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NOVA; Confusion in a Jar


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Confusion in a Jar
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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An experiment that could mean limitless supplies of energy set the scientific world on its head. NOVA covers the cold fusion controversy. When two electrochemists at the University of Utah claimed to have produced the reaction that fuels the stars -- fusion, scientists around the world scrambled to confirm their startling results. The scientists making the claim were respected -- Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons -- but failed attempts to reproduce their experiment produced doubt. To this day, no one knows the origin of the excess energy detected by Pons and Fleischmann.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Confusion in a Jar,” 04/24/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_391E8FE89C51430F86DEB527F9D94CDF.
MLA: “NOVA; Confusion in a Jar.” 04/24/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. November 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_391E8FE89C51430F86DEB527F9D94CDF>.
APA: NOVA; Confusion in a Jar. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_391E8FE89C51430F86DEB527F9D94CDF
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