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Bits+Bytes: Amazon conquers the world

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:45:00 +1200

What's happening with Amazon's Australasian strategy, and is Prime likely to come this way anytime soon? Plus is the new international cybersecurity accord akin to a digital Geneva Convention or a strategic move by Silicon Valley?

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NZ's most wanted pest - the wasp

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +1200

Invasive wasps put major pressure on our biodiversity and cost the economy an estimated $130 million every year. Entomologist Phil Lester tells us about the latest methods of keeping them under control.

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A New Zealand startup's new way of growing skin

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:15:00 +1200

The US military is backing a new skin-engineering technique for burns victims developed by an Auckland startup. Upside Biotechnologies claim their method is faster and safer than skin grafting.

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This Way Up for Saturday 21 April 2018

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:01:00 +1200

Growing human skin in the lab, the hated wasp, and Amazon conquers the world.

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Killer airbags: what you need to know

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:50:00 +1200

Faulty airbags are endangering the lives of New Zealand drivers and their passengers, part of a problem affecting 100 million cars worldwide.  A voluntary recall was announced in 2013 but so far barely one-third of affected cars have had airbags replaced. Last government announced the compulsory recall of 50,000 cars fitted with Takata's most dangerous Alpha-type airbags. This requires suppliers to contact owners and replace all of these airbags by no later than December 2019 or face penalties of up to $600,000. Meanwhile, a ban on the import of all new and used cars fitted with these airbags comes into force next month. In the past week 250,000 people have visited the website set up to help consumers check if their car is one of those affected, and the recall has been widened to include more recent Japanese models.'s Head of Testing Paul Smith tells us what you need to know to stay safe.

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Bits+Bytes: Facebook's privacy revelations

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:35:00 +1200

Peter Griffin and NZ Privacy Commissioner John Edwards review Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's response to probing questions from US lawmakers this week – and the implications. Plus, the local impact of new European privacy laws and concerns the new US CLOUD Act erodes international data privacy.

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Hungerball: a new flavour of football

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:15:00 +1200

Could a new version of football – developed in NZ and played in what looks like a circular bouncy castle – conquer the globe?

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This Way Up for Saturday 14 April 2018

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:01:00 +1200

Hungerball: a new flavour of football, Bits+Bytes: Facebook's privacy revelations and killer airbags: what you need to know.

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Bits+Bytes: privacy laws that will change the internet forever

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 12:45:00 +1200

New European privacy laws that come into force next month will change the internet forever and make privacy and data protection a legal right. Bits+Bytes, with Peter Griffin and Emily Wang, explores what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR will mean for New Zealand internet users and businesses, as well as for global tech players like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple.

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New lessons from an ancient master of self-defence

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +1200

Immunologist Daniel Davis is passionate about the healing potential of the human immune system. He explores its mysteries and gifts in his book The Beautiful Cure.

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Classes for kicks: Shoe School

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 12:15:00 +1200

Lou Clifton has taught hundreds of people in New Zealand to craft their own footwear. We go to her Wellington Shoe School to meet her and some of the people attending her 5-day shoemaking course.

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This Way Up for Saturday 7 April 2018

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 12:01:00 +1200

Shoe School, the past and the future of the human immune system and how new EU privacy protections could change the internet.

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WeCroak: the app that reminds you that you'll die

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:50:00 +1300

Would daily reminders of death change the way you live? The app WeCroak sends its users mortality-themed messages “at random times and at any moment, just like death”. Creator Hansa Bergwall tells us how he came up with the idea.

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Can a pill make you more intelligent?

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:35:00 +1300

Best-selling author David Adam experimented with 'smart pills', brain zappers and memory-enhancing music for his new book about the cognitive enhancement industry, The Genius Within.

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Sensing slips: a Kiwi innovation in landslide detection

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:30:00 +1300

Knowing where and when a landslide will occur is currently more of an art than a science, but a Wellington research team is figuring out how cheap GPS sensors could help predict them.

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The farmer-less farms of the future

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:15:00 +1300

For the first time ever, a UK design team have grown and harvested a crop without a single human being setting foot in the field.

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This Way Up for Saturday 31 March 2018

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:01:00 +1300

Farms without farmers? Sensing slips: better landslide detection. Adventures in Intelligence: testing smart pills and brain hacks, and reflecting on mortality with the WeCroak app.

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Bits+Bytes: the best deals in cloud storage

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 12:01:00 +1300

Who are the main players, who protects your security and privacy best, and why does Apple keep sending alerts that your iCloud is full? Peter Griffin looks at the options for safely storing data and photos.

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Bits+Bytes: Facebook's data disgrace

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:45:00 +1300

Facebook blames Cambridge Analytica for allegedly obtaining personal information from millions of American Facebook users in an attempt to manipulate elections – but are the UK consulting firm really the only ones at fault?

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The science of online behaviour design

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:30:00 +1300

Our brain's reward centres help keep us alive, but they also make us susceptible to manipulation on the internet. Ramsay Brown is exploring more transparent (and ethical) ways to harvest online attention.

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Making bacon without nitrites

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:15:00 +1300

Most of the bacon we eat is processed using sodium nitrite, which has been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. But many New Zealand firms are producing nitrite-free bacon.  

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This Way Up for Saturday 24 March 2018

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:01:00 +1300

Making bacon (nitrite free), online design to hack your attention, and Facebook's data breach.

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Bits+Bytes: battery warning for EV drivers

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:45:00 +1300

This week, a warning about electric vehicles from a group of NZ citizen scientists, flying taxis to be trialled here, and why the people who sift through and remove disturbing YouTube content work a 4-day week.

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Hired by an algorithm? Robotic recruitment

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:40:00 +1300

Algorithms and artificial intelligence are being used to screen job candidates. The problem for jobseekers is whether the system is open or fair.   Sifting through millions of job applications costs global businesses billions of dollars every year. So could algorithms, robots and machine learning do a better job and find the best applicants at a fraction of the cost? That's the idea being explored by tech businesses offering automated services to the 'pre-hire assessment' recruitment market. But there are worries about the hidden biases and the accountability of algorithms and automation, and the dehumanising effect all this has on job seekers. Stephen Buranyi's been reviewing this emerging area for The Observer.

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Pro cycling's latest doping scandal

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:30:00 +1300

As we head into the European professional cycling season, pro cycling is still dominated by rumours of drug taking and cheating thanks to a select committee report in the UK that's just been published. The report concluded Sir Bradley Wiggins had taken performance enhancing drugs to win the 2012 Tour de France under the guise of treating asthma. The report also questions how Team Sky became so dominant in pro cycling, and claims the team has abused the anti-doping system and allowed riders to take drugs. Cycling journalist and host of the Cycling Podcast Richard Moore has been following the Team Sky controversy and talks about the implications of the report and how ongoing doping investigations could affect upcoming races.

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Edible archaeology: recreating Pompeii's bread

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:15:00 +1300

Farrell Monaco researches and recreates recipes from ancient history. Her culinary exploration ranges from cheese made to Roman farmer Columella's recipe, to Roman porridge, and Cato the Elder's Globi – that’s deep fried honey-soaked ricotta and wheat balls.

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This Way Up for Saturday 17 March 2018

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:01:00 +1300

Edible archaeology: recreating Pompeii's bread, pro cycling's latest doping scandal, robotic recruitment and Bits+Bytes (Nissan Leaf battery warning, Facebook and politics, flying taxis's NZ trial, You Tube moderators and RealMe ID system).

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