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Cyborg technology is a revolutionary development in rehabilitation medicine. It allows the brain and nervous system to manipulate specially engineered devices that help people regain the use of impaired body function. Once a dream of science fiction, this revolutionary technology is now becoming a reality. Demostrates a deep brain stimulation that can help stop the violent shaking of victims of Parkinson's disease. Presents two professors from the State University of New York and Duke University who discuss their cutting-edge research.
How do horseshoe crabs keep humans healthy? They have blue, copper-based blood, which quickly clots in the presence of bacterial toxins. Medical researchers use it to test intravenous drugs, vaccines, and medical devices, ensuring that they are free of bacterial contamination. Part of "The Remarkable Horseshoe Crab" series.
In this episode, host Mo Rocca highlights the future of fast ground travel via a hyperloop and discusses a smartphone game that also provides an abs workout. Researchers and medical professionals are using a camera to help check for sun damage. Part of "The Henry Ford Innovation Nation With Mo Rocca" series.
In this episode, groups of citizen scientists use apps and maps to help researchers gather data about medical conditions. Sensors on asthma inhalers generate real-time maps of environmental dangers to help patients and physicians in Louisville, Kentucky. In West Oakland, California, citizens confront air pollution and rising asthma rates by collecting traffic data. Citizen scientists are fighting mosquito-borne diseases with apps and crowd-sourced data in Barcelona, Houston, and New Orleans. Part of "The Crowd and the Cloud" series.
For centuries, silkworms have been breed to produce strong, fashionable silk threads. Today, the silk industry has joined forces with the biotechnology industry. Researchers are creating genetically modified worms which a produce a protein that aids in clotting blood. Researchers are looking to maybe one day use the protein in medical procedures.
Lorenzo Prendini spends his time looking for new species of scorpions and researching their ancestries. He also studies how venomous species might benefit the medical community. Josh Landis and Mitch Butler follow Lorenzo out into the field to study scorpions and talk with him about his experiences through this research. Part of the Fast Draw Series.
Genetic and neurological research has led to increasingly sophisticated medical capabilities, resulting in a growing number of moral and ethical quandaries. Surveys recent milestones in biology, many of which have produced as much controversy as insight. Reporting on the newly identified anti-aging gene SIR2 and the cross-species implantation of stem cells, it also inquires into artificial limb technology, the dynamics of the teenage brain, and the storage of environmental toxins in the human body. A visit to the American Bible Belt, including Kentucky's Creationist Museum, highlights the ongoing debate over human origins.
With support from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Emerging Frontiers of Research and Innovation (EFRI) program, bioengineer Gert Cauwenberghs, of the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Institute for Neural Computation at the University of California (UC), San Diego, and his colleagues are working to understand how brain circuitry controls how we move. The goal is to develop new technologies to help patients with Parkinson's disease and other debilitating medical conditions navigate the world on their own. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
It’s called a wavemaker, and its 300 feet long and 12 feet wide. With support from the National Science Foundation, this huge new tool, the largest of its type in the United States, is helping scientists perform large scale studies on the impact of both hurricane and tsunami waves.
Welcome to the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Phytotron, a singular facility for growing plants under various combinations of strictly controlled environmental conditions. Scientists are able to conduct all types of plant research here, from studies of disease-resistant crops to drought-proof grasses to new biofuels. The NCSU Phytotron was built in the 1960s with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and was used a decade later to help prevent a collapse in the U.S. corn crop from fungal disease. Now, after more than a generation of such research breakthroughs, the Phytotron has received additional support from NSF for a 21st century makeover. The renovations include a new Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) lab with a greenhouse that houses high security research, such as experiments with viral and bacterial pathogens. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Researchers around the world can compare notes on one of the most powerful tools available for imaging human brain function, the fMRI, thanks to support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project, called OpenfMRI, allows scientists to share their data easily and securely in a standardized format. The advantages are clear to Stanford neuroscientist Vinod Menon, who researches brain development and is using OpenfMRI to validate his research. Menon says as more studies are added to OpenfMRI, it becomes a powerful tool for diagnosing and treating neurological disorders. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Animals have contributed to scientific advancements, but how ethical is it to use them in research? Viewers explore the legal and ethical issues concerning the use of animals in research. Part of the "Core Concepts in Psychology" series.
Charles Drew set a standard of excellence unparalleled by most of his white contemporaries. In 1943, his distinction in his profession was recognized when he became the first black surgeon to serve as an examiner on the American Board of Surgery. Despite the prejudices of American society in the first half of the 20th century, Charles Drew persevered in his practice and was never afraid to stand up for his beliefs and racial equality.
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Forrest Masters and a team at the University of Florida are developing new technologies to help engineers and scientists better understand the strong, high-wind storms that batter communities along U.S. coastlines. The National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) has the broad goal of supporting research that will improve the resilience and sustainability of civil infrastructure against the natural hazards of earthquakes and windstorms. Part of the "Science Nation" series.
In this episode, Mo Rocca explores a Medical MacGyver that makes health devices from toys, train spinning, computerized Smart Shopping Carts, and soda bottle lights.
The National Science Foundation in cooperation with the Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks has successfully launched the R/V Sikuliaq, a next-generation global class research vessel. MMC is the Wisconsin shipyard that built the ship, with funding provided by NSF through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. UAF's School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences will operate the ship as part of the U.S. academic research fleet. The new vessel's name, Sikuliaq, pronounced “see-KOO-lee-ack,” is an Inupiat word meaning young sea ice. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
An electric eel can generate enough current to stun its prey. Johns Hopkins University neuroethologist Eric Fortune traveled to Ecuador to study electric knifefish in their native habitat. Back at Johns Hopkins University, research collaborator mechanical engineer Noah Cowan and the rest of the team use Fortune's field data to help with their observations and experiments in the lab. With support from the National Science Foundation, they are studying the knifefish to learn more about how the brains of animals work to control their behavior.
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Pace University educator Lauren Birney and her team are getting middle school students involved in an ambitious restoration program. The students study New York Harbor and the extensive watershed that empties into it. They also conduct field research in support of restoring native oyster habitats. Part of the “Science Nation” series.
With support from the National Science Foundation, computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago are pushing science fiction closer to reality. They have created a wraparound virtual world in which a researcher wearing 3D glasses can take a walk through a human brain, fly over the surface of Mars, and more. In the system, known as CAVE2, an 8-foot-high screen encircles the viewer 320 degrees. A panorama of images springs from display panels, conveying a sense of being able to touch what's not really there. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
The world’s largest scientific archive of animal signal recordings is housed at the Macaulay Library. The library is partnering with other institutions to curate and digitize an enormous archive of animal audio and video recordings from their vaults. The analogue material in the library’s collection includes recordings of birds, frogs, fish, and insects going back a few decades. Accessible digital audio recordings of these animal signals will make it easier for researchers to investigate a host of scientific questions. Part of the "Science Nation" series.
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