Tag Archives: NOVA

Bird Brain – The Mystery of Bird Navigation (1974)

15 Mar
Director  Unknown
Producer Tony Edwards
Contributors Time-Life Films & BBCWritten by: Tony EdwardsEditors: Christopher Wooley & Bruce NormanGraphics: Bob Cummins
Length  26 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: Follows complicated avian experiments that examine birds’ abilities to migrate and home. Focuses mainly on the homing pigeon.
Call # Mc254
Genre  Instructional, Documentary, Experimental
Rare  No
Online  No, but it is available on Hulu if you have an account.
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition  Fair
Oregon-related  No


This short educational film appeared on the first season of NOVA in 1974, but was originally shown on the BBC TV series “Horizon”.


A Whisper From Space (1978)

14 Feb
Director  None found
Producer  NOVA (Peter Jones), BBC, Time-Life Multimedia.
Contributors  Philip Morrison (narration, science support)
Length  60 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: Philip Morrison describes the events leading to the discovery of background radiation, the dim afterglow left over from the “Big Bang” from which the universe began
Call # Mc242
Genre  Television
Rare  No
Online  No
Copyright status  Public Domain
Physical condition  Fair
Oregon-related  No


PBS’s NOVA science program was the American response to BBC’s Horizon. This early episode was made in partnership with BBC and though little information could be found on this episode in particular, episodes within the first few years of NOVA’s birth were produced almost exclusively with British crews. The narrator Philip Morrison was, however, an American and a well-known physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project. He also notably wrote the script and narrated Powers of Ten which the University has available on 16mm as well.

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