This Way Up
Jameson Toole from MIT is looking at how mobile phone data can be used to predict unemployment and measure economic performance far more quickly and cheaply than conventional statistical surveys.
Tech virtual reality and Global Mode settlement
Peter Griffin on the death of Global Mode from the 1st of September. So if you're one of the tens of thousands of New Zealanders using this geo-masking service, which VPN service will you use, and how do you choose a provider?
Virtual reality buses
In Christchurch, they're using virtual reality goggles to get bus drivers used to the layout of the new bus terminal. With Mandi Lawrence of Red Bus and Simon Yorke of Aurecon.
This Way Up 27 June 2015: Part 2
Training Christchurch bus drivers using virtual reality, the Global Mode settlement and what it means to internet users, and using cellphone data to measure economic performance.
Naked science: what causes tinnitus?
Dr Chris Smith of the Naked Scientists looks at research led by US and Chinese scientists into the causes of tinnitus.
Why did the chicken cross the world
Andrew Lawler's the author of 'Why Did The Chicken Cross the World?: the epic saga of the bird that powers civilisation' (Duckworth Overlook).
The dead zone
Ed Cumming of the Observer Magazine has just been to visit Green Bank in West Virginia, part of the US National Radio Quiet Zone.
This Way Up 27 June 2015: Part 1
Inside the US National Radio Quiet Zone, why the chicken crossed the world, and the causes of tinnitus.
The Lowline is an ambitious plan to turn a disused trolley terminal in Manhattan into the world's first underground solar-powered park. With Robyn Shapiro of The Lowline.
China's manufacturing robots
Martin Ford's the author of "Rise of the Robots" (Basic Books). He thinks that China's reliance on industrial robots could pose some problems for the global economy.
Tech: internet speeds and E3 gaming conference
Technology news and Peter Griffin examines internet speeds, the latest from the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles, and a 111 app.
New York salt warnings and holey cheese
Nicola Twilley of the New Yorker and the Edible Geography blog looks at why Swiss cheese has holes in it, and New York's plans to force restaurant chains to put a warning next to salty dishes.
Naked Science: Positive thinking
Dr Chris Smith on why kangaroos are left handed! Also how replaying positive images and thinking positive thoughts could help reverse the symptoms of depression.
To mark the Waterloo bicentenary, 40 wargamers gathered in Wellington to refight the battle, and potentially rewrite the course of history. We meet Paul Goldstone and the cast of Waterloo 200.
We're cooking empanadas, a filled pastry loved through Spain and Latin America, with Rodrigo Cartagena of Puro Chile.
Chris Simms from the New Scientist has been looking at the science of terroir and why wine tastes the way it does.
The whitehead (mohoua albicilla) with birdman Hugh Robertson.
Science: ulcer meds and fossils
Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists on recovering dinosaur tissue from fossils. Also common stomach ulcer drugs could be linked to an increased risk of heart attack.
3D printing rhino horns
A San Francisco biotech company, Pembient, is trying to make substitute rhino horns in the lab. Matthew Markus is its CEO.
Tech: Apple's WWDC
Peter Griffin on the news the Inland Revenue will choose a US company for a major technology contract. Also the main developments coming out of Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference.
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