Newly transferred film and never-before-heard audio recount the key moments of NASA's Apollo space program and America's goal to land on the moon.
From the harsh outback to warzone frontlines and Olympic champion podiums, the Akubra hat has adorned Australian heads for over a century both here at home and around the world. The Akubra success lies in the efforts of hat maker Benjamin Dunkerley and his ingenious fur dressing invention. Dunkerley's partnership with Stephen Keir built the Akubra empire that continues today.
When clearing mallee stump for agricultural crop land was proving to be a challenge, Richard Smith came up with the solution to the formidable problem of how to plough such impenetrable land. The stump-jump plough is one of the inventions that enabled the development of Australia's wheat belt, from WA, across to Victoria and into NSW.
This instalment covers 1964-1968, four heady, dangerous years in the history of the space race, focusing on the events surrounding the Apollo 1 and Apollo 8 missions. As Americans moved through the '60s and reflect on the challenges ahead, many begin to wonder: what exactly is it going to take to beat the Soviets to the moon?
After Lewis Brandt at Ford Australia in Melbourne received a letter from a farmer's wife that she wanted a vehicle to, "take her to church on Sundays and pigs to market on Monday", Lew took on the challenge. He designed a vehicle that could serve these two purposes. After the Great Depression when funds for the average Australian were scarce, a two-in-one vehicle was incredibly useful.
The push for smarter farming is at the core of Australia's tough agricultural history. Richard and Clarence Smith quarrelled over who was the true inventor, but their stump-jump plough improved the economic prospects of farmers working difficult terrain. Frederic Wolseley's mechanical shears eventually won over the shearers and transformed the wool industry. Lew Bandt designed the ute for farmers needing a comfortable working vehicle, and Benjamin Dunkerley invented a fur-cutting machine that led to the iconic Akubra.
The clock is ticking as Chris makes a mercy mission to save owl eggs from an unexpected predator.
This episode begins in 1957 and tracks the early years of the space race as the United States struggles to catch up with the Soviet Union. The episode reveals breathtaking failures and successes of the nascent American space program and demonstrates the stakes and costs of reaching the moon.
Joseph Pulitzer built himself up from a penniless immigrant, to the pre-eminent newspaper giant of New York City. His insistence on accuracy and ground-breaking headlines made his New York World the top selling newspaper in the country. But Pulitzer's journalistic integrity is tested when young millionaire, William Randolph Hearst, sets out to steal the throne with his own newspaper. Hearst's gossip rag spawns a publishing empire, and the competition between the newspaper titans revolutionises journalism for the modern era. Alternative title: American Genius.
Chris Humfrey welcomes us into his crazy world where his housemates are furry, feathered and fanged.
The battle for the conquest of Space between the Americans and Soviets starts in the late fifties, with the Cold War already well settled. The USSR multiplies its first successes, America responds by creating NASA and launching the Mercury program. Objective: catch up with the Russians and send a man into Space. From then on, Mercury astronauts become the new heroes of the US.
Being lonely is the silent health crisis deadlier than obesity. The doctors explore why and give advice on how to make new friendships that last.
While thousands of service men and women have been killed in action, many more have been wounded in war, requiring treatment for months or years after the end of the conflict. A stretcher on a sledge, on wheels, Alexander Worsfold's versatile invention, the Transporter, is reported to have been the only invention developed on the Australian home front that was adopted on the battlefront of World War I.
William Scurry, a Melbourne-born architectural modeller, invented the drip rifle to aid the Gallipoli evacuation. The invention created the illusion of manned trenches by popping shots out from the trenches during the critical final stage of the Anzac's evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsular. The drip rifle is an impressive example of Anzac ingenuity and resourcefulness.
With the increasing threat of Nazi invasion in World War II, Adelaide-born scientist, Howard Florey, and his team of medical researchers at the University of Oxford, invented a way to extract penicillin from mould and transform it into medical penicillin, which could treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Florey and his team were awarded a Nobel Prize for creating a "miracle drug", which treated military personnel during the war and which was later manufactured on a large scale for civili
In this episode, Trish shares her grandmother's remedy for ingrown toenails that comes from a remote Malaysian village. Meanwhile, former nomad Juliana has a remedy for period pain from the jungles of Indonesia.
The fires of war become the forges of Australian invention. William Scurry invented a decoy drip rifle to help Anzacs safely evacuate from Gallipoli. Alexander Worsfold built his all-terrain transporter to hurry injured soldiers to field hospitals on the Western Front. Adelaide-born Howard Florey and his team developed the wonder drug penicillin that was first deployed amongst infected allied soldiers during World War II. And from Wollongong, Evelyn Owen's submachine gun out-performed its competitors and become known as 'the diggers' darling'.
Caroline's diet experiment reveals spectacular weight loss, along with worrying health implications. Shalin lifts the lid on fats and oils, and Sandro navigates Australia's confusing food labelling system.
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