This Way Up
Saturday 24 August 2013, with Simon Morton
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Neil Roach of The George Washington University has been studying the evolution of our ability to throw.
Northern sea route
Robin McKie is the science and technology editor for the Observer. He's one of many people charting the progress of a Chinese cargo ship sailing from Dalian to Rotterdam through the Arctic Sea via the Northern Sea Route. Could this be a new shipping lane for China's massive export market?
Minoo Officer and Lobat Parsi cook up two Iranian delicacies, fessenjoon and tachin.
Technology writer and commentator Evgeny Morozov on predictive policing. It's a way to try to predict the crimes of the future using information and clever computer software.
Posties could soon be zipping about on their rounds on electric bikes. With NZ Post cycle mechanic, Rod Bardsley.
Tech news: 4G and internet.org
Peter Griffin our technology correspondent has been testing out 4G. Also the internet.org project.
12:30 Arctic cargo
12:40 Iranian food
13:15 Predictive policing
13:30 Posties' eBikes
13:45 Tech news: 4G and internet.org
The small print
First up why is a young child better at throwing a ball than an ape or a chimp? Why are humans so damn good at throwing?! Neil Roach from the Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology at The George Washington University has been studying the evolution of our ability to throw.
At 12.30pm, scientists, politicians and shipping companies are watching the progress of a cargo ship called the 'Yong Sheng'. It's backed by the Chinese government and is sailing from Dalian in China to Rotterdam through the Arctic Sea via the Northern Sea Route. With the ice up there melting fast could this be a new shipping lane for China's massive export market?
And before the 1pm news, we're cooking Iranian Food. Saffron, pomegranate and walnuts are just a few of the ingredients used in Iranian cuisine. But here in New Zealand there aren't too many Iranian restaurants, meaning the really good stuff gets cooked at home. Minoo Officer and Lobat Parsi cook up two Iranian delicacies, fessenjoon and tachin.
Simon's hosts Lobat and Minoo.
After the 1pm news, predictive policing. It's a way to try to predict the crimes of the future using information and clever software.
At 1:25pm, posties could soon be zipping about on their rounds on electric bikes doing 25kms per hour! New Zealand Post has been trialling eBikes so now any standard pedal-powered post bike can easily be converted into an ebike using a simple kit.
At 1.50pm, Peter Griffin our technology correspondent has been testing out 4G; that's the latest and greatest superfast mobile broadband network. He's been getting speeds of up to 50megabits per second (shame his mobile data cap is only 500MB!). Also the internet.org project aims to turn the 5 billion people in the world who haven't got internet access into active internet users.
We're playing these tracks too...
Artist: The Editors
Track: A Ton Of Love
Composer: Tom Smith, Russell Leetch, Ed Lay et al
Album: The Weight of Your Love
Label: PIAS Recordings
Track: London Zoo
Composer: Ketil Kinden Endresen, Fredrik Øgreid Vogsborg, Omar Johnsen and Kjetil Bjøreid Aabø
Album: Topp Stemning Pa Local Bar
Label: Moshi Moshi Records, Polyvinyl Record Co
Artist: Dizzee Rascal featuring Bun B and Trae the Truth
Track: H Town
Composer: Dylan Kwabena Mills, Bun B, Trae tha Truth, Alain Macklovitch, Oliver Goldstein
Album: The Fifth (released 1 October 2013)
And our theme is:
Artist: Jefferson Belt
Track: The Green Termite
Composer: Jefferson Belt
Album: Table Manners
Label: Round Trip Mars