Australia is home to some of the most venomous animals in the world - some so lethal they can kill a human in minutes. But within the deadly cocktail of their venom, lies a potential pharmacy of drugs that could save your life. Nature journalist Ann Jones meets the Australian scientists who are leading the world in this revolutionary modern medicine.
In this second episode of our Mars special, astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis and beloved astronomer Greg Quicke explore a question we've longed to answer: is there life on Mars?
In the first of a two-part special, astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis and astronomer Greg Quicke meet the Australian scientists on a mission to solve the many challenges of putting people on the Red Planet.
The koala is a national icon on the path to extinction. Professor Tim Flannery investigates the story behind the headlines, meeting researchers working to understand the threats koalas face.
Cities are one of our greatest inventions, they bring us together and drive wealth, but as more of us flock to live and work in them, we need to find ways to make them greener, more sustainable and efficient places to live. Physicist Dr Niraj Lal explores some of the engineering solutions driving change. To see how we’ll keep our growing population moving he visits the construction site of the largest public transport system ever undertaken in Australia and discovers how engineers are finding ways to replace concrete - one of the biggest CO2 emitters in the world - with greener alternatives.
Astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis explores the impact asteroids have had on our planet and discovers that they may hold the key to one of the greatest scientific mysteries of all - how life began. In the Northern Territory, Tamara sees firsthand the destructive power of an asteroid - the gaping 25km wide Tnorala crater. Keeping an eye on current threats are teams at the Siding Spring Observatory, where Tamara observes one of the thousands of potentially hazardous asteroids rocketing through space. Tamara uncovers the story of Victoria's Murchison meteorite, which contains complex organic compounds that scientists are experimenting with in New Zealand, to determine if a meteorite could have kickstarted life on earth.
This program sets up a pop-up dental clinic in Western Sydney to investigate Australia's most common dental complaints, uncovering the tips to keep your mouth healthy and revealing surprising secrets behind a beautiful smile.
In this special Catalyst series, chef Paul West, dietician Professor Clare Collins and chemist Noby Leong reveal the delicious chemistry, biology and physics hidden inside the foods we all love, so we can cook better and eat healthier. In part 2, Paul explores the science behind cryogenic freezing and how it's being used to ensure frozen fish tastes as good as fresh. In a gelato factory, Clare gets the scoop on why humans are hardwired to desire junk food.
In this special Catalyst series, chef Paul West, dietician Clare Collins and chemist Noby Leong reveal the delicious chemistry, biology and physics hidden inside the foods we all love, so we can cook better and eat healthier. Paul learns that the nation's most popular fruit, the Cavendish banana, is under threat of extinction, but discovers that a new disease resistant variety is being cultivated in a field in Far North Queensland. Clare finds out how the traditional craft of fruit preservation is supersized in the production of canned baked beans, and Noby delves into the science of cooking the perfect medium rare steak. Paul also uncovers how the power of gluten is harnessed in slow fermentation sourdough bread - and gets to taste a very special bread made from native Australian grasses.
Investigative journalist Ruby Jones meets some of the 2.5 million Australians for whom body image concerns have become a serious mental health issue. Ruby discovers that far from vanity these disorders are crippling people’s lives, and meets scientists at the forefront of research into what causes them and how to treat them.
This documentary reveals the extraordinary work of the Australian Craniofacial Unit in Adelaide. Catalyst was given unprecedented access behind the scenes to look at what lies beneath the face, and the surgeons trusted to make it whole again.
Lily Serna finds out how maths can help us all become smarter with the risks we take in life. And, she discovers that far from taking too many risks, many of us are playing it too safe.
Dr Sarah McKay uncovers the revolutionary science that promises to keep your brain healthy into old age - and uncovers the drugs that hope to defeat many of the diseases of ageing.
Recently retired ABC newsreader Ian Henderson sets out on a quest to find the secrets of ageing healthily. He discovers that a new understanding of how the trillions of cells in our bodies age could keep us all younger for longer. He meets Australian scientists working at the cutting edge of ageing biology and learns that their research isn’t just about making us live longer, but also about keeping us healthier into old age - improving our ‘healthspan’. They reveal that we can all improve our healthspan by making simple changes to the way we live our lives.
Tamara Davis meets the scientists on a quest to hunt down black holes. With humble beginnings in outback Australia, their journey has brought us to the cusp of an unprecedented milestone in human achievement - the very first picture of a black hole. What it might reveal could overturn the laws of physics.
This program brings together 15 ordinary Australians to take part in a revealing scientific experiment - to see if practicing mindfulness can help treat conditions like chronic pain, anxiety and stress that affect millions of us.
With Australia in the grip of an allergy epidemic, we set up a pop-up clinic to help understand why so many of us are suffering from these conditions - and to reveal the latest science about what we can do to treat and hopefully prevent them. Hosted by Shalin Naik and Caroline West with expert immunologists Dianne Campbell and Connie Katelaris.
Dr Nikki Stamp meets Australians whose lives are transformed by artificial body parts, and scientists whose cutting-edge work merging biology with technology reveal a world on the cusp of a bionic revolution.
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