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Quinoa genetics & evidence e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:50:00 +1300

A new study suggests e-cigarettes may be a gateway to smoking real cigarettes. Also scientists are using genetic sequencing technology to understand how quinoa can grow in super harsh conditions.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170218-1250-sequencing_quinoa_genetic_secrets_of_the_mother_grain-128.mp3




Cannibalism and human nature

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:35:00 +1300

Is it ever OK to eat another human being? Zoologist Bill Schutt explores the question.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170218-1235-eat_me_a_natural_and_unnatural_history_of_cannibalism-128.mp3




Tech news: Facebook TV and India's space race

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:25:00 +1300

This week Facebook gets into the TV business, and India launches 104 satellites in a single mission. It's a new world record and announces the country as a serious player in the commercial space race.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170218-1225-facebook_tv_and_indias_space_race-128.mp3




China's ballpoint quest & the rise of the unsmart phone

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:15:00 +1300

Is the "dumbphone" poised for a bit of a comeback? Also China's quest to build the perfect ballpoint pen and how the humble biro is being used by the NZ police to fight crime.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170218-1215-chinas_ballpoint_quest_and_the_rise_of_the_unsmart_phone-128.mp3




This Way Up for Saturday 18 February 2017

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:01:00 +1300

China's ballpoint quest, the rise of the dumb phone, Facebook TV, India breaks space records, a history of cannibalism, and sequencing quinoa.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170218-1201-this_way_up_for_saturday_18_february_2017-128.mp3




Bringing back extinct species

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:45:00 +1300

Helen Pilcher looks at the controversial science of de-extinction.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170211-1245-bringing_extinct_species_back_from_the_dead-128.mp3




Bioinspiration - medical solutions from nature

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:35:00 +1300

Jeff Karp is a bioengineer looking to nature for inspiration in developing new medical treatments.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170211-1235-bioinspiration_solving_medical_challenges_using_nature-128.mp3




Tech news: Snapchat IPO and 5G mobile

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:25:00 +1300

Wikipedia bans the Daily Mail as a reliable source, Snapchat gets ready to go public, plus the next generation of mobile telephony – 5G is just around the corner.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170211-1225-snapchat_ipo_and_the_approach_of_5g-128.mp3




Can you eat your way to better gut health?

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:15:00 +1300

BBC science journalist Dr Michael Mosley has been testing out which foods promote the good bugs, and whether those probiotic drinks actually work.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170211-1215-can_you_eat_your_way_to_better_gut_health-128.mp3




This Way Up for Saturday 11 February 2017

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:01:00 +1300

Eat your way to better gut health, Snapchat IPO and the approach of 5G, solving medical challenges using nature and bringing extinct species back from the dead.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170211-1201-this_way_up_for_saturday_11_february_2017-128.mp3




Jean testing: ethical cotton

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:50:00 +1300

Cotton has one of the most tangled and opaque consumer supply chains in the world, says James Hayward of Applied DNA Sciences. He's using genetic barcodes to introduce more traceability to the system.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170204-1250-jean_testing_ethical_cotton-128.mp3




Tech news - Facebook flourishes and #DeleteUber

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:40:00 +1300

Peter Griffin has the latest on Facebook's huge growth in users and ad revenue, and why did thousands of UBER customers delete the app this week?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170204-1240-_deleteuber-128.mp3




When is a kg not a kg?

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:30:00 +1300

The measurement of a kilogram is currently based on a hunk of metal kept under lock and key in France - but that's about to change. We find out why.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170204-1230-when_is_a_kg_not_a_kilo-128.mp3




Spin doctors: a global peleton

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:15:00 +1300

Peloton is a spin class with a difference – 80,000 bikes, 250,000 riders, and it all happens in your home. Steven Kurutz from the New York Times has been to Peleton HQ in Manhattan.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170204-1215-spin_doctors_a_global_peleton-128.mp3




This Way Up for Saturday 4 February 2017

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:01:00 +1300

Spin doctors, when is a kg not a kilo?, #DeleteUber and jean testing: ethical cotton.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170204-1201-this_way_up_for_4_february_2017_web-128.mp3




Hacking the genetic alphabet

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:45:00 +1300

Professor Floyd Romesberg of the Scripps Research Institute in California is part of a research team that's added 2 extra, synthetic genetic 'letters' to ecoli bacteria, and these single-celled organisms have reproduced. The aim is to create new drugs, help target medical treatments, and even clean up oil spills.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170128-1245-synthetic_life_creating_organisms_in_the_lab-128.mp3




Tech news: Fake Twitter accounts & Android Instant Apps

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:35:00 +1300

Tech correspondent Peter Griffin with news that Google is testing out Android Instant Apps amid a downturn in the global app-based economy. Also how a proliferation of massive bot networks on Twitter could lead to the dissemination of fake news, or be sold off to the highest bidder.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170128-1235-tech_fake_twitter_accounts_discovered-128.mp3




How Tetris can rewire your brain

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:25:00 +1300

A popular puzzle computer game which emerged from the Eastern Bloc has helped reveal to scientists how repeating an activity can rewire our brains.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170128-1225-tetris_rewiring_your_brain-128.mp3




Could a blood test reveal you've had a stroke?

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:15:00 +1300

Professor Nicholas Dale of the University of Warwick is developing a simple blood test to detect if you've had a stroke. He hopes this will ensure that stroke sufferers can be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170128-1215-stroke_sensor-128.mp3




This Way Up for Saturday 28 January 2017

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:01:00 +1300

Stroke blood test, the Tetris story, tech news (Instant Apps and fake Twitter accounts) and building synthetic life by hacking the genetic alphabet.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170128-1201-this_way_up_for_saturday_28_january_2017-128.mp3




This Way Up for Saturday 28 January 2017

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:01:00 +1300

Stroke blood test, the Tetris story, tech news (Instant Apps and fake Twitter accounts) and building synthetic life by hacking the genetic alphabet.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/twu/twu-20170128-1201-this_way_up_for_saturday_28_january_2017-128.mp3