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The Nature of Things

Season 27 1986

  • 1986-10-08T20:00:00-04:00 on CBC (CA)
  • 45 mins
  • 13 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.

20 episodes

27x01 Cars of the Future

  • Season Premiere

    1986-10-08T20:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

David Suzuki is the host of this award-winning science show which begins its 27th season. What will the car of the future be like? Faster? Sleeker? Will it be built by humans — or machines? Will it continue to pollute and kill? Join David Suzuki for an eye-opening ride through the fact and fantasy of the machine we love. And hate.

Clouds, and the atmospheric forces that create weather; an illustration of the principle of rotation; traditional methods and modern techniques employed in making paper in Nepal.

27x03 The Niagara Escarpment: A Rock Video

  • 1986-10-22T20:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

A look at the dangerous and beautiful Niagara Escarpment, a limestone spine that runs northward from Niagara Falls through the densely populated province of Ontario.

27x04 The Blood of Our Children

  • 1986-10-29T20:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Bereaved Argentinian women whose persistence and courage have enlisted help from American geneticists and forensic scientists in identifying the victims of their former government's persecution; ultrasonic sound and kidney stones; ambitious curbside recycling programs.

27x05 Herbal Plants

  • 1986-11-05T20:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

A look at the therapeutic use of plants over the years to cure illnesses and maintain good health, and how the deteriorating number of plant species in the world may prove to be a medical, as well as environmental, loss to humanity.

27x06 Stunning Sounds

  • 1986-11-12T20:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

A look at how some animals, including the snapping shrimp and possibly the whale, use sound waves to stun their prey.

27x07 Women of Kerala / Vortex

  • 1986-11-26T20:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Describes a program in Kerala, a state in southern India, where a combination of contraception, voluntary sterilization, increased education, a lowered rate of infant mortality, and the extension of health care to impoverished rural areas has produced a dramatic decrease in the birth rate. Also, scientific and technical research focused on the vortex.

27x08 The Familiar Face of Love

  • 1986-12-10T20:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

An exploration into the psychological and social forces which form our ideas and feelings about the opposite sex.

Topics: an investigation into the senseless drowning of 10.000 caribou in Limestone Falls in the wilderness of Labrador in 1984. And, Teflon Knee.

27x11 Conducting

  • 1987-01-07T20:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

The language behind the gestures of a symphony conductor; and Canada's oldest residential environment education program, the Toronto Island Public and Nature Science School.

27x12 Math

  • 1987-01-14T20:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

A visit to a classroom where an innovative approach is taken in teaching math, and children are encouraged to invent their own math problems to solve by creating games and puzzles.

27x15 The Chemistry of Fire

  • 1987-02-04T20:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

The chemistry of fire; and a look at two species of cormorants noted for their fishing abilities.

27x16 Saving Children From Dehydration

  • 1987-02-18T20:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

A simple solution of sugar, salt and water is saving millions of children's lives in Third World countries from diarrhea and subsequent dehydration, which causes more deaths than famine.

27x18 AIDS

  • 1987-03-11T20:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

This journey into the human immune system focuses on various aspects of the AIDS virus, from its origin in history to the psycho-social impact on its victims and society.

27x19 The Breathing Sea

  • no air date — 45 mins

The leading role occupied by the plankton is not limited to food intake to the various forms of marine life which He is the food but also by its photosynthetic action. It turns esssential the production of oxygen of our planet.

27x20 The Breathing Sea

  • no air date — 45 mins

The leading role occupied by the plankton is not limited to food intake to the various forms of marine life which He is the food but also by its photosynthetic action. It turns esssential the production of oxygen of our planet.

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