Join Lee on SCOPE as she dives head first into the world of medical science! We learn all about the relationship between nature and medicine, we head out to a blood donation centre and we find out exactly how an x-ray operates! Nature and Medicine Nature and medicine have been working side by side for centuries! Catch up with Dr Sean Coakley from the University of Queensland as he walks you through some of their greatest collaborations and hints at what's still to come! Blood Donation Join Lee as she steps out of the bunker and into to the Red Cross blood donation centre, where Kasey Buchan is on hand to help her out with her donation! How an X-Ray Works You may have had an X-ray yourself or know someone who has! But how exactly do they work? Well, that's the very question Hannah Milnes from the Wesley Medical Imaging Centre is here to answer! DIY - Breathing Machines We breathe in and out every day without really thinking about it, but what's actually happening when we do this? Junior scientists Claire and Alice find out by building a model of the human respiratory system. Kangaroo Cartilage It may sound strange, but as Tomina Ali from Queensland University of Technology explains, kangaroos could be the key to helping repair damaged cartilage in human knees joints. Motion Capture CP Cerebral Palsy is disease that seriously affects how a person is able to move. That's why Jarred Gillette from the University of Queensland is working to find new ways to improve muscle function for Cerebral Palsy sufferers. All that and more on a medically sound episode of SCOPE: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Innovation is the force that drives science forward and on this episode of SCOPE we explore some of the most innovative science in the world today! We check out a harp with no strings, we tick along with the world's most accurate clock and we trek through the Peruvian jungle from the comfort of a VR lab! Laser Harp The harp has been around for more than 5000 years old. Junior Inventor Reuben from Brighton Grammar School thought it was about time to bring this ancient instrument into the 21st Century using laser. Touch DNA Device DNA testing is essential to any crime scene investigation. But traditional collection methods can be inefficient. Luckily, Associate Professor Sandy Walkers' has a revolutionary new forensic tool that could soon change all that. Thermoelectric Battery Junior inventor Jaikob Akinci from Brighton Grammar School showcases his unique way of generating electricity from the heat of a candle! Sapphire Clock Losing a couple of seconds off your wristwatch every month may not be a big deal to you, but when it comes to scientific measurements keeping time is essential to accurate record keeping. That's why Andre Luiten and Martin O'Connor from the University of Adelaide have developed a clock so accurate it only loses a single second every 30 million years! DIY Science - Solar Oven Ovens, microwaves and ... pizza boxes? Junior scientist Hayley Sisson explains how you can use the power of the sun to cook up some of your favourite treats! VR Conservation Join Professor Kerrie Mengersen from Queensland University of Technology as she's takes some of the world's leading conservation scientists out of the lab and into the Amazon with the help of virtual reality! All that and more on a truly innovative episode of SCOPE: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Warm up for a sporty episode of Scope featuring track cycling, javelin, a new swimming training device and the science of recovery!
On this episode of Scope animals and health collide! We give a Sumatran tiger a health check, we solve a marine mammal mystery and we take to the skies to outsmart some meddlesome mosquitos! Bio Bank Most zoos vary the temperatures of each exhibit depending on which animal it holds. But all the animals in this 'frozen zoo' are kept at a chilly -185 degrees! As Claire Keely from Melbourne Museum explains, these 44, 000 frozen wildlife tissue samples are being used to help protect Australia's most endangered species. Operation Big Cat There's a big operation happening at Melbourne Zoo; Binjai the Sumatran tiger is undergoing a full medical health check! Join veterinarian Dr Sarah Frith as she explains how they gave this 140kg cat a check-up! Whale Fossil Dr David Hocking from Museum Victoria explains how one whale fossil helped solve a massive marine mammal mystery! DIY - Dog Treats Dogs can get bored when left home alone, so just how do you keep your canine companion entertained while your away? Well, Junior Scientist Amy might have the answer for you. Mozzie Drone Mosquitos aren't just annoying; they can also spread fatal diseases! Join Tasya Saira from the University of Adelaide as she takes to the skies with some incredible infrared technology to locate mosquito breeding grounds! Fish Quarantine Aquariums are great ways to learn about our diverse marine ecosystems. But before they can go on display, these aquatic creatures need to get through Bradley Dohnt from Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and his quarantine health checks! All that and more on a jam-packed episode of SCOPE; where the ordinary becomes the extraordinary!
