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.
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"
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.
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.
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!
Join presenters Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this fascinating guide to the calls and songs of our most popular water birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4. In the third of our series of bird guides, Brett Westwood is joined by birdwatcher Stephen Moss and wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson in an accessible, informative and entertaining guide to some of our best known water-loving birds.
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.
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.
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"
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.
"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.
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.
The embryonic stem cell could hold the key to cures for diseases such as Parkinson's and diabetes. While politicians in the U.S. debate the ethics and funding of stem cell research, scientists overseas are taking the lead.
Radio producer Dan Gediman's story about his older brother, "Alex Jones," who he idolized when they were kids. After many unsuccessful attempts to become a rock star, Alex finally made it in music, as a Tom Jones impersonator. This story was produced by Jay Allison with Ginna Allison, as part of Jay's Life Stories series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this issue, you’ll learn about Technology Review’s 10 breakthrough Technologies of 2014.