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NOVA; Stranger in the Mirror


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Stranger in the Mirror
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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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A person with visual agnosia--a rare neurological disorder--can fail to recognize a best friend, or, as in one famous case, mistake his wife for a hat. Visual agnosia is caused by an injury to the part of the brain that processes images from the eyes. The study of this condition may help scientists better understand the workings of the brain.



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