Watch Scientific American Frontiers
- 15 Seasons
Scientific American Frontiers is a TV program that informs viewers about new inventions in science, medicine, and technology. It was a PBS production made in the United States. The very first show was filmed 1991 with an MIT professor as the host. His name was Woodie Flowers. Alan Alda became the host in 1993. He stayed until the show ended in 2005. Most programs use the format of three short documentaries within one program. Scientific American Frontiers ran for about 15 seasons. During season one, an episode showed how successful heart transplants saved young infants lives Another segments on the same show showed the link between your physical appearance and emotions. In season one, in another episode the audience learns about cancer fighting drugs made from ingredients from an endangered tree that help patients and they witness an ariel robotics contest. All the episodes highlight new inventions and devices in science and medicine that help humans in different ways. During Season 3, one episode highlights how scientists develop a toxin that stops muscle spasms and scientist's efforts to rescue the endangered ferret. Another program shows how doctors try to use the back muscle from a person to save the patient's failing heart. In Season 4, Alan Alda joins the show as a regular host. In one episode, he explores bionic technology that allows people to perform amazing feats in athletics. There is an episode that shows helicopters that fly without a pilot, a robot that performs simple operations with the help of a doctor, and the growing market for alternative medicine. Season 15 has episodes of automatic cars that do the thinking for the driver. Today we have many cars that give the driver directions and help navigate them to their destination. This series is geared for children in middle school, high school and college.