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This Way Up - slices of life for curious minds


Where to with wearables?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:50:00 +1200

The race is on to develop the next generation of wearable technologies that will make our lives better, easier and more productive... in theory. Professor Paul Lukowicz, who specialises in AI, talks about the latest in wearables design.

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News in bed: where do you get yours?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:40:00 +1200

Tech news with Peter Griffin and UBER's CEO Travis Kalanick steps down after his controversial stint in the spotlight. And from renewing a passport to paying your speeding tickets; how often do you deal with the government online? Finally, fake news, the rise of the messaging app, and more of us are reading the news in bed than on our commutes! These are some of the key findings from the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017.

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Life at the young and old folks' home

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +1200

Young Finnish people are moving into Helsinki's biggest state-run rest home as the country grapples with a housing crisis. 

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The tech transforming golf

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:15:00 +1200

Sports fans are a demanding lot. They want live action, instant replays and super slow mo, as well as perceptive commentary and insightful analysis supported by the latest data beamed live and direct from the field as well as from the players themselves. Animation Research in Dunedin brought you the graphical interpretation of the 1992 Americas Cup. Fast forward 25 years and we can all be yachting experts without any of us falling overboard or the sea spray and lifejackets: all you need today is a screen! Similar technology is now being used in televised coverage of golf so the spectator will know far more about how a player is performing than the golfer or their caddie out on the fairway. Ben Taylor is the golf operations manager at Animation Research. He's just been working on TV coverage of the 117th US Open golf championship at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

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This Way Up for Saturday 24 June 2017

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:01:00 +1200

The tech transforming golf, young folks' home in Finland, news in bed, and where to with wearables?

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An upswing for golf watchers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:35:00 +1200

Soon spectators at home will know far more about how a golfer is performing than the player or their caddie. Ben Taylor from Animation Research in Dunedin is helping develop the technology.

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Science news: Parkinson's may originate in the gut

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:50:00 +1200

Further evidence Parkinson's disease may be triggered in the intestine raises hopes for earlier diagnosis and scientists in South Africa discover the disease trajectory of tuberculosis.

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Cycling – the key to a happier & healthier old age?

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:35:00 +1200

Take one trishaw – a bit like a tricycle but with two wheels at the front – add two passengers and a volunteer driver, then get out in the fresh air for a pedal. That's the essence of Cycling Without Age.

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Tech news: cryptocurrency booms & the latest in gaming

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:25:00 +1200

Why the market for digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum is booming; the latest from LA gaming conference E3 2017; and Crash Override, the malware that can take down power grids.

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How healthy is your gut?

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:15:00 +1200

Author and science journalist Michael Mosley turns his attention to our insides in the new book The Clever Guts Diet.

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This Way Up for Saturday 17 June 2017

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:01:00 +1200

The Clever Guts Diet, the cryptocurrency boom, Cycling Without Age, and how Parkinson's invades your brain.

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Flatpack food: shape-changing pasta

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:55:00 +1200

Researchers at MIT are trying to save on food transport costs by making meals that can transform from something that looks like a flat sheet of lasagne into macaroni just by adding water. Wen Wang is one of the team.

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Womb with a view: when can a foetus see?

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:40:00 +1200

Science news – research suggests 34-week-old foetuses can see in the womb, plus the Zika virus could be used to treat brain cancer and measuring a white dwarf star with light.

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Disposable drones to the rescue

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:35:00 +1200

The US Department of Defense is developing vanishing air vehicles that can make precise deliveries of critical supplies, then vaporise into thin air.

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Miniaturising the world

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:25:00 +1200

Miniaturist Mavis Cheyne uses her wood turning, pottery, joinery, embroidery and decorative skills to recreate all kinds of things in tiny scale and amazing detail. We visit her garage workshop to see how she does it.

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Global sand shortage?

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:15:00 +1200

David Owen explores the global business of sand in a rather worryingly titled New Yorker article 'The World is Running Out of Sand'.

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This Way Up for Saturday 10 June 2017

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:01:00 +1200

A global sand shortage? Miniaturising the world, disposable drones, womb with a view: can foetuses see? And flatpack food: self-assembling pasta.

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Games fans fund their own fun

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:50:00 +1200

The crowdfunding website Kickstarter's become an important way for 'tabletop games' designers to connect with fans and raise the cash needed to produce their games.

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NZ board game set to go big-time

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:40:00 +1200

Local game designer Shem Phillips has raised over $1 million to make board games via the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. His Viking-themed game 'Raiders of the North Sea' has just been nominated for an international games award.

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Tech news: Google's tax bill & your next 'essential' phone

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +1200

The founder of Android launches a smartphone; Google releases its NZ accounts (spoiler alert: it's not paying much tax here), and China introduces new laws for foreign tech companies.

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Gene editing: too much hype?

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:15:00 +1200

CRISPR Cas9 is a technique used to edit DNA that some say will change medicine, farming and genetic science forever. Biochemist Ian Hayden has been looking at where the technology is at and where it's heading.

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This Way Up for Saturday 3 June 2017

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:01:00 +1200

Gene editing: how much hype? Google's tax bill & the Esssential phone, board game bonanza, and funding fun by fans.

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Bugs for breakfast?

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:50:00 +1200

There's a growing interest in breeding and consuming bugs as a more eco-friendly and sustainable protein source than farmed meat. Malcolm Diack is a locust farmer breeding what he calls "sky prawns" in his garden shed in Dunedin.

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Science news: sperm in space and why we shun the sick

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:40:00 +1200

This week, ground-breaking research into how and why flamingoes can stand on one leg; why we tend to shun people who are sick; and the survival of human sperm in space.

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India – cow ambulances and the solar boom

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:30:00 +1200

A new private ambulance service has launched in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh... but this one's not for people, it's for cows. Plus, as solar power prices fall to a record low, India is becoming a major market for green energy.

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The America's Cup: a 360-degree view

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:15:00 +1200

A Dunedin tech company is aiming to put viewers right onboard a racing America's Cup boat with the help of an aerodynamic 360-degree camera.

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This Way Up for Saturday 27 May 2017

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:01:00 +1200

360 degree sailing at the America's Cup, India's ambulance service for cows, the 248 mile high club and bugs for breakfast?

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A date crisis with an evil weevil

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:40:00 +1200

Not every weevil's evil, but the red palm weevil is threatening global date supplies. This could mean fewer date scones, and more importantly, could contribute to greater political instability in the Middle East.

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Tech news: Google's latest ideas and net neutrality

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:40:00 +1200

This week, Google's offerings from its annual I/O developer conference; the latest fallout from the WannaCry ransomware attack; and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) votes 2:1 to overturn some legislation protecting net neutrality.

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A (working) dog's life

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:25:00 +1200

New Zealand is reputed to have more working dogs per capita than anywhere else in the world. So what's in a day's work? A groundbreaking study is using canine fit bits to find out.

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Synthetic life – can we build it?

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:15:00 +1200

At a recent conference in New York, 250 scientists from 10 countries discussed the ethics of creating genomes. They also pitched ideas, including plants that can sniff out explosives and microbes that could fight obesity.

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This Way Up for Saturday 20 May 2017

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:01:00 +1200

Synthetic life: can we build it? Tracking farm dogs, net neutrality and the date crisis involving an evil weevil.

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