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!
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..."
January 2005: Southern California is experiencing the second wettest season on record, and torrential rains cause several landslides. Three months later, Californians are beginning to think the danger has passed. But in Laguna Beach, a community set against a steep hillside, water from heavy rains has seeped into the slopes, causing them to become unstable.
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"
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.
"San Francisco Earthquake"
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"
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.
In September 2004, a Category Five hurricane had just grazed Cuba and was headed north toward the Gulf of Mexico and the coastal town of Gulf Shores, Alabama - and the Alabama Gulf Shores Zoo, a 67-acre non-profit zoo that sits one mile from the water.
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.
On December 15, 1999, heavy overnight rain was forecasted for the tip of southwestern Washington. By the next morning, a young family awoke to pounding rain and the sight of a current of water rushing directly towards their home. A nearby river, swollen from the rains, had flowed beyond its banks and broken a local dike.
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.
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 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.
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.
In this issue, you’ll learn about Technology Review’s 10 breakthrough Technologies of 2014.
Foot reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet which correspond to every muscle, gland and organ of the body. Through the application of pressure on these reflexes Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body. Reflexology is currently one of the most used alternative therapies in many European countries and is a basic tenet of Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years; it is effective and easy to learn.
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.
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.