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Naughty or nice? Who really gets the Christmas goodies?

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:55:00 +1300

Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists with groundbreaking research that must already be one of the front runners for this year's Ig Nobel science awards. For the first time there is empirical evidence that being good does not in fact increase the likelihood of Father Christmas arriving at your chimney!

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Chilling in the hood? Could freezing gunshot victims save lives

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:45:00 +1300

A controversial medical trial is taking place in Baltimore, freezing gunshot victims in an attempt to extend "the golden hour', and stop trauma patients from bleeding out. Nicola Twilley has visited the city for the New Yorker to explore the tensions this is creating.

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2016: the year in tech

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:35:00 +1300

This Way Up reviews what's been hot (quite literally in one notable case) tech in 2016. VR has well and truly arrived and chatbots are on the horizon.

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Mr Foureyes: seeing at school

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:15:00 +1300

Opticians Ravi Dass and Stephanie Hill of Mr Foureyes sell prescription glasses, and for every pair of glasses they sell, a free pair is given to a child.

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This Way Up for Saturday 24 December 2016

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:01:00 +1300

Seeing better at school, 2016 in tech, how freezing gunshot victims could save lives, and naughty or nice: who really gets the Christmas goodies?

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Movement and memory

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:55:00 +1300

The way you move can say a lot about how your brain is ageing. Rodolfo Savica of the Mayo Clinic recently published a study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease linking gait with memory and cognitive decline.

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The truth about electric drills

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:45:00 +1300

It's the season to be drilling and we're testing electric drills with George Block of So how much do you need to spend to get a decent electric drill? We'll find out which brands get George's tick of approval.

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The ancient size-10 footprints that could rewrite history

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:35:00 +1300

Chris Smith on the amazing discovery of some size-10 footprints in Tanzania. No big deal? Well, these prints date back 3.6 million years and could fundamentally change our thinking about human evolution.

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Ring my bells!

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:15:00 +1300

One of the oldest forms of mass communication, after smoke signals but before Snapchat, was the tradition of ringing church bells to signal what was happening in your neighbourhood. Even with uncapped broadband plans and free wifi, people are still ringing bells here in New Zealand! In fact, the country's featuring on some bellringers' bucket lists, with Dunedin having the southern-most bell tower in the world. We visit the Wellington Combined Society of Bellringers and meet tower captain Derek Williams and the other ringers.

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This Way Up for Saturday 17 December 2016

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:01:00 +1300

Will you ring my bells?! Also walking in the footsteps of ancient man, the truth about electric drills, and could the way you walk be an early warning of cognitive decline?

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