Our Changing World

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Native seed bank

9:06 PM.The New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank is collecting and storing the seeds of native plants as a long-term insurance policy to ensure the survival of species.

The garden bird survey turns 10

9:46 PM.More than a million birds have been counted in the last nine years of the garden bird survey, and sparrows and silvereyes consistently top the rankings.

Synchrotron science: from cancer drugs to sheep skin leather

9:34 PM.Veronika Meduna meets Kiwi scientist Tom Caradoc-Davies to find out how he uses the Australian synchrotron to work out the 3D structure of proteins to make cancer drugs more specific.

Biocontrol - fighting bad weeds

9:20 PM.Seed-eating weevils are one of the latest biocontrol agents introduced into New Zealand to control the invasive weed, Darwin's barberry.

Restoring hearing

9:06 PM.Veronika Meduna visits Cochlear, a medical device company that produces bionic ears, to find out how cochlear implants could help some of the 700,000 New Zealanders who live with a hearing disability.

DNA transfer between brain cells

9:55 PM.Malaghan Institute scientist Mike Berridge recently discovered a fundamentally new process of mitochondrial DNA transfer between cells. He now investigates whether this is also the case between brain cancer cells.

Gotta have skin

9:46 PM.A tougher artificial skin, that is quick to grow in the lab, could revolutionise the treament of burn victims and increase their chance of survival.

Big hopes for tiny wasp mite

9:34 PM.A tiny mite, that could transmit diseases such as viruses, is being investigated as a possible biocontrol agent for introduced social wasps.

Microbes and moods

9:20 PM.We are more microbe than human, and our microbiome may be affecting our brain, moods and behaviour.

Pesticide bad news for bee learning and memory

9:06 PM.Chemists and zoologists have teamed up to investigate the impact of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on bee learning and memory

Genome sequencing - a how-to-guide

9:35 PM.If you want to sequence a genome then a company like New Zealand Genomics Ltd has the equipment and expertise to produce and manage the large amounts of data.

Future of sea level rise science

9:20 PM.John Church, an expert on sea level rise and one of the scientists who could lose his job at CSIRO, discusses how ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are contributing to sea level rise now and in the future.

Diatom blooms, extinctions and climate

9:15 PM.Phytoplankton, which accounts for half of the planet's total biological productivity, leave a clear fossil footprint, which allows palaeontologists to trace past environmental change and extinction rates.

Citizen science: large brown seaweeds

9:06 PM.Marine scientists are calling on the public to help them get a better idea of the distribution of large brown seaweeds along the coast of New Zealand.

New search of the cosmos

9:55 PM.The University of Auckland is joining one of the most ambitious astronomy projects ever to scour the southern skies for extrasolar planets – while testing theories about the origins of the universe and probing for dark energy.

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