The Boob Tube Is Here to Stay
While people wonder daily about the future of the newspaper, music and publishing industries, the television business seems to be surviving on its own terms. Sure it has lost revenue to the crisis and to the Internet, but its fundamental qualities combined with some late innovation have given the boob tube unusual stability in our time of unprecedented media change.
For all the appeal of interactive technologies, sometimes a more passive form of entertainment is desirable and this is just what TV offers. After a long day, whether it is at the cannery or the conservatory, a little effortless entertainment may just hit the spot. Another new media value, choice, is a virtue TV only partially shares. Entertainment on the Net is on-demand, but beyond the choice of TV channels, shows are broadcast when television studios want to broadcast them rather than when you want to watch them. Until TiVo, if you had to work at eleven in the morning, tough, but you’re going to miss The Price is Right.
But TiVo is an example of an industry innovation that made watching TV more attractive. Yesterday’s innovation was high-definition TV; today’s is three-dimensional TV. Though not all the kinks have been ironed out yet, 3-D viewing promises to be a major revolution in entertainment.
Other innovations have been pragmatic steps to accept the Internet and its ability to enhance TV watching. One way many would like to enhance their experience is by not paying cable companies extortionist monthly fees. Fancast uses Hulu to make many TV series available on-demand and for free! And keep an eye on Whitehatt, an Internet TV platform that aims to compete with monthly cable providers and satellite networks, which will debut in September of this year.
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
A groundbreaking new study shows that octopuses seemed to exhibit uncharacteristically social behavior when given MDMA, the psychedelic drug commonly known as ecstasy.
- Octopuses, like humans, have genes that seem to code for serotonin transporters.
- Scientists gave MDMA to octopuses to see whether those genes translated into a binding site for serotonin, which regulates emotions and behavior in humans
- Octopuses, which are typically asocial creatures, seem to get friendlier while on MDMA, suggesting humans have more in common with the strange invertebrates than previously thought
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