Solar energy has its limitations and so far, homes powered by solar can quickly lose power when the sun isn't out. But new tech now means that the sun's energy can be stored in batteries for later use in the home.
Some may be surprised that there are many different types of My Little Pony fans, with male fans giving themselves the nickname Bronies. While most toys and children's entertainment are designed with a specific group or gender in mind, people are still free to like whatever they want. Meet some Bronies and learn about what they get out of My Little Pony and the community they're a part of.
As technology has progressed, people have become to rely on steam engine trains a lot less and now they're mostly used to take tourists around to see the sights of Australia. Jaden may be just a kid but his love for trains led him to take on the job of car captain on one of these steam engine trains and he shares his story with us, explains why he thinks trains are so cool and describes what it's like to be a car captain.
Joe pulls a face at Dr Xand and asks, When riding a really fast rollercoaster, why does your face get pulled backwards distorting your facial features Dr Xand explains that the heavy feeling you get as you accelerate, is all that Gforce is pulling you back.
With the release of the new five dollar note, we learn about some of the new security measures that have been taken to discourage counterfeiters. We also meet Connor, a young man that successfully petitioned the RBA to add tactile markings to Australia's currency for the blind and vision impaired.
As tectonic plates beneath the Earth's surface continue to shift, over time it has begun to impact the latitude and longitude coordinates of Australia. This video explores how those minor changes will likely lead to much bigger changes over time and how that impacts things like maps as well as modern technology that relies on GPS.
A dog named Mya has been trained as a canine researcher to hunt down koala bear poo an effort for scientists to find them as the cuddly animals are notoriously hard to track down. Once found, researchers study them and work to better understand how to protect their environment.
Dr Alan Pearce and Branden Wilson from Swinburne University and Cocreators have developed a device that monitors sports players and how hard they are hit while on the field to try and reduce the number of concussions in sport.
Kellyn tags along with eco ranger Corey Mansillas to an island off the coast of Brisbane. First off, a short trek and a snack break to grab some bush berries and a grassy nosh. Next, it's a feeding frenzy for the wildlife certainly among the pelicans extending to all kinds of native fish, and a moray eel too!
Doctors Chris and Xand challenge each other to see who can pump fake blood quicker through hoses affixed to two humanshaped wooden cutouts. Chris' 'human' has bits inside the transparent hose network (representing blood vessels), so with the blockages there, he can't get any of the fake blood through.
Omega3 is a type of fat that is essential for our health and is added to many foods and dietary supplements. Most omega3 is sourced from fish and has a fishy smell so how do scientists create versions of omega3 that both smell and taste odour free
The difference between private and public companies is explained using a Mac v PC type parody that highlights some of the pros and cons to both approaches, as well as explaining why some public companies opt to go private.
Audrey brings us along on her trip to the National Indigenous Youth Parliament where we get a glimpse at how parliament works, explore why it's important to be involved with local government and examine some of the issues that are of the utmost importance to Indigenous Australians.
It's strange to think about anyone owning the ocean and no one really does but this video teaches us about some of the ways countries benefit from the waters they're surrounded by. From territorial waters that have to follow the laws of whatever country they surround to exclusive economic zones that are reserved for business opportunities of the nearby country, there are lots of interesting sea laws to observe.
A report on the rise of sport supplement use among student athletes and some of the fears many have about young people relying on them. We are also given suggestions for other healthier ways for athletes to gain some of the benefits of a supplement through their diet.
The doctors explain how our belly buttons are linked to the umbilical cord and placenta before birth. Then, with the help of expectant mum Emelia, they perform ultrasound, plus a 4D scan of a baby. We get an incredibly lifelike view of the baby's breathing, heartbeat, nourishment, and wondrous inner workings.
Hundreds of years ago when people travelled by ship to get to Australia, they weren't coming under the best conditions. Join a group of students as they learn about some of the less than ideal travelling arrangements of yesteryear as well as some of the sicknesses and other calamities many aboard these ships would face.
Duane talks to a nice couple who had a wile ago, adopted Ziggy, a border collie, from the RSPCA in Brisbane. Playing in the park, they began to notice something was wrong with the Ziggy's legs. veterinarian Jayne McGhie recounts that time, involving the amputation of one front leg, and successful operation to reset a bad fracture in the other. Then a cart with wheels was ordered for Ziggy who can now run around the park once again. This lesson shows what great attitude and spirit will do when de
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!
