Doctors Chris and Xand take us on a journey down our body's information superhighway! Better known as our nerves, we start with those in the spinal column and note how well the actual spinal cord is protected by all those bones. That's because it's so important as it conveys our brain's messages to all our muscles and does so at 100mps! We get an entertaining demonstration from Xand involving a lunch queue of students being ion channels relaying messages to Chris who is the brain at the end
Xand hits the street to question passersby about how long ago they've washed their hands. Cheeky. Then in an experiment, he has some volunteers wash their hands in water and other volunteers wash in soap and water. Still other volunteers don't wash at all. All volunteers then place their hands in a jelly mould in a dish, making handprints. Xand brings it all back to the lab and gives them to virologist Rhiannon Lowe places the jelly moulds in an incubator set at exactly 37 degrees, the same temp
Duane talks toads with Botanic Gardens curator Dale Arvidsson. We hear just how epidemic our toxic toad problem is, and if introduced into a particular area, 95 percent of our native species will disappear almost overnight! One brilliant idea for combating them involves the combination of pheromones and pool noodles ...
FouryearoldLacey sits with her mum in Emergency, explaining she has shoved a Tic Tac up her nose! Chris Lamare is ready to have a squiz at her cute little conk, then peering up there, can't see anything. He cajoles Lacey's mom into giving her the 'mother's kiss', a sweet but messy method to blow the candy out. Another look up the nostril, and at least some tiny Tic Tac particles are on view now. The main body of the mint remains around the bend somewhere and we'll look further in part 2!
Duane takes us underground today. We get a good look at the layers of our planet Earth, and then descend to view some human activities. Everything from mining to engineering and even living down there! If there is desert above, the underground home is still cooler and comfy, we hear.
Eightyearold Mason is in hospital being fitted with a plaster cast because he broke his ankle in a trampolining accident. The possibility of using crutches has Mason overjoyed thinking that if he gets crutches he'll be popular with the girls! But at only eight years old, he'll have to pass a test first to see whether he can work them. The lanky, confident lad is up and about on his new crutches immediately. All the girls at school beware!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Today, Alex reports on controlled burns in the bushland. We learn it's a twopronged rejuvenation process to protect our native flora. Disproportionate growth of some tall trees blocks the sunlight needed, while fallen leaves smother new native growth. Burnt down to ash, the forest floor turns to fertile soil!
Tenyearold Anna visits the Ouch Mobile to tell Xand about her funny finger. It's her pinky and it sticks out at an awkward angle. When she was little, it got slammed in a door. Xand explains that when it was set up in a splint, it didn't work. Anna wonders whether she'll need an operation in the future, to which Xand replies it would depend on two things: how achy it gets, and if she were to get a job requiring the precise control and dexterity of her left hand.
Nineyearold Byron steps into the OuchMobile to ask Xand about his warts. Our good doctor responds that they're no major problem, and suggests two ways to get rid of them if desired. Also important is not to spread them is not to spread them to others. Slap on those plasters if you're going swimming at the public pool for instance!
Having cancer as a kid can be an incredibly scary and difficult experience which is why Madeline decided to start a new project to help connect kids with a little bit of joy. By collecting toys and other items to bring to local hospitals, Madeline is helping kids find some joy even in the midst of a really hard time.
After a full year in space, scientists are studying Scott Kelly's body to find out how it's affected by so much time in zero gravity. With this research, they hope to be better informed for future longterm trips into space. Kelly looks like he had a lot of fun up there, he actually grew a bit taller and he worked hard to offset some of the impact being in zero gravity has on muscles.
Kellyn, in need of some serious badminton training, is about to get it! Level 2 qualified coach and player David Ngiam gets her involved in some drills. We rapidly get the idea that this hectic sport requires a top fitness level, as well as terrific speed and skill. We're shown warm up exercises as well as the correct stance and racquet positioning for consistent forward thrust and power!
