Scientific American Frontiers

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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. There's a good deal of fascinating information, but as long-time host Alan Alda notes in one episod (more…)

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Season 13, Episode 5 Mysteries of the Deep

First Aired: November 26, 2002

This look at mysteries of the deep traces the history (and the recovery) of the Civil War submarine Hunley, and profiles geologist and underwater explorer Bob Ballard, who found the Titanic in 1985. First up: The Hunley, a Confederate “torpedo boat” that sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C., in 1864. As for Ballard, he has been exploring in submersibles since 1964 but now favors unmanned, camera-laden craft. He also discovered hypothermal vents off the Galapagos Islands in 1977, and is now interested in ancient shipwrecks. “There's more history in the deep sea,” he says, “than in all the museums of the world.”

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