Ever since they were discovered, lasers have featured in the world of science fiction and movies. But have you ever wondered how much of what you see and read about lasers is true?
The future - what does it hold for our food? Much the same as it is now, or are we preparing for a food revolution? Join us this week as we discover what all the fuss is over purple carrots, find out what goes on in a flavour factory and Dr Rob samples a buffet of edible insects!
Minna lives with strict German-born parents who privately hope their young daughter's friendship with the well-to-do Owen children - Toby, Harold and Adelaide - will do her some good. However, Minna's parents have no clue what these kids get up to when they're on their own. Their favourite game is seeing who can scare the others the most. But when the Owens blame Minna for a disaster caused by their own children, Minna decides to give them the fright of their life.
When Qantas decided to stop flying its planes recently, it made lots of people angry. Some said they wouldn't fly Qantas anymore, and others said the Qantas brand had been damaged. So why would Qantas bosses do something that was going to make lots of people angry? And is the company's brand damaged beyond repair?
The reserve bank has cut interest rates for the first time in a year. But what are interest rates? And why does everyone think they're so important?
The world's population has just reached 7 billion. Experts reckon it's going to continue to grow at a fast rate. Some people are worried about how this rapid growth will affect the world as we know it.
MIGRAINE VS HEADACHE
A migraine is a common reason for workplace sickness in Australia. But how do you know if you've got a migraine or just a headache? What's the difference? And what causes them?
With the cricket season back in full swing, we take a look at one of the most important jobs in the sport. The grounds keeper can affect the outcome of the game depending on how they prepare the playing surface. We go along to see what their job involves.
Find out how to drive a car using just your thoughts, check out a motorbike that is powered only by air, and discover the technology that allows you to travel around the world in 6 hours!
On this episode of Scope, check out some of the coolest machines going around! One prints in 3D, another pulverises old bits of road; there's a robotic jogging companion, an autonomous surf life saver and the best one of all - a water-powered jet pack that Dr Rob takes for a spin!
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wanted by police to face criminal charges in Sweden. But for quite a while now he's been hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. While he's in there he can't be captured by British police. So what are embassies and why do they seem to have these special powers?
We check out a program that's teaching children as young as 12 how to drive. It's aimed at teaching good driving habits to people from a very early age. The organisers hope it will make our roads safer in the future.
Every day on the news we see new crimes that need solving. Sometimes it just takes great detective work, but often police turn to science to help them catch criminals. BtN takes a look at some of the ways that forensic science is used to solve crimes.
After the excitement of the Olympics a few weeks ago, a lot of people started counting down to the next games in Rio in 2016. But there's more Olympics action coming up in only a few days time! It's the Paralympics - the pinnacle of athletics for the world's physically and intellectually disabled. We take a look at the history of the Paralympics and focus on the really physical sport of wheelchair rugby.
When humans get older it's common for us to retire from our jobs and spend some quality time relaxing. Well, it's no different for Gorillas. Taronga Zoo's oldest gorilla, a male silverback, is close to retirement. Now the zoo staff are looking for a suitable replacement to lead the zoo's gorilla family.
Classic tales that have entertained and enchanted generations of kids all around the world are brought to life through contemporary animation. Today, an Emperor's vanity causes him to behave extremely stupidly.
The Prime Minister has announced that asylum seekers who arrive by boat will now be processed in Papua New Guinea. And if they're found to be genuine refugees they'll not be allowed to stay in Australia but they can settle in PNG. Some think it's a good idea - others say it's unfair.
A new date for the next Federal Election is expected soon. And when it happens people who aren't on the roll only have a short time to register. We look at the campaign aimed at getting young people on the electoral roll.
These days kids have access to a lot of hand held digital devices....but there's a potential downside. Researchers have found that using tablets or phones just before bedtime can actually keep you awake. It's all to do with the light they give off and the mixed messages sent to our brains.
Imagine you could be principal of your shcool for a whole day. Would it be easy or hard - fun or stressful? We meet one girl who got the chance to do just that ...and followed her around as she tried to juggle friendships and discipline.
Kids living in outback towns don't always get a chance to experience some of the things city kids do - like surfing at a beach. But a group of students has been given a taste of surfboard riding as well as some valuable lessons on beach safety.
This series is designed to stimulate children's interest and active involvement in science. Each episode investigates a particular scientific topic using clips and bright graphic animations. Today's program explains the properties of heat energy and the difference between heat and temperature.
Based on the much loved Australian children's classic by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, My Place tells the story of the children who live in one place over 130 years. In episode nine, Kath and Lorna are the best of friends. The two set off on a day of harmless relaxation, wheeling Kath's baby brother in his pram with her annoying younger sister, Bridie, in tow.
Classic tales that have entertained and enchanted generations of kids all around the world are brought to life through contemporary animation.
Life is all about change, and in this episode of Scope we meet the experts who study it! Get up close with some ever-changing cuttlefish, check out a robot that monitors changes in ice sheets and learn how the mummification process prevents change when we experiment with apples and some dehydrating ingredients!
Tempt yourself with this tasty episode of SCOPE, dedicated to something we all love -food! Bite off more than you can chew when we discover the scrumptious process of making creamy brie cheese, learn how it's possible to make 200 litres of olive oil in an hour, experiment with crunchy, crispy honeycomb and seek out some salty science when we take a look inside a salt refinery.
EveryBODY should be a PART of this episode of SCOPE that's all about bodies and their parts! We find out what it takes to build a prosthetic limb, check out a computer program that allows people to control other people's body parts via a Smart Phone, and learn about some animals that have a special talent - regrowing body parts!
2011 has been a year of natural disasters. In this special we take a look at the NZ earthquake, the catastrophic situation in Japan and how the SES plays a vital role in helping Australians cope with damage and loss.
There's been a lot of recent media coverage on gender equality - mainly centred on how the media and others deal with Australia's female Prime Minister. But what is gender equality and why are so many people sensitive to the role of women in society? These days women can aspire to the highest office in the land but it wasn't always so. BTN goes back in history to uncover some surprising facts.
This week the leaders of the eight countries that make up the organisation known as G8 are meeting to discuss some pressing world issues - issues that they don't always agree on. BTN looks at what the G8 is and what it does.
BTN meets some schoolkids who have been working on a fascinating project. They were each given the task of researching the life of an Australian Digger who fought in the First World War. Their research saw them travel to far way battlefields - and ultimately the soldiers' final resting place.
Aussie Rules football is a sport that's very much dominated by men. But recently the women's league has been getting a bit more attention. BTN talks to a young player who reckons more girls should get involved.
A trip to the movies is a lot sweeter with a box of popcorn. It's been sold in cinemas for decades...but not all corn can produce popcorn. BTN meets a leading grower to find out where popcorn comes from and how it pops.
By day, Travis Hague is a pest controller. By night he transforms himself into a filmmaker who creates elaborate motion time-lapse sequences that are undeniably gobsmacking.
At a loss for words? Expand your vocabulary with these unique terms from some of Australia's 300 Indigenous languages.