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The Human Spark

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Alan Alda takes a look at how humans first appeared on Earth millions of years ago, and how our species not only survived, but thrived, through some unimaginable conditions. Alda visits with dozens of scientists on three continents, and participates directly in many experiments - including the detailed examination of his own brain.
DVD
2010; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Human Evolution [electronic resource]

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Examines mitochondrial Eve and other fossil clues that increasingly point to Africa as the point of origin of our species. Discusses how humans replaced their hominid cousins, including Neanderthal, leaving the chimpanzee as our closest living relative.
Online
2003
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The Responsive Brain [electronic resource]

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How does the the brain control behavior and how is it affected by the outside world? Program 4 explores the dynamic relationship between the brain's own structure and function and feedback from the environment. With commentary by Dr. Michael Meaney of McGill University and Dr. Russell Fernald of Stanford University.
Online
2001
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Cognitive Neuroscience [electronic resource]

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Explores technology that allows scientists to see the brain at work and identifies some of the functions performed by different parts of the brain. Shows how cognitive neuroscience allies psychologists, biologists, brain researchers, and others in what is perhaps the most dramatic advance in the last decade of psychological research. Includes commentary by Dr. John Gabrieli of Stanford University and Dr. Stephen Kosslyn of Harvard University.
Online
2001
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How the Body Ages [electronic resource]

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Asks how and why the body ages. Topics include skin cancer, wrinkles, body composition, loss of strength, height reduction, arthritis, and osteoporosis among others. Differentiates between normal aging processes and diseases associated with aging. Considers the relationship of environment and genetics on the aging process.
Online
1993
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Maximizing Physical Potential of Older Adults [electronic resource]

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Stresses the importance of diet and exercise in a realistic lifestyle for older people. Indicates sleep patterns changes are a normal part of the aging process but diseases such as diabetes are not. Early detection is seen as the single most important aspect in successful treatment of diseases of aging such as of late-onslaught diabetes, osteoporosis, and cataracts. Warns that older people and their caretakers should be aware of drug interactions, and safety risks and consider the use of assistive devices. Explains why older people are more prone to accidents and stresses the need to assess hazardous risks and provide assistive devices.
Online
1993
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How to Build a Beating Heart [electronic resource]

This program offers a tantalizing glimpse of a future where body parts are grown for you from your own cells - a future where the line between healing and rejuvenation will blur and where massive injuries, once tragic, will be considered reversible events. In the process, we may even find new ways to foil death. We'll go inside the lab, inside the cells, and into the brilliant minds and operating rooms of doctors to witness one of the first people to be living with a lab-grown organ. Through a combination of time-lapse photography, unique macro perspectives, CGI and interviews both with doctors and patients, you'll see lab-grown organs such as: hearts, ears, fingers, legs, livers, bladders, arms, eyes, and skin. If we can grow the parts we need, inside and outside the body, it will m [...]
Online
2010
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Scientists Announce a Rough Mapping of the Human Genome [electronic resource]

In one of the most ambitious and expensive biology projects ever, scientists from around the world have been working for years on mapping the human genome. This ABC News report examines the breakthrough in deciphering the chemical code that controls how the human body is built and how it operates.
Online
2000
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Jonathan Eisen - Meet Your Microbes

Our bodies are covered in a sea of microbes - both the pathogens that make us sick and the "good" microbes, about which we know less, that might be keeping us healthy. At TEDMED, microbiologist Jonathan Eisen shares what we know, including some surprising ways to put those good microbes to work.
Online
2012
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3-D Heart Models Help Save Children's Lives [electronic resource]

Biomedical engineers created a 3-D model of the heart to aid pediatric surgery.
Online
2013
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Cancer-Killing Capsule [electronic resource]

Treating cancer from the inside out.
Online
2013
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Cheers to Your Health! [electronic resource]

Some ingredients in beer could have health benefits.
Online
2012
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New Device Lights Up Common Diabetes Complication [electronic resource]

Detecting peripheral artery disease early may prevent diabetes-related amputations.
Online
2013
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Stem Cells and Cellular Differentiation [electronic resource]

That a tiny collection of cells can divide, multiply, and transform into the proper combination of lung cells, brain cells, bone, muscle, and more-eventually becoming a fully formed human being-is often referred to as the miracle of life. But at the cellular level, this is the story of stem cells, cellular differentiation, and gene expression. This program explores these topics, detailing the different types of stem cells (embryonic and adult), and when they leave the cell cycle to enter differentiation. Cell mutation, gene expression, and the process of epigenetics are also covered. Stem cell potency is also reviewed, as is the role and promise of stem cells in medical research, including the pros and cons of using embryonic versus adult-derived stem cells.
Online
2014
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Stopping Flies Before They Sicken You [electronic resource]

Scientists are getting rid of these pesky insects in two new ways.
Online
2013
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Supertasters [electronic resource]

Imagine being able to taste too much - or taste things other people can't. It might sound strange - but experimental psychologists are studying those of us who are "super tasters.
Online
2014
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Sweeter Foods With Less Sugar [electronic resource]

Scientists work to make our food tastier without preservatives.
Online
2013
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The Health Benefits of Plain Popcorn [electronic resource]

Movie theater staple packs in cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Online
2013
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The Heart Alone Could Power New Pacemaker [electronic resource]

Opening the possibility of eliminating surgery for battery replacement.
Online
2013
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The Science of Love [electronic resource]

Scientists explain how love truly is a chemical reaction.
Online
2012