Dick talks with Cathy N. Davidson, who teaches at Duke University, about brain science and attention. She makes a case for distraction as something that is actually good and says the brain is always naturally multitasking.
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.
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.
After years of economic decay and months of political upheaval, Zimbabweans are now dealing with disease: since August, nearly 4,000 people have died of cholera. Abel Chikomo is a human rights activist in Harare, and a Catholic. As he tells Dick Gordon, the risk of cholera is so great, his church has banned handshaking during the Sign of the Peace.
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.
Cleve Hicks has been studying chimps for 10 years, the last four in the Congo. The preserve where his study was being conducted was overrun by illegal gold miners last year. So Cleve and his crew had to leave the preserve and set up shop somewhere else.