Alex rides along with wildlife rescuer Ruth Lewis, to rescue koalas in distress. Just yesterday Ruth had five calls to go out on. So far today has been quiet but her phone rings so off they go to rescue an orphaned baby they spot up in a tree. Back at the clinic, Ruth checks the wee one over, and we see other patients there. One koala wears a full arm cast, after being hit by a car. She'll be okay and it's thanks to people like rescuer Ruth, and Alex spreading the word!
Alex talks to theatrical production students Erin Handford and Shane Kumar, about the world of theatrical lighting. It's more intricate than it looks combining technology, dexterity, timing right up to knowledge of colour theory for mood and atmosphere creation. After all, without lighting technicians, there's nothing to see!
It takes some crazy and driven athletes to join an adventure race such as this! Kayaking through old submarine tunnels, followed by a frigidwater swim, is tough enough. How about adding some mountain running up steep sets of stairs We get to see the winning athlete claim the top of the mountain and the top of the podium. You won't believe the record time he clocked!
We see a team of rangers who protect Australia's remote outback land. Checking on croc eggs, protecting Indigenous artwork found on rocks, and caring for the environment in general are all in a day's work. Passing on this knowledge to junior rangers gives a sense of pride and the knowledge that the land will be in good hands in the future.
Scott questions keeper Kerry Bebbington on the characteristics of the world's largest rodent the capybara! Most closely resembling a giant guinea pig on steroids, they're actually a placid creature that loves to chill out by standing around for hours in a lake. As they're semiaquatic, they love to do this in their pond at the zoo. With an interesting diet including bamboo, it's fun to watch them take chomps out of fruit, as Scott enthuses while we watch him participate at feeding time.
Zoo keeper Fleur Butcher talks with Natalie about orangutans, and one big favourite in particular! This big boy is 12 years old and acts like a teenager while being very' very intelligent. He'll make tools to reach for what the keeper has dropped on the ground outside his cage. He gets stimulated doing artwork either with a brush on a canvas held by keeper Fleur, or with a big, coloured chalk, drawing hieroglyphics on the wall inside his cage. This kind of artistic animal enrichment is extended
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
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
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 hits the pool to interview National Water Polo champs, the Brisbane Barracudas Ash, Bronte and Maddy. Although modest, Ash's shot is anything but clocked as the fastest for women in the world! Alex gamely treads water with the best, even completing some of the drills and warm up exercises. Then we get to be spectators, as the barracudas split in half for a fun match, with one side carrying Alex. See the short highlight reel to find out who wins!
Natalie talks to two of the youngest participants in a 100person extreme fundraiser. Today, they are abseiling down a 27storey building to fundraise for foster kids. Event technical director, Brayden West, explains how he sets up all the safety mechanisms and teaches equipment use. Everyone agrees that the scariest moment is first backing off the roof! Once over the edge, it's pretty clear sailing and because of this bravery, some foster kids are going to have a better life.
Scott prepares to jump in and swim with the king of apex predators the great white shark! He first talks to Captain Andrew Wright who assures Scott there'll be a big cage around him. There's a long boat ride to get to the place, so it gives our lad plenty of time to think about what awaits him, and a handful of other brave divers on this day. Follow that fin to part 2!
Three groups of kids, three catapults they've built and the competition's on! While Kellen's team and Alex's team practise their strategic shots, Duane gets advice from 'catapult queen' Shelly Massie, on behalf of his. Says Shel shoot 'em from the low position so they fly up for great catches. Bonus points for making cool catches. The competition's going good til the one team realises they're losing and barrages the other teams with balls! A freeforall ensues until Shelley steps in and issues
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
Today, Scott takes us to Port Lincoln so we can board a boat and head across the ocean to a place where sea lions frolic. this excursion is setup so the public can see what do you see what these 'puppy dogs of the sea' are like. this species has been endangered so it's important to spread awareness. Jump in the water's fine, as you swim about with your new, inquisitive playmates. Scott takes full advantage of this opportunity and is rewarded with a kiss on the hand!
Emma feels so lucky today to be surrounded by basset hound puppies as she talks to breeder Chris Lawrence, to find out why they're designed like they are! We all of course take note of those impossibly long ears (longest in the dog world), not to mention all those endearing wrinkles. This unique and cuddly features make the basset hound an incredible tracking and hunting machine watch to find out why!
