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This Way Up - slices of life for curious minds



 



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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170527-1250-farming_locusts_bugs_for_breakfast-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170527-1240-sperm_in_space_and_shunning_the_sick-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170527-1230-cow_ambulance-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170527-1215-360_degree_americas_cup_coverage-128.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170527-1201-this_way_up_for_saturday_27_may_2017-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170520-1240-a_date_crisis_with_an_evil_weevil-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170520-1240-net_neutrality-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170520-1225-tracking_farm_dogs_a_dogs_life-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170520-1215-synthetic_life_can_we_build_it-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170520-1201-this_way_up_for_saturday_20_may_2017-128.mp3




Detecting fake drugs

Sat, 13 May 2017 12:55:00 +1200

There are over 200 million cases of malaria recorded worldwide every year and it kills more than 400,000 people annually, according to the World Health Organisation.. Although it can be treated by taking medicines, in parts of Africa it's estimated that up to half of the anti-malarials on the market are counterfeits with no active ingredients. Ben Wilson of the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory and his team have taken a cheap infrared scanner and connected it to a smartphone app to tell counterfeit from genuine medicines on the spot, without having to send samples to a lab for testing.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170513-1255-fake_drug_detection-128.mp3




Saffron: how to use it and how to spot the fake stuff

Sat, 13 May 2017 12:40:00 +1200

Saffron is the most expensive spice on the planet. We find out from a Central Otago saffron farmer how to cook with it, how to store it and how to know it's genuine. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170513-1240-gold_spice_saffron-128.mp3




Training doctors using VR

Sat, 13 May 2017 12:30:00 +1200

Virtual reality technology is already touted as a safe, effective way to train pilots, parole officers, surgeons, soldiers and bus drivers. A pilot study at Waitemata DHB is now using VR to train junior doctors in how to respond in emergencies.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170513-1230-training_doctors_using_vr-128.mp3




Tech addiction: clicking for kicks

Sat, 13 May 2017 12:15:00 +1200

A new book claims almost half of us have some kind of behavioural addiction involving screens or the internet, and that has worrying implications for us as social beings.  


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170513-1215-tech_addiction_clicking_for_kicks-128.mp3




This Way Up for Saturday 13 May 2017

Sat, 13 May 2017 12:01:00 +1200

Tech addiction: clicking for kicks, training junior doctors using VR, growing saffron the world's most expensive spice, and fake drug detection.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170513-1201-this_way_up_for_saturday_13_may_2017-128.mp3




Virtual memories: VR for seniors

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:50:00 +1200

Virtual reality technology isn't just for millennials and gamers. Recently, a series of VR films targeted at a very mature audience premiered at a New York senior citizen's centre.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170506-1250-virtual_memories_vr_for_seniors-128.mp3




Junk Run: saving stuff from the landfill

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:40:00 +1200

Junk Run is an Auckland rubbish collection business where the end goal is to recycle and repurpose rubbish into treasure... and it seems to be working. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170506-1240-junk_run_saving_stuff_from_landfill-128.mp3




Biology of disruption: Kaikōura's marine life adapts

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:25:00 +1200

What did the Kaikōura earthquake mean for local sea life? For some seaweeds, it's been a genetic bonus in the future we may see more biodiversity along the coast, according to a marine scientist. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170506-1225-biology_of_disruption-128.mp3




Chasing the first sub-2 hour marathon

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:15:00 +1200

This weekend, on a Formula One race track in Italy, three of the world's top long-distance runners attempt to run the first sub-2 hour marathon.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170506-1215-the_sub-2_hour_marathon-128.mp3




This Way Up for Saturday 6 May 2017

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:01:00 +1200

A sub-2 hour marathon, the biology of disruption, saving junk from landfill, and virtual memories: VR for seniors.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170506-1201-this_way_up_for_saturday_6_may_2017-128.mp3




High voltage: plug-in planes

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:50:00 +1200

NASA and Boeing are among those making big investments in electric aircrafts, plus an unusual approach to new product innovation by Apple.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170429-1250-high_voltage_plug_in_planes-128.mp3




Tech news: WikiTribune and the censorship of Netflix

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:40:00 +1200

The founder of Wikipedia is proposing a crowdsourced solution to the problems besetting the news media; and a TV series dealing with teen suicide raises questions about the censorship of video streaming services.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170429-1240-fixing_the_news_wikitribune-128.mp3




Build your own emergency kit

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:25:00 +1200

Consumer NZ has labelled many of the emergency response kits sold in NZ a 'disaster'. George Block shows us how easy it is to assemble your own three-day survival kit that's better than commercial products and costs far less.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170429-1225-build_your_own_emergency_kit-128.mp3




Doctor in a box: a diagnosis machine

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:15:00 +1200

A medical device inspired by Star Trek and powered by artificial intelligence can test for 13 different medical conditions without a doctor in sight. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170429-1215-doctor_in_a_box_a_diagnosis_machine-128.mp3




This Way Up for Saturday 29 April 2017

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:01:00 +1200

A medical diagnosis machine, build your own emergency kit, plug in planes, and can WikiTribune fix the news media?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170429-1201-this_way_up_for_saturday_29_april_2017-128.mp3




Fishy feelings

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:50:00 +1200

Fish not only have lifelong relationships and intricate dating rituals, they also use tools, hunt in tandem and punish wrongdoers, says Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170422-1250-fishy_feelings-128.mp3




Science news: Fighting flu with frogs

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:45:00 +1200

Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists looks at a way to fight the flu virus using a colourful Indian frog and a super bandage that encourages wounds to heal way faster.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170422-1245-fighting_flu_with_frogs-128.mp3




Ferry charges: Norway's electric fleet

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:35:00 +1200

In Norway, the world's first electric car ferry is operating successfully and a whole fleet of more eco-friendly vessels is on its way. Now low-emission, plug-in ferries could be a viable option for the Cook Strait crossing, too.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170422-1235-ferry_charges_norways_electric_fleet-128.mp3




Boosting Arabic online

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:25:00 +1200

Arabic is a badly under-represented language online. Now a local project wants New Zealand to become a 'digital Switzerland' and make Arabic academic material easier for students and teachers to find, access and share. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170422-1225-boosting_arabic_online-128.mp3




The marathon detective

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:15:00 +1200

Amateur marathon sleuth Derek Murphy is using publicly available data and social media to bust the running cheats.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170422-1215-marathon_detective-128.mp3




This Way Up for Saturday 22 April 2017

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:01:00 +1200

The marathon detective, boosting Arabic online, Norway's electric ferry fleet, fighting flu with frogs, and fish have feelings too.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170422-1201-this_way_up_for_saturday_22_april_2017-128.mp3