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25 May - 11:58 pm NZ
Starts at 9:06 pm on Thursday, 24 May 2012
During Nights with Bryan Crump
Veronika Meduna visits University of Canterbury volcanologist Ben Kennedy and his team to watch as they put pieces of cooled magma through a furnace and a pressure cooker to study and simulate volcanic eruptions.
Monica Awasthy’s PhD research looked at the ecology of urban kereru in Wellington, investigating where they went to and what they were feeding on. She takes Alison Ballance on a kereru hunt at her main study site, Otari Wilton’s bush, and tells about the Kereru Discovery Project.
At IRL in Parnell, Mark Battley and Tom Allen show Ruth Beran how a testing machine with an hydraulic ram in a water tank is used to slam test parts of boat hulls made out of new composite materials.
New Zealand has become the first country in the world to catalogue its entire living and fossil biodiversity. Alison Ballance visits Te Papa’s herbarium to talk with the Inventory of Biodiversity co-ordinator Dennis Gordon, and with botanists Pat Brownsey and Phil Garnock-Jones, who are among the 237 authors who contributed to the three-volume effort.
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