Marine researcher Sheridan Rabbitt reveals the role seagrass plays in an ecosystem, demonstrates how researchers study the health of seagrass beds, and explains why the underwater meadows are important to humans on land.
Rowing coach Bill Tait reveals some of the technology the Victorian Institute of Sport is using to monitor the performance of rowers, including a GPS, rowing computer, biomechanics box, heart rate monitor and a camera.
Erinn Fagan-Jeffries explains how she is identifying the kinds of wasps that successfully lay their eggs in caterpillars, which hatch and eat their hosts, to find species to help eradicate crop-destroying pests.
Macquarie University's Anne Castles and Signy Wegener explain the importance of introducing new terms when speaking to children, revealing that their research demonstrates for the first time an "intimate relationship between [spoken] vocabulary and reading ability".
Bionic technology is focused on making peoples' lives better, and finding new ways to let people disabled people experience the world just like everyone else. Find out how much of the human body can now be replaced with bionic parts.
Following the announcement that Coles and Woolworths will be phasing out single-use plastic bags, Mornington Peninsular schoolgirl Meg explains why such plastics are bad for the environment and how she has campaigned to stop shops using them.
What do you want to be when you grow up That question might be harder than it sounds because the truth is, we don't know what the job market will look like by then. Find out more about the ways technology and robotics are influencing the jobs of the future and hear from kids who share what their dream future job would be.
Did you know that many of the first settlers in Australia were criminals In the 1700s, London had very strict laws so when parents and children from poor families had to steal just to survive, they had harsh punishments waiting for them if caught. Eventually, jails got overcrowded and many of them were sent to New South Wales as part of the First Fleet and the first generation of settlers that helped shape the country into what it is today.
When one decides to devote their life to becoming a monk, they are choosing to abstain from a lot of the most enjoyable things in life. Meet two Buddhist monks who made that decision, find out what drove them to it and how is has affected their life and relationships since.
Neil Oliver visits Reichskrone, the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire, in Vienna and discusses how Cnut the Great's attendance of the Holy Roman Emperor's coronation marks Viking culture becoming European.
Chris is here to share more information about sweat then we ever wanted to know. He is also conducting an experiment at Loughborough University, to find out where our bodies sweat the most, and which sweat is the smelliest. First, Chris dons a scientific sweatcollecting vest over a bin bag. Jogging on a treadmill in a heated room, monitored by sweat expert Professor George Havenith, Chris winds up donating two litres of his hardwon drops. The analysis of our drenched doctor is surprising. Now he
Chris volunteers to be a blood donor, so he becomes a leech's lunch! While this bloodsucker is gorging on his arm, our good doctor credits this creature with lifesaving properties. Its saliva is a potent blood thinner, so if a person's fingertip were chopped off, you could reattach it by strategically affixing a leech to get the blood flowing. Chris introduces us to Carl PetersBond, who's a 'leechbreeding king'. He houses 30,000 of the marvellous medical wrigglers, and we get to see a spongelike
We are going on safari through Chris' nose and down his throat to witness what goes on with our voice box when we make a sound. So with a special, tiny, medical camera, the nasendoscope, it's through the nose and past the tongue, look out larynx, here it comes! Xand explains that air forced up your windpipe from the lungs is what makes sound come out. When it passes through the two flaps that comprise your vocal cords, the speed these flaps vibrate at determines whether your voice sounds high or
On the top floor of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Chris meets Dr Robert Harrison. He and his team make antivenin medicine to save people in Africa who've been bitten by poisonous snakes. Paul Rowley, expert snake handler, is here too, and physically 'milks' a small but deadly snake, the Nigerian sawscaled viper, right in front of Chris. The venom that drips from its fangs will save lives in West Africa, where 36,000 die each year from deadly snake bites. For instance, one bite from