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This Way Up is a weekly two-hour show that explores the things we use and consume.

This Way Up is a weekly two-hour show that explores the things we use and consume.
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Wellington, New Zealand

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This Way Up is a weekly two-hour show that explores the things we use and consume.

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English


Episodes

Bits+Bytes: How should NZ regulate driverless vehicles?

4/27/2018
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Bits+Bytes from the high tech world with Peter Griffin and this week driverless cars in New Zealand. Michael Cameron is the author of a study called 'Realising the potential of driverless vehicles for New Zealand', funded by the Law Foundation. In it he investigates the need for legal reform to cope with driverless vehicles in New Zealand. As part of his research Michael spent time in the US, Europe, Singapore and Australia reviewing international laws and visiting some of the big players...

Duration:00:24:11

A vanilla-fuelled crime wave in Madagascar

4/27/2018
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Soaring demand for real vanilla is threatening valuable habitats and fuelling a crime wave of thefts and killings in the island republic of Madagascar off the East coast of Africa. Jonathan Watts, the global environment editor of The Guardian, visited Madagascar recently to see the problems for himself.

Duration:00:08:40

Period poverty: could menstrual cups be the answer?

4/27/2018
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Olie Body from Wa Collective is trying to change the way we talk about our periods. She's worked with women in India trying to improve their access to menstrual products, and now wants to tackle period poverty in New Zealand using a simple device patented 100 years ago that has never really taken off.

Duration:00:13:56

This Way Up for Saturday 28 April 2018

4/27/2018
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Could menstrual cups end period poverty in New Zealand? A vanilla-fuelled crime wave in Madagascar, and how should the country regulate driverless vehicles?

Duration:00:48:45

Bits+Bytes: Amazon conquers the world

4/20/2018
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Peter Griffin and Emily Wang analyse the latest news from the digital world. This week a letter from Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos to shareholders reveals numbers for its Prime subscription service for the very first time. With over 100 million Prime subscribers globally, each paying close to US$100 annually, it's a massive revenue earner before you even factor in the cut Amazon takes from all the goods sold via its online marketplace. But what's happening with Amazon's Australasian strategy,...

Duration:00:25:10

Growing human skin in the lab

4/20/2018
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A local startup has developed a new way to grow skin in the lab which could be used to treat burns victims. It's claimed to be faster and safer than other methods of skin culture, and the US military is backing the technology. With Rod Dunbar and Vaughan Feisst of Upside Biotechnologies.

Duration:00:13:10

Killer airbags: what you need to know

4/13/2018
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Faulty airbags are endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Zealand drivers and their passengers, part of a problem affecting 100 million cars worldwide. A voluntary recall was announced in 2013, but according to the government, over the course of five years barely one-third of the cars affected have so far had their airbags replaced. Last week, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi announced the compulsory recall of 50,000 airbags in cars on New Zealand...

Duration:00:13:00

Bits+Bytes: Facebook's privacy revelations

4/13/2018
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In the week that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced probing questions from US lawmakers in two days of testimony on Capitol Hill, Peter Griffin and the Privacy Commissioner John Edwards join us to review what Mr Zuckerberg said, how he said it, and what it could mean for Facebook's business and for the future of data privacy. We also discuss the impact in New Zealand of new European privacy laws that come into force next month. The General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) make privacy...

Duration:00:25:24

Hungerball: a new flavour of football

4/13/2018
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Could a new version of football, developed here in New Zealand and played in what looks like a circular bouncy castle, conquer the globe?! That's what psychologist Andu Iordache is hoping, after coming up with the game he calls Hungerball. What makes the game unique is that it's played in an inflatable circular court: think of a clock, 10 metres in diameter with six goals around it at 12 o'clock, 2 o' clock, 4 o'clock, 6 o'clock, 8 o'clock and 10 o' clock. The court's also enclosed with...

Duration:00:15:03

This Way Up for Saturday 14 April 2018

4/13/2018
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Hungerball: a new flavour of football, Bits+Bytes: Facebook's privacy revelations and killer airbags: what you need to know.

Duration:00:48:45

Bits+Bytes: privacy laws that will change the internet forever

4/6/2018
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Bits+Bytes with Peter Griffin and Emily Wang and new European privacy laws called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) come into force next month that will change the internet forever, and make privacy and data protection a legal right. We explore what the new laws will mean for New Zealand internet users and businesses, as well as for some of the big global tech players like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple.

Duration:00:24:29

Self defence: the human immune system

4/6/2018
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Professor Dan Davis is an immunologist, and in his book 'The Beautiful Cure: Harnessing Your Body's Natural Defences' (Bodley Head) he tells the story of the past, the present, and the future of the human immune system.

Duration:00:22:48

Classes for kicks: Shoe School

4/6/2018
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Almost 10 years ago Lou Clifton set out to learn how to make shoes by hand. Her quest took her to Tasmania and to Japan, and after a lengthy apprenticeship she's now taught hundreds of people here in New Zealand to craft their own footwear. We go to her Shoe School in Wellington to meet her and some of the people attending her 5-day shoemaking course.

Duration:00:17:12

This Way Up for Saturday 7 April 2018

4/6/2018
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Shoe School, the past and the future of the human immune system and how new EU privacy protections could change the internet.

Duration:00:48:45

You're going to die! Death app WeCroak

3/30/2018
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How would you change the way you live if you contemplated your own mortality more? WeCroak is an app that for a one-off fee delivers quotations and comments designed to provoke you to reflect on your own mortality at random intervals five times a day. Hansa Bergwall of WeCroak tells us how he came up with the idea for the app, and what it is doing for its tens of thousands of subscribers in 100 countries around the world.

Duration:00:09:19

Testing smart pills and brain hacks

3/30/2018
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Would you pay to be smarter, sharper and maybe a little more focussed? There's a huge range of cognitive enhancements available today, from so-called smart drugs, 'study pills' and electrical head zappers to music that claims to improve your memory and concentration. In his book 'The Genius Within: Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence' (Picador) David Adam tests out some of the latest brain building products available today.

Duration:00:21:59

Sensing slips: better landslide detection

3/30/2018
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About 66 million people (or about one percent of the world's population) currently work or live in places at high risk of a landslide. Now a team at Victoria University of Wellington hopes that a network of cheap GPS sensors could help us make accurate slip predictions at a fraction of the cost of a surveyor taking regular measurements with their instruments. Nick Willis, Viclink's Commercialisation Manager, Engineering, shows us the system in operation near Wellington.

Duration:00:07:02

Farms without farmers?

3/30/2018
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What happens if you take the farmer out of farming? A project in the UK has become the first in the world to grow and harvest a crop without a single human being setting foot in the field. The Hands Free Hectare uses drones, driverless tractors, and retrofitted farm machinery instead of human operators. Jonathan Gill is a robotics engineer at Harper Adams University and part of the Hands Free Hectare team.

Duration:00:12:33

This Way Up for Saturday 31 March 2018

3/30/2018
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Farms without farmers? Sensing slips: better landslide detection. Adventures in Intelligence: testing smart pills and brain hacks, and reflecting on mortality with the WeCroak app.

Duration:00:48:45

Bits+Bytes: Cloud Storage

3/27/2018
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Peter Griffin reviews the best deals on the market for safely storing your data and photos. Who are the main players, who protects your security and privacy best, and why does Apple keep sending alerts that your iCloud is full?

Duration:00:12:46

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