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PBS CURIOUS - Part 2of2, Mind Brain Machine (2008.HDTV.SoS).avi
PBS CURIOUS - Part 1of2, Survival (2008.HDTV.SoS).avi
Originally aired: January 2008
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) make up the cast of CURIOUS, a series of two one-hour documentaries from Thirteen/WNET New York. This engagingly stylized production immerses viewers in a world where smart, dedicated researchers are pushing the limits of established fields of research, innovating unique and radical solutions to the problems that plague the human race. For them, it has become a personal mission to discover practical applications for scientific breakthroughs that could dramatically improve how we live.
Part 1: Survival
For Mark E. Davis, a successful chemical engineer, never dreamed that he would reinvent his career and create a revolutionary kind of cancer drug. But everything changed when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, and pleaded with him to find an alternative to chemotherapy, which had devastated her body and her spirit. Davis was reluctant at first, having had no prior experience in cancer research, but 10 years later, IT-101, the nanoparticle drug he engineered, was approved for a six-month trial in humans. This segment follows Ray Natha, a terminal cancer patient and IT-101's first experimental subject.
It's clear: to power our planet, we're going to need a new kind of fuel. This segment introduces a group of young, hopeful scientists who are setting their sights on a resource that provides enough energy in one hour to power the entire globe for one year -- the sun. They believe they can create an "artificial leaf" that uses sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The research team still has a long way to go in seeing this concept evolve from a prototype in the lab to a product on the shelves of America's hardware stores, but their convictions and their curiosity continue to drive and inspire them.
Part 2: Mind / Brain / Machine
Meet Tony Grobmeier, who was born without a corpus callosum, the structure that connects the two interdependent halves of our brains: language and linear thinking on the left, emotion and visual perception on the right. Neuroscientists have observed that people without a corpus callosum have brains wired in completely unique ways. When it comes to human nature, what does "normal" mean, anyway?
Another segment takes viewers to the FlyLab at Caltech. Here, Michael Dickinson and his graduate students are researching the brain with help from Drosophila Melanogaster -- a.k.a. the fruit fly. The young researchers' work gives viewers a new respect for the humble fly and a new way of thinking about our brains.
Moral, social, and economic decisions all happen at the level of the individual neuron, the brain's most basic unit. Do the emotional parts of the brain do battle with areas that control reason? Scientists are attempting to catch the brain in the act of decision making using an fMRI, a method of brain scanning that is revolutionizing our understanding of the science of decision making.
This segment also features a fascinating cast of robots, including NASA veterans like the Mars Exploration Rover and youngsters like the tool-wielding A.T.H.L.E.T.E. (All Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer). Some scientists predict robots will ultimately surpass humans in intelligence, leading to prickly ethical conundrums.
more info: http://www.thirteen.org/curious
Source: OTA High Definition 1080i
File Size: 700MB
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