Duane learns from bird keeper Luke Flesher about the different birds of prey. Luke reveals which features allow speed in one owl and stealth in another, and meet a the wedgetailed eagle, Australia's largest bird of prey. The main weapons at their disposal are their powerful sight and powerful feet!
Because rabbits are not native to Australia, they have been known to wreak havoc on native plants and, with how quickly they breed, they can be a negative factor among Australia's wildlife. Rabbits are currently banned in Queensland and extreme measures were taken to clear them out for good many years ago. Now, some are proposing special circumstances where rabbits might be brought into the country and kept as pets.
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.
Harrison shares the story of his kidney transplant by teaching us what the kidneys do, what can go wrong if they're not working properly and explaining the procedure as well as what life looks after receiving a new kidney.
Scott talks to some homing pigeon enthusiasts, getting some racing facts from Stephen Nuske, and touring the loft with 19yearold celebrity in pigeonracing circles Tameya Barber. She shares some details of training. Scott is skittish, but handles one of these intelligent birds, releasing it for a short, successful return flight.
Flinders University's Stuart Wildy and Curtis Merrett reveal their prototype for the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, describing the process of designing a solar-powered car, and testing out the technologies on a modified golf cart.
Questacon's Jake Clark demonstrates how to create a 3D figurine of Scope host Lee Constable, explaining how a scanner captures her shape, which is turned into a computer-aided design model, and then printed in layers with plastic filament and resin printers.
Monash University's Jan Carlo Barca and Sherry Yu explain how the swarm behaviour of animals can be applied to robotics, demonstrating how self-assembling robots could gather together to complete tasks, such as cleaning windows of high buildings.
CSIRO's Hayley Norman and Damien Mowat explain how they identified anameka as one of the most nutritious shrubs for sheep to eat, using scientific tools as well as monitoring the preferences of the animals.
CSIRO's Karl Forcey demonstrates how researchers use Starbug X, an autonomous underwater vehicle, to study the sea floor, monitoring water quality and creating high-resolution images of the marine environment.
Flinders University's Emma deCourcy-Ireland and Lachlan Palmer explain how they identified grains that were high in iron and zinc, using X-ray fluorescence Mass spectrometry, and why those nutrients are important.
Questacon's Sarah Clark demonstrates the principle of "protostorming" at the National Science and Technology Centre, quickly developing as many prototypes as possible of objects that move in the wind, using simple materials, and then refining those designs.
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!
At the dermatology unit, young Rachael is waiting to have some sore patches on her legs looked at. Nurse Sophie Dolman checks her out and notes the typical patterns of eczema. With this layer of the skin dehydrated, moisture will have to be supplied by a stronger cream than previously tried. This one contains steroids and must be wrapped around the leg to hold in that moisture. In the third and last part of this segment, we meet young Molly who is under the care of nurse Sophie and had the same
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
When you visit a museum, it's helpful to listen to a commentary track that explains the art to you but at this special exhibit, the art is being described by kids. Find out about this group of kids and how they were able to learn about the art on display so they could explain it to others.
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
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.
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, doctors Chris and Xand have fun with brain functions. To show us which bit of the brain does what, Xand places a magnetic stimulator (brain scrambler) against the right side Chris' head, to interfere with his brain's directions. The magnet messes with the brain's electric signals, so when Chris tries to pick his nose using his left hand his hand twitches and he misses! Xand notes that our brains are wired backtofront, so each side of the brain controls the opposite side of our body. The
Most people know that the Northern Territory is a territory and not a state (its name gives it away, after all) but what is the difference between a state and a territory anyway Find out about those differences and why some people believes it's time for the Northern Territory to become a state.
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.
By the time you turn 16, you're legally allowed to drive and some believe that if you're mature enough to be out on the road, you're old enough to be in the voting booth too. There are many different opinions on this topic among adults and, when asked, it turns out that while some teenagers would be happy with the right to vote, others aren't too keen on the idea.
The pyramids continue to be an architectual marvel as mysterious as they are magnificent, but through a new project, scientists are hoping to find out more about them then ever before. Learn about some of the new technology being use in the Scan Pyramids operation and some of the questions they're hoping to have answered.
Caitlyn won an award for bravery after rescuing her sister but she says that she would never have been able to do it if she hadn't been taught to swim. Caitlyn and many others believe that it's so important to know how to swim, it should be a compulsory subject in schools but others feel that it should be left up to the parents.
Amber has an exciting life on a farm surrounded by animals and she'd love to write stories about them, but writing is a bit more challenging for her. She has a nerve condition that affects several parts of her body, including her fingers which she is unable to make completely straight. Despite her challenges, Amber is working hard towards her goal of becoming an author.
At the Gait Lab in Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, Xand is decked out in a funny outfit to conduct an experiment. Everyone has their own way of walking their gait. Manager of this lab, Gill Holmes, explains that the little markers Xand is wearing are picked up on a computer screen so the lab team can watch a 3D model of his gait. Striding across the room barefoot, our good doctor displays a normal and healthy walking style. But the next test in stiletto heels demonstrates the problem of wear
Meet the mighty Gareth, who has mastered the art of swallowing ... a sword! It's a skill that takes many years of practice. Imagine having to guide a long steel blade deep down and straight past all your vital organs along the way. The precision and concentration it takes to dodge your heart and lungs, etc, is absolutely incredible. In fact, one slip means death. Further, think about your gag reflex that feeling of being sick and rejecting something from your throat. Gareth has to control this
Did you know that there's actually a World Toilet Day Toilets aren't often celebrated or even talked about but this day is set aside to raise awareness of just how important toilets are and how some countries still struggle without them.
A team of students from Australia are part of what is known as the Bust A Move dance troupe, and they've got an incredible opportunity to travel to the US and perform at a big Special Olympics event. They've worked hard to get this point as everyone in the group has some sort of physical handicap, but despite that, they are able to dance and perform and different events around the country and now, the world.
Just because you have some stuff that you don't use anymore doesn't mean that someone else might not like to have it which is where Op Shops come in handy. Find out all about these secondhand stores and meet a volunteer that has come across a few less appealing donations during her time there.
As trends and technology evolve, some jobs and industries start to become less relevant. In the town, when they closed the coal mine, they essentially shut down the town's entire economy and the town itself closed. Hear from some of the kids who lived there about how they feel about having to move under such unusual circumstances.
Rosie has entered the Ouch Mobile today to ask Xand about her arm. This bright youngster already knows she has keratosis pilaris ... which is chicken skin. The good doctor obliges her by telling us all not only what it's made of, but the likelihood that we all get it at some point in our lives.
Whales sharks come to the Galapagos in large numbers at the same time every year. Why they do this is still a mystery. It is not to feed but it could be that they come to the islands to give birth. Yet no whale pups have been seen.