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Previews begin October 2007. Premieres January 2008.

Episode 1: Survival

FDA Clinical Trials
    Operated by the National Institutes of Health, this site includes complete information on clinical trials and how to participate in one, as well as an extensive database describing all current clinical trials and contact information for study coordinators.

Fuel Cells
  • Collecting the History of Fuel Cells
    Smithsonian National Museum of American History compiles the history of the fuel cell with individuals including inventors, researchers, manufacturers, electricians, marketers, and users.
  • How Fuel Cells Work from
    This article takes a quick look at each of the existing or emerging fuel cell technologies covering details of how polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) work and examining how fuel cells compare to other forms of power generation.

  • City of Hope
    City of Hope is a biomedical research, treatment, and educational institution dedicated to preventing and curing cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In CURIOUS, Ray Natha goes to City of Hope to receive the first dose of IT-101 — the experimental nanoparticle drug conceived by Mark Davis.
  • National Institutes of Health Nanomedicine Roadmap Initiative
    NIH established a national network of eight Nanomedicine Development Centers, staffed by multidisciplinary biomedical scientific teams. These Development Centers will serve as the intellectual and technological centerpiece of the NIH Nanomedicine Roadmap Initiative.
  • National Cancer Institute Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer
    The NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer is an initiative encompassing the public and private sectors, designed to accelerate the application of the best capabilities of nanotechnology to cancer. This Web site includes information about nanotechnology, as well as news about the Alliance and funding opportunities for researchers.

Episode 2: Mind / Brain / Machine

Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum
  • The Caltech Corpus Callosum Research Program – Caltech
    A division of the Caltech Emotion and Social Cognition Laboratory, this program studies how the corpus callosum facilitates human cognition and social skills. The research is focused on brain structure, neural activity, and behaviors of individuals with agenesis of the corpus callosum (AgCC).
  • A Guide to the Individualized Education Program
    A guide created by the US Department of Education assists educators, parents, and state and local educational agencies in implementing the requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children with disabilities, including preschool-aged children.
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum
    Part of the National Institutes of Health Web site, this page gives an overview of Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum and provides information on relevant organizations, research literature, and current clinical trials.
  • National Organization for Disorders of the Corpus Callosum (NODCC)
    The NODCC is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by health professionals, parents, and individuals with corpus callosum disorders. Through research, education, advocacy, and networking, the NODCC seeks to enhance the quality of life of — and promote opportunities for — individuals with disorders of the corpus callosum.
  • The Split Brain Experiments Game
    Available on the Web site for the Nobel Prize, this game helps explain what happens when the connection between the two hemispheres of the brain is broken. You become part of the research team and follow Mr. Split Brainy as he goes through a number of enlightening experiments.
  • TRI AgCC Research Program – Fuller Theological Seminary
    The Lee Edward Travis Research Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary is home to the Center for Biopsychosocial Research. Their Web site offers information about their on-going research on AgCC, as well as other topics.
  • University of California San Francisco: Department of Neurology
    Dr. Elliott Sherr and his collaborators at UCSF are studying the genetic causes of brain development that affect the corpus callosum and how the regions of the brain connect differently when the callosum is missing. The goal of our research is to use a better understanding of the underlying genetic causes as a foundation to develop better treatments for these groups of patients.

Fly Lab
  • Dickenson Lab – Caltech
    This Web site is home to the Dickenson Lab, featured in CURIOUS. Here you’ll find information about the research projects, lab instruments, and publications related to the Dickenson Lab.

  • Canaan Children’s Home
    The Canaan Children’s Home in Uganda is featured in the CURIOUS episode “Mind/Brain/Machine,” as part of a research project on moral decision-making. The Web site of Canaan Children’s Home provides more information about the orphanage, as well as suggestions for becoming involved with their work.
  • “A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg” – UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies
    As part of the “Conversations with History” series, Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies interviews Daniel Ellsberg, whose “Ellsberg Paradox” is featured in this CURIOUS episode. The interview covers Ellsberg’s role in the public protest to end the Vietnam War.
    The Web site of Daniel Ellsberg includes a biography, as well as information on Ellsberg’s current projects and recent writings.

  • ECAgents
    Sponsored by the Future and Emerging Technologies program of the European Community, the mission of ECAgents is to develop next-generation agents capable of independent interaction with the physical world and direct communication with other agents, including humans.
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory – NASA
    The Robotics Laboratory at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology has developed some of the most advanced robotic devices in use today, including the Mars Exploration Rover.
  • Laboratory of Autonomous Robotics and Artificial Life
    Situated in Rome, Italy, the Laboratory of Autonomous Robotics and Artificial Life is a division of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (CNR). Research focuses on developing artificial organisms, with bodies controlled by an artificial neural network, that can interact with an external environment and can adapt and evolve as part of a larger population.
  • NASA Robotics Alliance Project
    Seeking to expand the pool of robotics experts in the United States, the NASA Robotics Alliance Project supports robotics competitions for students, encourages robotics curriculum enhancements, and offers resources for applying robotics in education and the workplace.
  • Robot Village
    Since 2004, Robot village has been providing robot products and services to fit the needs of consumers and educational organizations. A wide range of educational robot kits, programmable robots, robot parts, robot books/magazines and robot accessories can be found on the site.
Resources Credits
CURIOUS is made possible through the generous support of TIAA-CREF.

Additional funding for CURIOUS is provided by:
Peter and Merle Mullin
Stan and Barbara Rawn
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