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  • Premiered: Mar 1974
  • Episodes: 966
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Season 14
14x1
The Search for the Disappeared
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 14, 1986
NOVA joins scientists in Argentina as they help locate kidnapped children and identify thousands of dead in the aftermath of a military reign of terror.
14x2
The Planet that Got Knocked on its Side
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 21, 1986
The adventures of the Voyager 2 spacecraft continue as it passes the rings of Uranus. Scientists suspect that violent events in the early history of the planet may have shaped Uranus and its strange collection of moons.
14x3
High-Tech Babies
Episode overview
Air date
Nov 04, 1986
Scientific breakthroughs now make it possible to reproduce ourselves in ways never before imagined. NOVA looks at the medical, legal and moral questions raised by this brave new technology.
14x4
Can AIDS Be Stopped?
Episode overview
Air date
Nov 11, 1986
What are the prospects for halting or curing the deadliest epidemic ever to challenge modern medicine? NOVA finds cause for both hope and alarm in the battle against AIDS.
14x5
Is Anybody Out There?
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Air date
Nov 18, 1986
Could there be life beyond Earth? Only recently has it become possible to scan the skies in a systematic attempt to find out. NOVA joins the search with guest host Lily Tomlin.
14x6
Mystery of the Animal Pathfinders
Episode overview
Air date
Nov 25, 1986
Birds do it; bees do it, butterflies, bats and eels do it—all leave one habitat to migrate to another, often thousands of miles away. NOVA penetrates the mystery of where animals migrate, why and how they get there.
14x7
Are You Swimming in a Sewer?
Episode overview
Air date
Dec 02, 1986
NOVA dips into the sad plight of our coastal waters, where toxic chemicals, raw sewage and disease-carrying microbes are routinely dumped.
14x8
Sail Wars!
Episode overview
Air date
Dec 09, 1986
Yankee ingenuity has designs on the America's Cup. NOVA goes behind-the-scenes to look at the engineering effort to design a technically advanced sailboat.
14x9
Leprosy Can Be Cured!
Episode overview
Air date
Dec 16, 1986
Leprosy, a misunderstood disease that has been curable for 40 years, still afflicts some 12 million people. NOVA looks at the tragedy of the disease that need not be.
14x10
How Babies Get Made
Episode overview
Air date
Jan 13, 1987
NOVA explores the ground-breaking experiments that led to the discovery of a tiny sequence of molecules—and more clues to the mystery of how a complete baby develops from a single cell.
14x10
How Babies Get Made
Episode overview
Air date
Jan 13, 1987
NOVA explores the ground-breaking experiments that led to the discovery of a tiny sequence of molecules—and more clues to the mystery of how a complete baby develops from a single cell.
14x11
Countdown to the Invisible Universe
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Air date
Jan 20, 1987
NOVA scans the universe with the infrared eye of IRAS—the Infrared Astronomical Satellite—and discovers never-before-seen comets, stars, galaxies and other celestial wonders and enigmas.
14x12
Children of Eve
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Air date
Jan 27, 1987
NOVA examines a controversial theory that traces our ancestry to a small group of women living in Africa 300,000 years ago.
14x13
Why Planes Crash
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Air date
Feb 03, 1987
Between 60 and 80 percent of all commercial airplane accidents are attributable to pilot error. NOVA looks at some shocking instances of pilot negligence and what airlines are doing to solve the problem.
14x14
Orangutans of the Rain Forest
Episode overview
Air date
Feb 10, 1987
NOVA cameras travel to Borneo, one of the last habitats of the wild orangutans, where scientists study the endangered ape. Who is observing whom? It is not always clear.
14x15
Freud Under Analysis
Episode overview
Air date
Feb 17, 1987
Fifty years after his death, the creator of psychoanalysis is still the subject of intense debate. Was Freud right or wrong? NOVA profiles the enigmatic man and his controversial legacy.
14x16
The Hole in the Sky
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Air date
Feb 24, 1987
NOVA travels to Antarctica with an emergency scientific expedition to study a baffling "hole" in the Earth's protective ozone layer.
14x17
Confessions of a Weaponeer
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Air date
Mar 03, 1987
Harvard chemist George Kistiakowsky was an anti-Bolshevik soldier in 1919 Russia, an atomic bomb scientist at Los Alamos, a presidential advisor in the Eisenhower White House and an arms .. show full overview
14x18
Great Moments from NOVA
Episode overview
Air date
Mar 10, 1987
NOVA presents two hours of the best from its 14 seasons of exciting science coverage. A "talking" chimp, an exploding volcano and a sight-and-sound space video are but a few of the memorable segments. Richard Kiley hosts.
14x19
Will the World Starve?
Episode overview
Air date
Mar 24, 1987
All over the world, farmers are taking more from the soil than they return. NOVA reports on the soil crisis in world agriculture—a plight that has already resulted in massive starvation.
14x20
The Desert Doesn't Bloom Here Anymore
Episode overview
Air date
Mar 31, 1987
In rich and poor countries alike, once-productive farms are turning to desert because of mismanagement of water resources. NOVA examines the causes and cures of desertification.
14x12
The Rocky Road to Jupiter
Episode overview
Air date
Apr 07, 1987
In a case study of the strengths and weaknesses of the United States space program, NOVA chronicles the ambitious and long-delayed Galileo mission to Jupiter—still on the ground long after its planned May 1986 launch.
14x13
Death of a Star
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 06, 1987
Why do stars explode and how is the energy generated? What is the effect of all those little “aftermath” particles floating through space? Nova: Death of a Star is a 60-minute science .. show full overview
14x14
Spy Machines
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 13, 1987
On the 25th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, NOVA investigates the spy planes and satellites that played a critical role in history and influence arms control today.
14x15
The Hidden Power of Plants
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 20, 1987
Plants produce some of the world's most potent chemicals in the fight against disease. NOVA follows the urgent efforts to track down new medicines in nature.
14x16
Japan's American Genius
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 27, 1987
Is Detroit inventor Stanford Ovshinsky the new Thomas Edison? Japanese industries are betting that the genius behind amorphous materials-a simpler and less expensive alternative to silicon-is onto something big.
14x17
A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama
Episode overview
Air date
Nov 03, 1987
The Panama Canal opened in 1914 after a 30-year effort that dwarfed the building of the pyramids. Historian David McCullough navigates through the canal and tells the story of the human drama behind the engineering feat.
14x18
Volcano!
Episode overview
Air date
Nov 10, 1987
Millions live in the shadows of nature's ticking time-bombs—volcanos. NOVA accompanies scientists who are developing new techniques to predict when volcanos will erupt and how violently.
14x19
How Good is Soviet Science?
Episode overview
Air date
Nov 17, 1987
NOVA takes a behind-the-scences look at science and technology in the USSR, where the government is trying novel approaches in an effort to catch up with the West.
14x20
Ancient Treasures from the Deep
Episode overview
Air date
Dec 01, 1987
NOVA joins underwater archaeologists as they explore the oldest shipwreck ever excavated, a richly-laden merchant vessel dating from the time of King Tut.
14x21
Riddle of the Joints
Episode overview
Air date
Dec 08, 1987
A trail of evidence leading from a medieval abbey to a small town in Connecticut sheds new light on rheumatoid arthritis, a crippling inflammation of the joints with no known cause or cure.
14x22 Season finale
Secrets of the Lost Red Paint People
Episode overview
Air date
Dec 15, 1987
NOVA follows archaeologists as they unearth clues, some 7,000 years old, about an unknown, mysterious and advanced sea-faring people who lived along the North Atlantic coast of the United States and Canada.

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