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  • Premiered: Mar 1974
  • Episodes: 966
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Season 5
5x1
In The Event Of Catastrophe
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Air date
Jan 04, 1978
Can a nuclear war be survived? Some members of the defense community say yes. NOVA explores the possibility.
5x2
The Green Machine
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Air date
Jan 11, 1978
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, root mechanisms and twining responses.
5x3
Blueprints In The Bloodstream
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Air date
Jan 18, 1978
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 .. show full overview
5x4
One Small Step (1)
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Air date
Jan 25, 1978
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 .. show full overview
5x5
The Final Frontier (2)
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Air date
Feb 01, 1978
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 .. show full overview
5x6
BaMiki BaNdula: Children Of The Forest
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Air date
Feb 15, 1978
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. .. show full overview
5x7
Trial Of Denton Cooley
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Air date
Feb 22, 1978
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 .. show full overview
5x8
The Great Wine Revolution
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Air date
Mar 01, 1978
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 vintage wines.
5x9
The Case of the Ancient Astronauts
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Air date
Mar 08, 1978
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 .. show full overview
5x10
The Mind Machines
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Air date
Mar 22, 1978
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, .. show full overview
5x11
Icarus' Children
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Air date
Mar 29, 1978
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, .. show full overview
5x12
Still Waters
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Air date
Apr 12, 1978
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 the .. show full overview
5x13
Battle For The Acropolis
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Air date
Apr 19, 1978
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, .. show full overview
5x14
The Road to Happiness : The Life and Times of Henry Ford
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Air date
May 03, 1978
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 the .. show full overview
5x15
Light Of The 21st Century
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Air date
May 10, 1978
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 .. show full overview
5x16
The Insect Alternative
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Air date
May 24, 1978
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 .. show full overview
5x17
The Desert's Edge
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Air date
May 31, 1978
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 .. show full overview
5x18
The Tse Tse Trap
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Air date
Jun 07, 1978
NOVA explores Bovine sleeping sickness. Spread by a fly, it is a deadly disease that poses a threat to Africa's cattle.
5x19
Memories From Eden
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Air date
Jun 14, 1978
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 man .. show full overview
5x20
A Whisper From Space
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Air date
Jun 21, 1978
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 most .. show full overview
5x21 Season finale
Alaska: The Closing Frontier
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Air date
Jun 28, 1978
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 .. show full overview

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