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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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MS gene therapy & the shocking science of electric eels

9/22/2017
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Naked Science This Way Up with Dr Chris Smith with a potential new way to treat and stop the progression of MS or multiple sclerosis using gene therapy. And the shocking science of electric eels; a decent-sized eel can deliver an electric shock ten times more powerful than a TASER, a new study shows!

Duration: 00:07:14


Dirty dish cloths

9/22/2017
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A German study has sequenced the microbes on used kitchen sponges. The bad news? Your average sponge harbours more than 300 species of bacteria in concentrations as high as you'll find in human faeces. On the plus side there were no really horrible nasties, but rigorous cleaning seems to encourage more bad, potentially harmful, bacteria to grow. We speak to microbiologist Markus Egert of Furtwangen University, one of the sponge-biome researchers.

Duration: 00:08:03


Stopping humidity with shower domes

9/22/2017
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George Block from consumer.org.nz's been reviewing shower domes, the plastic shower covers designed to keep the moisture inside your shower and your bathroom dry.

Duration: 00:05:56


The Venezuelans mining Bitcoin to survive

9/22/2017
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Thousands of resourceful Venezuelans have started mining the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to survive the economic crisis facing the country. Rene Chun covered the story for The Atlantic.

Duration: 00:08:18


Bleeding the kids dry

9/22/2017
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Ambrosia is a startup charging customers US$8,000 dollars for a transfusion of young blood from donors aged under 25, and it's conducting what it describes as a clinical trial to measure the health effects of transfusions with youthful plasma. We speak to Ambrosia's founder Jesse Karmazin about the approach, and to Professor Matt Kaeberlein who studies ageing at the University of Washington about the value of the proposed study.

Duration: 00:15:23


This Way Up for Saturday 23 September 2017

9/22/2017
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Can a transfusion of young blood stop ageing? Venezuela's Bitcoin miners, shower domes, dirty dish cloths and a potential gene therapy for MS.

Duration: 00:48:45


The secret history of the iPhone

9/15/2017
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In his book 'The One Device' tech journalist Brian Merchant reflects on the first decade of the iPhone and how it's changed our lives, and also revolutionised the way that digital devices are marketed and sold.

Duration: 00:12:31


Adios Cassini

9/15/2017
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In Naked Science news, Dr Chris Smith bids farewell to Cassini, the unmanned spacecraft that revealed so much about Saturn and her moons. Plus another possible explanation for antibiotic resistance.

Duration: 00:06:27


The Food Computer

9/15/2017
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Growing food using a 'food computer'; it's a mini-hothouse using artificial intelligence to make sure conditions are just right to grow nutritious crops that taste great. Risto Mikkulainen is Vice President of Research at Sentient Technologies, and is one of those responsible for designing the AI software powering these food computers.

Duration: 00:15:06


CrossFit: a new religion?

9/15/2017
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With an estimated 4 million daily practitioners worldwide, and its emphasis on the power of shared experience and community, theologian Casper ter Kuile (who's an Innovation Fellow at Harvard University) thinks the exercise movement CrossFit shows many of the characteristics of an emerging modern religion in an increasingly secular age.

Duration: 00:12:01


This Way Up for Saturday 16 September 2017

9/15/2017
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CrossFit: a new religion? The Food Computer, adios Cassini and the secret history of the iPhone.

Duration: 00:48:45


Why don't poisonous frogs poison themselves?!

9/8/2017
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Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists brings us the latest from the world of science news and research.This week the global pharmaceutical giant Novartis has just got USFDA approval for a new class of leukamia treatment that uses a patient's own blood cells to combat cancer. The agent is called Kymriah and targets a blood cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, one of the leading causes of childhood cancer. In other news, why don't poison dart frogs poison themselves?! For thousands...

Duration: 00:06:27


Sporting success at your fingertips

9/8/2017
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Could the secret to sporting success be at your fingertips? That's the thrust of some intriguing research looking into the relative lengths of your ring finger and your index finger...the second, pointy one! Basically the relationship between the two looks like it's a pretty good indicator of your spatial awareness, hand-grip strength, fitness levels and even your general mental outlook and levels of aggression. This means that in general those whose ring fingers are relatively longer than...

Duration: 00:09:43


Compression garments= better athletic performance?

9/8/2017
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Could very tight clothing improve your athletic performance? That's the promise of compression clothing, the array of leggings, socks and tops sold to us by the likes of Adidas, Under Armour, Asics and Skins. It's being marketed as a way to increase our muscle power, optimise our performance and to "go further and faster". This clothing costs a bomb but can it actually do what it claims? We unwrap the truth with David Cox who's written about this for The Guardian.

Duration: 00:06:56


Hurricane helpline

9/8/2017
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Peter Griffin with technology news and what tech issues are dominating the political agenda in the run-up to the general election on Saturday 23rd September? Also Zello, an app that turns your smartphone into a walkie talkie and is great for group communications, racks up more than 65 million downloads and rockets to number 1 on the App Store during hurricane season. And Christchurch gets what's claimed to be one of the world's first all electric vehicle car sharing schemes. So will it...

Duration: 00:08:06


The sand collector

9/8/2017
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93-year-old Tonny Brinkman has assembled a collection of thousands of different sands from all over the world which is being curated by Hugh Grenfell at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Duration: 00:14:18


This Way Up for Saturday 9 September 2017

9/8/2017
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The sand collector, hurricane helpline, compression clothing, sporting success at your fingertips, and why don't poisonous frogs poison themselves?!

Duration: 00:48:45


The theme park that's open to everyone

9/1/2017
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Gordon Hartman raised $70 million to build the world's first ultra-accessible theme park in Texas targeted at people with disabilities. Since it's opened, 1 million people have flocked to Morgan's Wonderland, the park inspired by his 23-year-old daughter.

Duration: 00:08:14


Stopping sepsis deaths with bacteria

9/1/2017
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Sepsis is what happens when your body's attempts to fight off an infection go wrong. Basically your immune system overreacts, causing inflammation throughout your body that can damage your organs and even kill you if it isn't treated quickly enough. There are an estimated 30 million sepsis cases across the world every year, and it kills some 5 million people, many of them very young. Now scientists have found that if you feed babies a particular strain of probiotic bacteria- a type of...

Duration: 00:05:33


The educational value of (computer) games

9/1/2017
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The idea of 'educational' computer games will have some parents rolling their eyes. But with an expanded digital curriculum for Year 1 to 10 students already in the works, there will be an ever-growing use of online games and other digital resources as teaching aids in the classroom. So how can we tell which games have the most educational value to children? Dr Bronwyn Stuckey is a former primary school teacher from Australia who's now Director of Innovative Educational Ideas and a...

Duration: 00:13:58

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