When is it acceptable for governments to keep secrets? This week there's been a lot of talk about the website, Wikileaks after it revealed some top secret information about the war in Afghanistan. It's made some people very angry, but others think the public have a right to know what's going on.
BtN examines some of the key words and phrases that you'll hear time and time again during the election campaign. From Work Choices and the Education revolution to Back to Surplus - what do they actually mean and why are the politicians so keen to keep repeating them?
We look at an increasingly important metal, Lithium. It's a significant ingredient in enabling batteries to store and expel power. Some experts think that Lithium could one day become as valuable as oil and gold. It's big news for the South American country Bolivia which has the world's biggest lithium reserves.
Have you ever done something that's given you a real adrenaline rush? Scientists have been on a mission to find out why young people, and particularly young boys, are big risk-takers. And why would such behaviour evolve, when it's potentially harmful - even lethal?
We report on the growing movement to bring beekeeping into our backyards. Keeping bees in the city can be an environmentally friendly way of making honey. And it's not as hard as you might think. But there are rules, so watch BtN to make sure you don't get stung.
Despite her parent's objections, Meredith meets Lee Kaa secretly and he passes on his old knowledge. Cardwell keeps trying to win Grace over and he reveals his plans to move back to the Bay permanently.
Our bodies are amazing biological machines, but they can also be, well, quite strange! This episode of SCOPE is dedicated to those weird and wonderful body-isms: knuckles that crack, muscles that cramp, fingers that go pruney, as well as goosebumps, yawning and more!
The world of science and its researchers are always looking at ways to make things new and better. On this episode of SCOPE, Dr. Rob takes a look at some of the new materials that have been created, from a shock absorbing playground surface to a jelly that seals wounds!
Animal stories are always a hit with the BtN audience and this time we're looking specifically at pets. From the slithery to the unconventional and the more popular dogs and cats there's something for all animal lovers.
Cyberchase is an animated series teaching kids that math is everywhere, everyone can be good at it, and it's fun. Today, Hacker is accused of taking too much land in Sensible Flats. Jackie, Matt, and Inez try to prove his innocence in exchange for the antidote to Motherboard's virus.
From auto pilots, to washing machines and ATMs, we humans do like to automate things! Tune into this automatic episode of SCOPE to find out why and how we do it! Check out how factories automate their production lines, catch up with a robot that can solve the rubik's cube and meet Robonaut, the robotic astronaut!
Antarctica! It's huge, cold, isolated and practically unspoilt by human activity. So put on your thermals and join Dr Rob and a cast of thousands - penguins that is - as they SCOPE out all the science behind Antarctica!
Sport is a big and influential part of Australian culture. But did you know science plays a large and important role in the world of sport? This episode Dr. Rob looks at how science is kicking goals in modern sport, from providing new materials in cycling, to new athletic analysis using your mobile phone.
Crocodiles are apex predators. They can stay under water for two hours and they can even trace their ancestral line back nearly 100 million years! Join Dr Rob as he SCOPES out all the science behind crocodiles!
The way we treat asylum seekers that arrive here by boat has always been a controversial issue. But now after the release of a new report both the Government and the Opposition are finally agreeing on which path to take. So what is this solution that has finally managed to make the PM and Tony Abbott see eye to eye?
The last couple of weeks has been pretty tough for people living in the Philippines. There's been flooding and heavy rain. Some people have died and thousands have been left without homes. We hear about natural disasters like this all the time but what is it really like for kids living in the middle of it?
How would you feel if your family decided to spend the school holidays picking up rubbish in the middle of the outback? Ripped off? Well, maybe not. Sarah finds out about some kids who've been helping to clean up one of Australia's most famous roads and it's a lot more fun than it sounds.
It's pretty common for people to give blood to help others who are sick or injured. But what about animals? Well, dogs and cats can also donate blood to save the lives of their mates. Tash checks it out.
Radio dramas aren't something you hear about too much these days, but radio plays do still exist. Sarah finds out about the history of radio plays and meets some kids who've just starred in a major radio production.
America seems to be getting bad grades... not in the classroom, but in its economy. The country was rated at Triple A, now it's only double A plus. It still sounds pretty good, but the change could have a bad impact on the global economy.
When was the last time you had a banana? Lots of kids aren't packing them in their lunch boxes anymore, because they've become really expensive lately. It's all to do with the Queensland floods which wiped out banana crops earlier this year. BtN takes a look at how the flood recovery program is going, and tries to find out when bananas might return to old prices.
YOUTH SLEEP OUT
On any given night in Australia 105,000 people are homeless and nearly half of these people are under the age of 25. BtN meets a group of school kids who are spending a night sleeping rough, as they try to raise awareness about the issue of youth homelessness.
