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Extending a warranty: is it worth it?

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:50:00 +1300

Extended warranties can cost 10 to 20 percent of the purchase price of a product, but in most cases you're paying for rights you already have under the Consumer Guarantees Act. George Block of presents our festive shopping guide covering this, how the major retailers are performing in the customer satisfaction stakes, and why it's always worth your while to haggle over price.

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Closing the packaging waste loop

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:35:00 +1300

How can you turn junk into cash, and encourage manufacturers and consumers to do the right thing when it comes to cutting down and disposing of packaging waste?

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Sensing cancer: real time tumour monitoring

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:30:00 +1300

The traditional way of diagnosing if someone has cancer involves blood tests, medical imaging and taking tissue samples or biopsies. But a team from The Broad Institute in Massachusetts are using blood tests alone to detect and monitor the disease. 

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Kill or cure? DIY gene therapies

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:15:00 +1300

How far would you go to find a cure if you were diagnosed with a terminal illness? An emerging underground community is taking a DIY approach, looking to hack the drawn-out process of drug development, animal testing and clinical trials by researching, making and then taking their own genetic treatments at home. Kristen V Brown of Gizmodo is working on a book about this biohacker movement.

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This Way Up for Saturday 9 December 2017

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:01:00 +1300

DIY gene therapies, real time tumour monitoring, turning rubbish into revenue, and retailers' extended warranties.

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Bacteria: a companion for cancer?

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:55:00 +1300

Science news with Dr Chris Smith, and how some parasites, like intestinal worms, suppress a hosts's immune system to stop them from being attacked. Also cancers carry microbes with them when they spread around the body, suggesting that certain bacteria might promote the process, new research reveals.

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Could a pill replace exercise?

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:45:00 +1300

Do you fancy living longer, having better sex, increasing your memory, and building muscle tone while burning fat?! With reputed benefits like these it's no wonder that the search is on for a medication that mimics what happens when we exercise. Nicola Twilley has been following its development, and the likelihood that a so-called exercise pill will ever reach the market.

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The future of AI and robotics

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:30:00 +1300

The International Robotics Exhibition is underway in Tokyo this week, with 130,000 visitors expected to attend the world's largest robotics fair. This Way Up technology correspondent Peter Griffin's been roaming the exhibition halls to check out the latest robots, from aged care assistants and exoskeletons to virtual-reality controlled robots and hospital bots. We also discuss Sky TV's controversial decision to sue 4 local internet service providers over their alleged role in promoting the spread of illegally downloaded content.

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Bird protection software

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:15:00 +1300

A network of wildlife sanctuaries has led to the reintroduction of many of New Zealand's native bird species, and now machine learning software could be an important tool in monitoring the survival of these birds once they leave these protected areas. With Heiko Wittmer and Victor Anton of Victoria University Wellington and Tim Rastall from NEC.

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This Way Up for Saturday 2 December 2017

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:01:00 +1300

Bird protection software, the future of AI and robotics, the 'exercise pill', and bacteria: a companion for cancer?

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Powering Japan: mining undersea 'fire ice'

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:50:00 +1300

Currently, Japan imports the bulk of its oil, coal and gas from overseas. Now, in an effort to become more energy self-sufficient, the Japanese government is making big investments in mining undersea methane hydrate reserves.

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A cut above? Testing lawnmowers

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:40:00 +1300

George Block of has been testing some new lawnmowers that have recently arrived on the market. He shares his best buys and advice.

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Cloud storage options - what's best?

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:25:00 +1300

Peter Griffin reviews the best deals on the market for safely storing your data and photos. Who are the main players, who protects your security and privacy best, and why does Apple keep sending alerts that your iCloud is full?

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A new test for concussion

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:15:00 +1300

American researchers think they have detected the precise chemical biomarkers in saliva that change after a head injury, which could lead to more objective and accurate concussion tests and better treatments.

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This Way Up for Saturday 25 November 2017

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:01:00 +1300

A new test for concussion, cloud storage options reviewed, lawnmowers tested, and mining undersea 'fire ice' to conquer Japan's energy woes.

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Netflix: inside the global entertainment network

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

With over 100 million subscribers worldwide, the streaming service Netflix has revolutionised the way that we access and consume TV shows and films. So what is behind its remarkable popularity, and what does the future hold?

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Hunger pangs: solving the secrets of appetite

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:45:00 +1300

Scientists from the University of Warwick think they've unlocked some important keys to understanding our appetite and how some foods can make you feel full more quickly than others. 

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Maths education: praise works

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

If your child thinks they are good at maths, then they probably will be. That's the conclusion of a major international study looking at data from more than 15,000 British and American schoolchildren. 

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Could schizophrenia be an immune disorder?

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

There's new evidence that schizophrenia could be related to our immune system – a discovery which could radically change the way the condition is treated.

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Eat, Sleep, Read

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

Would you pay to go on a weekend reading retreat to read books all day free from all disturbances and distractions? Former bookseller Cressida Downing and her business partner are offering that to UK bookworms.

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This Way Up for Saturday 18 November 2017

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

Reading retreats, understanding schizophrenia, maths education and the importance of praise, solving the secrets of appetite, and inside Netflix.

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A players' union for professional video gamers?

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:50:00 +1300

Professional video game players could soon have player unions, as the industry goes global and revenues soar. 

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Science news: growing new skin and carbon nanotube warning

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:40:00 +1300

A German team has used gene therapy to grow replacement skin for a young boy with a rare genetic disorder, and concern carbon nanotubes used in boats, buildings, and sporting equipment could be as bad for you as asbestos.

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Gene drives: not a silver bullet for killing pests

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:30:00 +1300

Gene drives offer a way to hack the traditional inheritance process to make sure a specific trait is passed on to the next generation. Could they be used to get us to Predator Free 2050?

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The Paradise Papers: tech tax revelations

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

Tech commentator Peter Griffin delves into the Paradise Papers, the disappearance of US$300 million of the cryptocurrency Ether, and Google's new driverless taxis and mail accounts for under-13s.

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This Way Up for Saturday 11 November 2017

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

Tech tax revelations, gene drives for predator control, growing new skin, a health warning about carbon nanotubes, and do professional video gamers need a union?

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The Vaccine Race

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

'The Vaccine Race' is a history of our fight against viral diseases. In the book, journalist Meredith Wadman tells the story of a major breakthrough in cell biology that remains important to this today, the use of human rather than animal cells in the development of the vaccines now administered to millions around the world every day.

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Smart phone apps for disease diagnosis

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

Alex Mariakakis is developing apps that will use smartphone cameras to provide a quick and early diagnosis of concussion, jaundice and even pancreatic cancer.

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French flatbread: fougasse

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 12:25:00 +1300

Sam Forbes is on a mission to get more New Zealanders eating real bread made from whole grains grown here in New Zealand. He shows us how to bake one of his best-sellers, fougasse; a tasty, oily, crunchy French flatbread with a curious back story.

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Laser strike: controlling insects using lasers

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

The Photonic Fence is a laser fly swat that never misses the mark. Using powerful cameras, this hi-tech bug zapper scans for pests and by measuring their size, shape, speed and wing-beat frequency in real time it can dispatch up to 20 insects a second. Arty Makagon from Intellectual Ventures wants to use it to control malarial mosquitoes, and one day the other insects bugging you.

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This Way Up for Saturday 4 November 2017

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

Controlling insects using lasers, baking fougasse, disease diagnosis apps, and a history of vaccines.

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