Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thursday, June 24, 2010


Thursday, June 24, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39




1:41 – 1:47

The tennis game that won’t end: Wimbledon’s marathon match

And we thought only World Cup soccer games lasted this long—or at least it often feels that way.  John Isner and Nicolas Mahut are not necessarily household names on the international tennis circuit, but even if they do nothing else in their careers they will make history over the course of three days and at least 10 hours on the tennis court:  they are in the midst of playing the longest tennis game ever, as they enter Thursday’s third installment of their match at Wimbledon tied 59-59 in the final set.  The net on Wimbledon Court 18 broke at one point, then the scoreboard conked out, but Isner and Mahut continued to play on.  As play was suspended Wednesday night the two men had served up nearly 100 aces a piece and are guaranteed to far surpass the next longest game, which was at 6-hours, 33-minutes during the 2004 French Open.  How much longer will the epic tennis battle rage on?



Xan Brooks, associate editor & sports blogger at The Guardian, covering Wimbledon




1:47 – 1:58:30

Go USA…….but soccer still sucks

It was a fantastic end-to-end rush:  the Algerian team put on a fierce attack against the American goal, peppering the goalie with shots; he makes a key save, launches the ball up field, the American players on an all out sprint close in on the Algerian goalkeeper and with one shot and a nice rebound, Landon Donovan catapults the American soccer team into the second round of the World Cup.  It was a delirious 11 seconds out of a 92 minute soccer match, which is why in spite of all of the excitement surrounding this World Cup tournament, we maintain that soccer still sucks.  The inspiring Donovan goal is a rarity in soccer, the kind of frenetic end-to-end action that is so often absent in drawn out matches than have a high tendency to end in scoreless ties.  This is why soccer has no traction in the U.S.; this is why the World Cup is more popular as a curious spectacle rather than an attention-grabbing sports event.  You may forever root for the U.S. team, but there is any doubt that soccer still sucks?



Lynn Berling-Manuel, Chief Marketing Officer for the American Youth Soccer Organization.  She is the former chief executive officer of Soccer America Communications, publishers of Soccer America Magazine




2:06 – 2:30

Cancer “breakthroughs” and defeats: where are we really in the fight against cancer?

The fight against cancer still wages on in the medical world as there are “breakthroughs” in the field seemingly everyday. Scientists work tirelessly to combat the disease, bringing forth ideas such as training the immune system to fight cancer and examining cancerous cells in 3D to better form an attack strategy. There’ve also been strides made in the path toward a cancer vaccine, but alas, no cigar. In any case, the battle must be fought slowly and a step at a time. So where are we, really, in the fight against cancer? And what effect does the media have on society when it turns a small step into a giant leap? 



Dr. Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society.



  • He is responsible for directing the Society’s Cancer Control Science department. This group of internationally recognized experts focuses on the prevention and early detection of cancer, as well as emerging science and trends in cancer. 
  • Feels some small steps in research are misunderstood and blown up in the media as more important than they actually are.  Some issues are hard for him to understand, let alone the layman.
  • Studies in animals are hard to interpret;  there is a long way from curing an animal with cancer to curing a human being.




2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

Hard-wired for war? Humans and chimps may have shared ancestor to thank

Probably nothing is more certain, more studied or more essentially “human” than war, but new study may change that.  Dr. John Mitani of Michigan University recently completed a ten-year look at warfare among chimpanzees, finding that they cooperate to organize themselves with the intent to capture territory, their behavior is adaptive, and that natural selection has therefore hard-wired warfare into their neural circuitry.  That’s of particular interest to humans because of the possibility that we both inherited an instinct for aggressive behavior from a common ancestor who lived about 5 million years ago.  Chimp warfare heretofore has rarely been observed by humans—Jane Goodall famously witnessed a chimp community in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park split into two and then one group wipe out the other (but those chimps had been fed bananas, leading some researchers to blame the war on this human intervention) and the only other instance involved another Tanzanian chimp group that was wiped out completely, but no bodies were ever found.  From what has been witnessed, chimps’ warfare closely resembles that of contemporary human hunter-gatherer societies, so if there is a genetic link, Dr. Mitani’s study raises many more questions—can chimps foresee the consequences of their behavior?  Do they calculate the outcomes? And what can they tell us about ourselves and our perhaps inevitable appetite for war.





Dr. Sylvia Amsler, primate behavioral ecologist and professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas; she was co-author on a report published this week in “Current Biology”




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