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1.

Gene Hunters [electronic resource]

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"Alan meets some of the brightest and most charistmatic scientists hunting genes. Their work could unlock the mysteries of human disease."--Cf. PBS website.
Online
2005; 2000
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Going to Extremes [electronic resource]

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Meet researchers and scientists exploring the inner workings of the mind, using a combination of technology and psychological studies to find out how the human brain works.
Online
2005; 2000
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Growing Up Different [electronic resource]

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Looks at children growing up with different views of the world due to physical and mental challenges and scientific advances that can improve their ability to function.
Online
2005; 2001
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Inventing the Future [electronic resource]

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Leap forward into the future when Frontiers visits the MIT media lab to test out smart cars, smart rooms, and wearable computers. Scientists here are redefining the computer as we know it, from a box that sits on your desk to an intelligent personal information appliance that might be with you at all times.
Online
2005; 2000
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Journey to Mars [electronic resource]

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Find out how a Mars mission can be affordably accomplished and why it's so important to explore the "red planet." Watch host, Alan Alda try out some of the tools currently being developed by NASA to make life in space less traumatic for the astronauts who will someday make this historic journey.
Online
2005; 2000
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Life's Little Questions II [electronic resource]

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Follow host Alan Alda as he uses science to try to find explanations to some of life's questions.
Online
2005; 2001
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Losing It [electronic resource]

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Follows a group of 12 persons for several months as they adopt different strategies for weight loss, ranging from online diet systems to gastric bypass surgery. Also looks at research that attempts to explain the body's complex weight-regulation systems, and to explain, among other things, why dieting is difficult.
Online
2005; 2004
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Make Up Your Mind [electronic resource]

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Scientists look to the brain's frontal lobe as the seat of personality.
Online
2005; 2002
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Mediterranean on the Rocks [electronic resource]

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Alan Alda travels to the Mediterranean Sea and investigates: how ancient peoples built papyrus boats; why an invasive species of algae, Caulerpa taxifola, threatens the environmental health of the area; how copper was made at a 2,500 year-old archaeological site in Cyprus; how scientist track the finback whale and treat and release injured sea turtles back to the sea.
Online
2005; 2000
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Natural Born Robots [electronic resource]

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Explores the latest innovations in robotic science and shows how designs are inspired by living things.
Online
2005; 2000
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Mysteries of the Deep [electronic resource]

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Scientist unlock secrets from the last frontier on Earth - the ocean's depths. The discoveries of intrepid explorer Bob Ballard change science, history and maybe our future.
Online
2005; 2002
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Never Say Die [electronic resource]

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Discusses latest findings on how to extend the lifespan, including low calorie diets, research in tissue engineering and cell rejuvenation, and the importance of daily physical and mental activity.
Online
2005; 2000
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On the Ball [electronic resource]

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Increasingly science and technology are providing a crucial performance edge to athletes and officials and even enhancing the spectator's experience the game. In Calgary, Alan visits with Joan Vickers, and finds out how her research on where athletes focus their gaze has improved the skills of basketball and tennis players, golfers -- even darts players. Alan goes to Fenway Park to checkout the high tech equipment -- a spin-off from research into tracking missiles -- helping baseball umpires separate balls from strikes. And Alan visits the Tennis Science Center at UC Davis to pick up some tips on his own favorite sport.
Online
2005; 2000
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Pet Tech [electronic resource]

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Alan trains a virtual dog and discovers Internet links for lonely parrots.
Online
2005; 2001
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Pieces of Mind [electronic resource]

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Shows a sleep laboratory and how the brain works to create memories, dreams, and language. Shows how technology is helping scientists understand more about when and how the human brain learns language, processes and recalls information, and dreams dreams.
Online
2005; 1997
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Robots Alive! [electronic resource]

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Robots that talk, walk, and think for themselves are the featured subjects. This episode also includes a test ride in a van that drives itself and competitions with robot contestants. Host Alan Alda meets with the inventors of these robots to find out more about their works in progress and what we might expect to see in the near future.
Online
2005; 2000
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Science in Paradise [electronic resource]

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Host Alan Alda accompanies scientists in the Carribean tracking hawksbill turtles as part of a conservation project and working to save coral reefs afflicted with an unexpected disease. He visits Trinidad and learns to play that country's native instrument -- the steel pan -- and uncovers science stories in island sites from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico to the Soufriere Hill Volcano on the island of Monserrat.
Online
2005; 2000
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Science Safari [electronic resource]

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Alan Alda tours South Africa visiting a wildlife park, a township that uses herbs to treat illnesses, and an archaeological dig near Cape Town. He also investigates how South Africa is trying to control the mosquito population in an effort to eradicate malaria.
Online
2005; 1996
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Spiders! [electronic resource]

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This science special focuses on the elusive arachnids, their way of life, and their relationship with their rather large neighbors.
Online
2005; 2000
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Superpeople [electronic resource]

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Presents deep water divers who can hold their breath for over 5 minutes; people with extraordinary memories; new tests to predict altitude sickness; and the effects of weighlessness on the human body.
Online
2005; 2000