Forum - Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World

Forum - Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World

An imaginative, quirky solution to a challenge of our age. Podcast weekly on Saturdays.

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  • Forum60sec:A Prenatal Language Belt 30 August 2014

    Sat, 30 Aug 14

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    Research shows that new-borns who hear more than one language in the womb come into the world with a greater sensitivity to these languages. Professor Antonella Sorace proposes that maternity hospitals give expectant mothers a ‘prenatal language belt’ – a version of existing prenatal music belts. But instead of playing music they would play songs, lullabies and short stories in a language that is different from their parents. This would give babies a head start at learning languages before they are even born.

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  • Artificial Blood 23 Aug 2014

    Sat, 23 Aug 14

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    Forensic scientist Gillian Leak wants to develop artificial blood for medical purposes that doesn't require refrigeration and has long term storage capabilities. This would mean that it could be shipped at a moment’s notice to any disaster in the world and would be incapable of transmitting any type of disease. Where appropriate, drugs could be added to the sample prior to infusion if necessary.

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  • Forum60sec:A Communication App for the brain

    Sat, 16 Aug 14

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    Susanne Lucas, horticulturalist and Executive Director of the World Bamboo Organization suggests that we are all "lost in translation". She proposes a free APP, an instant download, that could direct our brains for simultaneous translation of every language and every dialect, no matter where we are. It's not for our mobile phones but for our brains. Something similar to what Spock from Star Trek called a "mind meld".

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  • Super-strong ocean goggles. 09 Aug 2014

    Sat, 9 Aug 14

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    Physicist Helen Czerski proposes a pair of telescopic goggles that let you see into the ocean the way you can see into the sky. You’d see whales and the giant squid and vast puffs of drifting phytoplankton like clouds, showing where the ocean currents were going. You’d see the “weather” of the ocean: it’s all moving around down there, and you’d get a feel for what it’s doing. And – hopefully – the goggles would show us why the ocean really matters for us and help us respect it more.

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