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This Way Up - slices of life for curious minds


Who controls the algorithms?

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:50:00 +1300

How organisations are using machine learning to discover who you are. Pedro Domingos is a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. His book 'The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World' (Basic Books) is a warning about who controls the algorithms that are so central to modern life.

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How do you rest and relax?

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:45:00 +1300 was a global crowdsourced experiment that aimed to explored people's attitudes and opinions about rest, and how they like to relax. People have been participating in the study from all over the world, including lots of us here in New Zealand. Claudia Hammond is the host of BBC's 'All In The Mind' programme and was part of the team that ran the survey and she's been looking at the results.

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Work hard, smell bad, die young

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:35:00 +1300

Personal hygiene has become an industrial issue in Japan. Meanwhile, a government survey has found that 1 in 5 workers there are at risk of dying from overwork. Now Tokyo's governor has vowed to change things by getting people out of the office by 8pm, a scheme that will be enforced by special 'overtime police'.

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Global granny grub

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:25:00 +1300

Jody Scaravella's the owner of Enoteca Maria, a New York restaurant that recruited a crack team of Italian nonnas to celebrate food from his own past. But he quickly found there was a hunger for more cosmopolitan comfort food. He's now recruited a team of international grannies from Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Poland and lots of other countries and his place is getting rave reviews.

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Finding your way: indoor navigation for the blind

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:15:00 +1300

BlindSquare is a navigation app that uses a combination of GPS and Bluetooth to help blind people navigate outside, and also inside buildings and shopping centres where GPS doesn't work. Wellington has become the first city in the world to introduce BlindSquare technology on a widespread basis. With Jonathan Mosen, Thomas Bryan and Julia Aguilar. [places] Wellington

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This Way Up for Saturday 29 October 2016

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:01:00 +1300

Indoor navigation for the blind, global granny grub, Japan's workplace issues, how do you rest and relax, and who should control all those algorithms?

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Making babies (in the lab)

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:55:00 +1300

Naked Science news with Dr Chris Smith. This week Japanese researchers produce eggs capable of being fertilised and able to produce healthy baby mice in a culture dish using stem cells for the very first time. Also patients with knee injuries get treated using cartilage grown from their own noses.

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Breath-testing for emotions

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:45:00 +1300

Researchers in Germany studied nearly 10,000 cinema goers have detected changes in the chemical composition of the movie theatre air which mirrored the audience's reactions to particular scenes.

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The best lawnmower ever?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:35:00 +1300

A buyer's guide to lawnmowers with George Block of And for the first time in 55 years an electric rechargeable mower tops the list, but it will cost you an arm and a leg!

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Faster, faster, faster: broadband changes

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:25:00 +1300

Tech correspondent Peter Griffin with an update on local broadband services, with changes and offers announced this week that could affect you.

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Solid shampoo: taking the water out of toiletries

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:15:00 +1300

Brianne West of Ethique is trying to take some of the water out of your bathroom, by dehydrating cosmetics, toiletries and beauty products.

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This Way Up for Saturday 22 October 2016

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:01:00 +1300

Taking the water out of beauty products, broadband update and latest offers, the best lawnmowers, breath testing for emotion and science news (eggs from stem cells and knee cartilage repair).

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Restoring touch to paralysed patients

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:50:00 +1300

Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists with the news that scientists use gene editing to find a potential cure for the inherited blood disorder sickle cell anaemia, and a way to use brain implants to restore a sense of touch to people with spinal injuries.

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Peak longevity? Live long, die old

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:40:00 +1300

Science writer Carl Zimmer looks at "the latest volley in a long-running debate among scientists about the human life span".

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Flaming phones and selling social media: the data market

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:30:00 +1300

Peter Griffin on a US report that shows how Facebook, Twitter and other social networks are selling information about us to law enforcement agencies. Also newly released advertising figures show how much clout Facebook has in New Zealand's media landscape. And a horrible week for Samsung, with the recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 handsets over a fault that makes them spontaneously combust.

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A toast to gluten-freedom

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:15:00 +1300

Yeshe Dawa's perfected a gluten-free bread that's liberating her from a life of allergies, food intolerances and dietary restrictions. Her Freedom loaf takes centre stage at her cafe, the Midnight Baker on Dominion Road in Auckland, where toast is the only thing on the menu!

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This Way Up for Saturday 15 October 2016

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:01:00 +1300

Going gluten free in a cafe that only serves toast, flaming phones and selling social media: the market for your data. Also have humans reached peak longevity? And restoring touch to paralysed patients.

