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  • Premiered: Mar 1974
  • Episodes: 966
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Season 8
8x1
Doctors of Nigeria
Episode overview
Air date
Jan 06, 1981
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 people.
8x2
Message in the Rocks
Episode overview
Air date
Jan 20, 1981
This program explores 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 .. show full overview
8x3
The Dead Sea Lives
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Air date
Jan 27, 1981
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 .. show full overview
8x4
Anatomy of a Volcano
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Air date
Feb 10, 1981
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 .. show full overview
8x5
The Science of Murder
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Air date
Feb 17, 1981
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 job .. show full overview
8x6
The Malady of Health Care
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Air date
Feb 24, 1981
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 .. show full overview
8x7
Beyond the Milky Way
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Air date
Mar 03, 1981
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. NOVA .. show full overview
8x8
The Asteroid and the Dinosaur
Episode overview
Air date
Mar 10, 1981
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 a .. show full overview
8x9
Animal Olympians
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Air date
Mar 17, 1981
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 animals who are the champions of grace and strength.
8x10
Resolution on Saturn
Episode overview
Air date
Aug 28, 1981
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 visit.
8x11
Computers, Spies & Private Lives
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Air date
Sep 27, 1981
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 .. show full overview
8x12
Why America Burns
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Air date
Oct 04, 1981
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 .. show full overview
8x13
The Great Violin Mystery
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Air date
Oct 11, 1981
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 his cellar, may have solved the violin mystery.
8x14
Cosmic Fire
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 18, 1981
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 .. show full overview
8x15
Locusts: War Without End
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Air date
Oct 25, 1981
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 .. show full overview
8x16
Did Darwin Get It Wrong?
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Air date
Nov 01, 1981
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 of .. show full overview
8x17
Artists in the Lab
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Air date
Nov 15, 1981
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 .. show full overview
8x18
Notes of a Biology Watcher: A Film with Lewis Thomas
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Air date
Nov 22, 1981
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 .. show full overview
8x19
City Spaces, Human Places
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Air date
Nov 29, 1981
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 to .. show full overview
8x20 Season finale
Twins
Episode overview
Air date
Dec 06, 1981
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 .. show full overview

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