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EPISODE 1 - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2010

War Concussions/Kit Parker (Science & Technology)

Harvard professor and former soldier doing research to prevent concussions, including exploring developing a pill that soldiers and athletes may be able to take in the moments immediately after getting hit to prevent a concussion

Tickets for Charity/Jord Poster (Social Entrepreneur)

If you canat get the tickets you want at the box office, instead of buying tickets to sporting events and concerts from ticket scalpers and ticket re-sellers, buy from Tickets for Charity. They give proceeds to dozens of charities, working directly with sports teams and artists. Created by a co-founder of Priceline.com

Prolonging Youth/Lenny Guarente (Thought Leader)

Amazing ideas about living longer.  Keep diseases at bay not by treating the diseases, but living longer lives, so the diseases never have a chance to develop.

MIT Wind Tunnel (Sports & Fitness)

Inside the MIT Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, which has been around for nearly 100 years. Go behind the scenes of an elite cyclist testing in the wind tunnel.

Tech Review Minute a New Engine, reduced fuel

 

EPISODE 2 - FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

Robo Bees/Robert Wood (Science & Technology)

Robert Wood, Harvard. Developing mechanical bees to mimic the work real bees do in areas with low bee population, perhaps saving the planet because current bee populations are dying off at an alarming rate, causing a major disruption in the worldas ecosystems.

Wheelchair Lab/Amos Winter (Social Entrepreneur)

A low-cost wheelchair for developing nations that can work as a regular wheelchair or be easily converted to be used to travel through dirt, mud, or other difficult terrain

Airplanes/Mark Drela (Thought Leader)

The development of the worldas greenest commercial airplane, which will reduce fuel consumption and noise pollution exponentially.

Barefoot Running/Dan Lieberman (Sports & Fitness)

How running barefoot doesnat actually hurt, how humans can outrun four-legged animals, and why we were really born to run

Tech Review Minute - Facebook



EPISODE 3 - FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2010

Inhalable Chocolate/David Edwards (Science & Technology)

Founder of Le Whif, company that makes inhalable foods like chocolate.

Drug Free Schools/Steve Tolman (Social Entrepreneur)

Recovery High Schools. Steve Tolman, state senator. Taking kids with substance abuse problems and giving them a place to finish high school in judgment free way and also focusing on recovery

Wound Therapy/Daniel Zurovcik (Thought Leader)

MIT student saved lives after the Haiti earthquake with her $2 dollar wound therapy device, taking a device that helps heal serious wounds faster and safer that usually costs thousands and making it portable and available to developing nations.

Reebok O-Tech/John Loiars (Sports & Fitness)

Putting holes in sports equipment like baseball bats, hockey sticks, and lacrosse sticks to gain an aerodynamic and performance advantage.

Tech Review Minute aVenter Institute synthetic cells

 

EPISODE 4 - FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2010

Helicopter Robots/Assaf Biderman (Science & Technology)

Associate Director of MITas SENSEable City Lab tells us about the interactive city of the future, and about how heas developing mini LED helicopters that will be like pixels from your computer screen come to life to display messages around the city.

Copenhagen Bike/Jennifer Dunnam (Science & Technology)

More from MITas SENSEable City Lab, where we find out about a wheel you can put on your bike that will be an information gathering hub, delivering information to you about weather, traffic, pollution, your friendsa locations, while also bringing important information back to the city you live in to make services better.

Doing Well by Doing Good/Willy Foote (Social Entrepreneur)

Willy Foote, Root Capital. Invests in poor rural farmers in South America and Africa, helping them secure contracts with big international companies. Generate significant social impact while also making a financial return.

Golf Fitness MGH/Kyle Rodenhi (Sports & Fitness)

Make your golf game better without stepping foot on the course with this program at the Mass. General Sports Medicine Clinic designed specifically to prevent injuries and analyze your swing

Tech Review Minute a Ignitor fusion reaction



EPISODE 5 - FRIDAY OCTOBER 1, 2010

Changing Brain with Magnets/Alvero Pascual-Leone (Science & Tech)

Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone. Without invasive surgery, magnets used to turn off or turn on key parts of the brain to help treat things like migraines, stroke, Parkinsons, epilepsy, and depression.

Closing Opportunity Divide/Year Up (Social Entrepreneur)

Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of Year Up. Non profit that provides urban young adults with a one-year intensive program of professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate internship

Seven Cycles/Rob Vandermark (Sports & Fitness)

Inside the under-publicized and under-utilized world of custom bicycles, we take you behind the scenes of Seven Cycles.

History of Violence/Steven Pinker (Thought Leader)

Steven Pinker, Harvard. Harvard psychologist and prolific author, Pinker challenges the doctrine that human beings are peaceful by nature and corrupted by modern institutions. His research shows the opposite: far from causing us to become more violent, something in modernity and its cultural institutions has made us more virtuous. If Pinker is correct that war and violence are natural to us, will we ever achieve world peace?

Tech Review Minute a Lyric Semiconductor

EPISODE 6 - FRIDAY OCTOBER 8, 2010

Grass Seed/Mass Challenge/Jackson Madnick (Science & Technology) A finalist in the Mass Challenge, Jackson Madnick has created a grass seed that almost never needs watering and only needs to be mowed once a month.

Micro Vitamins/David Dodson(Social Entrepreneur)
David Dodson, Project Healthy Children. Working with poor governments and food suppliers to mandate food fortification with essential vitamins and minerals to create a healthier world at very little cost

More Than 3-D/Lisa Randall (Thought Leader)
Lisa Randall, Harvard. aString Theorya expert. Physicist Randall is the author of aWarped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universeas Hidden Dimensions.a It explores the role of gravity and the possibility of additional dimensions beyond the three we see, and how their existence could account for many of the worldas most puzzling phenomena.

Offshore Innovations/Kevin Glynn (Sports & Fitness)
Fisherman and boat captain Kevin Glynn develops some of the best gear for deep sea fishing to catch sharks, tuna, and marlin a and he does it all right in the back of his small office.

Tech Review Minute a A123 Systems

This Week on Shining City

  • Harvard psychologist and prolific author Steven Pinker challenges the doctrine that human beings are peaceful by nature and corrupted by modern institutions. His research shows the opposite: far from causing us to become more violent, something in modernity and its cultural institutions has made us more virtuous. If Pinker is correct that war and violence are natural to us, will we ever achieve world peace?

    Watch the full interview...

  • In this segment we interview Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of Year Up.

    Year up is a non profit that provides urban young adults with a one-year intensive program of professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate internship.

    Watch the full interview here.