Natural selection is a three billion year old product design process that can’t be beaten. It’s not just Velcro. Biomimicry is a way of profiting from nature by observing and adapting natural solutions into technical innovations. In this episode, we see how sharks, sponges and the brittle fish - equipped all over its body with thousands of optically perfect lenses with which it sees - are being studied for commericial potential.
In this series of specials for the UK's Channel 4, top surgeons carried out life-changing operations in front of a studio audience, broadcast on live TV. While performing brain surgery on a patient who remained awake, open heart surgery, keyhole stomach repair and pituitary tumour removal, the surgeons answered questions from television viewers at home sent to the studio via Twitter, Facebook and by phone, as well as from the studio audience.
Students will be inspired and excited by the best of cutting edge engineering. Demonstrating a broad range of engineering applications, this series focuses on the engineers themselves - who they are, what they do and how they think. Today: The Millennium Bridge in London and the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland are two amazing structures that presented unique challenges for their designers.
Peter Andrews is a farmer and horseman with passion for healing damaged Australian landscapes through a method he calls natural sequence farming. For decades it seemed no one would listen. But, increasingly scientific test results are providing persuasive evidence that the methods can work. And some very high profile supporters are throwing their weight behind Peter Andrews.
FIT IN 6 MINUTES A WEEK - REVISITED
Continuing our focus on the healing powers of exercise, Catalyst revisits the subject of intensive interval training. If you were told you could get fit with just a few minutes of exercise a week, would you believe it? Anja Taylor puts interval training through its paces, and investigates the science behind why it works.
The Catalyst team look at how our genes can affect exercise performance; Come face to face with 120 metre tunnel borers Florence and Elizabeth; And reveal the good news for Coral trout on the Great Barrier Reef.
Four years ago Australian Story featured a farmer and horse breeder called Peter Andrews who seemed to have a rare ability to transform degraded Australian landscapes into thriving oases. He called it natural sequence farming and it was producing some spectacular results. But for nearly thirty years, Peter Andrews' work was rejected by scientists, bureaucrats and politicians alike - until the evidence became difficult to ignore.
Scarlett visits a local farm and picks potatoes by hand. She also gets to pick them by riding a big machine called the potato harvester. After picking the potatoes, she heads to the kitchen and makes crunchy potato chips.
Maryanne Demasi meets the doctors who are at odds with neurologists in proposing that an early diagnosis of MS could provide a cure with something as simple as antibiotics. Plus, turning your home into a power station and why dogs love to belt out a song.
Students will be inspired and excited by the best of cutting edge engineering. Demonstrating a broad range of engineering applications, this series focuses on the engineers themselves - who they are, what they do and how they think. Today: Meet the engineers responsible for improving performance on the football field and athletics track, and learn how engineering can play a role in sport.
Students will be inspired and excited by the best of cutting edge engineering. Demonstrating a broad range of engineering applications, this series focuses on the engineers themselves - who they are, what they do and how they think. Today: Blackpool's 'Big One' is the biggest, fastest rollercoaster in Britain. This program meets the engineers whose job is to scare the life out of people.
Having delved into the science of big mining in Kalgoorlie, our trio continue their transcontinental roadtrip by teeing off on the Eyre Highway. But they're not here just to play the longest golf course in the world. Anja Taylor is thrilled to be joining a team of passionate cave divers at Weebubbie on the Nullarbor.
Anja Taylor looks at the domino effect of environmental and atmospheric factors that drive the globe to wetter, hotter, drier and colder extremes. Mark Horstman looks at ultra-sharp images from below the sea.
With a soaring population how do we keep our cities liveable? And what will the city of tomorrow look like? Catalyst reporter Anja Taylor investigates some innovative ideas for Australia's future cities.
Back with more exciting and enlightening science, Catalyst's trusted stable of specialist reporters explain the science you want and need to know about trust them they're Doctors! And watch out for more than a few surprises in 2011.
Students will be inspired and excited by the best of cutting edge engineering. Demonstrating a broad range of engineering applications, this series focuses on the engineers themselves - who they are, what they do and how they think. Today: This episode follows two people as they have new limbs fitted, and sees how they adjust to the changes it brings to their lives.
Wanted: Antarctic workers - positions available, apply within. Would you apply? Each year, over 2000 people apply for jobs in Antarctica, few are successful. So what are the physical and psychological attributes required to work in the most remote location on Earth? Plus, a weedy looking African plant used to make tea drunk by African women to aid childbirth, is the inspiration behind research that may lead to the development of ingestible, protein- based drugs.
Tattoos: They are on trend but how easy are they to remove? Moon Mining: Scientists look at ways to mine the moon. Muscle fibre Fishing Line: How fishing line, a hairdryer and an electric drill make artificial muscle fibres.
We look into marine life in Australia, to find out what plastics escape our household drains & what kind of damage they can do. And the geology of north-western Tasmania reveals similarities to Antarctica.
