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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 Talking plants
12:30 Future protein
12:50 Bedbug DNA
13:15 Behind the scenes at the internet
13:50 Team Greeni
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First up this week, talking plants! Plants respond to light and chemicals and can even make sounds. But are they able to communicate? Dr Monica Gagliano is an evolutionary ecologist from the University of Western Australia investigating bioacoustics in plants.
Then at 12:30pm, with global populations rising and with more cash to spend on food the world's protein demands are set to increase. we speak to Dr Mike Boland of The Riddet Institute who's looking at what New Zealand could be doing to position itself for this looming protein gold rush; everything from using pet food for humans to using more of our food waste to feed animals.
Then before the 1pm news, bedbug numbers are on the rise worldwide. The global surge was first documented after the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Nowadays it costs businesses millions of dollars, with hotels and pest controllers fighting costly legal cases. So genetic fingerprinting techniques are being used to track down the source of bedbug breakouts.
After the 1pm news, it's hard to imagine the internet as a physical place; it exists as a sort of abstract notion. That's until your internet connection stops working. That's exactly what happened to Andrew Blum when he was forced to confront the fact that the internet is made up of tubes. We speak to him about his book Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet.
And before we go, we meet a team of young Canadian inventors using a Kinect gaming sensor to make buildings smarter when it comes to energy usage.
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.
Plants respond to light and chemicals, and can even make sounds. But are they able to communicate? Dr Monica Gagliano of the University of Western Australia is investigating bioacoustics in plants. (17′27″)
With global populations rising, and with more cash to spend on food, the world's protein demands are set to increase. Dr Mike Boland of The Riddet Institute is working on the Proteos Project; its focus is on protein and on finding ways to produce more of it. (13′48″)
Bedbug numbers are on the the rise worldwide and infestations can costs businesses millions of dollars, with hotels and pest controllers fighting costly legal cases. Toby Fountain is using genetic fingerprinting techniques to track down the source of bedbug breakouts. (8′34″)
It's hard to imagine the internet as a physical place...it exists as a sort of abstract notion, at least until your internet connection stops working! That's what happened to Andrew Blum who had to confront the fact that the internet is made up of tubes, lots of tubes. We speak to Andrew about his book 'Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet'. (33′14″)
Alexander Grainger is on a team of young Canadian inventors using off the shelf gaming technology to make buildings more energy efficient. (8′24″)
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