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Getting out in the field and the lab to bring you New Zealand stories about science, nature and the environment.



 



Beyond face value: re-shaping our thinking about diversity

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:06:00 +1300

As ethinic and cultural diversity increases in New Zealand, psychologists discuss their work and the challenges posed by this increasing diversity.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180222-2106-beyond_face_value_re-shaping_our_thinking_about_diversity-128.mp3




Science to solve kiwifruit crisis a winner

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:09:00 +1300

A 100-strong team of researchers from Plant and Food Research have won the 2017 Prime Minister's Science Prize for using science to solve the kiwifruit PSA crisis.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180215-2109-science_to_solve_kiwifruit_crisis_a_winner-128.mp3




Science speed dating leads to top award

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:07:00 +1300

A four minute conversation led to a revolutionary tooth decay treatment using silver nanoparticles and a PM's science award for the chemist who worked on it.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180215-2107-award_for_novel_science_to_treat_tooth_decay-128.mp3




Science film-maker a winner

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:06:00 +1300

Film-maker Damian Christie has won the 2017 Prime Minister's Science Communication Prize to help tell science stories on film.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180215-2106-science_film-maker_a_winner-128.mp3




Our Changing World for 15 February 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:05:00 +1300

The 2017 Prime Minister's Science Prizes have been awarded to Plant and Food Research for their work on kiwifruit Psa, a chemist using silver nanoparticles to stop tooth decay, and a science film-maker.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180215-2105-our_changing_world_for_15_february_2018-128.mp3




Safe houses for Kaikoura's baby paua

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:07:00 +1300

NIWA is testing small 'safe houses' for baby paua, with the idea of boosting the population on the earthquake-damaged  Kaikōura coast.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180208-2107-safe_houses_for_kaikouras_baby_paua-128.mp3




Using light to reveal hidden molecular information

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:06:00 +1300

Michél Nieuwoudt uses light to uncover hidden information in different kinds of material, from milk to works of art.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180208-2106-using_light_to_reveal_hidden_molecular_information-128.mp3




Our Changing World for 8 February 2018

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:04:00 +1300

Designing and testing concrete 'safe houses' for baby paua, and using light to detect art forgeries and the properties of milk.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180208-2104-our_changing_world_for_8_february_2018-128.mp3




Chemical camouflage - putting predators off the scent

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:07:00 +1300

Could chemical camouflage save rare birds by putting predators off the scent? Ecologists are testing the idea in the Mackenzie Basin.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180201-2107-chemical_camouflage_-_putting_predators_off_the_scent-128.mp3




Discovered - the 'missing' male stick insect

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:06:00 +1300

A male stick insect belonging to an all female group of New Zealand stick insects has been discovered for the first time - in the UK.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180201-2106-discovered_-_the_missing_male_stick_insect-128.mp3




Our Changing World for 1 February 2018

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:05:00 +1300

Chemical camouflage is put to the test in the Mckenzie Basin to see if it can protect nesting shore birds from predators, and the discovery of the first male in an all-female population of stick insects.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180201-2105-our_changing_world_for_1_february_2018-128.mp3




Clever canines

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:07:00 +1300

How do dogs think? Do they experience emotions such as jealousy? The Clever Canine Lab at the University of Auckland is investigating.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180125-2107-clever_canines-128.mp3




Buildings that better survive earthquakes

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:05:00 +1300

Engineer Geoff Rodgers is designing a new generation of low-damage buildings that move in an earthquake and remain useable afterwards.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180125-2105-buildings_that_better_survive_earthquakes-128.mp3




Our Changing World for 25 January 2018

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:04:00 +1300

Testing dogs to find out how smart they are and how they think, and designing low-damage buildings that move during an earthquake and remain useable.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20180125-2104-our_changing_world_for_25_january_2018-128.mp3