Is the role of cholesterol in heart disease really one of the biggest myths in the history of medicine? For the last 40-odd years we've been told that saturated fat clogs our arteries and that high cholesterol causes heart disease. It has spawned a multi-billion dollar drug and food industry, with aggressive marketing of 'cholesterol free' products that promise to lower our cholesterol and decrease our risk of heart disease. But what if it isn't true?
Have you ever tried to lose weight and when you did, you put it all back on again? Ever wonder... Why am I still fat? New discoveries are overturning the conventional wisdom that beating obesity is all about eating less and exercising more. Mark Horstman explores these emerging fields of science, and meets ordinary people in their daily struggle with obesity.
Catalyst celebrates 100 years of Einstein's extraordinary universe. Black holes, time travel, and the Big Bang beginning of our universe are all consequences of Einstein's great theory. To celebrate we visit three 'big physics' facilities: CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland; the vast dark matter laboratories under a mountain in Italy; and two three-kilometre rooms, where scientists are hoping to prove a prediction Einstein made over a century ago - that gravitational waves exist.
In this six half-hour series and over 3,500 kilometres, Catalyst on the Road propels our curious trio - Anja Taylor, Dr Derek Muller and Simon Pampena - on an interactive road trip across Australia. Along the way they uncover science in some unexpected locations.
This special looks at genetically modified food - will it help to feed the increasing number of hungry mouths into the future? Or is it a genetic time bomb threatening the health of crops, livestock and people?
A history of human health in ancient teeth; raising rainbow children, do they develop differently from their 'traditional' counterparts? Reuben tries out an air ops simulator and Simon takes a critical look at dating sites.
A surprise unearthing of fossils could fill a gap in the paleontological record; an extraordinary discovery about the properties of insect wings; and Catalyst celebrates science with the Australian Museum's Eureka Prizes.
Could abalone blood be the new treatment for cold sores and herpes?; The inspirational story of 350 year old mathematics problem and how it was solved; Tasmania's Great Poo Hunt - have foxes invaded the island state?
Reporter Mark Horstman gives up some of his own blood to test specially coated stents that can mimic the blood vessel wall and Dr Jonica Newby is on a mission to find out what's been lurking in the back yard.
It's no surprise that sharks are feared, but scientists will say these apex predators are also misunderstood. Help your students come to understand them better and get to know the different types in our oceans.
Celebrate National Science week with EnhanceTV showcasing major breakthroughs like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 40th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby and celebrate International Year of the Reef.
Biology is the study of life and how living things work. Find out on how to create models of the human body, measure rainfall and even how to create a herbarum in this playlist. (ACSSU044,ACSSU072,ACSSU073,ACSSU043,VCSSU074,VCSSU075)
Physics is the science that explores the laws and forces that govern the universe. Bring out the boffins in your class with these experiments and reveal how it all works. (ACSSU049, ACSSU076, ACSSU080)
Asteroids, sometimes called minor planets, are rocky remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. Find out how they reshaped the Earth here. (ACSSU115, ACSSU153, ACSSU180, ACSSU188)
Explore a range of farm animals and farm produce, and explore ways farm produce is packaged before being moved from the farm to places where the food is sold or made into other products. (ACSSU002, ACSSU017, VCSSU042, VCSSU043)
Capture students’ interest and find out what they think they know about how living things, such as small animals. Make their playground experience more meaningful with this curated playlist. (ACSSU017,ACSSU211,VCSSU042,VCSSU043,VCSSU057)
Explore the science behind objects and things around us and what material make up their physical properties. Find out how to use your senses to observe and describe the form and function of different objects. (ACSSU049, ACSSU046,ACSSU074,ACSSU076,VCSSU059,VCSSU063,VCSSU076,VCSSU080)
Living things live in all different types of habitats. In this playlist, you'll learn what a habitat is and the different types of habitats there are, along with which animals reside in each of the habitats. (ACSSU044,ACSSU072,ACSSU073,ACSSU043,ACSSU094,VCSSU042,VCSSU043,VCSSU057)
Water and weather, and the world play a significant role in our lives. Watch this playlist to find out about the impact on the earth through hands-on scientific exploration and experimentation. (ACSSU096, VCSSU046, VCSSU06, VCSSU078, VCSSU099, VCSSU101)
Australia is addressing climate change and ensuring energy security and affordability. Find out more about the effects of climate change and how it is impacting your life. ((ACHGK020,VCGGK110,VCGGK147)
From sharks and sea turtles to octopus and corals, you’re in the right place to take a deep dive into oceans and marine life with this meticulous designed playlist for all the ocean lovers. (ACHASSK047,VCGGC058,VCGGC072,VCGGC086,VCGGC100,VCGGK105)
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with Attenborough, explore Kakadu's Mountford rock art, peek inside the micro-worlds of the Galapagos, and be awed by the Great Wall of China when exploring the world's heritage sites.
Critique the "sense and nonsense" of the global $100 billion vitamin and supplement industry with Derek Muller in Vitamania. Then test your students' knowledge of the importance of vitamins in our diets, and the history of the business.