How often do you brush your teeth? Well, it should be twice a day. But the latest research says lots of kids are only doing it once a day. So it's no surprise that tooth decay is on the rise among Aussie kids.
Aerobics is an activity you may have taken part in during P-E class. But did you know it can also be a competitive sport? Alfie gets a lesson from an aerobics team and discovers it's not just for girls.
Baboons, lemurs, gorillas, mandrills, macaques. They are all primates and we have crammed them all into this week's episode of Scope! We find out about the plight of the orang-utans, experience a day-in-the-life of a primate keeper and work out the difference between a monkey and an ape.
For years journalists have snooped around trying to sniff out good stories to put in the news. But now the snooping techniques of a small group of journalists in the UK have made people very angry. It's led to a massive police investigation and has forced the closure of Britain's biggest selling newspaper.
The proposed carbon tax has turned into the biggest political issue facing Prime Minister Julia Gillard. We go beyond the jargon to try to explain what a carbon tax actually means. And we find out why it's splitting opinions.
When you think of NASA, you think of astronauts and space missions. But that might be about to change. NASA has brought home its last space shuttle and announced that no more will be going up. So what does this all mean for space exploration?
Police work can be a dangerous job, but it's not only humans who put themselves on the front line. We look at the role of police horses and find out why they're still considered to be such an effective part of policing. And what does it take to train a horse to be ready for a role with the police?
The sport of fencing has been around for centuries and is one of the oldest sports at the Olympics. So why is it that not many people take it up? Tash takes a look at how the sport is played and meets some bright young Aussies who are making their mark.
Maths rules when the dastardly villain Hacker launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe. Earth kids, Jackie, Matt and Inez, travel into cyberspace for all-out battle of wits and to discover that maths can be fun.
In this Behind the News special we take a look at some of the issues affecting animals. There's the controversy over banning dangerous breeds of dogs, the life of a police horse and the processes lost and abandoned animals go through when they find themselves in an animal shelter.
Whether they're tropical, sub-tropical or temperate, from the critters in the canopy to the plants in the understorey, right down to the poo on the ground, rainforests are crawling with science. Join Dr Rob as he goes troppo and SCOPES out all the science in rainforests!
A Welsh prince from the Middle Ages has a very stupid death, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette go on Historical Wife Swap with some starving French peasants, a Tudor peasant gets a super-hot makeover from Historical Fashion Fix, and Queen Cleopatra sings about her femme fatale reputation.
On your marks... get set... GO! The race to be ready for the Olympic Games in London is reaching the finishing line. So far there have been a few hurdles along the way. We take a look at security issues and how a city plans to cope with a whole load of visitors.
While you were on your school holidays there was an announcement about a really important scientific discovery. Scientists found something called the Higgs boson particle. It's being described as the biggest scientific discovery of the 21st century. So what is it... and why is it such a big deal?
Next year all 13 year old boys in Australia will be expected to take a new vaccine. It's usually only given to girls to reduce the risk of them getting cervical cancer. So what is this vaccine and why are boys getting it?
hip hop dance
We visit a hip hop dance competition known as Battlegrounds. Find out more about the history of break dancing and how kids in Australia are getting involved.
If you think of a typical Aussie working dog... chances are you picture a Kelpie. They're known for their energy, intelligence and ability to work in tough conditions. But have you ever wondered where the breed came from, or why they're called Kelpies?
Next week the Federal Government brings down its annual Budget... which sets out where the government intends to collect and spend all its money... But this Budget is expected to be a bit different from the last few for one reason - there'll be a surplus. What does this mean and why does the Government reckon it's so important.
Thousands of people have taken part in rallies calling for a national disability insurance scheme. The Prime Minister says the scheme will get underway next year. We talk to young people with disabilities to see the challenges they face every day.
When you see a person in a high-profile job... it's pretty natural to wonder... 'i wonder how much they get paid'...We know Hollywood celebs get millions per movie... but are they the highest paid people around? BTN looks at the richest people in Australia to see how they made their fortunes.
The world of computer video games is a place lots of kids and adults can't get enough of. But why are they loved so much? BTN investigates out some of the tricks that keep gamers coming back for more.
Australia has lots of threatened species. But can you name an animal that's both threatened and not threatened? That might sound like a trick question but it's not. Last week the government declared Koalas both vulnerable and not vulnerable... depending on where they live.
They can be as small as a coin, or as tall as a person. They can be found on the ground, in water or even in the air. So what are they? Birds! Join Dr Rob as he takes flight and SCOPES out all the science behind birds.
Tune in to this episode of SCOPE and see what you zinc about the periodic table's element number 30! Take a scientific dip in a molten zinc bath, check out some home-style zinc electroplating and discover how zinc is helping to build artificial bones!