Today we meet young Indigo and her eightyearold show pony, Buttons! She puts her beloved pet through his paces, and notes that you have to practise a lot to be able to teach your pony to follow a judge's command. Between practice sessions, keeping Buttons in tiptop shape is paramount, and we watch Indigo go through her grooming and brushing sequence with him. Feeding facts are shared, along with the secret to pony happiness a carrot treat now and then!
Today, an extremely reluctant Kellyn is aided by skydiving instructor Wade Edwards to set up for her first jump! After a year of persuasion, good friend Alex (veteran of over 200 skydives himself), finally managed to give her the push she needs to confront her fear. A super experience to share with your class you feel like you're jumping too, and the feeling of exhilaration is breathtaking!
Kellyn interviews state rowing champ Thomas Davidson, who speaks of the full body workout the rowers get and the many manoeuvres of the oar that belie the look of it simply hitting the water. Kellyn also sell chats with crew member Ash who is the Cox and uniquely, female. One of the boys in the crew plainly states that during the interviews for the position, Ash had the best chemistry to guide the eight rowers. Kell just teases that she loves bossing the boys!
Alex visits Dr Clinton Brewster who is holding a freeflight show at the zoo. First we get close to the world's largest feathered predator the wedgetailed eagle. Next we meet the barn owl, who, with extra vertebrae in its neck, can almost totally turn its head around. Finally it's a tall, native crane called the brolga widely known for its wild and funky mating dance!
Emma talks with wildlife demonstrator Tamara Gordon and meets Flipper, a longnosed potoroo. This little marsupial is the ambassador for Aussie native wildlife, in particular the severely endangered wild potoroos. Also known as the rat kangaroo, we see this little baby hopping around everywhere just three weeks out of Mum's pouch. Tamara takes her into schools to spread awareness and educate children about the plight of these cute wee ones. You'll enjoy watching her bottle feed on milk.
Elevenyearold Landon lives for motocross, and has been revving it up since he was four!Scott chats with this driven little dude and also talks to his mum, who acts as his manager. She feels her son just loves to get down and dirty, while Landon loves that jumps! We get to watch a motocross race which this little ripper takes easily with plans to become world champ!
Josh chats with chicken rescuer Green Dean. He's part of Kindness For Chickens, an organisation that rescues factory hens and adopts them out to good homes. He lets us know about the personalities of not only different breeds like the Plymouth Rock and the ISA Brown but also that each chicken has its own personality! Discussed also are housing, feeding and safety needs, plus the fact they're a nice family pet.
Today, Duane is investigating how to be a diva because he is subbing for Kellyn, who has the flu. We learn the male of the genre is a 'divo'. From his conversations with opera students, we learn that posture, breath control, and resonance so your voice can carry over the orchestra are all vital components of the operatic voice. Duane is put through a series of breathing exercises involving certain noises which aid them. You and your students are going to be wildly entertained by the hilarious
Leela chats with keeper Katharine Sullivan about kangaroo care specifically, one orphaned joey named Camel. He has his own pen in the farm's barn complete with a large, cosy, homemade pouch! While outside of it in his pen Camel feeds on hay and very nutritious kangaroo pellets. When the young roo is healthy and mature enough, he will be slowly integrated with the farm's other three roo rescues.
Research fellow Dr Emma Jackson lets Stacey know all about the importance of conserving sea grass. It's crucial to the diets of dugongs, sea turtles, fish and smaller marine life like shrimps and prawns. Further, Dr Emma's group has created a board game based on a popular zombie TV show. The cartoon character sea grass playing pieces kill the zombie ones! It's a Wonderful way to educate kids with this vital Marine message.
Kellyn visits the Big Apple, the apple capital of Australia. Touring the Sutton Family's facilities, she first helps press some apples into fresh juice, inspects the bottling process where the juice is pasteurised, and helps bake a yummy apple pie.
