This two-part documentary reveals the astonishing inside story of the intelligence war which has been fought against Al Qaeda over the last decade since 9/11. The second part looks at how, with harsh interrogation techniques increasingly off-limits, spy agencies have developed a controversial high-tech method of targeting and killing suspected terrorists with pilotless drone aircraft.
Join the Nine Network for the televised public funeral of cricket legend Phillip Hughes. Held in his hometown of Macksville, the service will take place in the school hall overflowing into the two sports ovals where he grew up playing cricket and rugby league.
On 22 July 2011, Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old Norwegian set off a bomb in the heart of Oslo. He then raced to a small island in the Oslo fjord where hundreds of young people were enjoying a summer camp. There he used a high powered weapon to systematically murder 69 innocent young people. This horrific act is documented along with interviews with some of the survivors whose lives will be forever changed.
Brandishing the chaos stick - What it is to be young and just a little bit active. Barbados writer, Karen Lord on her debut novel Redemption in Indigo, and a GenY panel discussion as a part of Customs House's Late Night Library series.
Big Ideas for Australia panel 2 - Growing Pains. Australia's population has passed the 23 million mark and this panel, chaired by Waleed, works through how we might reconcile competing economic demands, as well as those of sustainability, migration, infrastructure, social cohesion and quality of life.
A new kind of telescope will allow us to observe a whole host of astronomical phenomena, like gravitational waves. Plus how protective is safety motorcycle gear anyway? Mark Horstman lays his body on the line.
Spoiled by their upbringing with no idea what wild life is really like, four animals from New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar, among a bunch of merry lemurs.
The Science of Meditation - can it really change you?
From infamous criminals, to powerful corporations, to some of the world's most successful athletes, meditation has never been so popular. But can it really make you smarter, happier and healthier? New research shows that it can affect the body as well as the mind, slow down the aging process, and even alter the structure of the brain. Dr Graham Phillips embarks on an eight week meditation course and undergoes a raft of rigorous brain tests and scans, to find out if the ancient art lives up to the current hype.
Explores the numbers in the life of our human body - from the age of ten to middle age. We follow a girl's journey through puberty, a boy after his testosterone levels have soared 50 times transforming him into a man, and the incredible transformation a woman's body goes through in order to have a child. We also examine the everyday tasks our body's perform, including laughter.
Proponents say they are safe and prevent diseases like diabetes, while critics say they may cause a variety of health problems.
Fossil hunters want to know what life was like when dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago.
Short sightedness in children may have a bright and simple solution. As our urban kids spend less time outside, their eyes are growing abnormally from a lack of bright light. In this episode of Catalyst we look into the rise of myopia, and how scientists are finding a way to turn the tide on the epidemic.
Helping to save a furry friend is all in a day's work for this pooch. Meet Maya, Australia's first koala scat detection dog who's helping researchers on koala conservation projects. Her job? To sniff out Koala poo. Maya's amazing speed and accuracy enables scientists to better survey koala habitats, health and population numbers.
Antibiotics have saved millions of lives, but their misuse and overuse is making them less effective as bacteria develop resistance. Despite scientists warnings, antibiotic prescriptions in many countries continue to soar and antibiotic use in farming is at record levels. As a result, doctors are now seeing infections they can no longer treat. Are we facing the end of modern medicine? An antibiotic apocalypse that takes medicine back to the Dark Ages? Or will researchers outwit the incredibly clever bacteria and find novel ways to beat resistance
Reliable witness - should repressed memories be allowed in court?; how to control the latest in wheelchairs; our place in the universe put in perspective; and a fiery little frog that knows how to stick up for itself.
Is it possible to reverse ageing?
By uncovering the genetic secrets of humans and animals that live unusually long lives, scientists are finding extraordinary ways to wind back our cellular clocks.
Anja Taylor investigates one of these methods achieving extraordinary results in just five days.
Back by popular demand, this two-part Catalyst special investigates whether food could actually be our medicine? Unbeknownst to most of us, we each carry about 1.5 kg of bacteria - that's trillions of tiny microbes that contribute 100 times as many genes as our genomes do. Scientists are now beginning to discover just how crucial these microscopic creatures are to our overall health ... and what they're learning is shaking the very foundations of medicine and nutrition.
What does it mean when the weather report says - winds will be up to 50kph and how much notice should we really take?; With planes and birds sharing our skies, how common are collisions and how can they be avoided?
BECOMING SUPERHUMAN PART 2
In the second episode of this 2-part series, biomedical engineer Doctor Jordan Nguyen and 13-year-old Riley Saban aren't content to just develop cutting edge technology that gives Riley superhuman powers, they want to know if young Riley can drive a car.
