Imagine picking a house at random using Google Maps and writing a letter to the family who lives there, just to say something nice and get to know them. It's a unique project known as Dear Hope Street that connects people from all over the world. The project can help forge some pretty special connections, while also teaching kids how easy it is for people to find your information on the internet.
Studies have found that kids that don't start off their day with dairy often don't make it up later, meaning they are not getting the nutrients from dairy that their bodies need. Find out about the benefits of dairy and some of the different ways you can include it in your diet.
What was it like to be in the trenches during World War I Well, there were a lot of pretty tough conditions soldiers and others serving had to endure. Join a group of army cadets as they visit a museum to find out about the clothes, shelter and food of those who served in the trenches.
To prove our nose, mouth and stomach are all connected, Chris feeds a gastric tube into Xand's nostril. He deftly guides it down through the back of Xand's throat, then way down into his stomach. We learn that this is the way to feed patients who are too ill to eat normally.
There are a staggering number of elephants killed every year by poaches who want to take and sell the ivory from their tusks. Find out some of the extreme measures being taken as a stand against poaching and some of the ways governments have tried to curb this sort of hunting in past decades.
Ardie may only be 13yearsold but he's already very impressive behind the wheel, driving a car that he and his grandfather built themselves using spare parts. Find out how he got started in racing and about his biggest competition yet, the Australian Junior Speedway Championship.
Skin is the largest organ in our body and acts as our protective barrier to the universe! In an animated bit, we learn how our skin cells replace themselves. Then Chris and Xand stage a very cool experiment, using dangerous liquid nitrogen, one of the coldest substances on Earth. First, Chris dips Xand's flowers into the nitrogen, whereupon they can be crackled and crumbled into shards. Then our twin doctors each dip their hand in the liquid! We find out why they could get away with that, and mo
Double dissolution sounds pretty serious and kind of confusing and that's because it kind of is. It's basically a measure in place that replaces all the representatives in parliament when they're not able to get a bill passed. Find out more about how it's been used and why some think it's a custom that should no longer exist.
Why is diarrhoea heavier and runnier than normal poo Chris makes a 'poo factory' in the lab to show us how the nutrients of food are absorbed into the body, and the indigestible part squeezed out as perfect poo! Then Xand turns it into a 'diarrhoea machine', demonstrating what it's like when you have a tummy bug and all the water in your food comes out the other end. This is actually a brilliant lesson, with solid education of fibre!
Young Joe has been back and forth to the hospital during the month after a BB gun almost put his eye out. There's been good news, as his eye has healed all by itself. Eye specialist Mr William Newman wants to check the eye for possible longerterm damage. The blood in the front of the eye has all cleared out but they need to check the shape of the eyeball, because if there's any damage they can't see, Joe could develop glaucoma in the future. The main thing for Joe is he's got the all clear to pl
Today Emma and her guide take us adventure caving. It's not for the faint of heart, nor for the claustrophobic. We watch as she squeezes her frame through the 'Eye of the Needle' and the 'Slot' just two of the rigorous nooks and crannies along the way.it's pitchdark in there, and quiet too. All you can hear is the scuttles and screeches of the resident wildlife!
Kellyn's here today talking with two students about the wonderful Kids Teaching Kids program. They explain it's basically about to things: older students helping younger ones in the community, and doing so in a natural outdoor setting to help the environment. Kellyn then talks to High School Advisor, Kolindi Brennan the one adult teacher present about what the program accomplishes. On this day the older students take younger students from a different school, by the hand.The young ones are from
Today, Seamus tackles learning a wee bit of his Scottish heritage and helps introduce us all to the bagpipes. We observe the hilarious result of a fiveminute bagpipe tutorial, when in fact the music students on hand tell Seamus this will take five months!never fear, lads and lasses another option in this traditional bagpipe band setup would be to learn part of the drum kit. Or you might want to try Highland dancing, as the accompanying group here show beautifully.
