NOVA: Season 3 (1976)


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Air date: Jan 4, 1976

Nova goes to the heart of seismic technology with Nova: Predictable Disaster. Earthquakes have long been considered as unpredictable as they are dangerous. But, modern scientists are beginning to offer techniques by which disaster can be averted. Nova is at the scene when a prediction is being offered and explores the dynamics of the plate tectonics theory. When danger is forewarned, the prediction can cause as much havoc as the event itself. This program explains the advantages and drawbacks for such burgeoning advances.

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Air date: Jan 11, 1976

This program dramatizes the life of Joseph Deacon, a brain-damaged Englishman who has spent most of his life in institutions. The drama describes through vignettes his painful childhood; his lifelong confinement to a wheelchair; and his fateful meeting with Ernie Roberts (also mentally handicapped), who alone is able to understand Joey.

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Air date: Jan 18, 1976

A clinical examination of Transcendental Meditation. This documentary, first aired in 1976, focuses mainly on scientific research being conducted to determine whether certain results of TM, such as relaxation of the mind, can be produced less expensively by other means. Also: how Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began the movement in the mid-'50s.

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Air date: Jan 25, 1976

Space probes to planets in the solar system are surveyed in this report. First telecast in 1976, the film looks at missions by the U.S. and the USSR to Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and the moon; and examines the information gathered from these ventures.

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Air date: Feb 1, 1976

The desert of southern Arizona is the setting for a look at how various plants and animals endure its harsh environment. Among the plants examined are the saguaro cactus, which grows as tall as 60 feet and can store enough water for two years. Animals seen include lizards that feed on each other.

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Air date: Feb 8, 1976

A 1975 British report on spina bifida, a congenital abnormality of the lower spine that impairs the central nervous system. Included are interviews with spina bifida victims.

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Air date: Feb 15, 1976

Scientific research being conducted in Antarctica. This 1976 report shows scientists gathering data from rocks that have undergone little erosion; examining layers of ice for clues to the earth's atmosphere at different historical stages; and studying animals that have adapted to the environment.

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Air date: Mar 7, 1976

Scientists James Watson and Francis Crick recall their discovery of the structure of DNA, the so-called "building blocks of life." DNA consists of an interwoven double spiral that provides the genetic information governing cell development. Also interviewed is Maurice Wilkins, upon whose work Watson and Crick partly based their studies.

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Air date: Mar 7, 1976

This 1976 report examines a growing demand for wood. In the Southeast, for example, forests are planted on land once used for crops, and drought-resistant trees are being bred. This report also looks at the debate over clear-cutting, the practice of leveling large areas of timberland.

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Air date: Mar 14, 1976

How 18th-century buildings in Colonial Williamsburg, Va., are reconstructed on their original foundations. Also: how Colonial artifacts like ceramics are reproduced. Host: Ivor Noel Hume.

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