8:00pm – Thursday, May 27 on ABC1
Mt Ruapehu Disaster movies depict the dangers of a volcano as red-hot rivers of lava pouring over unprotected villages or a rain of ash and boulders from a catastrophic explosion. But New Zealand’s deadliest volcano kills with lahars, flows of water and volcanic debris, that combine to form a dense fast-moving mud capable of taking out a bridge or smothering a ski field in seconds.
Mount Ruapehu is New Zealand’s largest active volcano. It’s also a popular skiing and hiking destination – good reasons to be able to predict when it will erupt again – and with as much warning as possible. Paul Willis visits volcanologists closely monitoring the volcano in order to predict when it may go off.
Clever Cancer While looking into the epigenome of prostate cancer, geneticists at Sydney’s Garvan Institute have discovered that cancer is more complex and sophisticated than previously thought.
Cancer tumours have now been revealed as clever and dedicated entities that can change their environment to suit a single purpose – to grow. Dr Maryanne Demasi explores this new knowledge and asks whether it may provide the key to more effective treatments.
Dr Craig Venter Dr Craig Venter is renowned for taking on the scientific establishment in a race to write the human genetic code. His once controversial fast-track approach to sequencing DNA was adopted as an industry standard and in 2007 he was the first to publish the complete genome of a human being – himself.
Graham Phillips discovers that Dr Venter is now tantalisingly close to an equally, if not more remarkable achievement – genuinely intelligent design. The implications could see machines replaced with biology.
Finch Fight In the stunning landscape of the Kimberley a fight has broken out between the Gouldian finch, the pin up bird of the aviary, and the long tailed finch, a hardy little battler. Researchers from Macquarie University are using CCTV cameras and clever tactics to keep the peace.