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This Way Up - slices of life for curious minds


Could spider venom help stroke recovery?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:55:00 +1300

Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists on a discovery by a team of Australian researchers which has found that the venom of one of the world's most dangerous spiders can protect brain cells after a stroke.

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Card sharp: the best way to shuffle

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

Riffle shuffle or overhand? What's the best way to shuffle playing cards? Professor Graham Kendall is a mathematician studying blackjack, roulette...and packs of cards.

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Radio technology helps track dementia sufferers

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:35:00 +1300

Simple radio technology - previously used to track kiwis in the wild - is helping tackle the problem of people with dementia getting disoriented and lost.

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Tech news: VR update and "Netflix for live music"

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

Some cool applications for VR technology in art and filmmaking; Google wants you to share your location data with you friends; and a new concert subscription service is dubbed "Netflix for live music".

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Power to the people

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

From Cape Reinga to Bluff, electricity does the same thing whenever and wherever it comes out the plug. So how do you decide who to buy it from? George Block from's been looking at New Zealand's increasingly crowded electricity market and whether greater competition is translating into better deals for consumers.

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This Way Up for Saturday 25 March 2017

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

Selling power to the people, a Netflix for live music, tracking dementia patients, the best way to shuffle cards, and could spider venom help stroke recovery?

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Trekking the seas

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:55:00 +1300

Sea trekking promises to combine the experience of swimming in the open ocean with snorkelling and freediving, along with a little bit of camping thrown in for good measure. The key bit of equipment is an inflatable, waterproof kit bag that you can use as a float and to transport your stuff around with you. Julian Muehlmeier is a big sea trekking fan and we met him at a local beach to explain its appeal.

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Tech news with Peter Griffin

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

Claims of misinformation over Spark's wireless broadband performance; Google's crackdown on fake news; and could political bias skew our internet search results - and even our elections?

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Virtual reality set to get more real

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:40:00 +1300

A team of computer scientists at Victoria University think they may be a step closer to making virtual reality more like... reality.

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Science news: testing for autism and a new treatment for tumours

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:30:00 +1300

Dr Chris Smith looks at a blood test for autism that can pick up biochemical markers that are significantly altered in autistic patients; and testing underway on a new approach to treating brain tumours.

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Rabbit rescue

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

In many parts of New Zealand rabbits are seen as pests, but Chrissy Joy doesn't see them that way. She's among a group of of Wellington volunteers who've rescued and found homes for hundreds of sick and abandoned bunnies.

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This Way Up for Saturday 18 March 2017

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

Rabbit rescue, testing for autism, VR breakthrough, internet search bias, and trekking the seas.

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Tech news: Streaming services and CIA hacks consumer devices?

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

New figures show how New Zealanders are taking to streaming video on demand services; and the privacy implications of the CIA potentially hacking consumer devices to gather intelligence.

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An impossible food? A non-meat burger

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

This Way Up speaks to the creators of The Impossible Burger - a plant-based 'meat' that's claimed to smell, taste and sizzle just like the real thing.

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The Upstarts: Uber and Airbnb

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

Journalist Brad Stone went behind the scenes at Uber and Airbnb to look at how they've built their success on disrupting traditional business models for transport and accommodation.

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Queuing for kicks

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

Would you sign a contract to join a queue for nearly 2 days to buy a pair of shoes costing nearly $400? We explore the world of the hardcore sneaker head, a place where a passion for cool kicks is a serious business!

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This Way Up for Saturday 11 March 2017

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

Queueing up for kicks, Uber and Airbnb's success, a plant based burger, and did the CIA hack consumer devices?

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VR headsets: which ones are best?

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

Hadyn Green of's been testing the latest virtual reality headsets. So what are the options on the market today and how do they work?

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Hacking the pokies

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

Playing on the pokies is definitely not a recommended route to wealth. But what if you could hack the slots and drastically increase the odds in your favour?

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Is the digital 'you' the real 'you'?

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:35:00 +1300

It's the psychological study that we're all participating in every day: using the internet! So is the digital 'you' the real 'you'? We speak to Michal Kosinski from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Chilling out: making ice in the Arctic

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

With predictions that the Arctic could be ice-free by 2030, an ambitious geoengineering project aims to create more ice by circulating water using 10 million wind turbines. 

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When humans and animals collide

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

When the human world and the animal kingdom collide, the results aren't always pretty. Now a museum in the Netherlands is using a selection of stuffed exhibits to celebrate some historic examples.

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This Way Up for Saturday 4 March 2017

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

Dead animal tales, making more ice for the Arctic, is the digital you the real you?, hacking the pokies, and a buyer's guide to VR headsets.

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Bladerunner: making knives

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

Bryan Baker of Svord Knives is a master cutler who's been making knives for more than 30 years. His handmade knives are used by hunters, fishers and cooks closer to home.

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Tech news: No fly drones and exoplanets

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

The problems of private drone use during an emergency; claims that half of the world's web traffic is encrypted; and gamers identify planets for scientists in a cool citizen science project.

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The shoes that changed sport

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:30:00 +1300

In his book Golden Kicks, sneaker-head Jason Coles charts how popular sports shoes like Nike’s Air Jordans have vaulted from the court onto the feet of the masses.

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Waterblasters: buy or rent?

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:20:00 +1300

George Block of has just been reviewing the best water blasters on the market. He talks about the perils of water blasting (really!) and whether you should use them to wash your house.

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Stepping up to the Space Poop challenge

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

It's a delicate question that's been challenging NASA: How can an astronaut relieve themselves in comfort while wearing a spacesuit.

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This Way Up for Saturday 25 February 2017

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

This Way Up for Saturday 25 February 2017 NASA's Space Poop Challenge, buyer's guide to waterblasters, the shoes that changed sport, tech news (drone dangers and gamers mapping exoplanets) and handmade knives.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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