Welcome to the smashes and crashes of wheelchair rugby! Kellyn interviews a few of the successful players in the sport who are here for a game today which she later bravely participates in. One tells her it's a combination of basketball, ice hockey, gridiron and AFL! Another player who has an Olympic gold medal from the sport, tells Kellyn that after he'd been in a car accident at 16, during rehab he discovered wheelchair rugby. Like a lot of teenage guys, he did a lot of sports and this has gi
Keeper Kristi Nageli is on hand today, telling Duane all about alligators. She reveals just how intelligent they are how they respond to vocal signals and body language. Duane needs to know, as he's going inside the alligator environment to watch closely as Kristi captures one, 'Charles', for a checkup. We watch with amazement at the guts and expertise this woman has in pouncing on, yet respecting the alligator's safety. Not to mention preserving hers! While the gator lies placidly on his back
Bec Milne, baboon keeper at the Melbourne Zoo, talks with Natalie aboutthe different, distinct identities within the baboon troop here. One character in particular is the dominant male of the group, 'Hans'. The oldest, and with the biggest, reddest bum, he watches over his little troop. We focus on baby Juju, who has needed much care and many milk bottles to get her this far. The baby's mum hadn't properly known how to care for him and lacked the milk he needed what he was born. Otherwise she is
Alex talks to young speed walkers, serious about this ultrahealthy and physical sport. There's a different technique to this movement, strongly involving the hips. because you have to keep your legs straight. So this fantastic form of exercise may look ungainly, but wait till you see Alex compete against little girls in the hurdling event instructive but hilarious!
Duane thinks he's only taking the tour but he's actually getting his hands dirty today, as he gets set to help remove a clog in the sewerage plant! The head of operations, Chris, explains what sewage is made of (it's not only poo) and why people should stop flushing objects like baby wipes down the toilet. A fascinating look that's certainly clears up a lot!
The Melbourne Cup is an annual tradition that captures the attention of the entire country and many other viewers around the world. Find out all about how it got started and some of the things that make it unique.
On the top floor of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Chris meets Dr Robert Harrison. He and his team make antivenin medicine to save people in Africa who've been bitten by poisonous snakes. Paul Rowley, expert snake handler, is here too, and physically 'milks' a small but deadly snake, the Nigerian sawscaled viper, right in front of Chris. The venom that drips from its fangs will save lives in West Africa, where 36,000 die each year from deadly snake bites. For instance, one bite from
Chris goes for a terrifying rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers, to find out how his body copes with fear! Attached to him is a mini monitor allowing us to check out his escalating heart rate throughout this wild ride. It does go up, up, up as Chris is constantly scared out of his wits. We get an explanation about how adrenaline comes into play the hormone that is released to get you into fighting form to face your fear. Then when the ride ends, we see another spike in Chris' heart rate, reflect
Chris volunteers to be a blood donor, so he becomes a leech's lunch! While this bloodsucker is gorging on his arm, our good doctor credits this creature with lifesaving properties. Its saliva is a potent blood thinner, so if a person's fingertip were chopped off, you could reattach it by strategically affixing a leech to get the blood flowing. Chris introduces us to Carl PetersBond, who's a 'leechbreeding king'. He houses 30,000 of the marvellous medical wrigglers, and we get to see a spongelike
This is a cautionary tale about leaving your skin alone! Sixyearold Rio checks into the hospital with an infected finger, and comes under the care of Professor Simon Carley. The young lad had gotten into the habit of peeling at the skin around his fingernail. The good professor quickly realises, upon examining Rio's yellow fingertip, that he will have to let the pus out and disinfect the digit. So, some laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is administered, the procedure painlessly performed and Rio is
We are going on safari through Chris' nose and down his throat to witness what goes on with our voice box when we make a sound. So with a special, tiny, medical camera, the nasendoscope, it's through the nose and past the tongue, look out larynx, here it comes! Xand explains that air forced up your windpipe from the lungs is what makes sound come out. When it passes through the two flaps that comprise your vocal cords, the speed these flaps vibrate at determines whether your voice sounds high or
Chris is here to share more information about sweat then we ever wanted to know. He is also conducting an experiment at Loughborough University, to find out where our bodies sweat the most, and which sweat is the smelliest. First, Chris dons a scientific sweatcollecting vest over a bin bag. Jogging on a treadmill in a heated room, monitored by sweat expert Professor George Havenith, Chris winds up donating two litres of his hardwon drops. The analysis of our drenched doctor is surprising. Now he
When one decides to devote their life to becoming a monk, they are choosing to abstain from a lot of the most enjoyable things in life. Meet two Buddhist monks who made that decision, find out what drove them to it and how is has affected their life and relationships since.
