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New technology for a longer life.
Urban legends of Walt Disney cryogenically frozen and Hitler's brain in a jar aside, it's human nature to wonder about our existence. While some of us may wonder what happens after death or how they get the caramel into those little chocolate squares, there are also questions about our time on Earth and the quality of life we might expect for ourselves and future generations. Will scientific research and technology advance to the point where terminal illness and disease will become ancient history? Or, if I remain healthy throughout my entire life, how long might I live?
Premiering in 2005, NOVA scienceNOW, an offshoot of the legendary PBS series NOVA, takes a lighter approach to some fascinating topics and issues from the universe and scientific phenomena to issues such as travel to Mars, the intelligence of animals and the origins of our species. Beginning with the show's second season, American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took the reigns as the series' host, leading viewers through the fascinating content presented on each episode. Tyson may be familiar to science documentary fans for the quirky and engaging style he first showed in episodes of The History Channel's popular series The Universe.
Each episode is broken down into shorter stories with an approach similar to 60 Minutes. Can We Live Forever? tackles the following five fascinating concepts that are all related to human longevity:
• "Can My Car Live Forever?"
• "Body Shop…Body Parts"
• "Can We Slow Aging?"
• "Profile: Jason Leigh"
• "Human Hibernation"
It's amazing how much content is crammed into just 60 minutes of Can We Live Forever?. Not only is the content itself fascinating and compelling, the scientists and researchers we meet in each segment are clearly jazzed about their research. While some of this research could be at least partly inspired by vanity or a fear of the unknown, there's a significant amount of work being done that could change the nature of human lives forever.
For a contemporary science documentary, Can We Live Forever? delivers a fairly lackluster presentation, with an often soft and blurry full frame picture and a ho-hum audio mix. Fortunately, the content and deGrasse's quirky narration and hosting style pick up some of the slack. There are no extra features of any kind with this release.
While this isn't a series I'd watch religiously, Can We Live Forever?
sheds some light on some very cool scientific research that might affect our
lives sooner than later. So until you can have your brain transplanted into a
robot, or pack yourself in ice next to the fish sticks, pull up a chair and have
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