Three Mississippi State University students get in over their heads as they encounter an F-2 tornado on a storm chasing trip in Tornado Alley.
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.
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!
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.
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"
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"
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"
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 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.
"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.
"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.
"A New Path to Longevity": Researchers have uncovered an ancient mechanism that decelerates aging. "The Compass Within": Scientists are learning how animals’ internal compass works. "The Department of Pre-Crime": Data-rich computer technology is alerting cops to where crimes are about to happen. "More Food, Less Energy": We can cut down on energy-use and make our bodies and our ecosystems healthier.
"The Benevolence of Black Holes": The matter-eating beast at the center of the Milky Way may actually account for Earth’s existence and habitability. "The Joyful Mind": A new understanding of how the brain generates pleasure could lead to better treatment of addiction and depression - and even to a new science of happiness. "New Life for Ancient DNA": Biotechnology has revealed how the woolly mammoth survived the cold and other mysteries of extinct creatures.
After an F4 tornado strikes Hallam, Nebraska, a total of 55 dogs, nine cats, and an iguana all make it back to their owners through the extraordinary efforts of Lincoln Animal Control and the Humane Society.
"Bummer for the Cats..."
In October the cyclic winds begin. A high-pressure system parks over the region, causing cold, dense air to spin clockwise, moving toward the southwest and eventually slamming into the mountain ranges of California. There is only a matter of time before a wildfire begins. On Tuesday, October 21, 2003, an arsonist starts a brush fire. In less than four hours, this fire consumes over 600 acres of land. As the wildfires get out of control, firefighters are overwhelmed.
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.
"Tale of Survival in a Major Flood"
Brad and Janine Stickleman may have the best tornado warning system in all of Nebraska. When their dog, Champ, headed straight for the basement on May 17, 2000, they knew that the eerie skies were holding a lot more than they ever imagined. It started with baseball-sized hail and ended with a mound of destruction caused by an F-3 tornado. Just before the storm hit, Champ took off up the basement stairs. The twister destroyed the Stickleman's home, but their biggest concern was Champ.
"Better Than Others of this Ilk"
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.
On May 3, 1999, a band of vicious tornadoes slashed through the heart of Oklahoma. It was one of the most powerful storms to ever strike "Tornado Alley". At least 38 people died, and thousands more were left homeless.
One of the memorable events from this storm was how a 10-month old infant was snatched out of her mother's arms.
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.