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This Way Up - slices of life for curious minds


Fishy feelings

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:50:00 +1200

Fish not only have lifelong relationships and intricate dating rituals, they also use tools, hunt in tandem and punish wrongdoers, says Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows.

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Science news: Fighting flu with frogs

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:45:00 +1200

Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists looks at a way to fight the flu virus using a colourful Indian frog and a super bandage that encourages wounds to heal way faster.

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Ferry charges: Norway's electric fleet

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:35:00 +1200

In Norway, the world's first electric car ferry is operating successfully and a whole fleet of more eco-friendly vessels is on its way. Now low-emission, plug-in ferries could be a viable option for the Cook Strait crossing, too.

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Boosting Arabic online

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:25:00 +1200

Arabic is a badly under-represented language online. Now a local project wants NZ to become a 'digital Switzerland' and make Arabic academic material easier for students and teachers to find, access and share. 

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The marathon detective

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:15:00 +1200

Amateur marathon sleuth Derek Murphy is using publicly available data and social media to bust the running cheats.

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This Way Up for Saturday 22 April 2017

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:01:00 +1200

The marathon detective, boosting Arabic online, Norway's electric ferry fleet, fighting flu with frogs, and fish have feelings too.

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Solving the space junk challenge

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:55:00 +1200

As well as littering this planet with lots of rubbish, we're now filling space with debris, too. Dr Jason Held of Saber Astronautics thinks he might have found an answer.

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A tree on a chip: powering robots of the future

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:50:00 +1200

Professor Peko Hosoi from MIT has made a 'tree on a chip' to help power the robots of the future.

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Going viral: is a good meme like the flu?

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:35:00 +1200

The idea that a piece of content has 'gone viral' has become a badge of honour for its creators. But can you really catch a good meme like you catch a cold? Derek Thompson looks at online popularity.

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New NZers learn to ride bikes

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:15:00 +1200

Can you imagine learning to ride a bike as an adult? A group of refugees and new migrants did just that at a recent women's cycling day in Wellington.

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This Way Up for Saturday 15 April 2017

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:01:00 +1200

Learning to ride a bike, going viral, a 'tree on a chip' to power robots, and solving the space junk challenge.

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Taking penicillin while pregnant could affect your baby's brain

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:50:00 +1200

Taking penicillin when pregnant could alter the brain chemistry of your offspring; and scientists have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-sized planet about 40 light years away. 

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The walking bike that's changing lives

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:40:00 +1200

We go on a walk with Christine O'Sullivan - who has multiple sclerosis - to check out the Alinker, a kind of standing bicycle that you propel using your feet.

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Tech news: Unlimited mobile broadband plans & your mobile data for sale

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:30:00 +1200

Unlimited mobile broadband plans come to NZ, but there are a few fish hooks you need to be aware of; and some big telcos are selling our mobile data for use by tourist attractions and retailers.

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Your attention - the capture and sale

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:15:00 +1200

Attention - getting it, keeping it, getting it back again - is now the basis of a massive global industry. Columbia University professor Tim Wu looks at the workings of the 'attention merchants'.

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This Way Up for Saturday 8 April 2017

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:01:00 +1200

The Attention Merchants, selling your mobile data, the walking bike that's changing lives, and taking penicillin while pregnant: are there risks?

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Polarity puzzle: is the earth's magnetic field reversing?

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:50:00 +1300

Changes in the the earth's magnetic field have scientists wondering what's going on. We know that in the past, south was north and north was south. Now there are reports that patches of the earth's magnetic field deep under the earth's crust are weakening and even reversing, and that's intriguing geophysicists like Professor John Tarduno.

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The trucks that drive themselves

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:40:00 +1300

Self-driving trucks are now being tested in several US states. The autonomous transport method's just been identified as one of the top ten breakthrough technologies by MIT's Technology Review and David Freedman has been reviewing how far away driverless trucks are from becoming widely adopted.

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Bike sharing schemes: hits and misses

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:30:00 +1300

Since the success of the Velib in Paris 10 years ago, bike sharing schemes are now up and running in about one thousand places worldwide. We've got a round up of the ones that flopped and the ones that rocked with Patrick Collinson of The Guardian.

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The bike gang with gold cards

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:15:00 +1300

The Folding Goldies are a bike gang with a difference: all you need is a Gold Card for a free train ride, a bike (ideally a folding one) and some free time. Every few weeks they hit the rails and the trails around Wellington and we join them for a ride.

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This Way Up for Saturday 1 April 2017

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:01:00 +1300

A different kind of bike gang, bike sharing schemes, self driving trucks and is the earth's magnetic field reversing?

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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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