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with Simon Morton
Saturday, Midday - 2pm
NZ Radio Awards 2012 winner: Best Daily or Weekly Series (one hour or more duration)
12:15 Rice cooking
12:40 Naked Science
13:15 Tech news
13:35 Brain roadmap
13:50 Japanese mascots
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First up this week, a follow up to our story on the origin and culture of basmati rice. We're cooking basmati 4 different ways, rapid boil, absorption, rice cooker and the microwave, to find out which tastes best.
Then at 12:40pm, Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists beams in with the latest science news. This week, searching for signs of life after the discovery of the oldest water on earth- it's up to 2.5 billion years old and has been entombed underground all this time. Also news that malaria could be manipulating a mosquito's sense of smell so they hunt out more humans to bite, and an anti-heroin vaccine that could stop addicts getting high.
And at 12:50pm a listener's question about toasters and toasting. Why is it so darn hard to get some bread to toast properly and how long should your toaster last? We're testing toasters with Bill Whitley of consumer.org.nz.
After the 1pm news, the latest bits and bytes from the hi-tech world with Peter Griffin. This week, Google launches its own music streaming service; can it challenge Spotify's dominance in this space? Also 'revenge porn' and a woman's fight to get intimate photos of her taken offline and Amazon's new online currency called coins...how did they think of that?!
Then at 1.30pm, we're talking to the lead scientist on an ambitious project to map the development of the human brain just before and just after birth. The Developing Human Connectome Project is MRI-scanning the brains of 1,500 babies and the hope is that by producing a detailed roadmap of neurological pathways as they take shape. This could tell us a lot more about conditions like autism, ADHD and schizophrenia.
And before we go, the important role that mascots play in Japanese life. Life-size characters in dress-up suits are powerful ways to educate Japanese consumers, from paying your taxes to which politician to vote for.
We're playing these tracks too...
Artist: British Sea Power
Track: Monsters of Sunderland
Composer: Noble, Yan, Fry et al
Album: Machineries of Joy
Label: ROUGH TRADE 700666
Artist: Matthew E. White
Track: Big Love
Composer: Matthew E. White
Album: Big Inner
Label: DOMINO 903547
Artist: Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
Track: The Only Living Boy In New Cross
Album: Straw Donkey: The Singles
Label: CHRYSALIS 835629
And our theme is:
Artist: Jefferson Belt
Track: The Green Termite
Composer: Jefferson Belt
Album: Table Manners
Label: Round Trip Mars
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.
We're cooking basmati rice four different ways- rapid boil, absorption, in a rice cooker and the microwave- to find out which tastes best. With Julie Clark of Floridita's. (22′33″)
A listener's questions about toasters and toasting. Why is it so darn hard to get some breads to toast properly, and how long should your toaster last? We're testing toasters with Bill Whitley of consumer.org.nz. (8′47″)
Tech news with Peter Griffin. This week, Google launches its own music streaming service. Also one woman's fight to get intimate photos of her taken offline. (15′39″)
Professor David Edwards is the director of the Centre For The Developing Brian at King's College, London. He's leading an ambitious project to map the development of the human brain in the months just before and after birth. (13′29″)
Justin McCurry on the important role that mascots play in Japanese life. Life-size characters in dress-up suits are powerful ways to educate Japanese consumers, from encouraging you to pay your taxes to telling you how to vote. (9′38″)
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