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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault07/26/14
Jane Toll of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, works for one of the organisations that oversees The Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It stores 825,000 samples from more than 200 crops in the permafrost on a remote Norwegian island in the Arctic circle.
Hugh Robertson tries finding the eastern rosella.
Daniele Quercia of Yahoo Labs is working on a clever way to navigate your way around in the most picturesque way possible
Insects and LEDs
Dr Steve Pawson, the Research Leader Entomology at Scion and President of the Entomological Society, has been looking at some of the effects new LED lighting technology is having on our insect population.
Brewing yeast genetics
Professor Kevin Verstrepen of the University of Leuven is on a team sequencing the DNA of more than 200 different yeasts from all over the world. He's trying to understand how individual genes contribute to particular smells and tastes in beer, wine...
India alcohol labelling laws
Anu Anand from Delhi, where strict alcohol labelling laws are causing major headaches for some of the world's biggest drinks companies.
Oamaru taxidrivers turn postie
Murray and Liz Bell of Whitestone Taxis have started delivering Oamaru's mail.
Self tracking body sounds
Tanzeem Choudhury of Cornell University is working on wearable tracking technology that records all the noises our bodies make to work out how we're feeling and what we're eating.
Ancient plaque and friendship genetics
Dr Chris Smith of the Naked Scientists with some dental archaeology, and research that suggests that friendship seems to have a strong genetic basis.
Hemp goes mainstream
How hemp is confronting its image problem and entering the mainstream food industry. With Matthew Boyle, who writes about the global food industry for Bloomberg Businessweek.
Netflix to NZ and Kindle Unlimited?
Technology with Peter Griffin. Amazon could be about to launch an all-you-can-eat ebook subscription service. Also what will Netflix's potential entry into the NZ market mean for its estimated 30,000 users here?
3D printing doco
The doco 'Print the Legend' tells the story of the push to take the personal 3D printer into every home. Clay Tweel is one of its directors.
Jeff is a private collector who's assembled one of the country's biggest pottery collections over more than 40 years. It's worth millions; but it's taking over his home, and his life.
Professor Robert Shepherd is the Director of the Bionics Institute in Melbourne and is working on a bionic eye, using revolutionary technology that one day could restore sight to the blind.
The tasty noodle soup that's becoming so popular that it's being tipped as the new cupcake! With Asher Boote and Tsubasa Takahashi of The Ramen Shop, and ramen historian Barak Kushner of the University of Cambridge.
Tech news: Photo storage
Peter Griffin's here with advice and options for storing your photos and videos in the cloud.
We look at the global e-biking boom, with electric bikes becoming a common sight on New Zealand's roads and bike trails. With Ted and Margaret Watson, Neil Pollett and Simon Kennett.
Birds: White-faced heron
With Hugh Robertson on the hunt for the white-faced heron.
Can we makes ourselves smarter?
Dan Hurley's a science journalist who's looked into the world of intelligence training in the quest to make himself smarter. His book 'Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power' is published by Penguin Viking.
Naked Science: Living at altitude and friendless fish
The latest science news with Dr Chris Smith. This week, how higher CO2 levels in our oceans could affect fish behaviour. Also why Tibetans are so good at handling high altitude.
- Wellington, New Zealand