NOVA: Season 13 (1986)

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Air date: Oct 8, 1985

"The National Science Test II" challenges Edwin Newman, naturalist David Attenborough, Air Force captain Michelle Johnson and psychiatrist Alvin Poussaint. Questions are based on clips from past shows.

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Air date: Oct 15, 1985

The lack of genetic diversity among today's crops and the resulting problems for scientists who fear running out of raw materials for research. Included: efforts to combat food shortages by encouraging people to eat crops unfamiliar to them.

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Air date: Oct 22, 1985

The work of physicists looking for "a single unified theory to explain all physical phenomena." Researchers are observed theorizing about the nature and relationships of Earth's main forces, including gravity and electromagnetism, and what happened to them during the big bang.

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Air date: Oct 29, 1985

The use of automated technology as a boost to American industries that are fighting against foreign competition. The hour includes an assessment of robots, which are considered valuable for some hazardous jobs.

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Air date: Nov 5, 1985

The tricks filmmakers use to produce special effects for movies like "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Return of the Jedi" are revealed in a visit to George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic studio. Included: interviews with technicians.

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Air date: Nov 12, 1985

Efforts to reduce child-mortality rates in developing countries where, according to narrator Richard Kiley, deaths have reached a level of 15 million a year. The hour includes reports from Bangladesh, Haiti, El Salvador and Brazil.

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Air date: Nov 19, 1985

One of the most frightening elements of natural disaster is that more often than not they strike without any warning whatsoever. Nova taps into this fear and fascination in this video. Join the Nova stormchasers as they track down tornadoes sweeping across the country. Learn what causes a tornado and what scientists can do to help predict them before they strike.

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Air date: Nov 26, 1985

Experiments in gene therapy, in which diseased genes are isolated and replaced by healthy ones created in laboratories. Included: interviews with researchers and simulations of gene-therapy procedures.

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Air date: Dec 3, 1985

Examining creatures that use materials to build structures---in trees, under water and in the earth---with often beautiful results. Observed: a wasp building a hanging mud structure; a mouse weaving a basket of blades of grass.

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Air date: Dec 17, 1985

From 1985: An examination of how the Douglas DC-3, introduced in 1935, revolutionized the airline industry through its increased seating capacity, expanded services and a safe and economical design.

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