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Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

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"From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be 'better than human' and the radical technological innovations that may take us there"--Fixed website.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Biotechnology

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A group of experts discuss how biotechnology will meet the challenges of the 21st century. Other experts discuss public concern and the need for debate and consensus; financial and research and development issues; patent protection; world markets; and biotechnology's benefits for humankind.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Into the Body

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In this program, scientists and scholars highlight some recent medical advances, including retinal transplants, artificial limbs, and artificial intelligence, that merge body and machine. The ethical and moral dilemmas that come with these breakthroughs are discussed by experts, who ponder future technological possibilities such as enhanced intelligence and "designer babies.
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
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Never Say Die

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VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Field of Genes

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Documentary investigates the biotechnology industry claims that the creation of genetically altered foods will be beneficial for the world's food supply.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Risky Business

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Explores the benefits and risks of genetic engineering and shows how the new biotechnology promises to revolutionize agriculture.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Never Say Die [electronic resource]

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Discusses latest findings on how to extend the lifespan, including low calorie diets, research in tissue engineering and cell rejuvenation, and the importance of daily physical and mental activity.
Online
2005; 2000
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Redesigning Nature [electronic resource]: Gene Technology

To many scientists, gene technology is just another agricultural tool to help us grow bigger and better crops and livestock. But to others, like environmentalists and consumer advocates, the genetic manipulation of the plants and animals we eat poses huge risks that might not be worth taking. This program explores both sides of this controversial debate as it highlights specific ways in which genes have been manipulated to alter a plant's or animal's characteristics. These include the creation of crops that resist the use of herbicides or have built-in insecticides, potatoes that don't spoil, and rice with the potential to protect eyesight. We examine the facts behind some concerns about gene technology's potential impact on human health and the environment, exploring how new food-la [...]
Online
2002
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The Biotech Revolution [electronic resource]: Visions of the Future

In this second episode of a three-part series, leading theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku predicts that DNA screening will prevent many diseases; gene therapy will cure them; and, thanks to lab-grown organs, the human body will be repaired as easily as a car, with spare parts readily available. Ultimately, the aging process itself will be slowed down or even halted. But what impact will this have on who we are and how we live? And, with our mastery of the genome, will the human race end up in a world divided by genetic apartheid?
Online
2007
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Paul Root Wolpe - It's Time to Question Bioengineering

At TEDxPeachtree, bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe describes an astonishing series of recent bioengineering experiments, from glowing dogs to mice that grow human ears. He asks: isn't it time to set some ground rules?
Online
2011
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Breaking the Wall of Personalized Energy [electronic resource]: How Artificial Leaves Can Solve the Global Energy Crisis

In 2011, Daniel Nocera conquered global media attention when he presented a cheap coated-silicon sheet which, when placed in a glass of tap water and exposed to sunlight, is able to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Both gases can be collected, stored as fuel in private households and later be fed to fuel cells to generate electricity. While the dream of artificial photosynthesis has been chased by generations of scientists, it was Nocera who included a bottom-up approach in his research, which aims at providing energy for the world's poorest people. "If there is one thing that's unique to the technology development I've done, it has been doing science with the super-poor in mind." Under the impact of the Arab oil embargo and other oil crises of the 70s and 80s, Nocera envisioned [...]
Online
2014; 2013
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Genetically Modified Organisms [electronic resource]

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Details how there are tools that insert specific genes from one organism into cells of unrelated species. Illustrates the processes used and how such genetically transformed organisms are increasingly common in agriculture, industry and medicine.Introduces the ethical considerations of GMO research.
Online
2003
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Applied Science and Technology [electronic resource]

Jim runs the quality control lab at David Michael and Company, a food flavoring manufacturer. Aliah is a biomedical research technician at The Wistar Institute, a cancer research center in Philadelphia. And Tony, a production mechanic at New Jersey American Water, is the third featured case study in this exploration of applied science and technology jobs. What do all three have in common? They landed their well-paid, technically challenging positions after only two years of instruction-Jim, through an associate's degree study track; Aliah, a biomedical research technician training program; and Tony, a water treatment licensing course following nine years in the Navy. Viewers also meet Kevin Lampe, assistant professor of biotechnology and program coordinator at Montgomery County Commu [...]
Online
2012
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Breaking the Wall of Biocomplexity [electronic resource]: How a Reactive-Systems Approach May Lead to Full Dynamic Models of Multicellular Organisms

With interactive computer simulations now replacing experiments on living beings, computer scientist David Harel - winner of the Israel Prize, the ACM Software System Award, and the Emet Prize - has proposed modeling a full multicellular organism, such as the 1000-cell C. elegans nematode, as a reactive system. In nearly 15 years of intensive work, a multidisciplinary team could create a model that would be dynamic, interactive, and zoomable, allowing changes and probes on the cellular and molecular levels. With such tools, cyber experiments might answer questions too complex for laboratory techniques, involving comparisons not only within a species, but also with other evolutionarily related species having different forms and behaviors. As discussed in this Falling Walls lecture, cu [...]
Online
2012
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Breaking the Wall of Super Materials [electronic resource]: How Biology Inspires Nanomechanics

The elasticity of blood vessels, the self-healing properties of bone, the strength of nacre, the smart adhesion of gecko feet, the self-cleaning quality of the lotus leaf, the resistance of the spiderweb: in such myriad ways, biology offers endless inspiration to nanomechanics. Nicola Pugno, an engineer and physicist at Università di Trento, Italy, has generated news-worthy research on a hierarchical nanotube or graphene adhesive system, which is strong enough to suspend a person's full body weight from any ceiling or wall, while also being easily detachable. Recipient of a 2011 Starting Grant from the European Research Council, Pugno is the founder and head of the Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Nanomechanics and the author of nearly 200 papers on various fields of mechanics, published i [...]
Online
2012
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The Future of Our Body: 2 [electronic resource]

Real or imagined, we all see physical defects in ourselves. This film shows how scientists work to correct these flaws, including virtual therapy for people with eating disorders. The Future Of... (Series 2).
Online
2005
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Extreme Surgery [electronic resource]

The surgical procedures being performed today are light years ahead of what was being done just a generation ago. This film looks at the innovations in this field of medicine. Viewers will learn about cutting-edge heart transplants performed on infants and dramatic new facial surgeries?
Online
2007
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The Future of Animal Care [electronic resource]

Human beings love their pets. Some people would spare no expense when it comes to health care for the animals in their lives; in fact, some animals are better cared for than humans. This film explores the advances made in the technology of animal health. Since they reflect human society, there has been an increase in the number of animals suffering from obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Modern technology has brought about new treatments for these diseases in animals just as in humans.
Online
2005
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Animal Science [electronic resource]

How is science helping to save endangered species? This film looks at the cutting-edge science of pet medicine including fertility treatments for endangered rhinos. Viewers also get information on how animals are helping science like the parasites that improve our health.
Online
2007
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Future Bodies [electronic resource]

It seems everyday brings the announcement of a new medical discovery. Research being conducted into the development of an artificial uterus that could make traditional pregnancy a thing of the past is just one of the ways that technology is changing the science of health. This film explores the impact future discoveries will have on the fight against cancer and surgical procedures to correct deformities. We also see cutting-edge medical experiments conducting by astronauts on the International Space Station.
Online
2007