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This Way Up - slices of life for curious minds


The secret history of the iPhone

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:50:00 +1200

Tech journalist Brian Merchant reflects on the first decade of the iPhone – how it's not only changed our lives, but revolutionised the way digital devices are marketed and sold – in his book The One Device.

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Adios, Cassini

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:45:00 +1200

It's time to farewell Cassini, the unmanned spacecraft that revealed so much about Saturn and her moons.Plus scientists discover another possible explanation for antibiotic resistance.

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Meet the 'food computer'

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:30:00 +1200

It's a mini AI-powered hothouse where UV light exposure can be carefully controlled to produce nutritious crops that taste great. Risto Mikkulainen is one of those responsible for designing the AI software.

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CrossFit: a new religion?

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:15:00 +1200

With an estimated 4 million daily practitioners worldwide and an emphasis on the power of shared experience and community, CrossFit shows many of the characteristics of an emerging modern religion, a theologian says.

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This Way Up for Saturday 16 September 2017

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:01:00 +1200

CrossFit: a new religion? The Food Computer, adios Cassini and the secret history of the iPhone.

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Why don't poisonous frogs poison themselves?

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:55:00 +1200

Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists brings us the latest from the world of science news and research.This week the global pharmaceutical giant Novartis has just got USFDA approval for a new class of leukaemia treatment that uses a patient's own blood cells to combat cancer. The agent is called Kymriah and targets a blood cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, one of the leading causes of childhood cancer. In other news, why don't poison dart frogs poison themselves?! For thousands of years, indigenous tribes in Columbia have smeared their blow darts and arrows with secretions from the poison dart frog's skin. These secretions contain chemicals called batrachotoxins, which the animals pick up from centipedes and other insects in their diet. Now scientists have isolated some genetic differences in these frogs that protect them from the ill effects of the poisons stored within their own body.

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Could fingers hold the key to sporting success?

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:45:00 +1200

That's the thrust of some intriguing research looking into the relative lengths of your ring finger and your index finger... the second, pointy one.

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Do compression garments work?

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:40:00 +1200

Could very tight clothing improve your athletic performance? We unwrap the truth with David Cox, who's been investigating such claims for The Guardian.

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Tech news: hurricane helpline app & Christchurch's all-electric car sharing scheme

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:30:00 +1200

Which tech issues are dominating the political agenda in the run-up to the election? Also Zello - the app that turns your smartphone into a walkie-talkie and will Christchurch's all-electric vehicle car sharing scheme take off?

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The sand collector

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:15:00 +1200

Tonny Brinkman is a 93-year-old sand fan who has donated her collection of thousands of different sands from all over the world to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Curator Hugh Grenfell talks us through the collection.

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This Way Up for Saturday 9 September 2017

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:01:00 +1200

The sand collector, hurricane helpline, compression clothing, sporting success at your fingertips, and why don't poisonous frogs poison themselves?!

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The theme park that's open to everyone

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:55:00 +1200

Since it opened in 2010, 1 million people have flocked to Morgan's Wonderland, a $70 million ultra-accessible theme park in Texas targeted at people with disabilities.

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How bacteria might stop sepsis infection

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:50:00 +1200

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication which happens when your body's attempts to fight off an infection go badly wrong. Now scientists have found that if you feed babies a particular strain of probiotic bacteria – a type of lactobacillus found in kimchi, yoghurt and fermented vegetables – the risk is dramatically reduced.

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Which computer games have the most educational value?

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:35:00 +1200

With an expanded digital curriculum for Year 1 to 10 students already in the works, online games and other digital resources will increasingly be used as teaching aids in the classroom. Which have the most educational value?

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Is Cuba using hidden sonic weapons to target foreign diplomats?

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:30:00 +1200

North American diplomats based in Cuba claim they and their families have been the victims of hidden sonic weapons. CBS Radio's Steve Dorsey was the first person to ask the US government for its response to the affair.

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Could brighter street lighting be harming our health?

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:15:00 +1200

Our nights are getting lit more brightly than ever before. But a growing body of research links high levels of artificial light with a host of health problems.

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This Way Up for Saturday 2 September 2017

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:01:00 +1200

Could brighter street lighting be harming our health? Hidden sonic weapons in Cuba, the educational value of (computer) games, stopping sepsis deaths using bacteria, and the world's first truly accessible theme park.

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Tech talk: Worries over fake news & Samsung's new smartphone

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:50:00 +1200

This week, internet users' worries about 'fake news' are revealed in a new survey. Also Samsung tries to put its exploding battery woes behind it by launching another big smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8.

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The Science Of... Vitamin C

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:15:00 +1200

What is vitamin C and why do we need it? Which foods have the most vitamin C? Should we pop pills when we think we're getting a cold, or are we just producing expensive urine? And can vit C really cure cancer, or is it all hype? Alison Ballance and Simon Morton investigate.

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This Way Up for Saturday 26 August 2017

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:01:00 +1200

The science of Vitamin C, fake news, and Samsung's big new smartphone.

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Science news: Bird maps and genes that heal

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:50:00 +1200

We're one step closer to understanding birds' amazing powers of navigation thanks to new research, and a DNA editing tool helps to identify the genes responsible for successful cancer therapy.

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The Science of... Virtual Reality

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:15:00 +1200

We go beyond gaming to explore how VR works, what it's being used for (from treating a fear of spiders, to training young doctors) and ask if it's yet making any compelling case to be in every home.

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This Way Up for Saturday 19 August 2017

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:01:00 +1200

The science of...Virtual Reality, bird navigation, and how goldfish survive in icy ponds over winter.

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