Our Changing World

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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

New Zealand's super diversity

9:20 PM. Auckland's Dalmatian community has contributed to a genetic survey of New Zealand, which shows that just about all of the world's genetic lineages are represented in New Zealand.

Lake Wanaka's grebes

9:06 PM. John Darby began building floating nest platforms for Lake Wanaka's grebes three years ago - and they're a resounding success

Kakapo breeding is 'all go'

The 2016 kakapo breeding season is underway, with the exciting news that a female with Fiordland genes has mated for the first time with two first-time males

Dark skies, happy aurora watchers

9:20 PM. Science communication student Pam Cornes finds out what motivates Dunedin's keen band of aurora watchers and night sky enthusiasts, and hears why they are pushing for the city to be part of a Dark Sky initiative

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