The dream of the driverless car has quickly moved from the realm of science fiction. Semi-autonomous cars can park themselves, stay within the well-marked lines of a modern freeway, steer and brake to avoid unseen obstacles.
Professor Tim Flannery investigates how seaweed is helping to save the world - from growing the foods of the future, helping clean polluted water and even combating climate change. Growing seaweed is now a $10 billion a year global industry. Tim travels to Korea to see some of the biggest seaweed farms in the world and meets the scientists who are hoping to create a seaweed revolution here in Australia.
Off Australia's north-east coast lies a wonder of the world; a living structure so big it can be seen from space, more intricate and complex than any city, and so diverse it hosts a third of all fish species in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef as we know it - 8000 years old and home to thousands of marine species - is dying in our lifetime. Can We Save the Reef? is the epic story of Australian and international scientists who are racing to understand our greatest natural wonder, and employing bold new science to save it.
For the past 35 years, twins have been some of the most carefully studied people in Australia. Seventy-five thousand twins have been revealing the secrets of how much we inherit from our parents and in what ways our experience shapes who we become. Researchers are trying to understand what determines their personalities, makes them succeed at a school or even live longer. It turns out that twins research is confounding simple conclusions about what makes us who we are. We are a complex interplay of genes and environment. In fact revealing the secrets of this extraordinary group of people, may just help all of us live a longer, healthier life.
From the science of making choices to the solving power of algorithms, mathematician Lily Serna looks at how the logic of mathematics can help you make better, smarter decisions. In the process she steps us through some of its most important ideas and shows that, far from being stuck on a chalkboard in a lecture hall, it's all incredibly useful.
Forty-eight-year-old Victoria has chronic anxiety disorder. She's battled this her whole life. But in the past few years she's begun suffering from excruciating gut problems. No-one has been able to provide answers. So, are her gut bacteria the missing link in causing her symptoms? Nutrition scientist Dr Joanna McMillan takes on her most challenging case, exploring emerging science about the links between gut bacteria and the brain to design an intervention to help Victoria where all else has failed. Victoria's struggle is revealing, at time confronting, but above all, inspiring. And the results - astonishing and life-changing.