Level Up Human S2E7 - Retinal brain

Released Wednesday, 26th February 2020
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Simon and Rachel are live at the Barbican with marine biologist, writer and documentary maker, Helen Scales and KCL professor of developmental neurobiology, Robert Hindges.

Episode summary

First we look at human enhancements from around the world. Helen brings news of a man with an exo-skeleton allowing him to walk.

Robert tells us about developments in prosthetics which allow users to experience feedback from artificial limbs. And Rach has evidence that thumbs are getting faster.

Next: pitches from our guest experts, the studio audience and Mother Nature herself.

Robert wants a higher flicker frequency in the human eye. Helen suggests we all become extreme free divers with the breath holding abilities of the sperm whale.

The audience want improved cooling systems, reduced urination, lego wrists and multi-sensory anaesthesia. Simon pitches the arsenic resistant qualities of the Mono lake nematodes.

Which will make it onto the shortlist? And which will win? Have a listen to find out.

Mentioned this episode

Robot exo-skeleton: https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/exoskeleton-cont…

Prosthetic sensory feedback: https://www.genengnews.com/news/prosthetic-leg-wit…

Thumbs are getting faster: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/oct/02/re…

Obama swats fly during CNBC interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rbUH_iVjYw

The incredible diving abilities of the sperm whale:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NpZLhqly8s

The marabou stork which urinates on its legs to cool itself down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5NCubQutpE

Arsenic resistant mono lake nematodes: https://gizmodo.com/scientists-find-three-sex-arse…

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