Archive for March, 1976

The Overworked Miracle

Monday, March 22nd, 1976


Today we take antibiotics for granted, and by doing so are steadily eroding their medical value. NOVA examines the problem of resistance to antibiotics in the bacteria they are designed to kill.

The Williamsburgh File

Monday, March 15th, 1976


NOVA joins chief archaeologist, Ivor Noel Hume, of Colonial Williamsburg, VA, for a fascinating glimpse of the lifestyles of the founders of this country, complete with detailed reconstructions of houses, stores, workshops, gardens, taverns and palaces.

The Renewable Tree

Monday, March 8th, 1976


Each Sunday edition of the New York Times consumes 153 acres of trees. The paper packs, napkins, paper cups and packing used by McDonald’s gobble up 315 square miles of trees every day. NOVA asks if, at this rate, trees can remain a renewable resource.

The Race for the Double Helix

Monday, March 8th, 1976


Author Isaac Asimov joins NOVA in the retelling of the remarkable story of the discovery of the structure of DNA. James Watson and his ex-colleague Francis Crick exchange memories of the events which led to their winning the race for the structure of the gene.