Bits of aircraft dropping off in mid-air is always concerning and has resulted in the grounding of the new Qantas A380 super-jumbo. Amid the finger-pointing over who's to blame Kirsty looks at what it takes to keep these complex machines in the air.
People are really angry at the banks after one decided to charge more for their loans. Many have said that banks are too greedy and already make big enough profits. Nathan looks at the business of banks to find out what they're really all about.
FREE RANGE PIGS
The Australian pork industry is about to vote on whether to get rid the cages where pregnant pigs are kept until they give birth. 95% of farmers still use the cages and there's a push to get more 'free range' pigs on farms. Tash finds out what makes a product 'free range' and how to tell if we're buying the real deal.
HIGH DEFINITION TV
As the switch to full digital in 2013 approaches people are turfing out the old telly and discovering a raft of new channels. There's loads of new jargon with terms like SD, HD and full-HD being tossed around. So this week Tash looks at what's on offer and what it is that makes HDTV different from the rest.
School kids in Italy have taken on a new subject called podclass. Their ex-DJ teacher has injected some new technology and turned some of the kids' least-favourite lessons into fun. Tash tunes in to find out what it is that makes podclass such a hit.
An incredible voyage down the Blue and White Niles from their sources in Ethiopia and Uganda to the Mediterranean Sea. Along its course the Nile supports millions of people, plants and animals. The river travels through nine countries, over gorges, wetlands and across some of the harshest deserts on the planet.
What's a science special without a trip into space? We take a peek through a massive telescope and look at the technology behind space suits. Meanwhile back on earth -reinventing the gold rush and a fantastic new plastic.
Last week, a massive cyberattack hit computers right around the world. It caused some big problems, but how did it all happen? In our lead story next week, we explain how a computer can be hacked and why some people might want to.
50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum
Next Saturday is the 50th anniversary of a really important moment in Australia's history; the 1967 referendum. It saw the majority of Australians vote to change our country's laws to count Indigenous Australians as full citizens. We take a special look at the events that led up to this momentous vote and how things have changed since.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -
Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection:
Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 5
Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy:
The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7
History / Knowledge and Understanding:
Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6
Recently the government announced a review into how much children's TV should be shown on commercial networks. Currently there are rules about how many hours are broadcast and how much of it must be made in Australia. But some people are worried that if those rules disappear in the future, so will many great kids programs.
Have you ever wondered what you would say if you could send a message into space? Some kids in WA are working on messages that will soon be transmitted 4 light years away. We find out what they're going to say and how their messages will travel so far.
Australian scientists are trying to save a unique marine species that is tough to find at the best of times. It's called the Weedy Sea Dragon and there are worries the creatures are now endangered. But to confirm that, researchers need help from citizen scientists and some amazing facial recognition software.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -
Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
Living things have life cycles. Year 4
Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5
The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6
This program introduces Mexico, its varied landscapes and diverse people - from arid deserts to lush tropical rainforests. Presenter Jayne Constantinis visits the small historical town of Taxco, famous for its silver and meets a family who live there.
The PM has picked her team and just like a sports team they all have their specialist positions to play. Nathan looks at who's got a jersey in the new cabinet, what skills they'll need and how they'll start delivering on election promises.
The opening is just around the corner so this week we look at where the idea of the Commonwealth Games came from. Sarah takes a trip back in time to explore the origin of the British Empire and the Commonwealth.
Bling is the thing but what makes gold so attractive to investors? Gold has long been a prized commodity and it's getting more valuable. Tash digs around to uncover the reason this metal has become so precious.
Fancy a dip at 4.30am? For swimmers in training that's a part of their normal day. Sarah meets some kids hoping to be stars of the future and finds at a star swimmer from the past who's making an amazing comeback.
Speed course, long jump and high jump are just a few of the events you'll see trackside at the rabbit racing competition! Tash meets the kids training their furry athletes and competing for glory in this growing sport.
As SCOPE viewers will know, science doesn't always happen in a lab - in fact, there are plenty of trades that rely on science! In this episode, we investigate the science of mechanics, plumbers, blacksmiths, boilermakers, electricians, and carpenters.
So what exactly does it mean to be big? The heaviest? The tallest? The longest? The widest? It's all of those things and a whole lot more! Join Dr Rob as we go in search of some giant animals, find out how to build a massive bridge and look at the ins and outs of a very large musical instrument.
Maps, magnets, compasses, global positioning systems and robotic boats, it's all part of the science of navigation. Join Dr Rob as he calculates his latitude and longitude and SCOPES out the science behind getting from 'A' to 'B' without getting lost.
Jess Quinn's here to help you get your juicy wiggle on in order to dance just like Redfoo. He was inspired to write this song while visiting Australia so it's seems fitting to learn, try at home and become the dance crew.