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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.

PBS
16 Seasons, 95 Episodes
March 30, 2005
Documentary & Biography, Reality, Science & Technology
8.5/10
Cast: Alan Alda
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Scientific American Frontiers Full Episode Guide

  • We'll meet three robots - including a future member of an astronaut team - that are trying to better understand us.

  • Replacement synthetic senses for people are now a reality.

  • The best kept secret of American archeology is now revealed - an entire canyon of perfectly preserved 1,000-year-old remains. Who were these people - and where did they come from? The segment introduces Utah's Range Creek Canyon that was recently sold to the state and federal governments. The canyon held a secret that the owners had kept to themselves - the whole place is filled with the surprisingly well-preserved remains of the Fremont people, a Native American culture that flourished in the region for about a thousand years. The Fremont are among the most enigmatic of America's ancient peoples. For some reason they built houses and storage granaries in extremely precarious and hazardous places. They were prolific creators of often mysterious rock art. And their way of life appears to have come to a sudden end around 1300 AD.

  • If you think you know why you do things, you're probably wrong.

  • We've all heard of hydrogen as the fuel of the future, but what will it take to get there from here?

  • So you think global warming won't affect you?

  • A visit with an engaging if unruly bunch of cousins that we formally broke up with about 6 or 7 million years ago.

  • The deep sub Alvin, past and future.

  • Cars that do your thinking for you are just around the corner.

  • In spite of the risks, people are lining up to solve their weight problems in the operating room.

  • Who were the first people to populate the Americas, and when did they get here?

  • Alan Alda joins some of the world's leading astronomers as they wrestle with the implications of their latest discoveries: that everything we can see, from the world around us to the most distant galaxies, is only a tiny fraction of the entire cosmos.

  • Alaska is warming up. It's now a few degrees warmer than it was a century and a half ago, and the trend seems to be accelerating.

  • Alan Alda visits the research labs and testing tracks of the Big Three auto makers to find out what people will be driving 10-20 years from now.

  • Alan Alda investigates how people create memories - and how as they age, memories become slippery and elusive, sometimes vanishing forever.

  • This sequel to a popular FRONTIERS episode, "Fat and Happy?," tackles the basic problem that confronts those who are overweight -- how to lose weight and keep it off over the long term.

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