NOVA: Season 10 (1983 - 1984)


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Air date: Oct 12, 1982

Reported UFO sightings, including that of an Arizona forest worker who claims to have boarded an alien craft, and an RAF flight crew that filmed what they believed was a formation of UFOs.

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Air date: Oct 19, 1982

"The Fragile Mountain" studies Nepal's Himalayas, where villages are being destroyed by landslides and floods triggered by torrential rains. Narrator: Robin King.

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Air date: Nov 9, 1982

The painstaking recovery of a San Francisco boy who suffered serious burns in 1975. The film is shown without narration.

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Air date: Nov 16, 1982

Focusing on the teenage scientists in the 1982 Westinghouse National Talent Search competition, in which 1000 high-school seniors participated. Narrator: Don Wescott.

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Air date: Nov 23, 1982

America's vulnerability to sudden shortages of "strategic minerals" needed for defense production that come mostly from southern Africa. Detailed: Reagan Administration efforts to reduce dependence; Soviet interest in the area; and American "tolerance" of South African apartheid.

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Air date: Nov 30, 1982

Narrator Burt Lancaster examines the threats posed by the Mississippi River should it change its course or flood. Also: a study of land erosion along the river's Louisiana shores.

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Air date: Dec 7, 1982

Every winter, the earth's largest mammals head south, winding their way down the California coast and into Mexico. Nova follows this necessary path while on Nova: Whale Watch. The North American Grey Whale is the focus of much attention due to its enormous size and likeability. In Mexico, the whale is a symbol of environmental protection, with politicians jockeying to save its precious waters. Beginning in the Bering Seas, the grey whale travels 5,000 miles every year to Baja California. They attract tons of tourists who just want a glimpse of these giant swimmers. Once there, the grey whales begin the breeding process. Nova offers a rare glimpse into the mating habits of these ancient mammals.

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Air date: Dec 14, 1982

Examining supertrains such as France's TGV, the world's fastest; Japan's "bullet," which has set the standard for safety and efficiency; and Britain's APT, which tilts to take curves.

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Air date: Oct 11, 1983

Are humans the only mammals that communicate with language? Nova attempts to answer that question with Nova: Signs of the Apes, Songs of the Whale. Researchers target apes in their bid for a common ground. Washoe and Koko are two examples of gorillas learning rudimentary skills. Chimpanzees and orangutans are also presented as having an ability to use sign language. In a separate habitat, dolphins and sea lions provide convincing proof that undersea animals can be taught to communicate. Nova concludes the program with a sampling of animal calls in the wild.

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Air date: Oct 18, 1983

Advances in "The Artificial Heart" are chronicled from Dr. Denton Cooley's 1969 heart transplant to the mechanical device that kept Barney Clark alive for 112 days. Also: temporary vs. permanent units.

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