It's no secret that we're a big fan of robotics here at SCOPE and today Lee is dedicating a whole episode to her mechanical mates! We'll meet Harvey the capsicum picking robot, learn all about robotic vision and explore the lunar surface with a hopping robot! AgBot The future of agriculture is solar powered, artificially intelligent and robotic! Meet Owen Bawden from the Queensland University of Technology as he explains how robotics are changing this ancient industry! Harvey Robot Agricultural robots aren't just confined to the field as Dr Chris Lehnert from Queensland University of Technology and his hard working robot Harvey demonstrate! RoboCup One day, three leagues, infinite excitement! Join Lee as she reports live from the 2016 Robo Cup Junior! Mousetrap Car Ready, set, go! Junior scientist Luci has taken it upon herself to build her very own wind up racer! Robo Vision Robots are primed to change the world we live in. But first we need people like Daniel Griffiths from the University of South Australia to help them see! Luna Roo The moon looks pretty special from down here on earth, but what about up close? We used to send astronauts to photograph the moon, but now it's a job for people like Juxi from the Queensland University of Technology and his robot, Luna Roo! All that and more on a mechanically minded episode of SCOPE!
Join Lee for a mouth-watering episode of SCOPE all about the science in food! We find out how stretchy cheese is, turn milk to plastic and learn what happens when you give lemurs carrots instead of bananas! Vertical Food Wall Most veggie gardens require a huge amount of time, effort and space. But as Marc Noyce from BIOFILTA explains, vertical food walls could be the future when it comes to home-grown produce! Flavour Creations Humans swallow around 900 times a day! But if you have dysphasia, swallowing can be a real problem, especially when it comes to eating! That's why Vaughan Gough from Flavour Creations has been designing thickened fluids for people with this disorder! Cheese Science Cheese comes in many different varieties, but not all cheeses are equal! As Michael Mazzonetto from the CSIRO explains, when it comes to cheese how it tastes is just the beginning! DIY Science - Plastic Milk Join junior scientists Ellie and Konrad as they turn milk into plastic! It's not a magic trick, it's just good science. Lemur Diet We catch up with Damien Lewis from Melbourne Zoo, as he replaces bananas with carrots in this lemur diet overhaul! Extrusion Snacks Chips, biscuits and lollies are all sometimes snacks! Svenja Beck from CSIRO is using an extrusion machine to try and transform snack foods into healthy treats. All that and more on a positively salivating episode of SCOPE: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
On your marks, get set, GO! Join Lee as she races towards the finish line in this super sporty episode of SCOPE! We use motion tracking to get a better swing when playing golf, make a gold medal out of dough and catch up with an Olympic marathon runner! Ice Skating We take a look at the head-spinning physics of figure skating with Dorothy Bisset from O'Brien Arena! Heat Training When it comes to athletic training, sometimes the best thing to do is turn up the heat! But is it better to train in dry or humid heat? Well, that's the very question Dr Jamie Stanley and Sam Tebeck from the South Australian Sports Institute have been trying to figure out! Perfect Swing Motion tracking is used in all sorts of sports to help athletes reach their peak! Join Dr Sean Horan from Griffith University, as he explains how this amazing technology is helping reduce injuries in one of the most popular recreational sports in the world - golf! DIY Science - Gold Medal You don't have to go to the Olympics to get a gold medal! As junior scientist Hayley demonstrates, you can make your very own gold medal at home with some dough, gold paint and some scientific know how! Marathon Man We meet Olympic marathon runner Liam Adams, as he explains how he used science to compete with some of the best runners in the world. Swimming Turn Australia's elite swimmers make speeding through the water look effortless! But as Dr Elaine Tor from the Victorian Institute of Sport explains, a lot of science goes into making these athletes the fastest swimmers in the pool! All that and more on a super sporty episode of SCOPE: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Join Lee for an aquatic episode of SCOPE were she dives deep into this abundant compound - water! We use satellite technology to track a turtle, we learn how coral can affect the weather and we check up on the Moreton Bay dugong population. Wave Drone Oceans can be calm, wild and even move the earth we live on! It's called erosion and Dr Javier Leon from the University of the Sunshine Coast is using UAV technology to try and alleviate the damage it causes to our