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NOVA; Brain Eater, The


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Brain Eater, The
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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 this scientific mystery, NOVA ventures to the front lines of medical research where scientists are scrambling to understand the strange new ailment popularly known as "mad cow disease." Highly infectious and incurable, this disease has claimed the lives of nearly a million cattle in Britain, and a variant is responsible for a handful of deaths in humans. Millions of people may have been exposed, and now the race is on to determine if society is on the brink of another deadly epidemic like AIDS or Ebola. What scientists find is making them rethink many fundamental assumptions about epidemiology and may hold startling implications for public health in the future.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Brain Eater, The,” 12/18/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CF8F2EE062E4480EA117AE35CE17B777.
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