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NOVA; Jewel of The Earth


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Jewel of The Earth
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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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In the movie Jurassic Park, Richard Attenborough played the role of an entrepreneur who extracted dinosaur DNA from the blood of mosquitoes trapped in ancient amber. Now his real-life brother, Sir David Attenborough, explores that intriguing fossil possibility and a host of other astonishing secrets suspended in time millions of years ago.

So far, two teams, including the Poinars, have announced success. However, follow-up studies indicate the DNA found by both groups was a contaminant, not the real, ancient stuff. Setbacks aside, scientists have only just begun to reveal the secrets to be discovered in the warm, glowing, glassy world of amber.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Jewel of The Earth,” 11/30/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BD2416B23EA248358417028031AAEF52.
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