Technology is all around us and it's changing at an ever increasing speed. Luckily Lee has a brand new episode of SCOPE to keep you up to date with all these amazing technological advantages! We dive beneath the waves with some marine archaeology, we strap on our virtual reality headset for a cycle and we meet weaver the 6 legged robot! 3D Marine Archaeology Most archaeological digs happen above land, but not the ones John McCarthy from Flinders University is involved with! Join John as he shows off some of the amazing tech he uses to capture and showcase his deep sea discoveries! Diving Tech Practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect! Luckily, Raymond Cohen from the CSIRO has developed a computer program that ensures Australia's elite divers are perfectly practicing! VR Cycling Usually, you'd have to train for years as an elite cyclist to zip around the velodrome. Now, thanks to Johnathan Shepard from Griffith University and some impressive technology, anyone can experience this thrill in virtual reality! DIY - Playdough Circuits You're never too old to play with playdough! And as junior scientist Jayden demonstrates, you're never too old to learn about electrical circuits either! Remote Communications Electronic communication is an essential part of everyone's lives. But the further you head out of our cities, the harder that becomes. Join David Haley and Tom Rayner from Myriota as they explain how their simple piece of technology could solve this problem forever! Weaver Robot What has no pulse, 6 limbs and can travers almost any terrain? Weaver 6-legged the robot of course! Join his creator Dr Navinda Kottege as he explains what makes this robotic hexapod so special! All that and more on a technological episode of SCOPE!
Join Lee for a band new episode of SCOPE all about the natural world! We delve into the science of bio-security with a fungus-fighting drone, we learn all about the Amazonian Waterlily and we have a bone to pick with some dermestid beetles! Myrtle Rust What do fungus, artificial intelligence and flying robots have in common? Well, along with Dr Grant Hamilton from Queensland University of Technology, they're all involved in fighting the ferocious fungus attacking out native flora and fauna; myrtle rust! Budgie Avoidance Automated drones are set to change the world, but how can we get them to avoid mid-air collisions? Well, as Hong Vo and Debajoyoti Karmaker from the university of Queensland explain; the answer might lie in the humble budgie. Fruit Fly Trap Fruit flies cost farmers billions of dollars every year! Luckily, Professor Dick Drew from Griffith University, has a plan to stop these destructive pests in their tracks! DIY Science - Crystalized Beach Rock Diamonds, gems, sugar, salt; crystals come in all shapes and sizes in the natural world! Junior scientist Chelsea is using borax to make some crystals of her very own! Waterlily Pavilion Join John Sandham, from the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, inside one of the most advanced greenhouses in the world! Dermestid Beetles Tamara Morgan from Melbourne Museum explains how the flesh eating Dermestid Beetle is one of the most helpful creatures in the animal kingdom! All that and more on an all-natural episode of SCOPE: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Get your taste buds ready for some appetising science behind the stuff we eat! Visit a drinks factory, find some iron in cereal and join Dr Rob as he tests out his taste sensitivities.
This episode is all about the body. We discover the human body and the science that goes with it. Find out about foot arches, model lungs, chewing simulators and brain machines.
