Our Changing World

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LIGO 'sees' gravitational waves

9:55 PM. Researchers at the LIGO observatory are expected to announce the direct observation of gravitational waves, which have been predicted by Albert Einstein just over a century ago.

Could Alzheimers disease be preventable?

9:50 PM. Alzheimers Disease and other forms of dementia may not be an inevitable part of ageing but preventable with some simple lifestyle changes, according to Oxford University emeritus professor David Smith.

Ecoblitz

9:20 PM. An Ecoblitz combines measuring ecological diversity with enthusing high school students about science and their local environment

In pursuit of the yellow octopus

9:10 PM. NIWA fisheries scientists are surveying the prey species of the New Zealand sea lion, including the elusive yellow octopus, to find out how hard the endagered marine mammals have to work for their food.

Genome sequencing every living kakapo

9:50 PM. In an ambitious world-first, scientists are using crowd-funding to pay for genome sequences for all 125 living kakapo - the first time an entire population will be sequenced.

Convicted for science

9:45 PM. Italian seismologist Giulio Selvaggi is visiting New Zealand to talk about his experience of being first convicted, and then acquitted, of manslaughter following a deadly earthquake in the Italian city of L'Aquila in 2009.

Gold nuggets - formed by bacteria?

9:34 PM. Geologists wonder if bacteria and biological processes might play a role in the growth of gold nuggets in Central Otago rivers, as well as chemical and physical processes.

Sexism in science

9:20 PM. Theoretical chemist Nicola Gaston discusses her book about sexism in science and why she thinks the problem is pervasive and systemic.

Booming bitterns

9:06 PM. Australasian bitterns are one of New Zealand's most cryptic and threatened wetland birds, and the males attract females with a deep foghorn boom.

UK gives go-ahead for DNA editing of human embryos

The UK approves the use of new gene editing techniques on human embryos for research purposes.

The 'pee' in pest control - developing super lures

9:34 PM. A team of biologists and chemists are developing super lures, based on pheromones found in animal urine, that they hope will be more attractive and longer lasting than food lures

Alien invasions in Antarctica

9:20 PM. Pete Convey, a polar ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey, discusses how growing numbers of tourists and a changing climate increase the risk of species invasions.

'Physics is cool' - nanocamper

9:06 PM. Year 12 and 13 students join scientists at the MacDiarmid Institute for a week-long nanocamp of experimentation and learning.

Citizen science: giving ruru a helping hand

9:45 PM. The ruru, or morepork, is our only surviving native owl and locals living on Banks Peninsula are giving them a helping hand by providing luxury accommodation.

Defining the Anthropocene

9:34 PM. Geologists will decide later this year whether to add a new human created epoch - the Anthropocene - to the geological time scale

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