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Title Catalyst: Fertility/The Decade Of The Brain/Astronomy
Published Australia : ABC, 2010
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Summary Part two of Catalyst's 10th Birthday edition celebrating ten years on television with a retrospective of scientific achievement in the first decade of this millenniumFERTILITYThere's no doubt that in vitro fertilisation has been instrumental in shaping the way we procreate. In the last 10 years medical and social shifts have helped growing numbers of infertile couples to have babies. Thirty years after Australia's first test tube baby was born Maryanne Demasi looks back on the triumphs of an increasingly fertile industry.THE DECADE OF THE BRAINIt's no exaggeration to say the last 10 years have witnessed a revolution in our understanding of the brain. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and bold new testing paradigms have opened up a new world of understanding about brain development. The take home message of the decade is that the brain is far more adaptable than anyone ever suspected. Landmark studies take us from genes, to neurochemistry, to the shaping of individual personalities - and how that determines the likelihood of outcomes like ending up in gaol! As Jonica Newby experienced in 2006, a gene can determine how quickly you damp down your natural stress response, which in turn predicts your likelihood of clinical depression under stress. Jonica finds the fun in this retrospective romp through a decade of the brain. ASTRONOMYArguably the biggest success story in astronomy, in the decade Catalyst has been on air, is the Hubble Space Telescope. It celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. We take a look at some of the amazing images Hubble has given us over the years, and discover the major contributions it has made to astronomy. For example, Hubble accurately pinned down the age of the universe, found hard evidence for dark energy and it showed the existence of super-massive black holes at the centres of galaxies. Astrophysicist, Dr Graham Phillips, takes a peek at the eventual replacement for Hubble: the James Webb Telescope, that will be more powerful than Hubble and will orbit much further from Earth
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2010-09-23 at 20:00:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Astronomy.
Brain -- Magnetic resonance imaging.
Fertilization in vitro, Human.
Giant panda.
Form Streaming video
Author Bartzokis, George, contributor
Berry, Chuck, contributor
Bowman, Mark, contributor
Demasi, Maryanne, reporter
Djerassi, Carl, contributor
Forbes, Duncan, contributor
Gage, Fred, contributor
Horstman, Mark, reporter
McBain, John, contributor
Monasterio, Erik, contributor
Neville, Richard, contributor
Newby, Jonica, reporter
Pantelis, Christos, contributor
Phillips, Graham, host
Poulton, Richie, contributor
Reed, Candice, contributor
Sackett, Penny, contributor
Tremellen, Kelton, contributor
Weisberg, Edith, contributor
Wilkinson, Claire, contributor
Wood, Carl, contributor