8:00pm – Thursday, April 21 on ABC1
More and more people are turning to the internet for medical advice. Experts say it’s a serious issue for doctors trying to manage their patients’ wellbeing. Some patients may be under the impression that their symptoms are not serious and delay vital medical treatment. Others may be led to think a minor condition is terminal.
Maryanne Demasi investigates whether web-based medical information is a good thing – or a recipe for ill health.
Road Kill Rescue Unfortunately, dead wildlife on the side of the road has become part of the Australian landscape. It’s a road toll we seem to take for granted – just part of getting from A to B. But in a wildlife-rich state like Tasmania, road kill density is the highest in the world. Mark Horstman hitches a ride with a citizen scientist determined to establish exactly how drivers can make a difference.
Cat Lap How does a cat drink? You might think you know, but stunning new research shows most of us have been completely wrong. Super high speed cameras reveal to Jonica Newby the exquisite and unexpected beauty of what the cat actually does with its tongue.
Kitchen Science All cooking involves science, but progressive chefs are now combining science-based techniques and culinary knowhow to create surprising texture and flavour combinations that engage the senses and excite the taste buds. Tanya Ha explores the chemical and physical changes that take place when cooking steak and eggs, and in creating little parcels of flavour by spherification.
Chocolate Trees You’ve probably heard of peak oil, possibly of peak phosphate – but peak chocolate? Could the world supply of chocolate be under threat? As demand grows, chocolate companies are trying to unlock the genetic secrets of the cacao tree as a means to ensure the supply of high quality chocolate.
Remote Lab In the future, students will be able to perform many science experiments from the comfort of their own home and in their own time. Paul Willis visits the sharelab at University of Technology Sydney, where engineering students are remotely operating eight experimental rigs.