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The Nature of Things

Season 26 1985 - 1986

  • 1985-10-10T02:00:00+02:00 on CBC (CA)
  • 45 mins
  • 15 hours, 45 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.

21 episodes

26x01 Susan McKellar / The Sea Otter

  • Season Premiere

    1985-10-10T02:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

Another visit with cystic fibrosis victim Susan McKellar, and the return of the sea otter.

26x02 Air Craft

  • 1985-10-17T02:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

Celebrates the multitude of machines that humans have engineered in order to launch themselves into the air.

26x04 Open Heart

  • 1985-10-31T03:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

A profile of pioneering heart surgeon Dr. William Bigelow, focusing on the development of early heart surgery procedures.

A radically-new form of medical education at Canada's McMaster University is receiving attention and acclaim from around the world. In Doctors of the Future, new doctors and their teachers discuss the process of educating a physician. Also, "Walking" - like a pendulum in motion is how some physicists describe this energy-efficient method of moving the human body. And. "Vortices" - they're everywhere, from the clouds to the bathtub. Vortices explores how and why a vortex is formed.

26x09 The New Face of Leprosy

  • 1985-12-05T03:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

An update on the ancient disease that still afflicts millions around the world including North America. Progress continues, especially in educational programs designing to aid early diagnosis to stop the disease before it deforms its victims.

Featured: how alcohol affects the body; ancient life-forms inhabiting the shallow sea that is now the Canadian Rockies; the physics of archery.

26x15 Islands at the Edge

  • 1986-01-30T03:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

The Queen Charlotte Islands Cousteau dubbed "Galapagos of America North " is one of the regions the most beautiful in the world . We V found plants that are not nowhere else , and it is experienced by Indians Haida.

26x19 The Comet's Return / Cormorants

  • 1986-03-06T03:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

Film of O.N.F. explaining what a comet is; The cormorants, these remarkable divers.

26x20 Acid Rains

  • 1986-03-13T03:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

An examination of acid rain's destructiveness and possible solutions to the problems it causes.