Dick Gordon speaks with science fiction writer Steve Karmazenuk about how his writing was offered for sale under another author's name. It was disturbing, but it made him go ahead and offer his own work for sale on Amazon.
Greg Hampikian is a forensic DNA expert who works using DNA technology to free innocent individuals in prison. He says that new technology is allowing smaller amounts of DNA to be analyzed, which means that more cases can be reopened, but that can also cause problems as there is more room for human error.
In a World War II era blimp hangar in California, a prototype of a new kind of aircraft, the “Aeroscraft” is being tested. It’s a space-age looking machine that’s almost as big as a football field and able to carry 50 tons or more.
John Grunsfeld is an astronaut who just completed his fifth mission into space. He blasted off earlier this year aboard the Shuttle Atlantis to fix the ailing Hubble Telescope. A key part of the mission involved a space walk to tend to some delicate repairs to the telescope. The work was intricate and detailed: one mistake and the astronauts could put themselves and their team in jeopardy.
Dr. Sandeep Jauhar has often been struck by the chasm that can separate doctors and patients when it comes to treatment options. He was on the other side of that chasm when his wife needed surgery while she was pregnant. Sandeep and his wife wanted one kind of surgery - her doctors recommended another. He still struggles daily with the question of when to respect patients' wishes, and when to overrule. Also on the show: surviving flesh-eating bacteria.
Over the years many medical professionals have wondered whether Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is actually a real disease. But now things have changed. The Center for Disease Control announced in 2006 that the condition isn't "merely" psychological, that it's real. It's also launched a $4.5-million public awareness campaign. We'll hear from a patient and a clynical psychologist.