Imagine if the deadliest venoms in the world could be used to cure some of the most fatal diseases! Well, thanks to Dr Maria Ikonomopoulou from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute that could soon become a reality!
Mosquitos aren't just annoying; in some parts of the world they can also spread an infectious disease called Malaria. And that's something that Dr Michelle Wykes and her team from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute are trying to put a stop to!
The size of the caterpillars that hatch from the tiny silk worm eggs will grow 70 times bigger! Silkworms are voracious eaters and their favourite, tasty target is the Mulberry bush leaf. Watch what flaps out of the legendary silk cocoon it spins!
David Lama is a quiet superhero, scaling any rock face he sets his mind to. Today he talks about the sinkhole in Samoa being a magical place, with its waterfall and three natural arches. We watch him rise to this steep challenge and marvel at this humble, natureembracing soul.
Chris goes on call with top paramedic Jan Vann, rushing to see a 75yearold man who's fallen and injured his shoulder. On arrival, Jan heads to the couch to assess the seated Gerard. A few basic moves later, and Jan's happy that Gerard's shoulder is OK now it's time to do Gerard's observations, to find out what caused his fall. A sudden drop in blood pressure can make you faint if you've got postural hypotension, which is suspected in this case. When observations are complete, Jan gets to do a r
To show us the power of the diaphragm in holding a note, we have Lucy from The Voice present and can she ever sustain a long operatic one! Chris and Xand share the screen with a pig's diaphragm with other parts attached to it. After this important show and tell, Xand whips out a vacuum jar with two balloons inside it simulating the way our lungs fill with air, deflate, and fill up again. Lastly, we get to watch a real scan of Chris' lungs and diaphragm in action!
Chris goes on call with paramedic Jan Vann. Good job they're in their rapid response vehicle, as they visit a young man going through anaphylactic shock. Alan is being brave and may not even realise this is a life threatening emergency. Jan injects adrenaline into Alan's arm to constrict the blood vessels throughout his body and reverse the swelling. Now away in the ambulance to watch in hospital for another swollentongue occurrence.
Tenyearold Iman is in hospital with a strange rash, taking pain medication for his sore and swollen joints. The fear is that the lad may have contracted meningitis. Consultant Judith Gilchrist has been called in and explains the agenda for the next few days involving blood tests, intravenous antibiotics and definite Hospital stay. In a couple of days, Iman's condition improves a lot but he must still wait for the blood test to come back. Shortly, it's announced that they're negative and he can g
Kellyn tells us why we should be hugging trees! They're air conditioning for our planet, while giving off tonnes of oxygen for us to breathe in. Further, we get culinary gifts like maple syrup from sap, cinnamon from bark, bay leaves for our stew and lots of fruits and nuts!
Scott takes advice from a sheep expert, who's about to shear the entire herd! To round them up, he calls on the skills of a working kelpie. Once in the barn, it's time to get proper hold of the sheep and shear that wool, using just the right touch.
Chris and Xand play a trick on groups of students, involving concentration. They watch a video of kids in two teams one black, and one white passing a basketball around. They are to count the number of passes made by the white team. Most of them get it, but what they don't notice, because of their 'inattentive blindness', is Xand lurking about in a gorilla suit right among the players!
In this clip, find out about what satellites do and how they impact your life almost every day without you probably even realizing it. Then, join a group of kids that find a creative way to make satellites of their own and are able to gather information such as weather conditions.
The Hubble Telescope has been around for over 25 years and, in that time, has been responsible for delivering some pretty incredible pictures to us. Find out all about its history and the ways that it's different (and similar) to other telescopes that we use here on Earth.
Nutan Shah, a podiatrist, is attending to Xand's feet today. On the bottoms of his feet he has verrucas, a common problem which is part of the human papillomavirus. We also meet young Rocco who has been undergoing treatment for same. It's a threepart treatment, starting with scraping away the hard skin. That's followed by a shot of liquid nitrogen to the area, and finished up with silver nitrate, which stops blistering and helps kill the virus.
