Thursday, April 17, 2008

Warwick iCast - Week 5

We look at how researchers at Warwick University are developing a test for Pre-eclampsia. Dan Joyner examines the current state of the Nuclear NPT in the face of challenges from Iran and North Korea. Finally, how have the changes to GP contracts put extra pressure on hospital A&E departments.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Brilliant Brain - Born Genius

Marc Yu, a seven-year-old concert pianist. At two he heard "Mary Had A Little Lamb", and immediately played it back, flawlessly. A year later he was playing Beethoven from memory. Now with a repertoire of more than 40 classical pieces, the young maestro's astounding brain has intrigued experts, such as development psychologist Professor Ellen Winner and neuroscientist Gottfired Schlaug. Winner and Schlaug focus on Marc Yu's achievements, and ask whether hard work is behind his success, or was he simply born with a brilliant brain? They also look at a class of 50 children learning music, and discover a number of changes are taking place in their brains. The experts believe that, given the right nuturing, any one of the youngsters could grow up to become a musical genius.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What Makes Us Human?

While our closest animal relatives have been swinging from the trees, humans have built a world that is vastly more complex. What are the defining features that have allowed us to do this? Are we special, and separate from all other animals, or are we just an especially successful mammal?