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Nuclear Security Summit

Nuclear Security Summit

April 12, 2010

President Obama hosts an unprecedented two-day Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

Ian McEwen: "Solar"

Ian McEwen: "Solar"

April 8, 2010

A novel from best-selling author, Ian McEwan, about a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident. How he uses the opportunity to extricate himself from a failing marriage, reinvigorate...

Savior Siblings

April 5, 2010

The medical and ethical issues of using in vitro fertilization with genetic testing to produce a baby who could be a genetic match to save the life of a sibling with a fatal illness.

Jonathan Balcombe: "Second Nature"

Jonathan Balcombe: "Second Nature"

March 16, 2010

Humans aren't the only beings who communicate, feel emotions and have self-awareness. Drawing on the latest research, an animal behaviorist explains why people need to change the way they treat other living creatures.

Electronic Medical Records

March 10, 2010

$19.2 billion of stimulus funds have been set aside for doctors and hospitals making the switch to electronic health records. An update on progress to date and why some practitioners are – for now – sticking with paper.

Dr Francis Collins: "The Language of Life"

March 4, 2010

Genetic testing was once used only to detect rare diseases. Today, a revolution in human genetics means more Americans can personalize their treatment of conditions like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The Director of the NIH discusses the future of personalized medicine.

Environmental Outlook: Freshwater Fish

March 2, 2010

An environmental outlook on how hatchery fish alter the ecology of our inland waters.

Earthquakes in the 21st Century

Earthquakes in the 21st Century

March 2, 2010

The science of earthquakes. Shifting plates beneath the earth's surface have created beautiful mountain ranges and devastating natural disasters. Why the earthquake in Haiti caused more destruction than a stronger one in Chile.

Molly Caldwell Crosby: "Asleep"

March 1, 2010

A sleeping sickness epidemic in the wake of the 1918 influenza pandemic has been nearly forgotten. Scientists still don't know what caused it and why it suddenly disappeared, but they fear it could happen again.

The Medical Dilemma of Childhood Strokes

February 22, 2010

Strokes don't just affect the old - they are the sixth leading cause of death in children and infants. The story of a family whose seven-year-old son survived a stroke...and a look at the medical and rehabilitation treatments available.

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