NOVA: Season 25 (1998)

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Air date: Oct 7, 1997

This television documentary takes a look at techniques used to assess and treat severe head injuries and at the process of bringing these patients out of comas. It looks at actual people being treated in a New York City hospital by Dr. Jam Ghajar. First, doctors make sure that the patient has an airway, is breathing, and has circulation. Then they take steps to prevent the occurrence of a so-called "second accident" to the head injury. A "second accident" causes damage to the brain after the accident that caused the initial damage. During research and meetings with other doctors, a protocol is formed so that doctors have a standard set of steps to follow in the initial stages of a head injury and in the critical week following the injury. Finally, the process of recovery from a coma and severe head trauma is viewed through actual patients.

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Air date: Oct 14, 1997

This television show follows the race to fly faster than the speed of sound. The British had a design for an airplane that they envisioned breaking the so-called sonic wall, but it was the Americans who first broke the barrier and it was years before any other country could figure out the secret that would allow them to fly that fast. During World War II, planes in combat that did high-speed dives encountered difficulty in controlling their planes as they got near the speed of sound. Around 1945, the U.S. was behind England in their research and even further behind Germany -- the Germans had built the V2 rocket that flew faster than sound, allowing it to hit targets before anyone could hear it coming. In the end, the secret to Chuck Yeager's historic flight is revealed. Comments by actual World War II pilots and test pilots add a sense of realism to the show.

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Air date: Oct 21, 1997

Nova: Bomb Squad takes a critical look at the Felix Bomb Squad. These men of the British military are responsible for diffusing or safely detonating bombs planted by the Irish Republican Army (IRA). The documentary includes a brief history of the IRA and how they involved youngsters in their activities after Bloody Sunday in 1972. It then explores the technological leapfrogging that began, as the IRA made better bombs and the Bomb Squad developed new techniques to stop them. The IRA created booby-trapped bombs with anti-handling devices, mail bombs, mortar bombs, and car bombs; Felix countered with remote-controlled robots, X-ray machines, foam used to dampen explosions, and "disrupters" that knock a bomb apart without setting it off. Men at the secret location of the Felix training center also receive training in terrorist tactics so that they can better predict what the bombers will do.

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Air date: Oct 28, 1997

Nova documents the mathematical feat of the century with the completion of Andrew Wiles' childhood dream. When he was ten, Wiles read about a man named Pierre De Fermat. Responsible for the creation of the Pythagorean Theorem, Fermat left a note in the margin of one of his texts indicating he had proven part of the equation. But, for 350 years, nobody had been able to do the same and the work itself was never found. Since that day in the library, Wiles had one purpose in life, to prove Fermet's last theory. Equivalent to capturing the mathematical Holy Grail, the task was daunting. Nova captures the struggle, intrigue, and genius behind this gutsy move. And just when Wiles thinks he has the answer, it slips away. With enough drama to rival a Hollywood movie, the race concludes. Mathematician John Conway summarizes the irony of the situation, "I'm sad in some ways, because Fermet's last theorem has been responsible for so much. What will we find to take its place?"

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Air date: Nov 11, 1997

Sir David Attenborough hosts the Nova title Wild Wolves. Special filming techniques such as infrared photography reveal the never-before-seen behavior of these mysterious and often misunderstood animals. Wild Wolves explores the "secret" life of these pack animals.

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Air date: Nov 12, 1997

In Nova: Super Bridge, Nova checks out the rebuilding of the old Clark Bridge at Alton, IL. No longer structurally sound for its usual load of traffic across the Mississippi, the bridge had to be redesigned with new parameters. Engineers, construction crews, contractors, and surveyors faced the challenge of tower construction strong enough to support the weight of traffic, the road, and the bridge itself. In addition, the bridge should not hinder barge traffic below and the entire project had to come in under budget, as well as look aesthetically pleasing.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1997

Before the 15th century, a series of earthquakes caused the city of Alexandria to fall into the sea. It is believed that the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, fell into the harbor near Fort Qaitbey, Alexandria, Egypt. Archaeologists expressed alarm that a proposed harbor construction project would obliterate the remains of the lighthouse, and asked the government if they could be allowed to map the area in question. Nova accompanies the archaeologists, divers, cartographers, and topographers as they record thousands of ancient artifacts in Nova: Treasures of the Sunken City.

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Air date: Nov 25, 1997

Nova Video Library: Avalanche! takes a look at avalanches from several perspectives, beginning with the destruction caused by one that dropped 250,000 tons of snow at 125 miles per hour on a little town off the coast of Iceland. It wiped out much of the town and killed 25 people. The rest of the program focuses on how to predict an avalanche and how to keep people safe from them. A scientist at the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos, Switzerland, checks the strength of snow to determine its stability. Researchers at Montana State University set up a wood shack and trigger an avalanche to determine the mechanics at the base of an avalanche. "Ski cutting" and explosive charges are used to start avalanches on roads and on mountains before skiers are allowed on the slopes. Avalanche advisories are issued by tracking weather and using knowledge about the snow.

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Air date: Dec 2, 1997

In 1997, three teams try to accomplish one of the last great aeronautical feats: to fly non-stop around the world in a balloon. This tests not only the scientific ingenuity of each team, but also the limits of each team member. The balloon being flown by Virgin airlines and entertainment chairman Richard Branson is bigger and heavier than any balloon ever flown. The Swiss team flies a super-lightweight gondola made of carbon fiber, using an untested fueling system of kerosene stored in bags rather than heavy tanks filled with propane, as well as an oxygen system similar to that found on the space shuttle. The final balloon is owned by Chicago businessman Steve Fossett. He flies in an unpressurized gondola, piloting the balloon by himself. The show includes a history of balloons and footage of this real battle of man, balloon, and nature.

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Air date: Jan 6, 1998

This television documentary shows the creatures that come out when the sun goes down for the night in the grasslands of the Kalahari in Africa. This video shows the necessary interaction between everything from the aardvark digging holes in which others will sleep to the hyena and scorpion which feast on other creatures. It is a detailed look at every imaginable animal and insect that inhabits the Kalahari at night and shows how each plays a role in regenerating the land and maintaining the fragile ecosystem.

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