This Way Up

Saturday 9 June 2012, with Simon Morton

NZ Radio Awards 2012 winner: Best Daily or Weekly Series (one hour or more duration)

Ambergris

The recession-proof treasure found washed up on beaches around the world and worth up to $30,000 a kilo! With author Christopher Kemp, Anton van Helden from Te Papa and Haami Te Whaiti.


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Naked Science

Dr Chris Smith on using a mother's blood to sequence her baby's DNA before birth. Also some good news in the fight against heart disease, and for spinal injury patients.


Mindless eating

Brian Wansink's working on visual cues like coloured potato chips to tell us when we're full and to stop us eating more than we should.


Cutlery taste

Dr Zoe Laughlin of the Institute of Making at University College London is studying what cutlery tastes like and how it can impart flavour to our food.


TR10 Emerging technologies part 1

We look at some of the world's top emerging technologies with Jason Pontin, the editor-in-chief of the Technology Review.


 

Quick Hits

12:15   Ambergris

13:15   Naked Science

13:25   Mindless eating

13:35   Cutlery taste

13:50   TR-10 emerging technologies           

 

First up this week we enter the world of ambergris. It's a recession-proof treasure found washed up on beaches around the world and is worth up to $30,000 a kilo! So what is this floating gold, how does it end up on our shoreline, and who's willing to pay so much for a piece of it? We speak to Christopher Kemp, a molecular biologist and the author of 'Floating Gold: The Search for Ambergris, the most elusive natural substance in the world'.

We also meet Anton van Helden from Te Papa who has a foolproof test for telling if what you've found on the beach is the real deal or just a lump of dog poo. And Haami Te Whaiti found a big lump on the beach and used the proceeds to makeover his marae and build new kitchens!

After the 1pm news, more naked science with Dr Chris Smith and this week using a mother's blood to sequence her baby's DNA before birth. And some good news in the fight against heart disease, and for spinal injury patients.

At about 1:25pm why we eat as much as we do. Brian Wansink's spent his career looking at what he calls 'mindless eating', our tendency to basically scoff whatever's put in front of us. Now he's working on visual cues like coloured potato chips to tell us that we're full and to stop us eating more than we should.

Then at 1:35pm studying what cutlery tastes like and how it can impart flavour to our food. If you've ever eaten soup with a metallic tasting old spoon you'll know just what we're talking about!

And before we go we look at some of the world's top emerging technologies with Jason Pontin, the editor-in-chief of the Technology Review. This week he beams in with 5 goodies including ultra-efficient solar panels, light field photography and using egg stem cells to help women conceive.

 

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