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Our Changing World

RNZ New Zealand

A mix of in depth interviews, packages and sound rich features, Our Changing World covers topics across all scientific disciplines, natural history and environmental issues, and developments in health as well as exploring the human side of science and the personalities behind it.

A mix of in depth interviews, packages and sound rich features, Our Changing World covers topics across all scientific disciplines, natural history and environmental issues, and developments in health as well as exploring the human side of science and the personalities behind it.
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Location:

Wellington, New Zealand

Description:

A mix of in depth interviews, packages and sound rich features, Our Changing World covers topics across all scientific disciplines, natural history and environmental issues, and developments in health as well as exploring the human side of science and the personalities behind it.

Twitter:

@RNZ_Science

Language:

English

Contact:

(04) 4741910


Episodes

Celebrating the night sky on Great Barrier Island

9/28/2017
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Great Barrier Island has become the world's third International Dark Sky Sanctuary, in recognition of its outstanding star-filled night skies.

Duration: 00:11:33


SOFIA - a flying telescope with a unique view of space

9/21/2017
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NASA's SOFIA observatory is a 2.5 metre telescope mounted in the back of a plane. It observes the birth and death of stars and the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.

Duration: 00:29:33


Bacteria versus virus at Queenstown Research Week

9/14/2017
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The arms race between the immune systems of bacteria and the viruses - bacteriophages - that attack them, was a feature of this year's Queenstown Research Week.

Duration: 00:26:25


Bringing Kirk's tree daisy back to Wellington

9/7/2017
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Kohurangi, or Kirk’s tree daisy, is rare in the Wellington region, but botanists taken on the challenge of bringing it back to the city.

Duration: 00:23:20


The Science Of... Vitamin C

8/25/2017
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What is vitamin C and why do we need it? Which foods have the most vitamin C? Should we pop pills when we think we're getting a cold, or are we just producing expensive urine? And can vit C really cure cancer, or is it all hype? Alison Ballance and Simon Morton investigate.

Duration: 00:37:51


The Science of...Virtual Reality

8/18/2017
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Beyond its gaming applications, we explore how VR works, what it's being used for today (from treating a fear of spiders, to training young doctors) and if it's yet making any compelling case to be a part of every home. In 'The Science Of…Virtual Reality' we also look at how VR tricks our brains to immerse us in any reality we can imagine. Originally developed by the US military in the 1960s, today it's gamers that are the early adopters driving demand and innovation. Meanwhile the biggest...

Duration: 00:35:08


The Science of...Sweat

8/11/2017
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This Way Up's Simon Morton collaborates with science journalist and podcast producer Alison Ballance from RNZ's Our Changing World on a 3-part series where we explore the science of sweat, virtual reality and Vitamin C. This week the science of sweat: we all do it, it happens automatically, and if we didn't do it we'd probably die! We explore some of life's big, sweaty questions like; what is sweat, why does our sweat smell and can you really sweat like a pig?! We also explore how sweat's...

Duration: 00:27:12


Optimal nutrition - the answer to treating ADHD?

8/10/2017
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Julia Rucklidge is investigating whether micronutrients can relieve stress and anxiety, help people quit smoking and treat ADHD.

Duration: 00:22:43


Solving the mystery of the Kaikōura bubbles

8/3/2017
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Mysterious bubbles and warm water, known as Hope Springs, which appeared after the Kaikōura earthquake, appear to be coming from deep in the earth's crust.

Duration: 00:12:28


The low-down on electric cars in New Zealand

8/3/2017
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Flip the Fleet is a citizen science project looking at the performance of electric vehicles under New Zealand conditions.

Duration: 00:11:51


The future of robots is soft

7/27/2017
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Trevor the caterpillar and Julie the dragonfly are soft robots that can walk and flap using electricity that powers artificial muscles, without a printed circuit board in sight..

Duration: 00:13:07


Filtering distraction - key to success

7/27/2017
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Neuropsycholgist Paul Corballis talks about the way our brains perceive the world, how we recognise faces, and whether or not we can really multi-task.

Duration: 00:13:40


A genetic helping hand for conservation

7/20/2017
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Four scientists talk about genetics and how it can help in the conservation of rare birds such as little spotted kiwi.

Duration: 00:26:48


Canine DNA and 'Darwin's Dogs'

7/13/2017
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Kiwi canine DNA has been collected as part of a global project, called Darwin's Dogs, investigating the genes behind the personalities of dogs.

Duration: 00:13:19


Migraines - much more than a headache

7/13/2017
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Migraines are debilitating headaches, and Debbie Hay says that new drugs targeting the pain hormone CGRP are showing lots of promise.

Duration: 00:13:43


The science of a water aquifer

7/6/2017
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What is the Waiwhetu aquifer, where does its water come from, and what does it mean for the Wellington region - Alison Ballance investigates.

Duration: 00:25:30


Southern island sanctuary for rare birds

6/29/2017
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Putauhinu, one of the southern Tītī Islands, has become a remarkable rat-free sanctuary, gifting rare land birds to other islands.

Duration: 00:30:09


Honey, I shrunk the lab

6/22/2017
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A lab-on-a-chip developed at the University of Canterbury is allowing biologists to measure the minute force generated by a single fungal thread.

Duration: 00:13:02


Insects remarkably preserved in New Zealand amber

6/15/2017
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Amber is beautiful to look at - and it is also an incredible window into the prehistoric past.

Duration: 00:15:52


Kauri dieback and how microbes sense the world

6/8/2017
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Microbes, such as the fungi-like kauri dieback disease, use chemicals to sense their world - and understanding this might help us to develop new treatments.

Duration: 00:15:20

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