This Way Up
Saturday 8 March 2014, with Simon Morton
NZ Radio Awards 2012 winner: Best Daily or Weekly Series (one hour or more duration)
12:15 Wastewater analysis
12:45 Protein danger
13:40 Naked Science
13:50 The Great Indian Phone Book
The small print
First up today, from toothpaste to amphetamines, what our wastewater can reveal about the chemicals we use and consume. Dan Burgard from Puget Sound University in the USA and Dr Sally Gaw at Canterbury University monitor our sewage. Dan’s research paper on ADHD medication usage here
Then at 12:45pm, new research that shows that eating too much protein from meat, eggs and dairy could be as harmful to your health as smoking. So how much is too much and does your age matter? Dr. Valter Longo is the Director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California and led the research. Full paper here:
After the 1pm news, de-extinction is a controversial technique that really entered the popular imagination when Michael Crichton wrote Jurassic Park in the 1980s. It basically involves extracting some DNA from an extinct species like a mammoth, a passenger pigeon or a moa and using its own genetic material to clone it in the lab and bring it back from the dead.
Advances in genetic technology now make this a reality, but who's paying and why? Nathaniel Rich has just taken a global look at the current status of the de-extinction movement for The New York Times magazine.
Then at 1:35pm the latest news from the world of science with Dr Chris Smith. This week, controlling hurricanes using giant offshore wind farms, and defrosting a 30,000 year old virus.
And before we go, with 900 million mobile subscribers and 400,000 mobile phone towers, India has got the fastest growing telecom network in the world. In his book, The Great Indian Phone Book, Robin Jeffrey with his co-author Assa Doron look at the impact the cellphone has had on Indian life and society.
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Audio from Saturday 8 March 2014
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Wastewater analysis ( 27′ 33″ )
12:15 From toothpaste to amphetamines, what our wastewater reveals about the chemicals and other stuff we use and consume. With Daniel Burgard of the University of Puget Sound and Sally Gaw of the University of Canterbury.
Protein Overload? ( 14′ 25″ )
12:45 Dr. Valter Longo of the University of Southern California has led a study looking at how too much protein from meat, eggs and dairy can harm your health. So how much is too much, and does your age matter?
De-extinction ( 21′ 32″ )
13:15 De-extinction involves extracting DNA from an extinct species like a mammoth or a moa, and using its own genetic material to clone it in the lab. Nathaniel Rich has been looking at the current status of de-extinction for the New York Times magazine.
Naked Science ( 10′ 50″ )
13:35 The latest news from the world of science with Dr Chris Smith. This week, controlling hurricanes using giant offshore wind farms, and defrosting a 30,000 year old virus.
The Great Indian Phone Book ( 11′ 44″ )
13:50 In The Great Indian Phone Book, Robin Jeffrey looks at the massive impact that cellphone technology's had on Indian life and society.