Scott converses with zookeeper Kerry Bebbington, as well as the resident reptile expert. The topic is alligators, and Kerry coaxes our man into cuddling one! Spoiler alert: Baby alligators are featured.
Nineyearold Brodie has arrived at emergency with her mum. As is her happy habit, she's been biting away at her nails, and one of her fingers is infected with yellow pus. Dr Shammi Ramlakhan is bemused by his silly young patient and lets her know she'll need a needle to let the pus and germs out. Once up on the bed, Brodie looks away while a cold spray is applied to the area. The procedure is finished in the blink of an eye. Brodie's out of danger for now and waves 'bye', with a halfhearted plan
Scott is at the RSPCA talking to veterinarian Dr Andy Goring. Dr Andy checks over one large doggy sweetheart and demonstrates how thorough the physical is. Nose, eyes, ears, skin, heart rate ... all to make sure there are no mites, fleas or transferable diseases that could infect the other animals there, waiting for adoption. Next, RSPCA media officer Kate Holmes chats with Scott about the commitment needed to bring an animal into your life. How many years it might live, introducing it to other
Today, Emma meets Ben, a normal 16yearold but packing a powerful voice! Beginning to sing at four years old, Ben worked his way to being the youngest performer in Carmen at just 11. We get an insight into what it takes to train the voice and keep it healthy. We watch Ben practise with his pianist, warming up in the proper way. And as he himself says, 'lots of tea'! Further, we're inspired by the fact that this teenager loves to give back to the community, doing fundraisers for breast cancer res
Today Alex helps immerse us all in Bollywood! He's quite a sport as he tries to fit in and crashlearn the intricacies of semiclassical Bollywood dance. Graceful and intense instructors advise him of the multiple moves of various parts of the body required for this joyful and sensual dance. Head movement and even eye and finger movements are integral for the lively expressions to be projected. What a workout!
Today, Alex gets into a women's rugby game and has the stuffing knocked out of him! He interviews a few players, including a trio of women who have made the Southeast Queensland state team. Besides the training hard and playing hard to a person, we find there's a thirst to learn technique in the game, plus a pervading spirit of camaraderie.
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.
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.
It's been hundreds of years since William Shakespeare was alive and yet, we're still reading his work and performing his plays. You ever wonder why Find out about how influential Shakespeare was including a number of words and famous phrases he invented and why his work still resonates in modern times.
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.
Today Chris and the rest of us learn all we need to know about allergies from specialist consultant Dr Vibha Sharma. We meet young folk Harun and Hollie, who react badly to milk and nuts, respectively. They're both in the clinic today for the allergy challenge test! Monitored closely by the medical team for their safety, both are given small bites of the foods Dr Sharma suspects they're allergic to. As we grow older it's possible for the body to build up a tolerance to some allergies, and in Luc
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
Young Ahmed is a sight for sore eyes, as he visits the hospital with a right shiner! It' s actually his left eye, looking all purple and nearly swollen shut. Luckily, Dr Rachel Jenner is on hand to run some eye tests. Having been knocked off the sofa at home by his sister, Ahmed now sports a periorbital haematoma, or black eye. It's the bleeding behind the swollen skin around the eye that makes it look black. After checking the lad's vision, then the muscles and nerves behind his eye, Dr Rachel
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
Chihiro's parents discover a delicious banquet after entering the new world. Finding no-one around, they sit and eat without pause, gluttonously "self-polluting", however Chihiro refuses. The conflict between selflessness and greed becomes a reoccurring motif throughout Spirited Away.
You're never too young to start having a positive impact on the world around you. Rookie reporter Justice takes us along for her trip to Canberra where she and other Heywire competition winners share their ideas with politicians and other leaders about how to improve things. Justice has a passion for helping youth afflicted with mental health issues after having overcome a time of loneliness and isolation; she's taking her story and using it to inspire others!