Join Lee for a brand new episode of Scope as she checks out some amazing science. We find out about the gidgee skink and why they live in family groups, we meet a scientist who found inspiration for a new fingerprinting technique after his house was broken in to, and we check out the sounds of the ocean. High Pressure Juice Nothing beats chomping into some fresh produce! But getting food that's truly fresh can be tricky. Luckily Sandra Olivier and Kai Knoerzer from the CSIRO have developed a new way to keep your food fresh for longer! Lizard Behaviour Most lizards live solitary lives. But as Associate Professor Mike Gardener explains gidgee skinks prefer the company of others. Glowing Fingerprints Dusting for fingerprints is an essential part to any crime scene investigation. But those fingerprints can sometimes be hard to find. Not to fear; Dr Kang Liang and Dr JJ Richardson have developed a new technique that makes fingerprints glow! DIY - Paper Mache Join junior scientist Michelle as she explores the science behind papier mache while creating her very own pinata. Changing Oceans Oceans aren't as silent as you might think, they're filled with a whole host of marine murmurings! But that might soon change. Associate Professor Ivan Nagelkerken and Professor Sean Connell from the University of Adelaide are studying what affect pollution has on these nautical noises. Whale Forensics Whales and dolphins are some of the most interesting creatures on the planet. But when they die, they often wash up along our coast. And when that happens, Catherine Kemper from the South Australian Museum gets the call! All that and more in another science-rific episode of SCOPE where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Join Lee as she explores the mysterious world of plants! We find out how mangroves are shaping the environment, we visit a seed bank to reveal the science behind dormancy and we find out the secrets to bruise-free avocados! Mangroves Dr Damien Maher from Southern Cross University reveals the vital role mangroves play in balancing the ocean's eco-system. Seed Bank Michael Yeo from the Botanic Gardens of South Australia explains how they're helping protect the state's most vulnerable plant species! DIY - Herbarium For hundreds of years' scientists have preserved plants in herbariums. Join junior scientist Jayden as he learns how to make his very own. Fruit Bruise Avocados are delicious, which makes it even more disappointing when they get bruised! Luckily for us, Professor Daryl Joyce and Dr Melinda Perkins from The University of Queensland are working to make this predicament a thing of the past. Cotton Processing Australia produces more cotton each year than anywhere else in the world; 600, 000 tones! But how does it get from the fields to the clothes on your back? As Mark Freijah from the CSIRO explains it's a little more complicated than you might think! All that and more on a leafy green episode of SCOPE, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Join Lee for a brand new episode of SCOPE as we venture into the world of Medical Wonders! We find out what happens when biology and virtual reality collide, we learn how antibiotics are made and we explore how venom can be used in medicine! Malaria Breakthrough Mosquitos aren't just annoying; in some parts of the world they can also spread an infectious disease called Malaria. And that's something that Dr Michelle Wykes and her team from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute are trying to put a stop to! Skin Science It's the human body's largest organ, it's totally waterproof and it keeps your insides in. Yep, our skin is pretty amazing! Dr Amy Holmes from the University of South Australia is studying how this brilliant biological barrier is able to keep out unwanted chemicals! Medical VR Cancer cells are really small; like microscopically small! So how do you get a good look inside one? Virtually of course. Professor Rob Parton from the University of Queensland explains how he's able to explore these medical wonders in 3D virtual reality. DIY Science - Articulated Hand Join junior scientists Alice and Claire as they explore the inner workings of the human hand by creating their very own articulated model! Making Antibiotics Join molecular biologist Dr Angie Jarrad from the University of Queensland as she hunts for an antibiotic superhero to fight a new generation of superbugs! Venom Bank Imagine if the deadliest venoms in the world could be used to cure some of the most fatal diseases! Well, thanks to Dr Maria Ikonomopoulou from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute that could soon become a reality! All that and more on a medically marvellous episode of SCOPE, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Join Lee as she gets from A to B in an episode all about the science of getting around! We meet Dylan and his award winning drone, we learn how trams are built and we find out where dingos go when we're not looking! Dylan's Drone Design Join Dylan as he walks you through his award winning drone design. Tram Making With over 500 km of track and more than 400 trams, Melbourne's tram network is one of the largest in the world! But, as Leigh Camilleri and Laurent Herisson from Bombardier Transport explain, it all starts in the factory where they're built! DIY Frisbee Aerodynamics Frisbees are amazingly fun to toss around! But as junior scientist Harry explains the aerodynamics that help it fly, can be just as interesting! Roller Research To build anything you need a strong foundation, and in order to build a strong foundation you need a rolling dynamic compactor. Professor Mark Jaksa from the University of Adelaide has been experimenting with these complex contraptions to figure out how to best use this vital tool. Dingo Tracking Dingos are one of Australia's most iconic native species, but what they get up to when we're not around still remains a mystery. That is until now! Jack Tatler from the University of Adelaide has been using specialised collars to learn all about the secret lives of dingos! All that and more on a very out and about episode of SCOPE: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
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!
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