The Frontiers Decade:
Scientific American Frontiers
The Frontiers Decade has taken viewers on some incredible journeys to the cutting edge of scientific discovery. From the depths of Earth's oceans, to the far reaches of space, to the intricacies of the human mind, Scientific American Frontiers has been there to report on important advances in many different fields of science.
A decade of Scientific American Frontiers programs and teaching guides have been underwritten by GTE as a free resource for American teachers. Videotaping rights are granted in perpetuity for classroom use of Frontiers programs. Together, the shows and teaching guides create a long-lasting classroom resource. Below and on the next two pages, you'll find a complete catalog of Scientific American Frontiers specials, with summaries of each program provided as a reference to the entire series and to help you find further information online. You can access teaching guides for the decade of Frontiers programs here. (For information on ordering Frontiers videos, visit the PBS Online Catalog.)
Psychology of facial expressions and emotions. Winter survival of Arctic squirrels. Nests for homeless woodpeckers. Infant heart transplants. Physics of roller coasters.
MIT student engineering competition. Deep-diving abilities of humans and elephant seals. Growing truffles in the lab. Fighting fires with fans.
Whale communication. Brain surgery without knives. Ants vs. ants. A Frontiers challenge at the National Science Olympiad. Water power from glaciers.
Soviet Science Special
Frontiers in the former Soviet Union: Stents for clogged arteries. Saving the great bustard. Space physiology. Bronze Age archaeology. Meet the inventor of Tetris and performers at the Moscow circus.
MIT competition in Japan. Monkey psychology. Building model ecosystems. Sleep deprivation studies. A robotic arm that makes pizza.
Underwater human-powered submarine race. A treatment for muscular dystrophy. Sea turtle navigation. Teaching a computer to think. Art of Science: Panspermia.
Promises and problems of taxol. Better wheelchairs for athletes. Restoring the prairie ecosystem. International Aerial Robotics Competition. Ants vs. ants. Art of Science: Inside a Thunderstorm.
Rebuilding the Aleutian baidarka. Spider web strategies. Language development in deaf infants. Brain surgery without knives. Art of Science: The Geometry of Fractals.
Science in France
Sailing as rehab therapy. Replacing human bone with coral. A happier environment for hens. Disaster preparation. France's high-tech Numeris phone system, TGV train, Argos satellite. Art of Science: Computer Visualization of Paris.
Animal intelligence in chimps and parrots. The Turing Test for intelligent computers. Building nests for homeless woodpeckers. Physics of roller coasters. Art of Science: Powers of Ten.
MIT student engineering contest. Medical treatments with botox. Psychology of leaders and liars. Special effects at Industrial Light and Magic. Art of Science: Liquid Selves.
Rescuing trapped whales. Resurgence of TB. Howler monkeys in Costa Rica. Better wheelchairs for athletes. The science of food processing. Art of Science: Computer Visualizations.
Protecting foxes on Channel Island (Calif.). MIT international competition. Understanding dyslexia. Spider web strategies. Art of Science: Computerized Choreography.
Science in the Middle East
Coral reefs in the Red Sea. Tombs of the pyramid-builders. A Biblical garden grows in Israel. Infant-mother bonding. Migrating storks. Biofeedback in sports. Science of the Red Sea "miracle." Ancient Egyptian flutes.
Restoring the black-footed ferret to the West. Experimental cardiac surgery. Rebuilding the Aleutian baidarka. Sailing as rehab therapy. Art of Science: Colliding Galaxies.
Superhumans and Bionics
Stimulating paralyzed muscles. High-tech exoskeletons. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for the heart. Electronic eyes for victims of macular degeneration. Using brain waves to fly a plane.
Scientific Breakthroughs in Germany
Designing a van that drives itself. Understanding bird navigation. Recycling Trabant autos. Experimental brain surgery for epilepsy. Filming the flight of the dragonfly.
Solar-powered car race. Turing Test for intelligent computers. MIT student engineering competition. Underwater human-powered submarine races.
Simulating car crashes. Insects in Panama's rain forests. DNA evidence solves a murder. An ozone-safe replacement for halon. Psychiatric training for NYC cops.
Science of Sports
Sneakers that help people run faster. Physics of baseball. Physiology of altitude sickness. Designing faster sailboats.
Life's Big Questions
How did the universe begin? Where did life on Earth come from? How did Earth get animals? Are we alone in the Universe? Will robots take over? Meet Flakey the robot and find out!
About All You Can Eat
Re-enacting Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation. Obesity and diabetes. Food science of corn, wheat and soy. Food diaries and weight loss. Cultivating the morel mushroom. Testing dog food.
