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Extreme weather is on the rise around the world with heavy rains often causing devastating flooding. Urban planner Jörn Birkmann from the United Nations University in Bonn is working on ways to minimize the impact of extreme weather on cities. He has conducted research in Germany's rainiest city Wuppertal in order to identify the infrastructure and the kinds of terrain at greatest risk. Birkmann has also drawn up guidelines to help municipalities prepare for the worst and adopt measures to mitigate the impact.
Premiere Date: 5/27/2015
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The Rosetta space probe has been orbiting the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet since August, and it is delivering lots of exciting new data. It turns out the comet has different regions and different types of terrain - craggy areas, cliffs, circular pits, and areas covered in dust. There is also plenty of activity, with jets of dust and gas erupting at irregular intervals. Space scientists at the European Space Agency want to establish whether the duck-shaped comet is made up of two bodies that stuck together, or was once more spherical but has since lost more material at its least stable spot.
Premiere Date: 5/14/2015
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Robert Cherry, MD, describes how hospital and physician reputations are being publicly influenced through the lens of adverse event reporting, the evolution of value based care reimbursement, and the changing expectations of society and government.
Premiere Date: 5/13/2015
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The oxygen content of earth's ocean has changed dramatically through time, beginning with essentially no oxygen and rising to present-day levels, with important consequences for the evolution of life. Oxygen levels in modern oceans are also shifting as a consequence of global warming. Learn how low-oxygen settings in the modern ocean can inform us about the "explosion" of animal life more than half a billion years ago, mass extinctions, and the future our ocean.
Premiere Date: 5/13/2015
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On this episode: long-time German rock giants Scorpions; the Berlin Film Festival; Europe's largest natural ice rink in the Swiss winter resort of Davos; city of Zaragoza located in northeastern Spain.
Premiere Date: 5/13/2015
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Did life on Earth originate somewhere else in our Milky Way? Swiss researchers present evidence that it is not impossible. They applied strands of DNA to the outer hull of a research rocket sent on a short trip into near-Earth space, and analyzed the genetic material for damage after its return. Despite the intense radiation and enormous heat the molecules were subjected to on re-entry, a significant proportion of them remained intact and functional. That's an indicator that DNA could theoretically have survived even on the surface of a meteorite on a journey between planets.
Premiere Date: 5/11/2015
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Premiere Date: 5/8/2015
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Janet Serwint, MD, discusses the intersection of humanism with pediatric end of life issues.
Premiere Date: 5/6/2015
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For decades, antibiotics have been used to treat bacterial infections, but doctors and patients are faced with a growing threat: the bacteria are becoming resistant. Research into new antibiotics is ongoing, but even these could eventually become useless against certain types of pathogens. Scientists are now looking into alternatives, such as bacteriophage treatments, which kill specific germs without having an adverse effect on the patient's body. However, the therapy is not yet available in the EU. Researchers say changes are needed, both in medicine and the law.
Premiere Date: 5/6/2015
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Premiere Date: 5/4/2015
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In his talk, Shahram Yazdani, MD, discusses the clinical effects of heavy metal and radiation exposure in children.
Premiere Date: 4/29/2015
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During Berlin Fashion Week, the German Capital is focusing on fashion, fashion, fashion. Also, Austrian light artists have drones dancing a choreography in the sky, and Pilsen in the Czech Republic is beginning it's year of Capital of Culture with a big street festival.
Premiere Date: 4/29/2015
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Maria Hummel is the author of the award-winning poetry collection "House and Fire" and of two novels, "Motherland" and "Wilderness Run." Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Narrative, The Sun, The New York Times, and the anthology The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. Recorded on 02/12/2015.
Premiere Date: 4/27/2015
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UCLA psychologist Paul Abramson argues that if we want a better world, we need to eliminate sexual harm - not just violent rape, but also sexual coercion, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse of children. However, we need to address these issues in a way that preserves the sexual liberties of adults, adolescents and yes, kids, too. Abramson offers his ideas on how to meet both of these goals.
Premiere Date: 4/27/2015
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Producer/Director Charlie Soap and Producer Kristina Kiehl discuss the film inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of "gadugi," working together to solve a problem. Sonny Skyhawk moderates the conversations.
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Former California Supreme Court Justice and UC Davis School of Law Professor Emeritus Cruz Reynoso recalls his days working alongside Cesar Chavez in the Community Service Organization and speaks to the influence of Latinos today on immigration, voting rights, police conduct and other contentious public issues. Justice Reynoso is presented by the Helen Edison Lecture Series at UC San Diego.
Premiere Date: 4/27/2015
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About 25% of reproductive-aged women have fibroids. These non-cancerous tumors are the most common reason for hysterectomies. Drs. Jeannette Lager and Margaret Kohi explore minimally invasive approaches to treating fibroids. Recorded on 03/17/2015.
Premiere Date: 4/27/2015
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This CARTA symposium addresses the question of how human language came to have the kind of structure it has today, focusing on three sources of evidence. One source, which is discussed in these three talks, concerns neuroscientific investigations of functional specialization for language in the human brain and its dependence on the linguistic input the language learner gets during cognitive development. Evelina Fedorenko (Massachusetts General Hospital) begins with an examination of Specialization for Language in the Human Brain, followed by Rachel Mayberry (UC San Diego) on How the Environment Shapes Language in the Brain, and Edward Chang (UC San Francisco) on Neuroscience of Speech Perception and Speech Production.
Premiere Date: 4/27/2015
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