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Inside Science: Human Biology


Keeping the Pace: The Science of Pacemakers and Defibrillators

Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Today more than 3 million people have pacemakers, with over 600,000 implanted yearly. Tom Choi, a pediatric cardiologist and electrophysiologist, and Carolyn Ramwell, an electrophysiology nurse clinician, discuss the fascinating past, present, and future of this small but essential lifesaving device, covering the experimental history of the modern pacemaker and defibrillator, the current applications of both, and the future implications posed by artificial intelligence and technological advances.


Cultivating the Good Life: Why Relationships Are Essential

Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

What makes for a long, happy, meaningful, and good life? The simple but surprising answer is relationships. It’s based on 85 years of work by the Harvard Study of Adult Development, which is still active. Marc Schulz, the study’s associate director and co-author of the new book The Good Life, Lessons from the World's Longest Scientific Study of Happiness, highlights findings from the Harvard Study as well as others that point to the critical role of relationships in shaping happiness and health.