coastlines! Turtle Tracking Many animals return to the wild after recovering in Melbourne Aquarium but how do you keep a track of their progress once they've been released? Well, as Brianna Lang explains, the latest in satellite tracking technology can tell us a lot about how these animals doing out in the wild. Atmospheric Exploration Professor Zoran Ristovski from Queensland University of Technology has found that ocean warming through climate change doesn't just affect marine life it can also have a significant impact on what happens in the atmosphere! DIY Science - Floating Egg We explore the concept of water density with DIY scientist Harry! Eco-Preservation Join Dr Steven Melvin from Griffith University as he explores how pharmaceuticals in waste water can affect the aquatic ecosystem! Dugong Survey When you need a check-up, you go to the doctor. But what do you do if you're a 3-meter-long, 600-kilogram marine mammal? Well, Dr Tamara Keely from the University of Queensland comes to you! We catch up with Tamara as she returns from her annual Moreton Bay dugong health survey! All that and more on this watery episode of SCOPE; where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
The world around us is teaming with life! Join Lee as she explores the wonders of the biological world in this brand new episode of SCOPE! We hop aboard the RV Investigator to study phytoplankton, we sample whale snot with a UAV and we learn all about the pigmy blue tongue lizard! Ocean Microbes Up to 90% of the ocean's biomass is made up of organisms we can't even see! Dr Martina Doblin from the University of Technology Sydney has been using the facilities on board the CSIRO's Research Vessel Investigator to find out how certain microorganisms might impact the marine ecosystem. Plant Accelerator They may not have to sit exams, but plants can get stressed out too! Dr Trevor Garnett from the University of Adelaide is exploring how plants respond to stressful environments in his state of the art greenhouse. Whale Tracking Drone They can grow up to 16 meters long and weigh more than 36 tones! For these reasons, giving a humpback whale a health check can be tough! But Dr Olaf Meynecke from Griffith University has devised a way to give these majestic marine mammals a non-invasive check-up! DIY Science - Diving Fish Madeleine and Ofogh learn all about buoyancy by designing their very own diving fish! Nest Boxes It's nice to have a place to rest your head after a long day. And while you might prefer a comfy bed, many animals prefer to curl up in tree hollows. But what if there aren't any tree hollows available? Well, that's where Dr Scott Burnett from the University of the Sunshine Coast, and his specially designed nest boxes come in. Lizard Bite Force Join Dr Marc Jones and Lucy Clive from the University of Adelaide as they examine the bite force of the pygmy blue tongue lizard which can give an insight into how healthy these animals are. All that and more on a biologically diverse episode of SCOPE; where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
There's so much science in this episode of SCOPE it can barely be contained in one episode! We head down to Antarctica to hunt for dinosaur fossils, we hop on board an electric bus and we learn all about the plight of the orange bellied parrot! Antarctic Fossils Antarctica is one of the most isolated and inhospitable places on the planet. But as Steven Salisbury from the University of Queensland explains, 65 million years ago it was a thriving eco-system; and he has the fossils to prove it! String Science The harp is made up of 47 strings, is more than 5000 years old, and as Michael Johnson from Lyrebird Music explains, also choc-full of interesting science! DIY Science - Modelling Dough Join junior scientist Thi as he creates some modelling dough with flour, water and a little chemical know-how. Electric Bus Buses are an essential part to any cities public transport system and a great way to reduce carbon emission. And as David Slama from Adelaide City Council explains, one very special bus is helping reduce emission even more; by running entirely on electricity! Orange-Bellied Parrot With only 50 orange-bellied parrots remaining in the wild, Dr Michael Magrath from Werribee Open Range Zoo, is researching new ways to keep these highly endangered birds out of trouble! All that and more on a jam-packed episode of SCOPE; where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Agriculture; it's something we humans have been doing for thousands of years. Join Lee on SCOPE, as we explore the ins and outs of this ancient science. We discover a new way to grow strawberries, we visit an agricultural high school and we ascend into the clouds with a drone that monitors wheat! Strawberry Farm Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits on the planet! And as Gavin Scurr from Pinata Farms explains, he may have