Anna shares the story of her greatgreatgreatgrandfather, John Egge, who immigrated to Australia during the gold rush. After that time, many Chinese workers decided to go back to China, but many stayed and have made Australia their home. Find out more about their story and how their culture has impacted the country.
It's estimated that most kids growing up now will hold 13 different jobs in their lifetime, a much higher number than in the past. Find out about the role technology is playing in changing the face of the job market and the approach young people are taking to their careers.
While the sun is fun to play in and a great source of vitamin D, it's important to take precautions when spending a lot of time out in it. Find out about the risks of things like sunburns and skin cancer and what you can do to protect yourself from the sun's rays.
Duane and his bike benefit greatly from getting to know selfprofessed biker chick from way back, Emma Best. During a ride, our man is stopped by a flat tyre and his chain comes off. Emma fixes the tyre and demonstrates how to align the chain again and oil it properly. She advises we all show our bikes a little love.
Today it's all about those awesome and scary dinosaurs! Alex feels like a little boy again as he talks to head of exhibitions Cherie McNair, as well as visitor service officer Paul Tierney. Sherry gives us the lowdown on how they break down and ship these massive moving models to be sewn back together for the next exhibit. Paul takes us on a tour to meet some fantastic and unique dinosaurs we haven't heard of before including Australovenator discovered right here in Oz!
Today, Kellyn speaks with musicians and animal activists Lizzie and Linsey. She weaves the high notes into the music the calls of animals facing extinction while he uses a digital wind recorder connected to his iPad. With this setup he is able to modify Lizzie's notes to sound like the animal calls. Everyone who hears their exquisitely beautiful sounds, fall under their spell, and are receptive to increased awareness about the endangered animals' plight.
Alex learns about the modified rugby program (MRP), which gives youngsters the chance to enjoy the fun and spirit of team sports. This is achieved by modifying the rules! Head referee and coach Chyna Howlett explains the program is designed for children with learning disabilities, to be inclusive for them and their families. Using mentors, oneonone, it's also a great way to get older kids involved and we see the East Tigers rugby club doing just that. So the younger kids play a tag version of t
Scott goes to the zoo to chat with keeper Lucy Catt, caring for the only breeding pandas in the southern hemisphere! Some hand feeding of carrots and panda cakes is followed by scentbased enrichment in the form of strawberry bubbles(!). When lunch time rolls around Skype helps they making kind of an 'Easter egg hunt' with the pandas' food. Making a trail and hiding bits of it through the stimulates the pandas' brain activity. We learn how special it is that this couple are housed at the zoo. The
Eightyearold Mason is in emergency today with a badly swollen ankle he got in a trampolining accident. Christopher Beaves examines the boy and orders an Xray to make sure there's no bone damage underneath what appears to be a sprained ankle. The results show a tiny fragment of bone chipped, so the doctor is treating it like a break. Mason is overjoyed thinking that if he gets crutches, he'll be popular with the girls! But at only eight years old, he'll have to pass a test to see whether he can w
Emma takes a tour of the underground tunnels constructed under the Treasury Building in Adelaide, 150 years ago. Tour guide Grant Morgan describes boiler heating and coal storage back then, and we see an archaic printing press. Stories of miners storing away much gold down here excite the imagination!
Tenyearold Iman has hobbled, assisted by family, into emergency with a strange rash. Dr Morag Turnbull gives the lad a thorough examination, and after complaints of pain in various places, she diagnosis HSP HenochSchonlein purpura. But doctors start wondering whether Iman's condition could be something worse possibly meningitis. In part 2, we will continue the investigation of Iman's painful rash.
Eightyearold Joshua has fallen off the zip line at the playground and banged his head. This is what emergency services find when they arrived headed by the evercapable Jan Vann. First she checks for possible spinal injury and trauma, asking the lad if he can move and wiggle. Good news that checks out, and now they have to deal with the gash near Josh's eye. So into the ambulance and off to hospital for some stitches. Josh got off lucky because he remembered hitting his head, and that's crucial.