BECOMING SUPERHUMAN PART 1
In this 2-part series, biomedical engineer Dr Jordan Nguyen tries to make a boy's wildest dreams come true with cutting-edge technology. He's promised 13 year-old Riley Saban he will invent a device to help Riley achieve the impossible... and even have a super power. Will Riley be able to train his brain to use Jordan's technology? Will Jordan's technological vision become reality? And will Riley get his superpower?
Do Australian ticks pose a greater health risk than we thought? For people suffering from Lyme-like disease, it's a controversial mystery that science has so far been unable to resolve.
For the first time, microbes inside native Aussie ticks are being probed, leading to new discoveries which may reveal the causes of unexplained illnesses in the future.
Could bottles, salvaged from a 220 year old Tasmanian ship wreck, contain the remnants of the world’s oldest beer?
UNBOILING AN EGG
Unboiling an egg’ technology leads to new discoveries in renewable energy.
Harold Mitchell is one of the most powerful men in the Australian media, though many may never have heard of him. This week Ellen meets a man who is also a major philanthropist, a giant in the world of the arts and, surprisingly, sport.
Police target the Southside Soldiers, a 'feeder' group into the criminal motorcycle gangs. With the help of the AFP dog-squad, tens of thousands of dollars worth of gold and cash are found stored in hidden safes.
STRESS AND CANCER
Every day in Australia 360 people learn they have cancer. It goes without saying it's a very stressful time.
Pluto may have been demoted to dwarf planet status, but recent studies reveal it's an extraordinarily exotic world. Its home to the biggest ice cubes in the solar system: a chain of water ice mountains kilometres high.
How targeted exercise can help fight cancer. By the time you hit midlife, odds are you or someone close to you will be touched by cancer. Cancer remains a potentially lethal lottery and everyone's experience is different. But appropriate exercise under professional supervision - before, during, or after treatment - seems to substantially improve your odds. Catalyst meets a group of cancer patients that is experiencing extraordinary benefits from prescribed targeted exercise programs
Could our food be making us sick - very sick?
In the second episode of this two-part special, Dr Graham Phillips reveals new research about the interplay between food and the bacteria deep within our guts.
This program was originally broadcast in 2014 but is back by popular demand.
In Episode 1 we examine the miracle of conception, how sperm has to swim the equivalent of the width of Lake Superior to reach the female egg, how that one fertilised cell will generate trillions of others, and how the information in your DNA would take nine and a half years to read out loud.
Follows the evolving journey of our lives - from one year old until the age of ten. We examine the numbers that lie behind our body's development - our 640 controllable muscles and our 206 self repairing bones which are stronger than concrete but also allow us to be among the most dexterous creatures on earth.
Orangutans are highly intelligent animals and keeping them mentally engaged and challenged is paramount for Melbourne zoo keepers and researchers.
One project being trialled is using Xbox technology to enrich their experience and to encourage positive human-animal interactions. It's also hoped the technology could be adapted to give orangutans more control over their own environment, such as the temperature and lighting.
In the first week of June, four states were battered by a ferocious east coast low unusual in its size, damaging storm surge and intense rainfalls. Tasmania was under a deluge as an unprecedented seven rivers broke their banks in torrential downpours. Huge seas and an unusual wave direction carved out huge sections of waterfront properties and flooded low lying areas. Did warmer temperatures play a role? How are storm patterns changing across Australia and will we see more like this?
SOUNDSCAPE - The World According To Sound.
The natural world tells unseen stories through sound - all are fascinating but also disturbing. This new science of soundscape ecology is tracking environmental change with small audio recorders and powerful computer processing. Catalyst discovers what we can learn from listening to nature.
To go where no spacecraft has been to before - into Jupitor's inner realms. It's a perilous journey for the NASA spacecraft, Juno. Jupiter has the harshest radiation of any planet in the solar system - and the strongest magnetic field. It has storms that rage for centuries and the strongest gravity. The environment is so harsh; Juno's delicate scientific instruments need a special protective titanium vault to shield them. Catalyst goes to Australia's tracking station Tidbinbilla to witness Juno going into orbit around Jupiter and begin its mission - will it reveal new information about the birth of our solar system?
The proposition of this Melbourne IQ2 Debate is Does True Reconciliation Require a Treaty? Will a treaty change the way we do government in this country? Is it something we should be scared of? What does a treaty deliver?
What's in store for our Digital Future? This panel looks at the transformation of the written word into phone apps; picture books into apps; twisting poetry into Twitter feeds and the positives and negatives of getting your news and current affairs exclusively online.
Sir David Attenborough investigates whether the world is heading for a population crisis. Are we the biggest threat to the earth? In his lengthy career, Sir David has watched the human population more than double from 2.5 billion in 1950 to nearly seven billion. He reflects on the profound effects of this rapid growth, both on humans and the environment.
