He explains the idea of “Cradle to Cradle”, and how humans can become tools of the natural world once more. He explores the difference between a consumer and a customer, explains what is meant by accruing a “materials bank”, and proposes how we can turn sewage treatment plants into nutrient management plants. He is an anticipatory design architect. But more than that he is a philosopher for the 21st century, and is asking some of the most critical questions we should be thinking about in these challenging times.
A conversation with writer, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, the founder, chairman and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies. Topics include: expanding human intelligence with machines; human pattern recognition; inventing machines to help people with sensory disabilities; and artificial intelligence.
"He is brilliant but be prepared"
This major new Radio 4 series charts the development of Western medicine and healing, from the ancient Greeks to the pioneering organ transplant operations of the 20th century and beyond.
"Stellar history of *Western* medicine"
With pristine beaches and the seductive surf, Hawaii is as close to paradise as America gets. Almost one and a half million people live in Hawaii, and every year, millions of tourists visit the state. The tourists come to enjoy the hundreds of miles of Hawaiian coastline, pristine beaches, and beautiful clear water. But this water is also a curse. Because it could one day bring unthinkable destruction to these shores in the form of a deadly tsunami.
Sizzling beaches, tropical waters, and a sexy nightlife: everything about Miami is hot, hot, hot! Every year, 10 million visitors flock to this city, home of the largest cruise-ship port in the world, to savor its diverse and star-studded culture. But one day soon, the non-stop party in this paradise may come to an end - because Miami's picturesque setting also makes it a prime target...for killer hurricanes.
San Francisco: a beloved city famous for its cable cars, its Chinatown, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Seven hundred and fifty thousand people live here, drawn to its quality of life. But it's a dream life that could turn into a nightmare at any moment. There's a 62-percent chance the San Francisco Bay Area will be hit by a devastating earthquake sometime in the next 30 years.
Over 150 years ago, a vibrant city was founded on the West Coast. Today, it's a thriving metropolis known for its quality of life. But deep below the picturesque scenery, there is a geological feature that could threaten the entire population - an earthquake fault that runs along the entire city. This is not Los Angeles. This is not San Francisco. This is Seattle - and it could be devastated at any moment.
In this issue: "Good Habits, Bad Habits": Researchers are pinpointing the brain circuits that can help us form good habits and break bad ones. "Germ Catcher": Machines are being developed for hospitals that can quickly identify virtually any bacterium, virus or fungus. "Summon the Rain": Governments and farmers worldwide spend millions every year trying to control the weather. New science suggests they might be on to something. "Seeds of a Cure": Researchers are running clinical trials with traditional herbal medicines—and generating promising leads.
Listen in as Susan Powter, Cal Ripken Jr., Lou Dobbs, Ralph Nader, Dale Chihuly, Charmian Carr, Deepak Chopra, Mablean Ephriam, Michio Kaku, and John Zogby talk to Tara about the subjects of their books, work, memoirs, and adventures.
Are there universal human ethics? Mark Matousek discusses his research on the subject of ethical wisdom through interviews with social scientists, spiritual leaders, ex-cons, altruists and philosophers. He describes the five innate moral and ethical categories he finds to be hardwired into humans, and how our emotional impulses effect our ethical behavior.
In this issue, you’ll learn about Technology Review’s 10 breakthrough Technologies of 2014.
Michael Gelb explains what neuroplasticity means, and provides some low cost ways (including optimism!) to improve our brain power and resilience, and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. He describes the benefits of challenging the brain to do something new, and other brain-enhancing activities, including meditation, wine in moderation, and naps!
A massive snowstorm moves off the North Carolina coast and catches the cargo ship, White Seal, with its 20- to 40-foot waves. On January 24, 2003, Captain Yakov Korniyuk is trying to save his crew from the relentless storm. Unfortunately, his single-engine vessel is no match for the churning current that is pushing them even further out to sea. When he realizes his ship is taking on water, he's left with no choice but to signal for help and contemplate abandoning ship.
Six snowmobilers lose their way in the snowy, cold mountains of Colorado. While holding on for dear life, trying to wait for help, one of the victims skids off a cliff, breaking his leg.
High-school senior Zac Andereck was enjoying his school prom when an F-4 tornado struck his hometown of Hoisington, Kansas. As he and his classmates ran for cover, Zac's parents placed a desperate call to his cell phone. They were trapped in their destroyed house. Zac raced home and began frantically digging through the rubble of his home to rescue his parents.
"Our Unconscious Mind": Unconscious impulses and desires impel what we think and do in ways Freud never dreamed of. "The Search for Life on Faraway Moons": Moons orbiting distant exoplanets may account for most of the habitable locales in the galaxy. "Simulating a Living Cell": Biologists are forging a powerful new kind of tool for illuminating how life works. "The Ultimate X-ray Machine": A defunct cold war scheme for shooting down missiles is now creating exotic forms of matter.
In Chicago, the locally famous "Christmas Tree Ship" brought evergreen trees to the Clark Street Bridge each November. Many Chicago residents considered the arrival of the ship as the official beginning of the holiday season. Today, the chore is handled by the U.S. Coast Guard ice breaker ship, the Mackinaw, which delivers a thousand Christmas trees for needy families.
Dr. Geoff Bunn presents a journey through 5,000 years of our understanding of the most complex thing in the known universe: the brain, in this major ten-part BBC Radio 4 series.Human beings have long been fascinated by the brain and how it fulfils its many functions. This groundbreaking cultural history explores the development of our ideas about the mind from Neolithic times to the present day.
"Educational and lively"
Transhumanism is a global intellectual movement supporting the use of science and technology in order to improve human health, well-being, and mental capacities. Many in the Transhumanism movement believe that disability, disease, and even aging are all aspects of the human condition that we shall be able to overcome in the future. Using the very latest technologies, including biotechnology, advocates claim that every ailment and frailty will one day be a thing of the past.
"The First Starlight": The first stars ended the dark ages of the universe. "Rise of the Human Predator": Surprising new insights into how our ancestors became skilled hunters. "Journey to Bottom of the Sea": High-tech submersibles are poised to explore the ocean’s deepest trenches in an effort to tackle long-standing questions about exotic creatures, the source of tsunamis and the origins of life on earth. "The Genetic Geography of the Brain": The first detailed maps of what our genes are doing inside our brains challenge a long-held theory of how our gray matter works.