found a brand new way to grow this delicious fruit. Barra Farm Join Barb Cooper and her class from Parndana School as they take advantage a unique aquiculture facility to grow barramundi and herbs! Ag School Reading, writing and ... beekeeping?! This isn't your average class! Meet Jessica and Lachlan from Ferny Grove State High School as they walk you through the ins and outs of their agriculture education! DIY - Cabbage PH Indicator Cabbage may not be everyone's favourite food. But as junior scientists Ellie and Marshal demonstrate, this versatile vegetable can be used to measure the acidity of liquids! Colour Coded Wheat Growing wheat in salty soil is almost impossible! For that reason, Ramesh Raja Searan from University of Adelaide has taken to the skies to evaluate which varieties do best under these harsh conditions. Farmyard Genetics In the wild cattle have horns to protect themselves from predators, but in modern agriculture these outgrowths can endanger both themselves and their handlers. That's why Sarah Buttsworth from the University of Queensland is using DNA testing to help breed hornless cows! All that and more on this week's home-grown episode of SCOPE; where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
It’s odourless, colourless and it’s all around us! Join Lee on a brand new episode of SCOPE, as she explores the science that’s in the air. We head out to Australia’s second largest wind farm, we ascend to the clouds in a police helicopter and we use Bernoulli's principle to levitate a ping pong ball! Wind Farm: There are many ways to generate electricity, but one of the cleanest and coolest is by wind! We catch up with Todd Mead from Trustpower as he walks us through the second largest wind farm in Australia! Greenhouse Gas Monitoring: Agriculture emits more carbon dioxide than any other Australian industry! But how can we monitor its impact? Max de Antoni Migliorati from Queensland University of Technology has developed a clever device to do just that! Police Air Wing: Whether it’s for crime prevention or for search and rescue missions, an eye in the sky is a valuable tool for any police department. Join Leading Senior Constable Steve Hargrave from Victoria Police, as he shows off some of the latest technology on board the Police Air Wing helicopter! DIY Science – Ping Pong Levitator: Levitation may sound impossible, but as junior scientist Jayden show us that with a ping pong ball, a hair dryer and a little science know-how, you too can defy gravity! Glossy Cockatoo Research: The glossy black-cockatoo used to populate Australia’s southern states but now they can only be found on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island. But thanks to Michael Barth from the Department of Environment Water Natural Resources, this endangered species could be making a comeback! Airborne Research: 3D maps play a huge role in research projects around the world. But how are they made? We ascend into the clouds with Andrew McGrath from Airborne Research to create one of these maps using some amazing scanning technology! So join Lee, up in the air, as the ordinary becomes extraordinary under the SCOPE!
Hydro Habitats: Some animals live in trees, others on land but a vast majority of them live in the stuff that covers 70% of our planet's surface. That's right, on this episode of SCOPE we explore the aquatic world of hydro habitats! We head out to Victoria's largest national marine park, we catch up with some dolphins and we learn all about the bizarre breeding habits of coral! Wilson's Prom: Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park is the largest in Victoria and as Dr Steffan Howe and Dan Ierodiaconou from Parks Victoria and Deakin University explain, the remarkable reefs and colourful coral here rival that of the Great Barrier Reef! Dolphin Sanctuary: Pollution can have a devastating effect on our marine ecosystem. But as Marianna Boorman from the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Action Group explains, these effects can be reversed and marine life can return to a previously inhospitable environment. DIY Science - Water Filter: Clean water isn't hard to come by in a country like Australia, but what if we didn't have access to clean water? Well we'd have to use a filter! Join junior scientist Alexi as he tries out several different water filters to find the most efficient way of making dirty water clean! Coral Spawning: Coral reefs are essential to the health of a marine ecosystems. So understanding how they reproduce is vital! Join Dr Christopher Doropoulos from the CSIRO as he walks us through the bizarre breeding habits of coral! Clownfish Conservation: Meet Anita Nedosyko from Flinders University, she's developed a captive breeding program for Clownfish that is helping conserve their populations in the wild! So join Lee in the lab as the ordinary becomes extraordinary under the SCOPE!
