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NOVA; Odyssey of Life: The Unknown World


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Odyssey of Life: The Unknown World
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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 program, Nilsson turns his lens toward the unseen war that human bodies fight every day against bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microscopic intruders. This episode takes viewers inside the human body to witness the war between invading bacteria and parasites and our immune systems. Nilsson provides incredible close-ups of viruses invading cells and multiplying. Viewers also encounter hair-raising magnification of tiny mites, beetles and borers that share humans' everyday surroundings, and are left with a poetic vision of nature's eternal cycle of decay and renewal.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Odyssey of Life: The Unknown World,” 10/09/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D8846BD380354A40844404CF731560C6.
MLA: “NOVA; Odyssey of Life: The Unknown World.” 10/09/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D8846BD380354A40844404CF731560C6>.
APA: NOVA; Odyssey of Life: The Unknown World. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D8846BD380354A40844404CF731560C6
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