Burma has long been regarded as a pariah state but now comes fears that the military junta is trying to arm itself with nuclear weapons. In Burma's Nuclear Ambitions, a Cutting Edge special five years in the making, see the top-secret photos, documents and blueprints that have convinced Western experts that Rangoon is on the path to nuclear weaponry.
Bob Hawke is always interesting. He's smart, funny, and sentimental, and even though he's barely pushed in this exchange, some sharp political insights seep through. He talks with John Bertrand as a part of the Monash University Leadership Series.
Dateline present this special which reveals what really happened on the ground during the catastrophic Ebola epidemic - before it made news around the world. Filmmaker Dan Edge spent months on the ground in West Africa, tracing the devastating outbreak of Ebola through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - uncovering the hidden story of what happened before the world started paying attention.
This year, the Obama administration will set new records for detaining and deporting immigrants who are inside the country illegally, removing more than 400,000 people. This program takes a penetrating look at Obama's vastly expanded immigration net, explores the controversial Secure Communities enforcement program, and goes inside the hidden world of immigration detention.
Presenters Anita Rani, AandE doctor Javid Abdelmoneim and hostile environment expert Ben Timberlake discover how Zaatari, a refugee camp in Jordan for Syrians fleeing the war, has grown from a handful of tents in the desert to a fully functioning city of 80,000 people. And, as a new generation is born here, they'll be investigating how this remarkable city is looking to the future for the sake of its residents.
If you grew up thinking the only good snake is a dead one ... you're in for a shock. A shock in the form of a human tornado named Julia Baker. A Harley-riding, mother of two. A former pastry cook and puppeteer, whose life took a wild turn 11 years ago, when she met her first real live python at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. She was hooked.
IQ2 Debate at London's Cadogan Hall: Both Britain and the EU would be happier if they got divorced. For: Daniel Hannan and Nigel Farage. Against: Katinka Barysch and Leon Brittan. BBC World Wide's Nik Gowing chairs this fiery debate.
What are Australia's mavericks, power-brokers and celebrities really like? In an age where 30 second sound-bites and social media dominate our view of the world, host Ellen Fanning uses the news events of the week as a window into the lives of the people who shape our culture and politics. Former Howard Government Minister Amanda Vanstone and pollster David Briggs are Ellen's guests this week.
What are Australia's mavericks, power-brokers and celebrities really like? In an age where 30 second sound-bites and social media dominate our view of the world, host Ellen Fanning uses the news events of the week as a window into the lives of the people who shape our culture and politics. This week Ellen will be joined by award-winning novelist, Blanche D'Alpuget.
Plain Of Jars
The Plain of Jars in central Laos is one of South-East Asia's biggest archaeological enigmas. Ancient, monumental sandstone jars up to 2.5m high dot the landscape in seemingly random patterns.
Tiny cube satellites revolutionise our access to space. Space has always been the playground of very big players with very deep pockets - but not anymore.
Rupert Murdoch talks up a glowing economic future for Australia in the Annual Lowy Institute Address, while on the frontline Jonathan Holmes, Walter Russell Mead, Jay Rosen and Leigh Sales debate the nature of journalism for the US Studies Centre - Public Knowledge Forum.
Reporter Oliver Steeds travels the globe to investigate the conservation movement and its major organisations. Steeds finds that the movement, far from stemming the tide of extinction that's engulfing the planet, has got some of its conservation priorities wrong. The film examines the way the big conservation charities are run. It questions why some work with polluting big businesses to raise money and are alienating the very people they would need to stem the loss of species from earth.
Paul Barry talks to Radio National's Paul Barclay about his new book Breaking News: Sex Lies and the Murdoch Succession. Great insights into how and why journalists, politicians and coppers do a lot of forelock tugging when it comes to the Murdoch press.
'Mossad - good on terrorism, bad on politics' - so goes one description of Israel's foreign intelligence agency. Michael Bar-Zohar, one of the authors of the book, Mossad: The Great Operations, is in conversation with Paul Barclay at Brisbane Writers Festival.
Papal Bull: Where now for the Catholic Church? Irish writer Colm Toibin, writer and commentator Morag Fraser, academic Peter Horsfield talk to The Age journalist Barney Zwartz about whether reform within the church is possible.
Jane Caro, consultant, commentator and UWS lecturer, goes head to head with Kevin Donnelly, former teacher, critic, commentator and author 'Educating your child: it's not rocket science' - to answer the question: Gonski - Yes or No?
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Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is a special time for Muslims. See how the community fasts from dawn and dines together come sunset with Behind the News and Compass. (ACHASSK065,VCHHK077)