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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)
12:50 Telescope buyers' guide
13:15 Microsoft Surface
13:35 Anger room
13:40 Spain Olive oil woes
13:50 Naked Science
The small print
For the first hour we're gazing at the stars and beyond......
At 12.10pm meet the new chair of the SETI@home project, SETI stands for search for extra-terrestrial intelligence SETI@home is the largest distributed computing project with over 3 million users - so millions of home computers are helping to crunch raw data from a telescope in the hunt for life not on earth.
At 12.35pm fancy doing a bit of galaxy classification? Galaxy Zoo is an army of amateur astronomers using digital technology to map the universe. The zooites as they're called use images from NASA's Hubble Telescope to classify galaxies, it's actually quite good fun and more useful than playing solitaire or Angry Birds.
At 12.50pm if you're keen to get into a bit of stargazing we've got a telescope buyers guide. So do you go new or second hand, how much do they cost and where's best to buy one?
At 1.15pm bits and bytes from the hi tech world, lots of noise this week about a new tablet computer from Microsoft called the Surface! So why are Microsoft getting into hardware when they make so much money selling software, and is this the end of the PC? Plus Facebook targets the wee ones, it's considering lowering the age limit down from 13 years old as attracting the young could mean millions of new users to sell ads and games to.
At 1.35pm we'll visit the Anger Room, a facility where you pay to smash stuff up , think TV's, office furniture and pot plants all in the name of stress relief.
We're off to Spain at 1.40pm where olive oil producers are getting squeezed as competition and supermarkets push prices down.
At 1.50pm Dr Chris Smith beams in with the latest science news. This week gut microbes, growing blood vessels from stem cells and how one plant makes sure its seeds get spat out rather than eaten.
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Professor Geoff Marcy is the new head of SETI@home. He's leading the search for extraterrestrial life using a distributed computer network of over 3 million users. (17′44″)
dGalaxy Zoo is an army of amateur astronomers using digital technology to map the universe. With Tim Adams of The Observer. (10′16″)
If you're keen to get into a bit of stargazing yourself we've got a telescope buyers' guide with John Field of the Carter Observatory. (10′45″)
Bits and bytes from the hi tech world with our regular tech head Peter Griffin. This week, lots of noise about a new tablet computer from Microsoft called the Surface. Plus Facebook considers opening up to the under 13s. (16′32″)
The Anger Room's a facility where you pay to smash stuff up, all in the name of stress relief. Donna Alexander is its founder and co-owner. (5′45″)
Stephen Burgen reports from Spain where olive oil producers are getting forced out of business as competition and a supermarket price war pushes prices down. (9′21″)
Dr Chris Smith beams in with the latest science news. This week, gut microbes, growing blood vessels from stem cells, and how one plant makes sure its seeds get spat out rather than eaten. (10′37″)
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