Some fingerprints are visible to the eye and easy to detect. But latent fingerprints are invisible to the naked eye. In the 1980s, the Australian Federal Police and Australian National University engaged Milutin Stoilovic, a physicist specialising in fluorescence, to solve the problem. Dr Stoilovic invented the Polilight: a ground-breaking technology that brought a whole new dimension to forensic crime scene investigation through the collection of fingerprints.
Inspired to make a movie about bushranger Ned Kelly, Charles Tait, his brothers and collaborators set out to produce a fictional narrative film comprising five reels - unheard of in 1906. They released 'The Story of the Kelly Gang', which at about 60 minutes in duration was the first example of what we now understand to be a feature film.
Four Australian inventions that transformed how we see the world around us, and what we know about it. William and Lawrence Bragg invented X-ray crystallography to reveal the atomic structure of crystals. Milutin Stoilovic and colleagues at the Australian National University worked with Federal Police to create a forensic lamp, the Polilight, which could detect latent finger prints. Charles Tait created the world's first feature film with the help of his family, and William Beech invented the periscope rifle in the trenches of Gallipoli.
A group of modern women go back in time to 1983 to learn how an unsung army of female workers fought to keep their jobs in the face of foreign competition. Presented by Alex Jones.
The Inventors who got us airborne typify tenacity and perseverance. Lawrence Hargrave, who was ridiculed for his box kites, laid the foundation for all modern aviation. David Warren's black box helped make flying the safest form of transport, but he faced staunch resistance getting it off the ground. Jack Grant persisted for 10 years to get his lifesaving slide-raft into planes. While it took 60,000 years for the inventors of the returnable boomerang to receive recognition for their aeronautical achievements.
Join a salvage team to tear apart the world's biggest hovercraft and reveal the engineering innovations that made it a legend of its time.
Modern women from South Wales go back in time to the factory floor of 1976 to learn how an unsung army of factory girls took on the fight for equality. Presented by Alex Jones.
Food preservation has been a major challenge throughout Australia's history. In Victoria James Harrison invented a process of refrigeration that could make artificial ice on a commercial scale. In New South Wales, Thomas Mort and Eugene Nicolle, adapted and improved on Harrison's technology to build the world's first freezer works to produce artificially frozen food. In Western Australian Arthur McCormick came up with the Coolgardie food safe that ran on evaporative cooling, and in South Australia Tom Angove invented the wine cask.
Get deep inside the workings of a behemoth coal power station in North Carolina before it's taken apart and consigned to history forever.
Eighteen modern women go back to the factory floor of 1973 to learn how an unsung army of factory girls took on the fight for equality at work and at home. Presented by Alex Jones.
Early in the 19th Century, before equipment and practices to prevent the spread of bacteria in hospitals, approximately 50 percent of patients died from surgery and many women died during childbirth from infection. In 1946, Eric Ansell invented the first automated glove-dipping machine. His son, Harvey, later developed the process further to make perfectly sterile and disposable gloves for the medical industry.
Fiona Wood changed the lives of burn victims across the world by developing a spray-on skin using the patient's own skin cells. The invention reduced scarring and recovery time, as well as the amount of healthy skin needed for a donor site. This means those with burns across a large part of their body can be treated much faster and safer. The invention came to prominence following its use by Western Australian medical teams following the 2002 Bali Bombings.
Psychiatrist John Cade's use of lithium to treat patients with bipolar disorder has had an enormous impact on the lives of millions of people worldwide. A former prisoner of war, Dr Cade was uniquely equipped to empathise with the lives of those he was treating. His discovery ranks as one of the great turning points in the history of medicine.
Four great medicos and mavericks risked their careers testing these ground-breaking medical inventions. Psychiatrist Dr Joh Cade discovered the psychological effects of Lithium on his bipolar patients after first testing its toxicity on himself. Dr Mark Lidwill worked in secrecy on the world's first pacemaker following his experiments on the hearts of recently deceased patients. Professor Fiona Wood developed a process to help severe burns victims recover quickly with spray-on skin, and the Ansells helped fight infection with their disposable medical gloves.
Get hands-on with a disassembly team as they take on the task of stripping down the six million parts that make up the iconic 747 aircraft.
Twenty modern workers go back to the factory floor of 1968 to learn how an unsung army of factory girls took on the fight for equality at work and at home. Presented by Alex Jones.
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.
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