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This Way Up - slices of life for curious minds


Why are so many of us on edge?

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:50:00 +1300

Wall Street Journal health reporter and anxiety sufferer Andrea Petersen weaves her personal story with the latest research in On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety.

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Nemo's Garden - farming underwater

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:40:00 +1300

An Italian scuba diver is planting crops in biospheres 10 metres beneath the waters of Liguria

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Reefer for Rover

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +1300

The medical marijuana market is taking off across the US. But should your pet take pot?

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A buyer's guide to cryptocurrencies

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:20:00 +1300

Tech correspondent Peter Griffin shares his experience of buying virtual coins, and he's got a few tips if you are considering investing in new cyber frontier.

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China Bitcoin Ban

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:15:00 +1300

A bitcoin bubble is seeing Asian governments scrambling to regulate this new financial frontier. New York Times' Nathaniel Popper has been tracking the rise and fall of cryptocurrencies in Asia.

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This Way Up for Saturday 14 October 2017

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:01:00 +1300

This week we learn about the Chinese bitcoin ban and find out how you can become a virtal trader with the newest cryptocurrencies. Plus a vet that is using medical marijuana on pets, a blossoming garden under the Mediterranean Sea, and we take a journey through anxiety.

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Scientists discover high rates of pesticides in honey

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:55:00 +1300

Dr Chris Smith has the latest on pesticides in honey and growing kidney diseases in a dish to develop new treatments.

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Sex medicine: treating men and women differently

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:40:00 +1300

Heart disease is the biggest killer of women in NZ. Could part of the problem be that a woman's symptoms can be very different to a man's, and lots of heart attacks are missed and wrongly diagnosed?

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Increase your size and strength! Mesh networking in the home

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +1300

Peter Griffin has tips on boosting your wifi signal throughout the home – no more dead spots and laggy connections in the loo!

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Electroceuticals: turning off disease

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:20:00 +1300

A US company has developed a pacemaker-like device to treat rheumatoid arthritis, as well as Crohn's disease, by hacking the nervous system with an electrical charge.

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Cleaning sucks, so which is the best stick vacuum?

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:15:00 +1300

Stick vacuums are lightweight, super handy and can suck your wallet dry. So do they work and which models get the Consumer tick of approval? George Block has been testing a range of cordless stick vacuums.

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This Way Up for Saturday 7 October 2017

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:01:00 +1300

Hacking the human nervous system with electroceuticals, why sex and gender matters in medical diagnosis, and how to get a longer stronger signal. Plus we review stick vacuums - which ones suck?

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Tsunami debris carries marine life from Japan to the US

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:55:00 +1300

Nearly 300 species of fish and invertebrates have crossed the Pacific Ocean on floating debris since the 2011 earthquake.

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Learning to live with bad bugs

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:45:00 +1300

The fight against antibiotic resistance is a fight against evolution, and sadly it's not a war we're ever going to win. Our approach so far has been to kill the bad bugs, waging a war on pathogens with antimicrobials, like vaccines, antivirals and antibiotics as our major weapons. So could there be a better way for managing pathogens, a way in which we can tolerate them better, and actually promote and induce tolerance in those that have been affected? Biologist Janelle Ayres of The Salk Institue in California is working on this alternative approach.

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Sensing water quality

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:30:00 +1300

Over the past decade water quality and the health of our streams, lakes and rivers has become a major deal for many New Zealanders, and as the recent election campaign showed it's become a political issue that wins and loses votes too. So how can you tell if the water quality of your local stream or river is improving or not? Grant Muir is a farmer and fisherman living in the Wairarapa and saw first hand the impact that poor water quality had on his local stream. So he developed a solar-powered, portable water tester called the Riverwatch that measures the health of your water and how it changes over time.

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Sugar planet: rising CO2 adds carbs to crops

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:15:00 +1300

The world is getting sweeter, as rising CO2 levels change not only our climate but our plants. Key crops like rice, wheat, barley and potatoes now contain more sugars and less protein than ever before.

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This Way Up for Saturday 30 September 2017

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:01:00 +1300

How rising carbon dioxide levels are changing our crops. Plus sensing water quality, learning to live with bad bugs, and how the 2011 Japanese tsunami spread 300+ species!

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Science news: MS gene therapy & electric eels

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:50:00 +1200

Gene therapy could potentially stop the progression of MS or multiple sclerosis; and a new study shows that a decent-sized eel can deliver an electric shock ten times more powerful than a TASER.

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How dirty is your dish cloth?

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:45:00 +1200

The average kitchen sponge harbours more than 300 species of bacteria in concentrations as high as human faeces, a German study has found. But rigorously cleaning it isn't the answer – that seems to encourage more 'bad' bacteria to grow. 

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Stopping humidity with shower domes

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:40:00 +1200

George Block from has been reviewing shower domes – the plastic shower covers designed to keep the moisture inside your shower and your bathroom dry.

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The Venezuelans mining Bitcoin to survive

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:30:00 +1200

Thousands of resourceful Venezuelans have started mining the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to survive the economic crisis facing the country. Rene Chun covered the story for The Atlantic.

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Bleeding the kids dry

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:15:00 +1200

An American startup is charging US$8,000 for a transfusion of blood from a donor under 25. The company's founder and a biology of ageing specialist talk about the potential effects.

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This Way Up for Saturday 23 September 2017

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:01:00 +1200

Can a transfusion of young blood stop ageing? Venezuela's Bitcoin miners, shower domes, dirty dish cloths and a potential gene therapy for MS.

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The secret history of the iPhone

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:50:00 +1200

Tech journalist Brian Merchant reflects on the first decade of the iPhone – how it's not only changed our lives, but revolutionised the way digital devices are marketed and sold – in his book The One Device.

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Adios, Cassini

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:45:00 +1200

It's time to farewell Cassini, the unmanned spacecraft that revealed so much about Saturn and her moons.Plus scientists discover another possible explanation for antibiotic resistance.

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Meet the 'food computer'

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:30:00 +1200

It's a mini AI-powered hothouse where UV light exposure can be carefully controlled to produce nutritious crops that taste great. Risto Mikkulainen is one of those responsible for designing the AI software.

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CrossFit: a new religion?

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:15:00 +1200

With an estimated 4 million daily practitioners worldwide and an emphasis on the power of shared experience and community, CrossFit shows many of the characteristics of an emerging modern religion, a theologian says.

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This Way Up for Saturday 16 September 2017

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:01:00 +1200

CrossFit: a new religion? The Food Computer, adios Cassini and the secret history of the iPhone.

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