NOVA: Season 6 (1979)


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Air date: Jan 4, 1979

Studying the oil spill created by the Liberian-flag supertanker Amoco Cadiz, which went aground off Brittany in March 1978. Examined are the cleanup efforts along the shoreline; and the effects of the spill on wildlife, the environment, and the tourist and fishing industries. Also: a look at tanker safety and methods being tested to contain spills.

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Air date: Jan 11, 1979

A profile of Fred Young, a Navajo-born nuclear physicist who finds himself between two cultures. He discusses his estrangement from his cultural background, his uneasiness in white society and his career.

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Air date: Jan 18, 1979

Examining the renowned---and controversial---behaviorist B.F. Skinner, who believes that "environments control people." Skinner is seen on a visit to a cooperative in rural Virginia. Written and directed by Veronica Young; Jean Richards narrates.

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Air date: Feb 1, 1979

Exploring how multinational mining groups are vying for manganese nodules on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. The major obstacle is a 1970 UN declaration that says no mining claims can be staked in international waters. Also: a look at ships being developed to retrieve the nodules, and scientists' efforts to explain how they were formed.

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Air date: Feb 8, 1979

Examining the lifestyles of the Q'eros Indians, who have lived unchanged in the Peruvian Andes for 3000 years. Their primitive means of constructing shelter, raising crops and weaving clothing are observed. Also: death and harvest rituals are shown. Richard Provost is the narrator.

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Air date: Feb 22, 1979

"The Invisible Flame" examines the feasibility of hydrogen as a major energy source. Researchers discuss its potential as a pollution-free fuel; and show models of hydrogen-powered planes and trains, and prototypes of cars that can use hydrogen or gasoline.

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Air date: Mar 1, 1979

"The End of the Rainbow" examines attempts to harness nuclear fusion. Included: the use of magnetic fields, and the testing of lasers.

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Air date: Mar 8, 1979

"The Beersheva Experiment" focuses on an Israeli medical school that's trying to increase the number of general practitioners by emphasizing greater contact with patients during the learning process. Students at Ben-Gurion University are seen visiting a nursing home and a maternity ward.

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Air date: Mar 15, 1979

Each episode of Nova presents an in-depth consideration of the people, places, and things that affect human lives in the modern world. This episode explores the life and legacy of Albert Einstein. Einstein may well have been the most important scientific figure of the 20th century. His questioning of physical reality contributed more than anyone else's to the understanding of the world in which humans live, especially through his well-known Theory of Relativity. The program also considers how Einstein's ideas laid the foundation for the modern study of cosmology.

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Air date: Mar 29, 1979

"The Keys of Paradise" reports on enkephalins, substances produced in the brain that may someday be used to treat pain, depression and schizophrenia. Also: a look at the psychological aspects of pain, and speculation on potential connections between enkephalins and sexual pleasure.

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