NOVA: Season 12 (1985)


Season 12

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Air date: Oct 2, 1984

Four scientists use a satellite hookup in Boston to discuss research with their Soviet counterparts. Among the topics considered: nuclear fusion, astrophysics, biophysics and seismology. Participants include Philip Morrison and Alexander Rich of MIT, Harold Furth of Princeton and Lynn Sykes of Columbia.

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Air date: Oct 16, 1984

A science quiz that tests the acumen of actress Jane Alexander, ABC science editor Jules Bergman, educator Marva Collins and Edwin Newman. The multiple-choice questions are based on clips from past shows.

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Air date: Oct 23, 1984

"The Fountains of Paradise" examines Sri Lanka's Mahaweli Irrigation Project and some of the problems encountered by farmers relocated by the program. Don Wescott is the program narrator.

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Air date: Oct 30, 1984

A program examining charges that the Vietnamese-backed Laotian government engaged in chemical warfare after it was outlawed in 1972. The report focuses on claims by the Hmong of northern Laos, who describe attacks on them in the late 1970s.

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Air date: Nov 6, 1984

This television documentary heads to Ecuador to offer a look at the day-to-day lives of a tribe that still uses the tools and amenities of their ancient ancestors. Nova takes viewers on a quest to discover why western influence has eluded these indigenous people, in this program that originally aired in 1984.

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Air date: Nov 13, 1984

The aquacultural techniques used to grow fish and seaweed in controlled environments, which, according to those interviewed, result in higher quality, lower costs and larger harvests. Also examined: research on artificial insemination and cross-breeding.

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Air date: Nov 20, 1984

An examination of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery through interviews with doctors and patients, before-and-after photos and graphic footage of operations. Edward Herrmann narrates the program.

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Air date: Nov 27, 1984

A program about female astronauts includes interviews with Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel in space; Judith Resnik; and Kathryn Sullivan. Also: discussions of their training, which they say didn't differ from that given the men.

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Air date: Dec 4, 1984

The great white shark's reputation as the "most awesome and powerful" creature in the sea. Included: comments by "Jaws" author Peter Benchley; and underwater footage by cinematographer Al Giddings.

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Air date: Dec 11, 1984

A report on acid rain, in which researchers report that forests and lakes are being damaged by excessive amounts of nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbons in the atmosphere. Included: visits to devastated sites.

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