Coming up, going under. We dive into a new field of research and pickup a few choice samples along the way. You can run, but you can't hide. A new way to capture wildlife without actually catching it. And moon shots. Star gazing or star grazing. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to colonize space. Hello and welcome to GLOBAL CHALLENGES, from the Bahamas.
Ever since homo sapiens started walking the earth, it is what nature has to offer to help us survive, and we as a species have been remarkably clever when it comes to isolating that really good stuff and using it for its healing properties.
Here at the Rhine (ph) Nature Center, for instance, there are plants that are now being used to fight diseases like diabetes, leukemia, and even treat rheumatism. But there was a snag. There's only so much of the earth's surface left to look for valuable new plants and organisms.
Hold on a minute. 2/3 of the earth's surface is covered by water. Life as we know it began in the ocean, so surely there are many more secrets yet to be revealed. And that is why we're here.
We hooked up with some researchers who are plumbing the depths.