Using excerpts from letters, hear from some of the soldiers that served at the Landing at Gallipoli to get a better understanding of what it was like to be part of this historical battle. Marking the beginning of Australia's involvement in World War I, the Landing at Gallipoli began on April 25, the day now set aside for remembrance and reflection that we call Anzac Day.
The Australian accent is one of the most recognisable in the world but, even among Australians, there are some variations in how it sounds depending on who you're speaking to. Why the variations in accent and could outside factors influence the way the accent evolves in the future
After a school trip to Zambia, Chloe is excited to have us tag along as those same students from Zambia come to visit her and her friends in Australia. Through the two trips, they learn about each other's cultures, foods and animals and discuss important topics like conservation.
Find out about the history of radio and how it has adapted through the years as technology has advanced. Then, hear from some student broadcasters that share their thoughts on the future of radio in a changing world.
Did you know that waves in the ocean can be used to generate electricity The energy produced by waves can be harnessed using some called the wave energy generator. It's a pretty handy invention but there are a few reasons why it may now enjoy widespread use anytime soon.
What's life like in Arnhem Land In a lot of ways, it's the same as life anywhere else and as we meet some students from the area, we see that they like to have fun and hang out with friends just like us. But every culture is different and the people of Arnhem Land place a great emphasis on traditions and the stories of their ancestors. Get to know them and discover the things that we share in common and some things that make them unique.
Baz leaves for a trip to the supermarket in a good mood, ready to talk to his best friend about leaving the family business; doesn't want to be a criminal anymore. Unfortunately, things end tragically for him in a scene that sets up the tension and drama in the film, Animal Kingdom. (Coarse language.)
First we learn how many times per day the average a person swallows, and why it's still crucial. Next we have a scene where Xand is choking on his snack and Chris will of course come immediately to his aid but how We are presented with a multiple choice medical quiz for your students to guess what to do! Finally we continue the scenario where Xand is choking. In front of a group of students, Xand bends over, and Chris strikes him with the heel of his hand five times between the shoulder blades.
Sleddog tour guide Brett Haddon instructs Natalie on the proper way of dog sledding! Visitors trying this winter thrill learn quickly how to be a musher. The huskies have enjoyed this work for thousands of years and are built for running up and down those snowcovered mountains!
In emergency, nineyearold Tamsin is waiting for doctors to look at her swollen ankle. Helping her is Dr Helen Stewart, and after finding the girl's leg is very painful, sends her along for Xrays. No break is seen, but to ease Tasmin's pain, Dr Helen says they'll put a pot on her leg meaning a plaster cast. Part of that is applying a backslab, which supports the back of the leg and allows for swelling. See part 2 to learn how this type of injury is resolved!
Parks are so much fun, but you still have to be aware of possible danger while playing there. Today Xand and Chris demonstrate how you could receive a bump on the head. More specifically, Xand wings a frisbee at his brother's forehead! Of course it's an accident, which requires first aid. A multiple choice question is provided for your class to guess. Hint: Xand just happens to have a bag of frozen peas with him, and this is what he applies to his brothers bump.
The unluckiest kid spills hot cocoa on himself and gets a nasty burn! We find out, through this clever animation, how skin repairs itself. White blood cells, plasma, the blistering process ... these all come to your aid as soon as a nasty mishap like this occurs. We are roundly advised to leave the natural healing process alone!
