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"
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!
In this issue, you’ll learn about Technology Review’s 10 breakthrough Technologies of 2014.
New Year's Eve, 1999. A small plane on a routine flight hits 40 to 50 mph winds and a wall of weather. The three passengers amazingly survive the crash but must wait in the frigid temperatures for rescue. Astonishingly, a brave skier who witnessed the crash locates the survivors.
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"
June 27, 1995, Madison County, Virginia. Rain falls for more than five days straight on saturated ground, and the devastation from flooding covers most of western Virginia. By the end, more than 2,000 homes are damaged or destroyed, 800 people are evacuated, and 400 roads are closed. Six cities and 18 counties are declared federal disaster areas.
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"
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.
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.
Not long ago, scientists discovered that the Earth's climate is capable of changing abruptly, as if a switch were flipped, instead of slowly over hundreds or thousands of years. In the past, this type of abrupt change may have caused droughts, floods, and even regional cooling. For example, one archeologist says a long deep drought 4,200 years ago caused the collapse of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.
The early signs of climate change are showing up across vastly differing landscapes: from melting outposts near the Arctic Circle to disappearing glaciers high in the Andes; from the rising water in the deltas of Bangladesh to the "sinking" atolls of the Pacific.
"It's Not Just The Polar Bears Feeling The Heat"
Sunday, June 23, 2002: In Barnard, South Dakota, storm chaser Roger Hill amazingly videotapes several tornadoes, one of which gets a little too close for comfort. New homeowners Troy and Karla Engelhart are faced with a terrifying ordeal: an F-4 tornado heading straight for their brand-new house.
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.
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.
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.
It's a strange afternoon at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. The parents of two-year-old Samantha are looking at puzzling X-rays astonished at what they see. The doctors have found what is believed to be a coin lodged in the toddler's throat. Saving Samantha's life will require airlifting her to another hospital in Denver. Unfortunately, on this evening a major upper-level storm system is moving in from the west, and the plane then becomes immersed in the oncoming blizzard.
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.
In this interview, Kara Kroeger describes how she traveled to Central America in her late teens, and discovered her life’s passion of herbs, food, and nutrition. As she learned from Central American healers who treated both the psycho-spiritual body and physical body, she became aware of why more people are experiencing food allergies and sensitivities. Kara shares specific information with us, including: what are nutrient-rich foods, how to test for food allergies, the upside and downside of eating meat in our diets, and what gluten is.