Science Italian Style (Science in Italy)
Straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Saving endangered wildlife. Long-distance robotic surgery. Octopus intelligence. The next eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Gran Sasso particle detector. Renaissance machines.
Cooperation and peacemaking among non-human primates. Teaching chimps to be good mothers. Tool use among primates. Chimps that do math. The aye-aye of Madagascar. Mating practices of rhesus macaques.
It's a Kid's World
How infants learn to move. Psychology of magic. Origins of language. Understanding the mind of a child. Communication technology.
The Wild West
Scorpions and rattlesnakes in the desert. Forensic anthropology at the Battle of Little Bighorn. A diamond mine in the Canadian wilderness. Motion analysis of rodeo sports. A visit to Biosphere 2.
Dragon Science (Science in China)
Building the Three Gorges Dam. Producing hybrid rice. Fuzzy logic for smart cars. Traditional herbal medicine in China. Mummies of Xinjiang.
Designing an unmanned flying wing. Evolution of insect flight. Computerized flying. Aerodynamics of bird flight. International Aerial Robotics Competition.
Creatures of the Deep
Tracking sharks. A visit to the ocean's middle depths. A blind biologist studies shell evolution. Octopus intelligence. Whale acoustics.
21st Century Medicine
Mapping the brain before surgery. Treating phobias with virtual reality. Experimental gene therapy. Robotic surgery from a distance. Stimulating paralyzed muscles.
Inventing the Future
Behind the scenes of the MIT Media Lab: What computers of the future might look like. Designing a smart car. Wearable computers. The Brain Opera.
Science Safari (Science in South Africa)
Archaeology in South Africa. Wildlife management. Traditional healers. The scourge of malaria. Rock art drawings by early humans.
Pieces of Mind
Work with "split-brain" patients. How the brain creates memories. False memories. The mind asleep and dreaming. Language learning in young children.
Going to Extremes
Evolution of funnel web spiders. Winter survival of fish and frogs. World's fastest animals. A visit to the ocean's middle depths. Physiology of altitude sickness.
A contest for autonomous robots. A van that drives itself. Teaching a robot to walk. Building robots from scratch. Fifth Annual International Aerial Robotics Competition.
Expedition Panama (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)
Bats in the night. Panama Canal watershed. Bee navigation. Leafcutter ants at work in the rain forest. How the Isthmus of Panama changed the Earth.
Dowsing for water. Did aliens land in Roswell? Zero-point energy. Handwriting analysis. A scientific analysis of therapeutic touch.
Nordic Sagas (Science in Scandinavia)
Viking ships. Iceland's genetic heritage. Life on the new volcanic island of Surtsey. PDAs for the disabled. Long-term consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.
The Art of Science
Invention and re-invention of the glass harmonica. Digital Alan Alda. A robot that paints pictures. The Brain Opera. Restoring a sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
The New Zoos
Roles for today's zoos. Observing primate intelligence. The New England Aquarium Medical Center. Tracking the bluefin tuna. Panda biology and behavior. A model reintroduction program for golden lion tamarins.
Science in Paradise (Caribbean)
Preserving endangered sea turtles. Montserrat's volcano. Steel drums in Trinidad. The Arecibo Observatory tunes into the universe. Coral reef ecosystem.
Journey to Mars
A vision for a Mars mission. NASA's inflatable space habitat. Meteorites from Mars. Physiology of weightlessness. Repairs in space. Challenges of space travel.
Animal communication. Exploring mental abilities of animals. Non-human primates that do math. Bird intelligence. Non-human primate tool use. Self-awareness of chimps.
Life's Little Questions
Healing properties of hot peppers. Combatting jet lag with light. Aerodynamics of bees. High-tech traffic studies. Materials science of sand, nuts and coffee spills.
Cyberspiders. Jumping spiders. Evolution of funnel-web spiders. Spider colonies in the Amazon. Treating arachnophobia with virtual reality.
Voyage to the Galápagos
Frontiers visits the islands that inspired Darwin. Giant tortoises, Darwin's finches, marine iguanas, masked boobies. Challenges of maintaining biological diversity in this vulnerable region.
Natural Born Robots
The next generation of robots: Robots modeled on nature. Robotic tuna. A Cog update. Soccer-playing robots compete.
Never Say Die
Anti-aging research: Restricted-calorie diets. Genetics of aging. Clues from roundworms. Tissue engineering. Keeping the aging brain young.
Mediterranean on the Rocks (Science in the Mediterranean region)
Archaeology and biology in the region. Invasive algae. Papyrus boats. Stone Age tools. Bronze Age furnace. Marine wildlife conservation.
The Frontiers Decade
Retrospective look at where Frontiers has taken viewers over the past 10 years.
Scientific American Frontiers
Fall 1990 to Spring 2000
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