SCIENCE OF FIRE: Humans have been fascinated by fire for tens of thousands of years! And on this episode of SCOPE, we stoke the coals of that curiosity with an episode all about this chemical combustion! We learn how fire trucks are made, we use computing power to predict bushfires and we fight fire with chemistry! FIRE TRUCK CONSTRUCTION: A regular old truck won't do the trick - to fight fires, you need some very special equipment! Join Ian Taylor and Mark Wallace from Liquip as they run through how they put together the vehicles that make up Queensland's fire fighting fleet! SPARKS MODELLING: Bush fires are chaotic and unpredictable! That's why Will Swedosh from the CSIRO developed a computer based fire simulator which can predict how a fire will behave before they start to spread! FIRE LAB: Join Dr Cristian Maluk and Dr Angus Law from the University of Queensland as they show off some amazing technology which allows them to study how fire behaves, not just down here on earth, but also up in space! DIY SCIENCE - SILVER EGG: Using fire and an optical illusion Junior Scientist Alexi shows us how to make an egg appear to be silver. FIRE TABLE: Bushfires are a dangerous aspect of the Australian wilderness. But as Nick McCarthy from the University of Queensland and Andrew Sturgess from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services explain, devices such as their 'fire table' can help predict how these natural phenomenon behave in real life! FIRE FIGHTING SCIENCE: Join Paul Elso and Dawn Hartog from the Country Fire Authority as they explain how they're fighting fire ... with science! So get fired up for another fascinating episode of SCOPE: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
From monkeys to marigolds, octopi to orchids they all fall under the banner of flora and fauna! Join Lee as she explores the life that populates the world around us. We analyse wombat wee, we track the largest fish in the ocean and find out what goes on behind the scenes in a museum! WOMBAT WEE: Alyce Swinbourne from the University of Queensland is helping wombats to breed in captivity by studying their wee. EUCALYPTUS OIL: Larry Turner from Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil's show us how they bottle this unique oil through the scientific process of distillation! WHALE SHARK TRACKING: They've been around since the Jurassic era and are the largest fish in the ocean, but we still don't know much about these gentle giants of the ocean. However, that could soon change thanks to Samantha Reynolds from the University of Queensland and her satellite tracking geo-tags! DIY - SPROUT HOUSE: Join junior scientist Amelia as she explores what seeds need to thrive by building her very own sprout house. INSIDE MUSEUM SCIENCE: Associate Professor Mark Stevens and Dr Kate Sparks from the South Australian Museum show us why preserving flora and fauna in museums is so important. UV FROGS: The world's frog populations are in danger because of a fungal infection. Nic Lundsgaard from the University of Queensland is on the case to find out more about the fungus and how climate change may be contributing. All that and more on a biologically fascinating episode of SCOPE: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
On this episode of SCOPE, we chill out with a scientist who has the coldest job at the zoo, looking after penguins. We then warm up with a blacksmith who shows us how hot gold is poured and solidified.
