NOVA: Season 14 (1987)


Season 14

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Air date: Oct 14, 1986

The role of forensic medicine in the 1985 trial of nine Argentine military officers who waged war against leftists from 1976 to '83. Oklahoma forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow was enlisted to help identify some of the 10,000 to 30,000 victims. Included: testimony from relatives of the missing; scenes of Snow at work.

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Air date: Oct 21, 1986

Uranus as pictured by Voyager 2, which flew to within 50,000 miles of the vertically spinning planet in January 1986. Included: images of the planet's rotation, weather, rings and satellites.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1986

Examining medical, legal, ethical and political issues surrounding alternative childbearing methods. Included: in vitro fertilization; embryo freezing; surrogate parenthood.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1986

Research being done to find a treatment, cure and vaccine for AIDS. Included: how the disease attacks the immune system; the use of the drug AZT.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1986

Lily Tomlin narrates this consideration of the existence of extraterrestrial life forms. Included: interviews with astronomers Carl Sagan and Paul Drake, who discuss the criteria for communication with aliens; and why a visit by aliens is unlikely.

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Air date: Nov 25, 1986

This video from the PBS award-winning show Nova investigates the phenomenon of animal migration. Leaving one habitat and traveling en masse to another requires preparation and skill. The migratory skills of a variety of creatures are presented: birds, caribou, butterflies, bats, and eels, honeybees, fish, ladybird beetles, and seals. Trumpeter swans are observed training their young for the long journey. Underwater photography documents the journey of eels as they make their way between the Atlantic coast of North America and the Sargasso Sea. Some of the amazing feats these pathfinders accomplish to reach their destinations have never before been captured on film.

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Air date: Dec 2, 1986

"Are You Swimming in a Sewer?" addresses the problem of pollution and examines cities that face health problems because of antiquated treatment plants. Also: industrial and municipal recycling programs; and a Los Angeles task force that apprehends the heads of companies that pollute.

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Air date: Dec 9, 1986

Burt Lancaster narrates a chronicle of Sail America's efforts to bring the America's Cup back to the U.S. in 1987. Included: comments from skipper Dennis Conner and design coordinator John Marshall.

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Air date: Dec 16, 1986

A report on leprosy, which can be cured, even though millions of people still suffer from the disfiguring and isolating disease. Included: the stigma of leprosy; and how the disease damages nerve endings.

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Air date: Jan 13, 1987

Examining efforts to understand how a single cell evolves into a developed creature. Researchers are observed studying mutations in fruit flies caused by cell rearrangement, and discussing the role of DNA.

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