Scientific American Frontiers TV Show

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Science, technology and nature are examined with insight, humor and an eye on the practical, with smartly paced reports on such subjects as the big-bang theory, robots, the relationship between stress and illness, and whether we are alone in the universe (more…)

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Season 11, Episode 4 Affairs of the Heart

First Aired: January 23, 2001

A survey of advances in cardiology. Included: surgical procedures performed on a Texas toddler whose heart at birth looked “like it was put together in a kindergarten art class,” says his father; minimally invasive cardiac procedures---including procedures utilizing robots developed by the military (in one sequence, “M*A*S*H” alum Alan Alda, the series' host, sews up pig entrails by remote control); mechanical-heart technology; and the long-running Framingham (Mass.) Heart Study.

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Season 11, Episode 3

December 19, 2000

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Life's Little Questions II

Season 11, Episode 5

January 30, 2001

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