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In the News: Preserving Stone Age Cave Art

How can we preserve prehistoric artworks like those in southern France's Lascaux caves while still allowing modern visitors to experience them in some way?

Aug 3rd, 2008 | Comments Off on In the News: Preserving Stone Age Cave Art

Spark Blog: Initial Thoughts on Filming with Alan Alda

Larry Engel, Director and Director of Photography for "The Human Spark," shares his initial thoughts on his task of filming Alan Alda.

Aug 1st, 2008 | 1 comment

Video: Introduction to the Series

Alan Alda gives an introduction to "The Human Spark," a new series that explores the question, "What makes us human?"

Jul 11th, 2008 | 10 comments

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In the News: Electrical Stimulation May Improve Learning

In Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, an electrical current is applied to the head and passed to the brain. Preliminary results suggest that TDCS could enhance memory and learning.

Jul 8th, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: The Big Red Button

Graham Chedd tells the story of what happened at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, where researchers were examining Neanderthal teeth with a high-power x-ray.

Jul 7th, 2008 | Comments Off on Spark Blog: The Big Red Button

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In the News: Monkeys That Can Count

While we can manipulate elaborate equations with square roots and derivatives, new research shows monkeys can “count” audible beeps and equate them to visual representations of the same amount.

Jul 5th, 2008 | Comments Off on In the News: Monkeys That Can Count

Spark Blog: Our First Shoot

How long did it take Neanderthals to grow up? Graham Chedd meets with researchers who are using a giant particle accelerator to find an answer to this question.

Jul 4th, 2008 | Comments Off on Spark Blog: Our First Shoot

Series Description

What is the nature of human uniqueness? In a three-part series to be broadcast on PBS in 2009, Alan Alda takes this question personally, visiting with dozens of scientists on three continents -- even undergoing an examination of his own brain.

Jun 1st, 2008 | 33 comments

Bio: Alan Alda

Biography of Alan Alda, host of the television series "The Human Spark," coming to PBS in 2009.

Jun 1st, 2008 | 7 comments

Program Three: Brain Matters: Description

Alan gets a highly detailed scan of his brain. This image is the starting point for a search within his brain – as well as the brains of others – for the essential components of the Human Spark.

Jun 1st, 2008 | 26 comments
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