Cutting edge, ground breaking, up and coming, whatever you want to call it, when it comes to the latest and greatest in scientific advancements, this episode of SCOPE has it covered! We check out some blinking bike lights, we meet some dancing robots and we learn all about how we all learn! BIKE BLINKERS: While riding a bike, taking your hands off the handlebar to indicate turning can be dangerous. Luckily for us, junior inventor and BHP Billiton award winner Jory has developed a solution to this common problem. NANOTECHNOLOGY: When we want to learn more about cells we usually peer at them through a microscope. But what if we wanted to look at them while they were still in the body? Join Dr Malcolm Purdey from the University of Adelaide as he explains how nanotechnology could help us tackle this problem head on! DIY SCIENCE - BALLOON REACTIONS: Junior scientists Bella and Jade from Cavendish Road State High School use chemical reactions to find new ways to blow up balloons. MEET MY ROBOT - ACCROBOT: Some robots build, other robots race but these robots dance! Meet Jonathan Roberts and Georgina Hine from Queensland University of Technology as they explain the ins and outs of their performing robots! SCIENTIFIC LEARNING: In most schools, it's the students that learn from the teachers. But for Professor Robyn Gilles from the University of Queensland, she's the one learning from the students! UNBOILING AN EGG: Unboiling an egg might sound impossible, but Professor Colin Raston from Flinders University shows us a machine that can do exactly that. So join Lee as she discovers the latest that science has to offer on SCOPE; where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
This week on SCOPE we go crazy for all things colourful! We meet some clever colour changing bearded dragons, we reveal what rainbow refraction is and get creative with a colour wheel experiment.
On this episode of Scope it's all about the science we wear! We check out a ring that can control your phone, we learn how to grow clothes from kombucha and we find out what it takes to make an aerodynamic bike helmet! SMART RING: Aaron Mohtar from Elppy has developed a device which you can wear as a ring to control all the smart devices in your life. KOMBUCHA CLOTHING: Dr Alice Payne from Queensland University of Technology and Peter Musk from The Edge show us how art and science can collide to grow your own clothes out of kombucha. RUNNING SHOE: Imagine if your shoes could tell you when they needed replacing! Well, that's where Dr Paul Collins and Dr Jason Bonacci from Deakin University are hoping their research on shoe deterioration will lead. DIY - COLOUR CHANGING TEE: Join Junior Scientist Mackenzie as he explores the properties of photochromic paint by making a t-shirt that changes colour in the sun! WETSUIT EXPERIMENTING: Wetsuits are an essential piece of equipment for many water based hobbies and sports! That's why it's so important Dr Anthony Ellis and his junior scientists from BioLab find the most efficient and suitable material for their very own wetsuit! AERODYNAMIC HELMET: When it comes to cycling a fraction of a second can mean the difference between winning and losing. And as Richard and Fergus Kelso from the University of Adelaide explain it could be your helmet that propels you to victory. So join Lee for yet another jam-packed episode of SCOPE: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Be part of the action as we talk to a tiger trainer about the tricks and science of his trade. And get up close with crocodiles as we spend some time in a croc enclosure!
On this episode of Scope we find out what happens when the environment and technology collide. Not only can they live in harmony, they can help each other out! We check out the amazing life of coral, we learn how to make crystals from eggs and we explore ecosystems with our ears! LIGHTS, CAMERA AND CORAL: The stars in Brett Lewis' nature documentaries may be slow, but they're still rather spectacular! Join him at Queensland University of Technology as he explain how he's able to capture the movements of these amazing creatures! SMARTER STREET LIGHTS: Imagine if the streets lights were able to see you coming and light the way just for you! Well imagine no more! Priscilla Corbell and Peter Auhl from Adealide City Council introduce us to the new smart street lights gracing our streets! WEED FUEL: Weeds can be pesky backyard intruders! But as Caitlin Byrt from the University of Adelaide explains, they might one day be used to run our cars! DIY - EGG GEODE: Crystals can be found everywhere, from salt to snowflakes to diamonds! Junior Scientist Luci shows us how she makes crystals in egg shells and they are egg-cellent. GREENHOUSE LASER: Our planet relies upon a delicate balance gasses, which makes monitoring these gases very important! Meet Associate Professor David Ottaway and Dr Ori Henderson Sapir from the University of Adelaide who have developed a new laser which can detect greenhouse gasses over long distances. ACOUSTIC MONITORING: Dr David Tucker from Queensland University of Technology lets us in on how he eavesdrops on a forest to find out how natural sounds can speak volumes about an ecosystem's health! So join Lee in the lab for an eco-tech filled episode of SCOPE: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
We catch up with some of our favourite scientists to see how far their research has come! It's a nostalgic journey through 2015 that includes an exploding melon and hilarious bloopers so to tune in!
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