Archive for November, 1974

Secrets of Sleep

Monday, November 25th, 1974


Most of us spend one-third of our lives in a state of which we understand remarkably little—some people sleep for only a few minutes a night, and function perfectly well, while others declare that eight hours isn’t enough. NOVA explores traditional notions about how much sleep we need; looks at effects of the sleeping pill, and, perhaps the most baffling of all aspects of sleep—dreaming.

Hunting of the Quark

Monday, November 18th, 1974


Smashing matter into ever smaller pieces in an attempt to find its fundamental building blocks has produced a confused nightmare of particles. NOVA looks at this on-again, off-again story—one of sciences’s most mysterious—and, one of the most expensive, involving some of the biggest machines in the world.

How Much Do You Smell?

Monday, November 11th, 1974


Many insects and some mammals use smell as a primary means of communication. NOVA explains how, for example, the entire economy of an ant’s nest is organized by smell, and how some moths use smell for population control—an ability we is now beginning to understand.

Why Do Birds Sing?

Monday, November 4th, 1974


NOVA travels to forests and marshes to discover why birds sing and finds surprising parallels with the acquisition of speech in humans.