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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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What colour is the internet?

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:06:00 +1200

Peter Griffin with the latest tech news, and this week what colour is the internet?! It's a question that designers and businesses are wrestling with as they try to get us to spend as long as possible on their sites. Also the head of the UK's cybersecurity agency wants the internet to be filtered for malware; but how realistic is this?

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Beehive monitoring

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1200

Hivemind is a New Zealand company using sensors to measure things like the weight of the hive, temperature and bee movements in and out to help beekeepers keep an eye on what's happening in their hives. With Martin Laas of Midlands Apiaries and Christian Walsh from Hivemind.

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Here comes the 'hygge'!

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:04:00 +1200

Sitting by a cosy fire, the smell of home baking, perhaps a few candles, and your nearest and dearest around you...the Danish would call all this 'hygge' (pronounced 'hoogah'). If you haven't heard of "hygge' yet you soon will, with a whole stack of books on the subject expected on the market in time for Christmas. Jeppe Trolle Linnet has become the go-to authority on all matters hygge since he publishished an academic paper on the subject back in 2011.

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A buyer's guide to line trimmers

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:03:00 +1200

With warmer weather not too far away (in theory), George Block of reviews the best line trimmers on the market. So should you go petrol or electric?

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Typing monkeys

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:02:00 +1200

Science news with Dr Chris Smith. A team at Stanford is using brain computer interfaces to get monkeys to type at speeds of up to 12 words per minute. Throw in some predictive text (good old Autocorrect!) and technological improvements, and the technique could be used to help paralysed patients or those affected by conditions like motor neurone disease. Also a new way to store power from solar panels in water has been developed by scientists in Korea.

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This Way Up for Saturday 17 September 2016

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:01:00 +1200

Line trimmers, tech (colour of the internet and web filtering plans), beehive monitoring using sensors, here comes the "hygge", and science news.

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Eating insects

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:06:00 +1200

Bex de Prospo and Peter Randrup run Anteater in Christchurch. They are supplying insects to New Zealand restaurants, and are trying to get more of us eating them.

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Which rechargeable battery is best?

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1200

George Block of has been reviewing 11 flavours of rechargeable AA batteries to find out which ones are best, and can save you most cash. So how quickly do rechargeables go flat, how should you dispose of them, and do you need a special charger?

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Death of the sweatshop and China's dangerous appetite for seafood

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:04:00 +1200

According to Adam Minter of Bloomberg View, the sweatshop model of low-cost labour could soon be consigned to history as it gives way to automation and technology. Plus China's booming fishing fleet and the country's amazing appetite for seafood - a combination that is having a drastic environmental and geopolitical impact.

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Snapchat 101

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:03:00 +1200

Snapchat's a messaging app that uses the power of images to connect an estimated 150 million daily users. With 10 billion videos watched on the platform every day, major businesses are also looking for a slice of all this attention. Tom Harding's the CEO of Mish Guru, a company helping organisations connect with potential customers via Snapchat.

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Flies as feed

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:02:00 +1200

A less confronting way of introducing insects into our food chain could be to feed them to the animals we eat. Bryan Lessard is an insect specialist at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). He's championing the black soldier fly as a low cost and nutritious animal feed.

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This Way Up for 10 September 2016

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:01:00 +1200

Eating insects, China's seafood crisis, rechargeable batteries and Snapchat.

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Kai Cycle

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 12:10:00 +1200

Turning food scraps and leftovers into tasty food.

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Auckland school farm

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 12:04:00 +1200

A farm's been running at Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland since 1932, and today teaches 160 students a year all about farming and horticulture. We visit the school farm and meet Larney Palmer, the farm manager. Also Head of Agricultural Science Kerryann Daffin, and students Stephen Fountain, Ella Campin and Emily Cavell.

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Tech: Apple’s tax avoidance

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

Peter Griffin has tech news with an update on Apple's tax bill and what it could mean for New Zealand's tech sector. And how GST is about to bite on imported digital goods.

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Science: Alzheimer’s breakthrough

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 12:02:00 +1200

Chris Smith with the latest science news and this week a new drug that seems to prevent, and could even reverse, the plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease.

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This Way Up for 3 September 2016

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 12:01:00 +1200

Urban farming using food waste, Apple's tax avoidance scheme and what it could mean for the local tech sector, the working farm at an Auckland school, and the latest science news.

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E-cigarettes: do the benefits outweigh the risks?

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:01:00 +1200

New Zealand's about to change the law so people can legally buy e-cigarettes containing nicotine here. This Way Up reviews the current state of our knowledge about the safety of the vaping and the e-liquids being sold here.

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