8:00pm – Thursday, June 30 on ABC1
Thursday,30 June 2011 Science describes lotus leaves as super hydrophobic, or highly water repellent. For the lotus it means more sunlight and less bacteria – for us, inspiration. Mark Horstman meets the chemists and engineers looking to imitate the lotus effect and the biological tricks some animals have for harvesting water from thin air.
Brain Sell Advertisers have always wanted to get inside our heads, and by piggybacking on the past decade’s breakthroughs in neuroscience, they claim to be getting closer than ever to doing just that. Products and advertising campaigns built on these techniques are already on the market, but Maryanne Demasi explores whether they’re delivering products better suited to our wants and needs, or hijacking our free will to buy more snake oil.
Tidbinbilla Deep Space Communications Complex We may not have our own space program in Australia, but at Tidbinbilla, 130 technicians work around the clock monitoring the 45 missions currently underway somewhere in the cosmos. Graham Phillips discovers the incredible accuracy required to monitor space missions and training large antennae to recover signals transmitted from the far reaches of our solar system.
Dog eyebrows How come loads of people say they hate cats and hardly anyone says they hate dogs? Well, Dr Jonica Newby has a theory about that, and it’s all to do with dogs’ eyebrows.
Parallel Universes What makes our universe just right for our existence? It could be that the universe we call home is one of many, just a small part of a huge multiverse. Graham Phillips looks into various multiverse theories and highlights the difficulty in proving the theories. However, there are high hopes that CERN’s Particle Accelerator will turn those theories into reality.