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Title Catalyst : Torture/Kepler Space Telescope/Total Eclipse/Spinal Cord.

Published Australia : ABC [broadcaster], 2012 November 08 at 20:00:00.


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Physical description 1 streaming video file (28 min. 25 sec.) ; 171589979 bytes
Summary *Strobe Effects* Treating the legacy of torture; What the Kepler SpaceTelescope has found; Mysteries of our moon (or total eclipse); A breakthrough in spinal cord repair. TORTURE In the war against terror the United States became one of many countries across the world to systematically torture prisoners, under the euphemism 'enhanced interrogation techniques'. According to former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle, torture does not work as a means of extracting information. But what it does do, very effectively, is leave behind a legacy of ruined individuals. Suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and a range of other mental disturbances, numerous torture survivors find they are unable to live a normal life for many years. But researchers in Sydney are helping many turn their lives around with the help of a remarkable treatment called neurofeedback. Anja Taylor discovers how the treatment helps clients re-train their brains toward a healthier pattern of thinking by targeting abnormal brainwaves. KEPLER SPACE TELESCOPE For millennia, people have wondered if there are other Earths somewhere out there in the cosmos. Well, we're the lucky generation: for the first time in history, we're actually finding out. NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has been in orbit for the last three years looking for twin Earths, and it's begun to provide some answers to that age-old question. Graham Phillips goes to Kepler's home, the NASA AMES research labs in California, to find out about the exciting new results streaming in. TOTAL ECLIPSE In the lead up to next week's total solar eclipse, Professor Brian Cox and Dr Graham Phillips discuss why the Sun and Moon are the same size in the sky, and whether this unique phenomenon triggered life to form on Earth. SPINAL CORD Dr Derek Muller travels to Lausanne, Switzerland, where he discovers the true power of delicious Swiss chocolate - it's motivating paralysed rats to walk again. The researchers successfully used electrochemical stimulation with reward-based activity training - chocolate was often the lure - to restore voluntary movement in rats with severed spinal cords.
Audience Classification PG ACMA.
Other author Phillips, Graham, host.
Muller, Derek, reporter.
Taylor, Anja, reporter.
Aroche, Jorge, contributor.
Askovic, Mirjana, contributor.
Batalha, Natalie, contributor.
Borucki, Bill, contributor.
Carle, Glenn, contributor.
Courtine, Gregoire, contributor.
Cox, Brian, contributor.
de Brand, Rubia van, contributor.
DiGiovanna, Jack, contributor.
Marcy, Geoff, contributor.
Nguyen, Ninh, contributor.
Shostak, Seth, contributor.
Silove, Derrick, contributor.
Subject Astronomical observatories.
Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Treatment.
Rats -- Nervous system.
Torture victims -- Rehabilitation.