Thirteenyearold Rhys returns to hospital after two weeks, to gauge the healing progress on his poor bangedup kisser. Professor Simon Carley checks him over, and is so encouraged by the transformation of Rhys' appearance he all but rules out plastic surgery! We get a detailed look in cartoon form at how new skin cells grow and the awesome healing powers of the human body.
Why do we still have police horses Isn't that method of transportation a little outdated Find out how this unique partnership between the police department and horses began and why many believe it's still beneficial to have some horses on the force.
Thousands of litres of blood are used every day all over England, from people's thoughtful donations. Today Xand checks into a donation clinic and is attended to expertly by Nurse Linda. Five minutes later and he's finished proudly holding the full blood bag his hand, saying in 35 hours this could be in someone else, saving their life! Xand importantly notes that you can't give blood until you're 17, but you can receive it and it may save your life! All donated blood must first go to the blood
In the basement of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Chris shows us a room housing 8000 deadly tsetse flies. He meets with Dr Alvaro AcostaSerrano, chief scientist and tsetse fly caretaker. The doctor has a very special way to feed all these flies when they require it, every second day. We're shown this fascinating method, and then The view on Chris' arm of a tsetse fly gorging itself on his blood. The insect grows twice its size by meal's end and Chris purports to enjoy the experience!
Chris is off to meet Dr Ioannis Ieropoulus, the mastermind of pee power! Once in the lab, the good doctor directs Chris to a big, complicated battery which is made up of microbial fuel cells. At the moment it can fuel a remote control model car and we watch it zip around the laboratory floor. It's powered purely by pee, and with progress, the batteries will get smaller and power things that are bigger. The most wonderful direction for all of this is that one day people in developing countries wi
In a topsecret location, Xand is privy to a special medical collection of body parts and shares the fascination with us. What he finds is a sideshow of glass jars and displays showing how the human body can sometimes go wrong! We see a human heart with tissue way too thin so it's stretched out to make the organ melonsized instead of the usual apple size. Next up, a liver showing two large roundworms, which would have indicated serious illness and weight loss in its human host. Xand also shares
Today, Chris goes on duty with Professor Simon Carley, in the Royal Manchester Children's Emergency Department. They attend to 15yearold Joe, who's had a bike accident. Speeding down a hill, wearing no helmet, his bike with only one working brake and crash into a people carrier! No one in the car got hurt, though the vehicle itself got kind of crumpled. But did Joe get crumpled Once out of the ambulance and into the hospital, attendants brace his spine and neck on a straight board with thick p
Back in Manchester, 15yearold Sam awaits further treatment to unblock his colon of the piledup poo still in there. Dr Alex Turner comes on the scene with the notion of inserting a nasogastric tube through the nose and down into the stomach. It will deliver a special medicine that can get straight to the poo, soften it, and break up the log jam within Sam. It takes several trips to the loo for the dam to burst, but Sam is finally flushed with success! The main lesson learned to avoid constipatio
Today Chris turns his back on his brother to slip him a penny! While he is not looking, he instructs Xand to lift the hand with the penny in it straight up above his head. Now Chris directs him to bring his arm down again, turning around to study Xand's hands, which both look like they're clenched around that penny. Chris quickly and easily picks the correct hand! Xand doesn't win this penny because as smartypants Nathan pipes up, 'raising your arm in the air will cause it to look paler than th
David is colour blind and sees the world just a little bit differently than most of us and he wants to tell us what that's like. Gain a better understanding of how your vision works and how we (and some pretty cool animals) see colours.
Keegan may only be 12yearsold, but he's already gained the attention of the professional skateboarding world, taking part in competitions all over the world. Hear him tell about his adventures and find out what it's like to be a sports star at the age of 12.
Christmas Island is best known for the detention centre that's found there, but there are lots of other people that choose to call it home. It's a diverse mix of families that have integrated some different aspects of their culture into daily life. Find out what life is like on a part of Australia you may not be all that familiar with.