Science & Medicine
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We heard so much good feedback from the first three episodes in this series, it was a no-brainer that we had to bring the second half of the series for a rendezvous with the growing TERRA audience. IF you need a refresher course, check the original post from July! This is no ordinary biological field trip! Travel along with some of the world's foremost bird and nature artists to the incredible Chappari Reserve, among the last remaining high-altitude dry forests of South America. Previously undiscovered and majestical species come alive at the tip of a paintbrush in this rapid biological inventory of this incredibly rich and diverse part of the biosphere.
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We heard so much good feedback from the first three episodes in this series, so it was a no-brainer dusting off the second half of the series for a rendezvous with the growing TERRA audience. IF you need a refresher course, check out the original post from July! This is no ordinary biological field trip! Travel along with some of the world's foremost bird and nature artists to the incredible Chappari Reserve, among the last remaining high-altitude dry forests of South America. Previously undiscovered and majestical species come alive at the tip of a paintbrush in this rapid biological inventory of this incredibly rich and diverse part of the biosphere. This film reminds us of the age-old partnership of art and science and highlights observation, expression, and inspiration in a strategic effort to preserve one of the most fantastic places on Earth. The artist Paul Klee said ?the painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen." In this case, we hope such brilliant creatures remain in our sights forever.
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The energy of Bioneers weekend is renewable - so it just keeps coming! Join us for Part Three of the journey and witness the creation of the "Boze-mandala" and hear vibrant sources talk about sustainable development, climate change, the "new" green movement, and the fusion of social justice and environmental justice. The Bioneers message is clear: the future begins today. Ride with us on the zero-gravity veggie-oil Zeppelin of imagination as we take you from today's drawing board to tomorrow's reality.
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The Bioneers march on! Part Two of this series showcases the drama, the magic, and the beautiful chaos of the first half of Bioneers weekend. Is this a conference, a festival, or a "happening?" The Bioneers bring new meaning to the phrase "all walks of life." Everyone is a participant. Kids pick pumpkins, legendary authors talk from the podium, politicians mingle with idealists and local activists. Meanwhile, the experience radiates via satellite from San Rafael, CA to over twenty disparate locations around the world. But the network as a whole is stronger than any single part. Some come for ideas, others for the music, and still more for the incredible local food. The Bioneers message is clear: the future begins today. Ride with us on the zero-gravity veggie-oil Zeppelin of imagination as we take you from today's drawing board to tomorrow's reality.
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As a kickoff to the Northern Rockies Bioneers Conference held in Bozeman, Montana this week, a TERRA crew spent an afternoon with musician and filmmaker Michael Franti of Spearhead. Franti's "consciousness-raising" resonates on both the political and environmental front and he combines improvisation and activism to spread his message across the globe. Later that same evening, Franti brought the house down when he played the Wilson Auditorium in Bozeman and reminded us that inclusion, not exclusion is the only way to bring about political change. The Northern Rockies Bioneers Conference is one of over twenty Bioneers groups nation wide, which meet every year to bring together progressive communities and provide resources, tools, and inspiration to build sustainable, culturally-rich, active, and well-networked communities. Stay tuned to TERRA for a closer look at the Bioneers conference here in Bozeman, as we podcast all the action over the next few days.
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This live concert and interview with Michael Franti blends improvisation and activism.
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PART THREE of "THE LAST RUN" chronicles the spawn, the critical final chapter in the salmon life cycle. In 2002, under pressure from a serious drought, upstream farmers were authorized by the President of the United States to divert water away from the Klamath river. As a result, river temperatures abruptly warmed and an estimated 34,000 adult salmon were killed before getting a chance to spawn. What does the future hold for this keystone species?
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PART TWO of "THE LAST RUN" follows salmon from birth to ocean and from fishing net to market. This film brings into focus the plight of the salmon on the Klamath river and the future of the Yurok tribe who depend on the fish. Through science, we now fully understand the life-cycle of salmon, but how do we apply what we?ve learned to the everyday?
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"Ironically, as we work to save the salmon, it may turn out that the salmon save us." (Paul Schell, Mayor of Seattle) Salmon are an indicator species - their health closely tracks the health of the watershed to which they return. Salmon are also a keystone species, forming a critical link between forests and distant oceans. But most importantly, salmon are a symbolic species that allows us to understand the interconnected nature of the web of life. In Northern California, salmon populations are at 10 percent of their levels of one hundred years ago due to overwhelming pressures from logging, hydropower, and overfishing. This film brings into focus the plight of the salmon on the Klamath river and the future of the Yurok tribe who depend on the fish. Through science, we now fully understand the life-cycle of salmon, but how do we apply what we?ve learned to the everyday?
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Low-tech is the new high-tech. Take, for example, wildlife biologists who are swapping radio collars and GPS transceivers for a more sensitive instrument: a dog's nose. A dog's sense of smell is up to one thousand times more powerful than a human's. But this doesn't really explain what it means to "smell like a dog." When a human walks into a bakery, it smells generally very sweet. When a dog walks into a bakery, it smells every ingredient used in the baking process, e.g., eggs, butter, flour, sugar, and so on down to that last pinch of nutmeg. Dogs are able to differentiate smells even in incredibly minute concentrations. This innate ability, coupled with an obsessive "ball-drive," makes for an incredible partner in the fight to save endangered species. The trail is hot! Starring Finny, Carow, Peppin, Tsavo, Camas, Wicket, Alice, Megan, and Aimee of Working Dogs for Conservation.
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A dog's nose, the new scientific instrument.
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Absinthe was banned in the U.S. and many other parts of the world in the early 20th century after a faulty scientific study determined it was likely to provoke hallucinations, seizures, and violence. Ninety years later, absinthe has re-emerged on the international marketplace because it has been determined, by all accounts, to be safe for consumption. Why was it banned in the first place? David Cook, a retired Neurosurgeon and occasional absinthe drinker, helps unlock the neurological mysteries of ?the green fairy? and testifies about how science, ritual, and history often converge in unusual ways. The ultimate cause of the absinthe ban was political, due to the influence of winemakers and temperance advocates, not scientific. This case reveals yet another example of how ?bad science? is oftentimes utilized to manipulate public opinion. Unfortunately, this is just as true today as it was 100 years ago. Though peer-reviewed sources consistently acknowledge the problems of climate change, strategic misinformation still often wins the day with the press, the public, and our legislators. Copryright 2006, Henry Harrison
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A neurosurgeon explains the science, history, and ritual of absinthe. Why was absinthe banned?
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Every year less people choose to take up cigarette smoking and more people quit. That is, with one exception, America?s college and university students. Every year, what is becoming an epidemic on college campuses is left unnoticed. Kari Harris, a researcher at the University of Montana, is working to discover the unique situation that starts and keeps college students smoking at abnormal levels. Find out what Dr. Harris has to say and listen to college smokers fire back, as DRAG explores what might be our nation?s least known public health problem: college smoking.