Fourteenyearold Chloe has come into accident and emergency with an irritated eye. Professor Simon Carley is on hand to take a look. Prof Simon puts a special drop into her eye, turns out the lights, and checks it out using ultraviolet light to search for any scratches. sure enough he finds one and thankfully things aren't serious. The good prof offers encouraging words and some eye cream which will shortly heal Chloe's cornea!
Elevenyearold Lucas visits the Ouch Mobile today to ask about his flat feet. It a barefoot comparison, Xand demonstrates that there is space under his arch when is foot is flat on the floor, whereas nearly the entire sole of Lucas' foot is in contact with the same floor. The condition is not usually a problem, just reflective of weakened muscles in the area. Xand notes that if your feet are causing you pain, your doctor can fit your shoes with insoles.
Underwater exploration is made more fun with the use of a seascooter! Kellyn receives instruction today and even though it's a gloomy rainy one, the view under the sea is unaffected. With a sea scooter you don't have to go in a straight line you can buzz in and out and around shipwrecks. In this select area off the coast of Brissy, along with the seagrass and coral, there are various fish, sea turtles and dugongs on view!
Billy carts make for a crazy and creative race, not to mention fast! Building these things to stand the rigors of the race plus creating crowdpleasing themes is quite a feat in itself. We see everything from a Star Wars team to a Back to the Future motif. Is that is that an Italian restaurant table on wheels decked out with a plate of spaghetti Whoops, it's tipping over ... one race judge says some of these billy carts are going to fall apart before they hit the finish line! Watch to see which
Alex joins Erin Riding at the McIntyre Centre for the Disabled. Equinebased therapy helps disabled people learn skills for life. Independence and selfesteem are gained while caring for horses tacking up, leading, and safety training lend a sense of ownership.
Scott is here to talk to keeper Kerry Bebbington about a member of the Totally Wild family Bo, the capuchin monkey. Following up, and finding the cute fella fightingfit these days, we find out he's also got himself a girlfriend! We learn about bonding two animals completely strange to each other. Through a very slow introduction process, Coco is now sharing food and a sleeping box with Bo. Can a little one be far behind
Xand is spending some quality time at home with his dad and Chris. He goes to the fridge to enjoy some strawberry milk, only to find the bottle empty! Accusing his brother and dad, he then take saliva samples from himself included and trots them down to the DNA testing lab. DNA specialist Emma, tests all three, then reviews the data on each. Without being a spoiler, it should be told here that because Xand and Chris are identical twins, the DNA proof gets complicated ... There's a fun surprise
Alex interviews Timothy Lachlan, WCMX ambassador, and his young training partner Josh. We learn it's all about getting that adrenaline rush riding your wheelchair in the skate park like you would on a bike, skateboard or scooter. In this extreme sport, as practised by Tim and other crazy riders, it's backflips optional and often accomplished!
Siblings 11yearold Harry and eightyearold Maya visit Xand in the Ouch Mobile. Each has a squint in one of their eyes and wants to know about it. Our doctor explains it's all about muscle control around the eye area. The brain automatically focuses on the stronger eye, and chooses to use those stronger muscles. The weaker eye, bereft of full control, can't quite stay on track and wanders off!
We're on a snowcovered mountain in New Zealand. Down the white hill we go sliding and tumbling with dog in tow! Also, rolling and flipping anything to reach the bottom fastest and first. The starter sends all participants off in the ensuing freeforall race to the bottom!
Jono meets Bailey, a happy 10yearold golden retriever. Doctors Straw and Gumpel are the superheroes who healed Bailey of a cancerous tumour. Talking with Dr Straw, small animal surgery oncology specialist, we hear that dog cancers are in many cases the same as in humans, and vice versa. He has pioneered treatments that do awesome double duty!
Fiveyearold Peter sits in emergency with his dad. He's got a painful and swollen ear which started when he was eating lunch at school. Dr Ashvin Luximon wants to rule out mastoiditis as a serious possibility. In an animated sequence, we learn about the mastoid bone. Next, Peter has a blood test done, and a couple of hours later, things aren't conclusive. So the little lad stays over the weekend with an IV giving him antibiotics. Terrific news after two days the antibiotics have taken hold! Pete