Dick speaks with scientist John Priscu about Russian researchers finding water as they dug into miles of ice in Antarctica. They tested the ice and there is life and they are excited about what they might find in these sub glacial lakes.Learn more about the lake the U.S. is researching
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.
There's a project underway to identify a type of American Elm that's resistant to Dutch Elm disease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking people across the country to help them identify healthy trees.
Back in 1991, Wayne Esaias set up beehives in his backyard. He weighed the hives every day, determining when the bees had finished collecting nectar for the year. But it wasn't until early 2006 that he decided to plot out the data. That's when he saw an unmistakable curve towards earlier and earlier plant blooming, and realized his data could help understand climate change. Also on the show: a riverkeeper fights water polluters in the media and in the courtroom.
Our series continues today with a look at technology. Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst, has seen plenty of water filters that fail and he talks about the "people factor." Physicist Ashok Gadgil grew up in India where several of his baby cousins died from bad drinking water. He came up with a kind of filter that's cheap and easy to repair, and he's hopeful about the success. It means millions of people now have clean water to drink.