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    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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