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Rosemary Bromley: Lilburn Conference12/18/14
Convenor of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers 2015 Conference talks about next year's focus. [topic] music [location] Wellington
Insects, especially ants, are disposing of huge amounts of food waste for us in our towns and cities. Elsa Youngsteadt, an entomologist from North Carolina State University, worked on the study.
Tamsin Orr-Walker is the Chair of the Kea Conservation Trust. It's launching a smartphone app to track the endangered South Island parrot, the kea.
How We Got to Now
Steven Johnson writes a history of ideas and innovation in his book 'How We Got to Now'.
Dr Chris Smith with science news and recreating the chemical building blocks of life using a laser in the lab.
Tech in 2014
We head to a downtown electronics retailer with Peter Griffin to see what's changed in 2014 in the world of technology; from Bluetooth headphones to 4k TVs.
More than 100 young farmers are growing tasty food on a disused football pitch at Epuni Primary School. With project co-ordinator Julia Milne of the Common Unity Project Aotearoa, schoolchildren and their families.
Great myths of the brain
Christian Jarrett tackles some of the bunkum being spouted about neuroscience in his book 'Great Myths of the Brain'.
Making ginger beer the old fashioned way, using a live bug. With Rebecca Hardie Boys and George Rose of Hardie Boys Beverages.
Luke Saunders of Farmer's Fridge is hacking the traditional vending machine to sell fresh, healthy salads rather than chips, chocolate and lollies.
The Array of Things
The Array of Things is an audacious plan to turn Chicago into a smart city with a remote network of up to 1000 sensors. Charlie Catlett is its lead investigator.
Tech news with Peter Griffin. Microsoft expands its audience polling tool Bing Pulse, and what the latest broadband pricing decision means for consumers.
Dr Chris Smith with news of a treatment for the herpes virus. Also a shocking discovery about the electric eel.
A 70-metre stretch of cycle path in the Netherlands has just become the world's first public roadway with embedded solar panels. Sten de Wit of SolaRoad can see the possibilities.
Birds: Blue Penguin
We head out with Hugh Robertson to an island retreat of the world's smallest penguin.
Japan: butter shortage and undersea living
Justin McCurry reports from Japan, where consumers are facing up to the prospect of a Christmas without butter, and a big construction firm unveils ambitious plans to build a city under the sea.
Tech: gigatown and new drone rules
Peter Griffin on the news that Dunedin's become NZ's first 'gigatown'. Also with more drones buzzing around our skies, the CAA is tightening up the rules governing how they operate in New Zealand.
Smart yoga mat
The SmartMat is a hi tech yoga mat with built-in sensors and pressure pads that can measure your poses. Neyma Jahan developed it.
Naked Science: DNA in space and mosquitoes
Dr Chris Smith on a study about how DNA can survive space travel, and the scientists trying to crack the genetic secrets of the malarial mosquito.
Here's what's coming up on the show this week.
- Wellington, New Zealand