Archives for April, 2007
title Gene Repair Pill Update
description "In an advance online publication in the journal Nature, researchers describe developing a drug designed to be taken orally to treat diseases caused by "nonsense mutations," which cause cells to prematurely stop making a needed protein. The drug, PTC124 is now in early human trials for treatment of nonsense mutations in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis. … researchers...
title Brain-Control Monkey
description "In a ground-breaking 5 year experiment, scientists hook up a robotic arm controlled by a computer game to a monkey's brain. In training the monkey to move the arm by 'playing' the game with a joystick. Researchers wanted to learn more about the output of the brain and the individual brain-cell signals. However the monkey was about to do something that...
description "For hundreds of years great minds have been arguing over intelligence. But are there different types of intelligence that go beyond IQ? This was an after-show discussion for the BBC Horizon programme Battle of the Brains."
producer Dana Centre UK/Science Museum
featuring Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Bonnie Greer, Vivian Hill, Dick Taylor, facilitated by Anjana Ahuja
title The Strength of Families: Solving Rett Syndrome
description Holiday Lectures on Science at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute on Rett Syndrome, a childhood developmental disorder affecting girls. Includes a PSA by Julia Roberts.
producer Howard Hughes Medical Institute
featuring Huda Zoghbi
title Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards 2006
description The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards site offers this background video on the importance of mentally healthy workplaces, and the 2006 awards winners.
producer American Psychological Association
direct video link
title The Teen Brain
description The NIH 2002 Medicine for the Public Lecture Series presents child psychiatrist Jay Giedd on the neurodevelopment of the adolescent brain.
producer National Institutes of Health
featuring Jay Giedd
title Seeing Machine
description A Seeing Machine that projects images onto the retina and enables vision in impaired persons. Developed by Elizabeth Goldring of MIT, an artist and poet chronicling her vision loss while developing a visual language and seeing machine.
producer Academic Media Productions
featuring Elizabeth Goldring
format Real Media
title This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
description " Levitin [pictured above] unravels a host of mysteries that affect everything from pop culture to our understanding of human nature, including: Are our musical preferences shaped in utero? Is there a cutoff point for acquiring new tastes in music? What do PET scans and MRIs reveal about the brain's response...