Tag Archives: Prime: Cuts

This Box Beats with Life

More than 3,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a new heart, anxiously enduring the days and weeks until they get the news that a compatible donor has been found.

But if and when that miraculous call does come, the organ has to make a hasty trip from the donor’s body to wherever the recipient is located, usually packed within a bed of ice inside a commonplace cooler. It’s a high-stress journey that makes this complicated operation all the more risky.

But a new study led by UCLA’s Heart Transplant Program has led to the development of an experimental device that keeps the heart warm and beating during transport, potentially improving the success rate of surgical transplantations. In “Prime: Cuts – Heart in a Box,” you’ll see this breathtaking bit of machinery in action and visit with two patients, each beneficiaries of this promising new technology.

Don’t miss this research in action!


The Social Lives of Bluebirds

Can bluebirds teach us about about our own cooperative behaviors? That’s what Cornell University graduate student Caitlin Stern is trying to find out as she tracks and observes the beautiful western bluebirds that make their home in the Hastings Reserve, part of the University of California’s Natural Reserve System that’s made up of 37 protected natural areas throughout that state, totaling 750,000 acres.

In this week’s edition of “Prime: Cuts,” we visit with Stern and tag along as she checks in on the birds in order to understand their cooperative behaviors and, ultimately, the implications her research might have for understanding cooperative behaviors in the animal kingdom.

Prime: Cuts – Social Structure in Western Bluebirds


Mysteries of the Black Widow

Most of us go out of our way NOT to run into a black widow spider, but biologist Emily MacLeod spends her time surrounded by them.

In the latest episode of “Prime: Cuts,” we follow the University of Toronto researcher as she observes the carnivorous spider in captivity and in its natural habitat on the Hastings Natural Reserve, one of the University of California’s 37 protected natural areas throughout that state that total 750,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world.

See what Emily uncovers in “Prime: Cuts – Mysteries of the Black Widow,” then check out more video about research taking place at UC’s Natural Reserve system.


In UC Berkeley Lab, Mind-Reading is Real

Mind reading video reconstruction from lab of Jack Gallant, UC Berkeley neuroscientist

The latest episode of  “Prime: Cuts” could easily be the premise of a Hollywood science fiction movie. Except this science is real, and it’s happening at UC Berkeley.

Neuroscientist Jack Gallant and his team have done what many thought impossible – literally read someone’s mind.

Using advanced brain imaging, researchers can now track what a subject’s brain sees while watching a movie and translate it from the mind to digital video. Talk about someone getting inside someone’s head!

Watch “Prime: Cuts – Vision Reconstruction” and see how they did it. It’s amazing stuff.


This Hospital Wired for Earthquake Safety

Here in California, we’ve learned some lessons when it comes to preparing for the next big earthquake. This is especially true for integral pieces of public infrastructure like freeway overpasses and hospitals.

Now, UC San Diego’s Englekirk Structural Engineering Center is preparing for the largest, most complex seismic test ever conducted and “Prime: Cuts” has a preview with “Protecting California’s Hospitals.”

In this 12-minute video, you’ll get an inside look at the multitude of ways that engineers are planning to monitor the nonstructural systems of a prototypical hospital, including the first-time-ever seismic test of a working elevator and fire testing. Then, we’ll be back with a report on the results and what it means for California’s hospitals.