Stories for August 27, 2013
Surgery can be a necessary misery, endured in hope of health.
Navy corpsman Angelo Anderson was never much of a tennis fan, but he'll be running among the game's greatest players over the next two weeks as he serves as a ballperson for the U.S. Open. Anderson survived bone-shattering bullet wounds while serving in Afghanistan, and is now able to walk - and run - with enough skill to beat out 500 applicants for the ballperson job.
With his customary wit, wisdom and willingness to get involved, Michael Mosley unravels the biological, sensory and evolutionary mysteries of pleasure and pain. We discover how pleasure is the driving force behind healthy behaviors such as eating, having sex and keeping warm. Michael meets new mothers high on the pleasure hormone oxytocin, the thrill-seekers who jump 220 metres off a dam for fun and a woman who turned her own wedding into a science experiment to try and find out how much pleasure she was feeling.
San Francisco police supervisors serving search warrants will soon be wearing video cameras on their chests in an effort to head off allegations of wrongdoing during raids.