough, Michelle Johnson, Edwin Newman and Alvin Poussaint and a live studio audience. Art Fleming hosts.
12x13
Seeds of Tomorrow
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 15, 1985
NOVA examines worldwide efforts of scientists who employ aggressive agricultual technologies to ensure food for the future.
12x14
What Einstein Never Knew
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 22, 1985
Albert Einstein did not live to find the answer. NOVA follows a new generation of physicists in their search to explain the mystery of the universe.
12x15
The Robot Revolution?
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 29, 1985
How are the computer and the robot affecting the way we work? NOVA chronicles the new industrial revolution reshaping the American workplace.
12x16
The Magic of Special Effects
Episode overview
Air date
Nov 05, 1985
NOVA cameras go behind-the-scenes to reveal the new art of illusion, Hollywood-style, focusing on three blockbuster films—"Return of the Jedi," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "2010: The Year We Made Contact."
12x17
Child Survival: The Silent Emergency
Episode overview
Air date
Nov 12, 1985
NOVA charts the progress of an ambitious worldwide health program established to save the lives of millions of children who continue to die from common but curable diseases.
12x18
Tornado!
Episode overview
Air date
Nov 19, 1985
NOVA follows a chase team—a group of scientists who chart deadly tornadoes—in an effort to learn more about predicting nature's most powerful and elusive weather phenomenon.
12x19
The Genetic Gamble
Episode overview
Air date
Nov 26, 1985
NOVA examines current research and its ethical implications as modern medicine confronts the era of human gene therapy.
12x20
Animal Architects
Episode overview
Air date
Dec 03, 1985
NOVA examines the intricate world of nature's construction industry and presents rare footage of unusual habits.
12x21 Season finale
The Plane that Changed the World
Episode overview
Air date
Dec 17, 1985
NOVA joins the 50th anniversary celebration of the DC-3—the plane that revolutionized commercial air travel, served gallantly in World War II and is called the most important plane ever built.

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