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EXPANDING WORLDS OF MARGULLIS & LOVELOCK

    In 1957, while working with British biochemist A.J.P. Martin at NIMR,

    Lovelock invented the ECD, a device used in gas chromatography 

    that draws upon the ionisation properties of argon to detect trace

    atoms and molecules in a gas sample. The ECD has been used to

    determine the concentrations of halogen compounds in food and in

    the atmosphere, including compounds associated with residues of the

    pesticide DDT and with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and

    chlorofluorocarbons(CFCs). In 1959 Lovelock received a D.Sc. from

    the University of London, where he studied biophysics

    

    This groundbreaking, two-hour special, reveals a spectacular new space-based

    VISION of our PLANET. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists,

    NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling

    visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of natural

    forces that sustains life on earth - and concludes with revelations about the role

    which humanity plays, in respect to our impact on, the process of interconnectivity

    of, those VERY life sustaining natural forces ... a computer generated animation

    based on multiple overlays of real-time satellite data which demonstrates conclusively

    how LIFE on our planet - within our solar system, galaxy and universe - IS regulated

    by nature as one LIVING SYSTEM ...  a worthy successor, indeed, to the very first

    image of our blue planet from space, which no doubt acted as the catalyst for

    James Lovelock to write his epic GAIA, in collaboration with Lynn Margulis.





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