Monday, January 2THE BONES OF THE EARTH
Plate tectonics was a revolutionary scientific theory that shook our understanding of the planet. Chris Brookes
takes us to Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park, the site of one of
the world's best illustrations of plate tectonics in action.
Tuesday, January 3THE IDEA OF GENIUS
, Part 1
live in awe of genius, of those few individuals capable of producing
Hamlet, the Fifth Symphony, or the Theory of Relativity. Genius is more
than talent, but what exactly is it? A gift? The result of extreme
perseverance? Can anyone become a genius just by putting in enough
hours? And why does genius so often border on madness? Science
journalist Dan Falk
explores our obsession with those who achieve greatness. Part 2 airs Tuesday, January 10.
Wednesday, January 4SYNTHETIC LIFECraig Venter
was the first person to have his genome sequenced. Recently he and his colleagues at the J. Craig Venter Institute created a synthetic organism that could be a key to the foods and fuels of the future. Dr. Venter speaks about synthetic life and about a project to map the diversity of the microbial world. His lecture was the inaugural Wall Exchange, a new public lecture series in Vancouver presented by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies in the University of British Columbia.
Thursday, January 5 - Friday, January 6 THE NEW REVOLUTIONARIES
have been identified by economists, social scientists, politicians and
pundits as key to moving forward on issues like poverty, violence and
conflict. Sally Armstrong
takes us around the globe, where
localized acts of female emancipation are literally improving the
prospects for humankind at large.