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NOVA | The Pattern in Nature’s Networks | PBS

Science shows it’s a small world after all—and nature’s networks follow a similar pattern.

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Writer, Producer, and Narrator
Mark Zastrow

Music by
Mark Zastrow

Editorial Help from
Anna Rothschild

Original Footage
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2014


Mississippi River watershed
National Park Service

Diffusion tensor images
Human Connectome Project, NIH, Massachusetts General Hospital, Meredith Reid (University of Alabama–Birmingham)

Neurons, In Vitro Color!
Flickr /thelunch_box (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Small world neural network
based on figure from van den Heuvel and Sporns (2011) / The Journal of Neuroscience 31(44):15775–15786

Autism spectrum disorder networks
Barttfeld et al. (2011) / Neuropsychologia 49 (2011) 254–263

The Formation of Stars and Brown Dwarfs and the Truncation of Protoplanetary Discs in a Star Cluster
Matthew R. Bate, Ian A. Bonnell, and Volker Bromm, UK Astrophysical Fluids Facility

Floral Art
Flickr / Louise Docker (CC BY 2.0)

Dark matter filaments
Ralf Kaehler, Oliver Hahn and Tom Abel, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (Stanford)

Millennium Simulation flythroughs
Springel et al. (2005)


(main image: small world network)
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2014