Duane visits farrier Shane Nash, to learn all about horseshoe making. first, removing cakedin mud and dirt from each hoof and filing the hoof down to horseshoe level again (because they grow like our fingernails) is paramount. Next, removing the horseshoes is a bit of a trial, but once they're pried off, the new ones go on. These replacement horseshoes have to be shaped exactly to the individual horse's hoof. It's a process, but as Shane seen says, 'Your horse can't get around if he doesn't have
Nat's cruising withtour captain John Buckley today. As they head out on the Genoa River, a tour John leads every day, they view different bird species flying, soaring and hunting. We get to see an eagle swoop down and take a fish off the surface of the water with only one foot. Jon explains they have to be accurate and keep one foot free for landing! Delighted tourists can get a look at 30 different bird species on a good day. On and near the shoreline can be seen crocodiles, water lizards and o
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!
Scott is shown the ropes by female contemporary dancers. Acclaimed choreographer and dancer Phoebe Fisher puts him through a 'medium' routine, which he then performs with the entire group. Later, backstage on opening night, Scott interviews dance members and we get a feel for the emotions and pride involved!
While submarines seem a little cramped and operate under the ocean (not the most appealing getaway spot), they can actually be really helpful for the country's Navy. Find out about the plan to add more submarines to the fleet and why some feel they are such an important asset.
Today we meet brothers Ben, Zack and Jake, who all suffer from haemophilia. They are in for their threemonth checkup with Dr Grainger. Upon inspecting their legs, he finds 'healthy active boy bruises', because their medicine is working well. Without medicine to stop the bleeding inside, you'd see tennis ballsized bruises containing small, hard lumps. Next we meet Mohammed, who has been taught by the clinic to do his own injections, as they start teaching this practice to 10 and 11 yearold patien
Emily, who is seven years old, waits in emergency with a painful big toe. She blames her little brother for knocking a heavyframed photo onto her foot while they were playing in her bedroom. Dr Reddy Ilavala scrutinises her big toe and drastic looking toenail. Mum helps to give her daughter a painkiller to inhale, as Dr Reddy has decided to drill a tiny hole in the nail to drain the blood, and relieve the pressure. Called trephining, this technique is definitely the one to start the toe healing
When we've cut our skin, our body has a way of repairing itself, involving new skin cells and amazing support to promote their growth! Through this cartoon featuring 'The Unluckiest Kid', we learn all the healing steps the skin takes. From clotting to bacteria and infection fighting, the whole process is fascinating. And wouldn't it be a shame to undo it all by picking that scab rather then letting it heal by itself!
The playground can be a dangerous place with various accidents that could happen to you. Today, unlucky Chris gets a splinter in his hand, simply sitting on a park bench! Fortunately, Xand has his firstaid kit ready and takes care of his brother's minor injury right there. To back up what we watch Xand doing, we get a multiple choice question to see if kids can guess the correct answer in treating this nasty but common occurrence.
Doctors and Xand, through the use of a clever animation, describe the process of how your bones repair themselves when you've sustained a break or fracture. Of course on your arm for example, you'd wear a plaster cast. But the rest of the repair comes from inside yourself!
Horticulturist Matt Coulter informs Emma of some of the finer points of a very foul flower! Called 'The Corpse flower', because of it reeks of rotting flesh, it's inner purple colour reflects it's name as well. It's the colour of nature's rot, so entices insects to lay eggs in it and at the same time pollinate this putrid plant. A rare experience for tourists who line up to get a snap and a sniff, this awesome beauty is found mainly in an Indonesian rainforest.
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
In Manchester, Chris meets eye specialist Dr Jane Ashworth. She is about to perform corrective surgery to actually weaken some eye muscles of young Josh, because they are so strong that they force the lad's eyes to go crossed when he looks down. Just as we have skin all over our body, the eye also has skin that must be peeled back and sewn up again. So the instruments, needles and threads in the hands of Dr Jane need to be very, very fine to carry out this delicate work. Chris get assessed and w
Chris goes to Cardiff University's School of Biosciences to speak with snot expert Dr Kelly Berube, who has gobs of fake goo strings on hand for exhibition purposes! Chris is curious about what the real stuff's made of, and the answer is it's a natural polymer our body makes. It's cells trapped in the mucus membrane all around our body inside, waiting to be cast out. Dr Kelly likens it to fly paper, as it traps 'invaders' proteins, bacteria so we can rid our body of them. So when we inhale the