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Half holes & baffling bagels: Nobel science prizes explained

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:50:00 +1300

Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists has been trying to make sense of the work behind the Nobel science prizes announced this week. So what's been recognised, why is it important, and what on earth is topology ("work so baffling it had to be described using bagels"- The Daily Telegraph)?!

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Avoiding mid-air collisions: the Budgie Paradox

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:40:00 +1300

Professor Mandyam (Srini) Srinivasan from the University of Queensland has recruited a high-flying team of 10 budgies and is flying them down tunnels to try to make them bump into each other. He's trying to work out why birds don't collide when they fly, and then use this knowledge to make our planes and drones safer.

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Google take over your home...and your phone!

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:30:00 +1300

Technology news with Peter Griffin and Google launches its new Pixel phone and a digital home assistant called (you've guessed it!) Home. Now search is anywhere and everywhere. Plus Facebook is hoping we're ready to buy and sell stuff in its Marketplace. It offers a place to trade, but no way to pay for the goods, or to rate them.

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Touching the universe: astronomy for the blind

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:15:00 +1300

How 3D printed models can be used to teach blind students about astronomy. This Way Up visits Manurewa High School in Auckland to experience 'tactile astronomy' in action.

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This Way Up for Saturday 8 October 2016

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:01:00 +1300

Touching the universe: astronomy for the blind, Google take over your home (and your phone), avoiding mid-air collisions using 'the Budgie Paradox', and half holes and baffling bagels: the 2016 Nobel science prizes explained.

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The ultimate map of the universe

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:45:00 +1300

In 2013 Gaia, the world's most powerful space telescope, was launched by the European Space Agency. Its aim is to create the first ever HD map of our galaxy, the Milky Way, in order to answer those simple questions like where we come from, and what and where is dark matter (which apparently isn't even dark). The public's just got its first glimpse of the data collected by Gaia after 1000 days in space. Professor Gerry Gilmore is a New Zealander who is the UK's principal investigator for the Gaia project, and Professor of Experimental Philosophy in the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University.

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Holding up banks and shooting blanks

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:25:00 +1300

Agapanthus (agapanthus orientalis/praecox) are a feature of many gardens and public spaces here in New Zealand. With their ability to grow in many conditions, provide ground cover, and stabilise banks with their roots many gardeners love the plant. But they're not everyone's cup of tea; some people loathe them. Listener Helena isn't a fan and wants to know the best way to get rid of them. Bec Stanley, the curator of Auckland Botanic Gardens, has a plan and she also talks about her work developing new low seed and sterile varieties of agapanthus to appeal to the home gardener and eliminate the more invasive agapanthus orientalis from our gardens.

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How your old fishing gear can change lives

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:15:00 +1300

17-year-old Finn Ross was on holiday in Fiji and saw how local people were struggling with old or broken fishing gear, and the problems this was causing. So Finn and his mate Max Lichtenstein decided to do something about it. They set up a charity called Let Them Fish that's collecting hundreds of second-hand reels and rods, kilometres of fishing line, and loads of diving stuff here in New Zealand and sending it off to people who need it in Fiji and Tonga.

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This Way Up for Saturday 1 October 2016

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:01:00 +1300

Sending second-hand fishing equipment to the Pacific, how to get rid of agapanthus, and a new hi-def map of the galaxy.

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Location, location: a digital horror story

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:06:00 +1200

Kashmir Hill of uncovered a digital horror story that revolves around location, and how the specific GPS coordinates of Joyce Taylor's Kansas farmhouse got linked to more than half a billion digital devices.

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Shakes on a plane

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1200

The rate of serious mid-air turbulence is increasing. Paul Williams from The University of Reading studies the air patterns that cause turbulence, and reckons that climate change is a big contributor to the problem.

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Wearables and weight loss: how well do they work?

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:04:00 +1200

Professor John Jakicic of the University of Pittsburgh led a US study that studied nearly 500 people; half used fitness trackers and half didn't. And it was the group without the tech who had lost more weight after 2 years! So what should we make of the research?

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How GPS is changing our world

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:03:00 +1200

Greg Milner has written a history of GPS - the global positioning system developed in the '70s and controlled by the US military. He recently published Pinpoint: How GPS is changing our world.

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Tracking wheelie bins

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:02:00 +1200

Christchurch is starting to track its half a million rubbish bins. The council is fitting all of its wheelie bins with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags.Tim Joyce of Christchurch City Council shows us how the system works.

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This Way Up for Saturday 24 Sept 2016

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:01:00 +1200

Bin tracking, how GPS is changing our world, a 'digital hell', turbulence on planes and wearables and weight loss: do they work?

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