Glaciers all over the world are melting faster and faster and it is estimated that by the end of the century, those of the Alps will have completely disappeared. This is why they are also monitored from space with satellites, but it is also essential to study them from the inside, to find out what weakens their “heart”. A mechanism that seems to be the cause of recent and sudden disasters such as those of the Marmolada. The documentary of the Doc Lab made by Marco Visalberghi “Gli Ultimi Ghiacci” tells it, which opens the last episode “Superquark”, the final legacy of Piero Angela, broadcast on Wednesday 24 August at 21.20 on Rai 1. The documentary “enters” in the glaciers, in the tunnels and in the so-called glacial mills in the company of the speleologist Francesco Sauro and the astronaut Luca Parmitano to reveal the secrets and unusual faces of these ice giants.
Goal, then, on “personalized” medicine, with Barbara Gallavotti and Rita Antonelli: in Val d’Aosta a new center will study the DNA of thousands of people to understand what are the tiny characteristics that can affect our health and how to deal with them. In Greenland, on the other hand, Alberto Angela talks about the Inuit, a population able to live and survive in extreme conditions which, in winter, involve the absolute isolation of the individual agglomerations. A journey through history that also touches the archaeological site of Semermiut, a UNESCO heritage site, scattered with traces of the first phases of human colonization of Greenland, and the museum of Qasigiannguit, a town where Inuit traditions are still well present and maintained.
Space also for technology, between microelectronics that can help those with particular types of blindness – as explained by Daniela Franco’s report on an international research of the Gemelli Hospital in Rome – and the Grenoble Synchrotron where the collaboration between doctors, biologists and physicists is by creating a new atlas of the human body and – say Paolo Magliocco and Daniela Franco – it is also possible to examine the damage to individual organs caused by pathologies such as covid. And again, in the service of Marco Visalberghi, all the new technologies for the safety of bridges, while Paolo Magliocco and Gianpiero Orsingher reveal how playing can help the mind stay in shape, slow down aging and fight cognitive decay: from card to electronic games and soon also to robots
Guests of Piero Angela, in the studio, for the columns of “Superquark”, Dr. Elisabetta Bernardi talks about the diet of footballers and salt in “Science in the kitchen”, Professor Alessandro Barbero tells the shortest war in history in “Behind the scenes of history ”and Massimo Polidoro explains how to recognize true plots and false plots in“ Psychology of a hoax ”.