Channel 4 has commissioned a one-hour documentary from Mentorn
Media following Katie Piper as she explores the possibilities of
regaining her sight.
Katie has spent the
past three-and-half-years living with the impacts of an acid attack
which included leaving her blind in her left eye. In Katie: The
Science of Seeing Again which transmitted on February 7 2010
on Channel 4, Katie discovers the existence of pioneering surgery
that could potentially restore her sight using the extraordinary
power of stem cells.
She tracks down the doctor responsible and puts herself forward
to be among some of the first people to undergo the treatment -
which entails transplanting stem cells directly into her eye.
In this authored film, Katie discovers the science behind stem
cell technology, investigating the long-term effects, the chance of
success and moral considerations as she prepares to undergo this
ground-breaking optical surgery.
Commissioned by David Glover this is the first documentary as
part of Katie's exclusive deal with Channel 4. He said: "This
film was Katie's idea and she approached me asking to make it.
What's amazing about it is that we explore a cutting-edge science
story from the point of view of the person undergoing the
operation. Katie is an extraordinary natural communicator and puts
it all in human terms, it's been a huge pleasure working with
Mentorn Media Executive Producer, Hannah Wyatt, said: "Katie is
an incredible young woman and in this film we see her bravery,
positivity and humour take her down a different path to previous
programmes. She intelligently explores the science behind such
pioneering surgery, considering carefully the moral and ethical
questions of such a life-changing decision."
Katie Piper said: "This has been an extraordinary
exploration for me and one that has resulted in the decision to
make my 110 operation one to help restore my sight. It has been at
times emotional but fascinating - as I continue my medical journey
I am constantly in awe of the human body and the skills of the
amazing surgeons I come into contact with."
To view a clip of the documentary go to Katie:
The Science of Seeing Again on YouTube
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Well, maybe it'll be a while until robot cars are the norm, but
Google's self-driving cars have clocked up a successful 140,000
miles on busy city streets.
Have a look at this video of a journalist testing Google's
What's the point of a self-driving car?
Because it's cool! OK, not just because it's
cool. Robot cars could reduce car accidents, cut down on
traffic congestion and reduce the amount of petrol we use.
How does it work?
The car 'sees' the road through cameras, sensors and radar. This
information is sent to the 'brain' of the car, a computer. The car
can take in and process information much more quickly than a human
driver, allowing it to make and carry out correct decisions
Have a look at this picture on the New
York Times to find out more.
When will all cars be robotic?
Designers have to make sure that the cars can cope with all
kinds of unpredictable situations, like pedestrians walking out in
front of cars, cyclists running red lights and other people's
Governments also need to think about the laws involving robotic
cars. Who is responsible if there is an accident - the person in
the car or the manufacturer who made and designed the car? Once
these problems are sorted out there's no reason why we couldn't all
be driving robotic cars!
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