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Behind The News: 23/03/2010
23/03/2010
ABC  |  March 22, 2010
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Pollies Polling
State elections will be held in South Australia and Tasmania this weekend and opinion polls are forecasting various results. But will they be accurate? So with a federal election likely later this year we take a close look at the opinion poll process. Can they really tell us how popular a pollie is and why should polls be believed?

Costly Calls
Mobile phones are a great communication tool for kids and adults alike. But it's easy for kids to chalk up huge bills by using enhanced SMS services like ringtones and horoscopes. They can cost up to $10 a pop. Now we're about to be given the choice of barring these services. We use some examples to show why it always pays to read the fine print.

Paralympic Heroes
The Paralympic Winter Games are underway in Vancouver. Australia has already won two medals...but our hopes are high with skier Toby Kane, who's aiming to improve on his Bronze from the 2006 Games in Torino.

Unfair Hair
We've all noticed how celebrities can change their hairstyles overnight.....short one day, flowing tresses the next. It's all done with hair extensions, which can cost thousands of dollars. We look at this growth industry ...it all starts with people living in India who give up their hair as a religious offering and get very little share of this million dollar business.

MiniBats
One of Australia's most unusual but rarely seen animals is under threat. Mini bats far outnumber their fruit-eating relatives, but they're so small that they're hardy noticed. Urban expansion is destroying their habitats and now a major survey's underway in Melbourne to chart their numbers and find out how we can protect a valuable part of our eco-system.

Pollies Polling
State elections will be held in South Australia and Tasmania this weekend and opinion polls are forecasting various results. But will they be accurate? So with a federal election likely later this year we take a close look at the opinion poll process. Can they really tell us how popular a pollie is and why should polls be believed?

Costly Calls
Mobile phones are a great communication tool for kids and adults alike. But it's easy for kids to chalk up huge bills by using enhanced SMS services like ringtones and horoscopes. They can cost up to $10 a pop. Now we're about to be given the choice of barring these services. We use some examples to show why it always pays to read the fine print.

Paralympic Heroes
The Paralympic Winter Games are underway in Vancouver. Australia has already won two medals...but our hopes are high with skier Toby Kane, who's aiming to improve on his Bronze from the 2006 Games in Torino.

Unfair Hair
We've all noticed how celebrities can change their hairstyles overnight.....short one day, flowing tresses the next. It's all done with hair extensions, which can cost thousands of dollars. We look at this growth industry ...it all starts with people living in India who give up their hair as a religious offering and get very little share of this million dollar business.

MiniBats
One of Australia's most unusual but rarely seen animals is under threat. Mini bats far outnumber their fruit-eating relatives, but they're so small that they're hardy noticed. Urban expansion is destroying their habitats and now a major survey's underway in Melbourne to chart their numbers and find out how we can protect a valuable part of our eco-system.

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Fire Season It’s been a terrible start to spring for many communities in NSW and Queensland where bushfires have destroyed homes and property. While fires aren’t unusual in Australia, experts say these ones have hit way earlier than usual, in places that aren’t usually affected by fire. We find out more about this terrible start to fire season and how some kids are getting ready for the hot weather to come. Fish Rescue A mass fish rescue is underway right now in the Darling River in NSW. Native species are being caught and relocated to other parts of the river or to fish hatcheries to try to prevent what the State’s environment minister has described as a potential fish “Armageddon”. Many are worried, when summer comes, we’ll see another mass fish die-off caused by blue green algae. We find out more about what’s happening to the health of Australia’s biggest river system. E-cigarette Warning Most young Aussies know about the dangers of smoking, but there are worries that there’s a growing number of young people using e-cigarettes or vaping. While they were originally marketed as being a safer alternative to cigarettes, recently there’ve been a few cases of people getting sick after vaping and even some deaths overseas. We find out more. Peace Games It’s not very often that 11-year-olds are asked to prevent wars and solve big economic, social and environmental crises, but this week that’s exactly what some South Australia kids are being asked to do. They’re taking part in the World Peace Game - a very different sort of board game developed by a US educator who’s on a mission to prove that kids can make great diplomats. Magpie Season It’s that time of year again - when school yards and streets are menaced by swooping magpies! We find out why magpies attack and what you can do to protect yourself.

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Hurricane Dorian The Bahamas have been battered by the fiercest hurricane to hit the islands since records began. Hurricane Dorian was category 5 when it made landfall - the strongest category there is. We look at how hurricanes work, how they’re measured and how people are coping with the disaster. Trade Wars You might have heard on the news over the past few months about something called a trade war that’s going on between the US and China. The countries aren’t really 'at war' - but they are having a serious disagreement about tariffs and it’s having an effect on economies around the world - including here in Australia. We find out what tariffs are and how they’re being used as a weapon by the world’s most powerful countries. Human Evolution Scientists are really excited about a new find in Ethiopia. It's a 3.8 million-year-old skull belonging to one of our oldest ancestors and they hope it'll give us a much better understanding of human evolution. Matt find out more about the find and how humans became humans. NASA fossils Scientists from NASA and the ESA have been in Western Australia’s Pilbara region learning how to collect the best rock samples from the surface of Mars! Both space agencies are planning unmanned missions to the red planet which will involve collecting Martian rock samples and looking for signs of ancient Martian life. So that they know what to look for, they’re learning more about ancient Australian rocks which hold clues to the beginnings of life on Earth. Worm Wee We meet some school kids who’ve made a business out of worm wee! While it might not sound too tasty to us, plants love the liquid created by earthworms and so do gardeners. The students from Mercedes College teach us more about worms and how they help the soil to stay healthy.

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