The impact of modern medicine is drastically changing our concept of death. Increasingly, people are being resuscitated successfully, sometimes hours after they first died. So this week we toe the line between life and death, learn lessons from those who survived without oxygen for hours, discover how we could live immortally as robots, and hear about a very special type of cryo-ambulance to prep you for long term storage. Plus, news that the Dutch have grown nearly a foot taller in 2 centuries, what your fingers say about your marathon prospects, and the secret language of gibbons...
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Want to learn to speak gibbon? Their "hoo-hoo" calls have been
'translated' and the results are pretty interesting...
Running a marathon anytime soon? The length of your fingers could predict how fast you'll be able to complete it...
The Dutch are the tallest nation in the world, having grown a
20cm in the last 200 years. How did they reach such great
Palaeo-anthropologists in South Africa are inviting tourists to
watch them at work excavating a new species of human
How do we decide when someone is dead? Do we look at the heart or the brain, and do we need to redefine it?
Two-year-old Michelle Funk was trapped under the ice for over an hour without oxygen. She made a full recovery, but how was this possible?
Cryonics is the preservation of people at low temperatures, with the aim of resuscitating them in the future. So how does it work?
Brain emulation is where you upload your brain to a computer and become immortal. But is this feasible and why seriously consider it?
We debate the consequences that an immortal population could
could bring about...
Why are ripe pears juicer?