If we thought about time the way Alexander Rose does, we would need a different clock – one that tells time into the future. Alexander has been trying to build a clock that will last for 10,000 years, a giant clock using different measures of time.
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.
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.
When actress Angelina Jolie told the world she’d elected to have a preventive double mastectomy, people paid attention. For Nell Boeschenstein, the story was personal. Nell also carries the BRCA-1 gene, and had a preventive double mastectomy at 31 years old.
Everyone now seems to be plugged into a social network on the web: MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn. Jim Sollisch never wanted any part of electronic schmoozing, but he got tricked into joining LinkedIn by a friend.
Dan Marcotte raced his first stock car at age 16. Since then, he’s been passionate not just about racing, but about building his own car that can go super fast. He’s now built a "land speed car." And today, he heads out to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see if his homemade car can break his personal record: 279.6 miles per hour. Also: a brush with fame, meeting Pete Seeger.
When writer Henry Shukman heard about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, he was intrigued by its reputation as Europe’s largest wildlife refuge. After all, for more than 25 years, few humans have been allowed access to the 1,600 sq. miles of land around the nuclear reactor there. Henry shared a meal with "resettlers," people who returned.