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The Nature of Things

Season 23 1982 - 1983

  • 1982-10-21T01:00:00+01:00 on CBC (CA)
  • 45 mins
  • 16 hours, 30 mins
  • Canada
  • English
  • Documentary

The Nature of Things is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Hosted by the world-renowned geneticist and environmentalist, David Suzuki, the program is in its 57th season, a landmark by any standard.

Every week, the influential program presents stories that are driven by a scientific understanding of the world. Stories full of adventure, drama and insight. Our programs entertain and inspire audiences by engaging with the people and personalities behind the science.

From the search for other life in the universe to the psychology of babies, from the furry animals that invade your backyard to the consequences of human progress, The Nature of Things throws open the door to the wonder and accomplishments of science.

22 episodes

23x01 Gutenberg Revisited / Diving Birds / Tulips

  • Season Premiere

    1982-10-21T01:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Gutenberg Revisited: A look at new developments in microelectronic information processing, focusing on the Telidon system, a Canadian invention offering two-way interactive television. Diving Birds: A look at adaptations in aquatic birds such as ducks and geese which allow them to make long dives under water. Tulips: An overview of the tulip industry in Holland.

Northern Games: A look at the traditional games of the Inuit as they are practised 800 km north of the Arctic Circle, by youth in competition from communities across the North. Geothermal Energy: A look at how geothermal energy has been adapted to supply human needs on Iceland. Ships of the Desert: An exploration of the dromedary camel, adapted for life in the desert. Coriolis Effect: A brief explanation of the coriolis effect - what it is, how it is demonstrable, and its effect on weather.

23x03 Bring Back My Bonnie

  • 1982-11-04T02:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

A look at recovery after strokes. In previous years, strokes were frequently fatal, and brain damage was seen as permanent. Now, all this is changing. It has been found that with therapy many stroke victims can recover some or even most of the functions they have lost.

23x04 Long Point

  • 1982-11-11T02:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Long point marsh is a sandspit on the Northern shore of Lake Erie. Discovered in 1670 by French explorers, this wildlife area has kept many of it's original features and is now an important habitat for many species of animals and migrating birds.

Featured: Solar techniques to improve the thermal efficiency of a house; treatment methods for fragile bones (osteoporosis); and a laser system called DIAL (Differential Absorption Lidar) that measures levels of environmental pollution.

23x06 Japan: The Superachievers (1)

  • 1982-11-25T02:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

The landmarks of Japanese science and technology since the end of World War II are highlighted in the first of two related programs. The ancient craft of Samurai swordmaking and computer based steel production are also examined.

23x07 Japan: The Nation Family (2)

  • 1982-12-02T02:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

The everyday life of Japanese workers is traced through their values, their leisure activities and the mechanization of their factories.

23x08 Edge of the Cold (2)

  • 1982-12-16T02:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation produced four half-hour films about the Macquarie Islands. This episode of The Nature of Things compiles two of them. The first was originally entitled 'Man the Hunter, Man the Keeper.' The second was originally entitled 'The Dominant Male.' The program looks at the delicate ecological balance which must be maintained for the populations of elephant seals and seabirds on the Macquarie Islands. Narrated by Sir Edmund Hillary.[347] The other two episodes were compiled into a Nature of Things broadcast of 28 October 1981.

23x09 To Be or Not to Be

  • 1982-12-23T02:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Numerous questions raised by new genetic testing techniques designed to identify fetal disorders are addressed. The evolving techniques of fetal diagnosis such as amniocentesis, ultrasound and fetoscopy are also considered.[349][350] This is a revised version of 'Prenatal Diagnosis' which was originally broadcast on December 10, 1980.

23x10 The Fragile Mountain

  • 1982-12-30T02:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

An examination of the measures being taken by a Himalayan mountain community that is trying to avoid a flood disaster, such as that which devastated northern India in 1978.

23x11 Newborn

  • 1983-01-13T02:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

A look at the first moments of an infant's life and its adaptation to the outside world.

Decade of Delay: A look at what can be done to make cars safer, and an inquiry into why it is not being done. RH Laboratory: A visit to the special Rh. laboratory in Winnipeg, which was the world pioneer in combating Rh disease, an infant condition that results from the presence or absence of the rhesus factor in individual blood cells. Hawaii Telescope: A look at the telescope and observatory erected by a joint venture of Canada and France on Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii.

23x13 Water: Friend or Foe?

  • 1983-01-28T02:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Holland's Delta Project, a task involving difficult measures to reclaim land from the sea, is detailed.

The Gentle Giants: A film on the gray whales who live off the pacific coast of North America. Ancient Diseases: A look at paleopathology and what can be learned about the past of man and the history of diseases through the autopsy of ancient human remains. Water Weeds: A look at an experimental project in Listowel, Ontario, using cattails to purify sewage. The cattails thrive in sewage where they also filter out some industrial contaminants as well as deal with organic compounds.

23x15 Magnet Earth

  • 1983-03-03T02:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

A one-hour film from the BBC series Horizon exploring the effects of the Earth's magnetic field on animals and, to a lesser extent, humans.

23x16 On The Track of the Wild Otter

  • 1983-03-31T03:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

The social life of one of nature's shyest creatures is examined in a year-round study of its behavior.