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  • Premiered: Mar 1974
  • Episodes: 966
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Season 7
7x1
The Elusive Illness
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Air date
Jan 15, 1980
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 .. show full overview
7x2
A is for Atom, B is for Bomb
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Air date
Jan 22, 1980
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 in the United States.
7x3
Living Machines
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Air date
Feb 05, 1980
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?
7x4
Portrait of a Killer
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Air date
Feb 19, 1980
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 fatal diseases.
7x5
Umealit: The Whale Hunters
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Air date
Mar 04, 1980
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.
7x6
The Safety Factor
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Air date
Mar 11, 1980
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 with them.
7x7
A Mediterranean Prospect
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Air date
Mar 18, 1980
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 use .. show full overview
7x8
Mr. Ludwig's Tropical Dreamland
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Air date
Mar 25, 1980
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.
7x9
The Pinks and the Blues
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Air date
Sep 30, 1980
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 differences.
7x10
The Cancer Detectives of Lin Xian
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Air date
Oct 07, 1980
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 of cancer from which one out of every four people die.
7x11
The Sea Behind the Dunes
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Air date
Oct 14, 1980
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.
7x12
Do We Really Need the Rockies?
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Air date
Oct 28, 1980
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 .. show full overview
7x13
The Big IF
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Air date
Nov 04, 1980
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 in .. show full overview
7x14
Voyager: Jupiter & Beyond
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Air date
Nov 11, 1980
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 to .. show full overview
7x15
The Wizard Who Spat on the Floor
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Air date
Nov 18, 1980
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 .. show full overview
7x16
The Water Crisis
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Air date
Nov 25, 1980
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 .. show full overview
7x17
Moving Still
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Air date
Dec 02, 1980
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 .. show full overview
7x18
A Touch of Sensitivity
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Air date
Dec 09, 1980
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 .. show full overview
7x19
The Red Deer of Rhum
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Air date
Dec 23, 1980
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 island off the coast of Scotland inhabited by red deer.
7x20 Season finale
It's About Time
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Air date
Dec 30, 1980
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, as NOVA spends an hour on time.

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