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NOVA

Season 12 1985
TV-PG

  • 1985-01-08T23:00:00-03:00 on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 20 hours, 10 mins (22 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary

Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over.

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22 episodes

12x01 The Garden of Inheritance

  • Season Premiere

    1985-01-08T23:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

In this docudrama presentation, NOVA looks at the life, times and work of Gregor Mendel, the 19th cenutry Augustinian friar whose revolutionary scientific experiments in selective breeding have made him the "Father of Genetics."

NOVA explores the fascinating world of Dr. Harold Edgerton, electronics wizard and inventor extraordinaire, whose invention of the electronic strobe, a "magic lamp," has enabled the human eye to see the unseen.

12x03 Global Village

  • 1985-01-22T23:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

NOVA presents an in-depth look at India's attempt to use satellite technology to leapfrog into the era of space-age communication and whether it brings benefit or blight to India's villages and rural areas.

12x04 Conquest of the Parasites

  • 1985-01-29T23:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

NOVA examines the complex world of parasites, parasitic diseases and the exciting work currently being done by a new breed of medical researchers as they meet the challenge of conquering the world's number one medical problem.

12x05 In the Land of the Polar Bears

  • 1985-02-05T23:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

A rare look at the beautiful and desolate Wrangel Island-a Soviet possession 300 miles off the coast of Alaska-as seen through the eyes of Soviet Filmmaker and naturalist Yuri Ledin. Wrangel Island is not only the home to Siberian snow geese, polar foxes and walruses, but serves as the world's largest denning area for polar bears.

12x06 AIDS: Chapter One

  • 1985-02-12T23:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is a deadly disease that has struck down some 2,000 people in the four years since its discovery. NOVA examines how modern science has been unraveling the mystery of this baffling ailment.

12x07 The Shape of Things

  • 1985-02-19T23:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

Sea shells, crystals, honeycombs, eggs and seeds: They are shaped the way they are for a reason. NOVA takes viewers on a unique journey of discovery to find out why things are shaped the way they are and why they work so well.

12x08 Baby Talk

  • 1985-02-26T23:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

It's a mystery just how children acquire language. Does the process begin in the womb? And which comes first, language or thought? NOVA explores the fascinating world of baby talk and reveals the latest theories on this remarkable achievement.

12x09 The Mathematical Mystery Tour

  • 1985-03-05T23:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

Imagine a bottle with no inside or a number bigger than infinity or parallel lines that meet. Welcome to the world of pure mathematics. NOVA offers a look into a wholly abstract, quirky world of mathematics.

What do Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the painter Raphael and chess champion Bobby Fischer have in common? They were all child prodigies. NOVA explores the current efforts to learn more about the nature of giftedness.

12x11 Monarch of the Mountains

  • 1985-03-19T23:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

NOVA explores the breeding, migration and survival patterns of the Rocky Mountain elk in a unique film, made totally under natural conditions. Telephoto lenses were used so as not to disturb the animals; filmmakers spent 18 months tracking the elk through the breathtaking Wyoming Rockies.

12x12 The National Science Test II

  • 1985-10-08T22:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

In NOVA's special sequel to1984's National Science Test, viewers can match wits with celebrity panelists David Attenborough, Michelle Johnson, Edwin Newman and Alvin Poussaint and a live studio audience. Art Fleming hosts.

12x13 Seeds of Tomorrow

  • 1985-10-15T22:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

NOVA examines worldwide efforts of scientists who employ aggressive agricultual technologies to ensure food for the future.

12x14 What Einstein Never Knew

  • 1985-10-22T22:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

Albert Einstein did not live to find the answer. NOVA follows a new generation of physicists in their search to explain the mystery of the universe.

12x15 The Robot Revolution?

  • 1985-10-29T23:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

How are the computer and the robot affecting the way we work? NOVA chronicles the new industrial revolution reshaping the American workplace.

12x16 The Magic of Special Effects

  • 1985-11-06T00:00:00-02:00 — 55 mins

NOVA cameras go behind-the-scenes to reveal the new art of illusion, Hollywood-style, focusing on three blockbuster films—"Return of the Jedi," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "2010: The Year We Made Contact."

NOVA charts the progress of an ambitious worldwide health program established to save the lives of millions of children who continue to die from common but curable diseases.

12x18 Tornado!

  • 1985-11-20T00:00:00-02:00 — 55 mins

NOVA follows a chase team—a group of scientists who chart deadly tornadoes—in an effort to learn more about predicting nature's most powerful and elusive weather phenomenon.

12x19 The Genetic Gamble

  • 1985-11-27T00:00:00-02:00 — 55 mins

NOVA examines current research and its ethical implications as modern medicine confronts the era of human gene therapy.

12x20 Animal Architects

  • 1985-12-04T00:00:00-02:00 — 55 mins

NOVA examines the intricate world of nature's construction industry and presents rare footage of unusual habits.

12x21 The Plane that Changed the World

  • 1985-12-18T00:00:00-02:00 — 55 mins

NOVA joins the 50th anniversary celebration of the DC-3—the plane that revolutionized commercial air travel, served gallantly in World War II and is called the most important plane ever built.

12x22 Monarch of the Mountains

  • 1985-03-19T23:00:00-03:00 — 55 mins

NOVA explores the breeding, migration and survival patterns of the Rocky Mountain elk in a unique film, made totally under natural conditions. Telephoto lenses were used so as not to disturb the animals; filmmakers spent 18 months tracking the elk through the breathtaking Wyoming Rockies.

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