NOVA: Season 27 (2000)

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Air date: Oct 6, 1999

When George Mallory was asked why he was willing to risk his life to climb Mount Everest in 1924 he simply replied "Because it's there." In Nova Video Library: Everest - The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine you are invited to unravel some of the mystery surrounding the success of Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew Irvine, who set off to climb Everest on June 8, 1924. Did they make it to the top of the summit before their eventual demise? If they did, their success would predate Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay by 30 years. This award-winning film takes a compelling look at their brave attempt and includes insightful interviews with the last two living members of Mallory's climbing team.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2000

On June 8, 1924, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine set out to achieve the ultimate: reach the summit of Mount Everest. Nova Video Library: Lost on Everest details the discovery of Mallory's body nearly 75 years later. Many personal effects were discovered along with the body, leaving behind numerous clues that beg the question: Did Mallory and Irvine reach the top of Everest first, 30 years before Edmund Hillary and Tebzing Norgay? Watch the astounding archival footage of the expedition. Narrated by Rebecca De Mornay.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2000

Discover the intrigue and fascinating experience of medieval battlefields 200 years before the cannon was invented. Nova Video Library: Secrets of Lost Empires II- Medieval Siege reminds us that the Middle Ages were a fascinating time period for war. Learn how medieval carpenters built the trebuchet -- a mechanized catapult capable of slinging boulders great distances toward enemy lines. Explore humongous stone fortresses, protected medieval castles, travel to Loch Ness, and uncover the history of the chaos of medieval battles. An exhilarating and educational program, this Nova program is not to be missed.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2000

A diamond is a diamond is a diamond, or is it? Nova exposes the decades-old race to manufacture the perfect fake in Nova: The Diamond Deception. Since the 1950s, huge companies have sought a way to make industrial stones. Many, including General Electric, were semi-successful. The result was a copy so real it came with flaws built into the duplicate atomic structure. Machines had trouble telling the difference. Now, renegade groups are getting into the act, making fake diamonds in Russian and China. They lead the way in poser technology using only outdated equipment. Nova presents the possibility of a more competitive diamond market where gems are made and monopolies are broken.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2000

Honoring the Egyptian Gods has never been a slight task. Can you imagine having the means and desire to build a monument 100 feet tall and weighing over 500 tons with ancient building materials and resources? This fascinating Nova program details the amazing Egyptian Monuments and temples. Discover the mystery and enormous faith that propelled the ancient Egyptians to such an amazing accomplishment.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2000

The Black-Scholes formula of economics promised to revolutionize Wall Street. It was a simple idea that determined the stock price according to mathematical principles. Yet when it hit the trading floor, it caused more damage than good. Nova reexamines the minds behind the money in Nova: The Trillion Dollar Bet. Fischer Black, Myron Scholes, and Robert Merton came up with the model that earned them a Nobel Prize in 1973. After basking in the acclaim and profit from a major award, Scholes and Merton joined a trading group. They intended to market the theory and shake up the marketplace. The success lasted a while until the machine crashed. While the formula took a pounding, the world economy trembled. Nova relives this close call as fortune-telling gets scientific.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2000

Easter Island is home to 1,000 human sculptures weighing approximately 80 tons each. The fascinating sculptures are called moias and were built over a 1,000 years ago without the aid of modern technology. Learn the meaning and dedication behind these unusual sculptures and how they may have led to the fall of an ancient society. This Nova program is both educational and entertaining.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2000

This television documentary investigates the first people to come to North America. It begins with the discovery of a 9,000-year-old skeleton with a Stone Age weapon imbedded in its hip. The skeleton was found by Jim Chatters in Kennewick, WA, and dubbed "the Kennewick Man." Not only are there only a handful of skeletons this old found in North America, but this one is in excellent condition. Other skeletons and excavations reveal answers as well as new questions.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2000

Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of Roman Bathhouses. Bathhouses were once the central part of the cultural life of Rome. People of all social classes and ranks visited the bathhouses on a regular basis. It was here that the Romans drank their wine, bathed, sang, and enjoyed life. The Romans had built a sophisticated system of aqueducts and heating systems that made their bathhouses not only a social center but a technological and revolutionary architectural model.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2000

In this Nova film, anthropologist and Jewish scholar Tudor Parfitt explores the possibility that a tribe from Zimbabwe, the Lemba, might be one of the lost tribes of Israel. According to the Bible, there were ten of these. While various isolated groups have claimed to be one of the tribes, there has been no real way to determine whether or not this could be true. However, with the advent of DNA testing, proof is now possible. Having had their claims rejected for many years, the Lemba cooperated with all aspects of the genetic marker test and were rewarded with positive results that they indeed had Jewish ancestry.

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