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Ebola vaccine and pollution health effects03/27/15
Dr Chris Smith with the latest science news; this week tests on a new vaccine for ebola, and studies linking air pollution to stroke and higher anxiety levels.
The emerging study of the necrobiome; that's the community of bacteria that live on and in us after we die. Jeff Tomberlin is a forensic entomologist at Texas A&M University who's studying the necrobiome.
An elephant's sense of smell
Training African elephants to sniff out TNT and landmines. The US military's even interested in Sean Hensman's studies in South Africa.
Alcoholics Anonymous: does it work?
Alcoholics Anonymous has been around for 80 years, but can the support group for recovering alcoholics really claim to be effective? We speak to journalist Gabrielle Glaser who says it's outdated, unscientific, and doesn't work.
CriticaLink app in Bangladesh
Jennifer Farrell of CriticaLink is trying to improve emergency medical care in Bangladesh using mobile technology, and a location-based system to get trained medics to the scene of crashes quickly.
Tech: Netflix NZ
Peter Griffin looks at Netflix's launch of a local service. How does it stack up against the US version and the other streaming-video-on-demand services on the market?
Husband and wife team Alistar and Sue McKellow travel the country running the SPCA's desexing caravan.
Amazon dam and Nicaragua canal
Jonathan Watts of The Guardian is covering the building of a massive dam in the Amazon. Also plans for a huge canal in Nicaragua that would be 3 times as long and twice and wide as the Panama Canal.
Tech GST on digital products
Technology correspondent Peter Griffin on the government's plans to impose GST on digital goods and services, Also Facebook launches a new payment service, and the end is nigh for Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.
Quick charging batteries
A way to speed up the long and drawn out process of charging up a battery for your phone or digital device. Doron Myersdorf of StoreDot is developing an ultra-fast charging battery you can power up inside a minute.
Naked Science - Faster 3D printing
Naked Science with Dr Chris Smith and an amazing new technique for 3D printing that's 100 times quicker than today's technology.
Jaap de Roode from Emory University in the United States is a biologist studying how a whole host of animals from chimps to insects (including Monarch butterflies) use plants to self-medicate.
Museum visits for the blind
What's it like to visit a museum or gallery if you're blind? We go for a tour with qualified audio describer Bruce Roberts and Lisette Wesseling around the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
If you're prescribed antibiotics can you just stop taking them when you feel better? With Dr Richard Everts, a medical microbiologist and specialist in infectious diseases in Nelson. Also Dr Mark Jones, an infection specialist at Wellington Hospital...
Thomas Heywood: Australian Organist
Australian organist performing on the Auckland Town Hall organ this Sunday as part of the Auckland Festival.
Training robots to see more like humans. Syed Saud Naqvi, a PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington, is working on an algorithm under the supervision of Will Browne, an associate professor in the school of School of Engineering and Computer...
Birds: the bar-tailed godwit
We head out with Hugh Robertson to an estuary, on the trail of the bar-tailed godwit or kuaka.
Tech news Apple Watch
Apple is in the news this week with the launch of the Apple Watch, and the prospect of its electric vehicles driving around by 2020. With technology correspondent Peter Griffin.
Mitchell Weinberg is founder and CEO of Inscatech. Its aim is to fight food fraud and adulteration with its network of food spies dotted around the globe.
Dr Chris Smith of the Naked Scientists with research showing that medical ultrasound could break down the toxic protein in the brain thought to cause Alzheimer's disease. Also evidence of a hot ocean on Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons.
- Wellington, New Zealand