Health and science often go hand in hand. In this BtN Special we see how the medical marvels in the laboratory affect the lives of everyday people. Science fiction is becoming science fact with scientists now making some human organs in the lab. And cloning is not just about copying animals. It's becoming an important therapy in the treatment of medical conditions. Antibiotics are the miracle cure for the treatment of infections but is their magic under threat from overuse?
In this BtN Special we explore the many facets of food and eating. Food is an important part of our lives and we visit a school where kids are growing their own garden and cooking their own meals. How do we sustain food quantities so everyone in the world eats fairly and healthily? We look at the food of the future and ask should we be eating insects? In contrast, some eat far too much. Even in developing countries obesity is becoming a health crisis.
As the title suggests, in this BtN Special we take a look at people who 'make a difference' in the world. We meet a girl who gives up her time to deliver meals to the needy and the young guy who represents Australia at the Nations Youth Forum. Then there's Nas, a blind newsreader who was given a chance to do the work she loves changing her life forever.
In this special we focus on learning beyond the traditional classroom and some of the unconventional ways kids are learning today.
In this special we focus on our canine friends and how incredible they really are.
Who's watching? That's the question answered in this special. Just how much freedom do we really have in Australia?
Behind the News loves to look ahead and in this 'Future Science' Special we do just that. We meet the lab team working on a shark repellent. Then there's the scientists inventing synthetic meat in the lab. And finally we discover how using sound in the same way that bats use it can help blind people to see?
Good health is always an important topic and in this BtN Special we delve into some common health problems such as eczema. Why are there increasing cases of this skin disorder in our society? Then we look at diabetes and the mechanics behind this disease as well as the importance of protecting ourselves in the sun.
In this Behind the News Special we focus on the good things kids do. From the guys going without to raise money for those less fortunate, to kids learning surf lifesaving and first aid to help save lives, there's a lot of good being done.
Anything to do with animals is always popular on Behind the News. In this Special we focus on animals and their environment. There's the young disabled boy determined to save the orang-utans, the effort to save the pygmy possums from extinction and the rediscovery of a species of insect everyone thought extinct.
In this Behind the News Special we take a look at some of the exciting things happening within and outside of the classroom. There's the school where all the kids, both hearing and hard of hearing, learn AUSLAN. We see how drama helps learning across all classes and we meet the young indigenous kids learning the art of traditional droving.
Technology is a subject that always fascinates the BtN audience and in this 'Innovations' Special we meet a kid who has invented a computer app in his spare time which could also make him very rich. Then there's the new satellite system set to rival the GPS with its pin-point accuracy. And with the flying camera, aka the 'drone' we look at just how far technology should go.
In this week's Environment special we check out the controversy surrounding the carbon tax legislation. There's also a report on how underwater mining can affect the marine environment and a look at what's being done on Macquarie Island to preserve its natural beauty.
Media is always a popular topic on BtN and in this Mighty Media special we look at the special role of the war reporter. We also take a close look at how the nightly news rundown is decided as well as how TV cameras have evolved throughout the decades.
Health and fitness is always a top priority in the BtN program and this week’s Fighting Fit special delves into body image as well as the forgotten part of our bodies - the feet. We also look at the importance of good posture and the rise and rise of food allergies in Australia.
Social Issues affect all of us and in this week’s BtN special we examine a program to make refugee kids settle into their new home. We also check out how much of a digital footprint we each could be leaving behind without even knowing it, as well as the importance of volunteers in our community.
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