8:00pm – Thursday, March 15 on ABC1
New for 2012, the Catalyst team are back with exciting and enlightening science.
Is there a budding psychopath in your family? Opening the South Pole via satellite; take a wild ride in the next generation of motion simulator.
Psychopath in the Family Could your child be a psychopath? It’s unlikely a psychologist would label them such, preferring to say they score highly on callous unemotional traits. And if a child does have such a serious conduct disorder, can they be helped? Jonica Newby meets researchers who are discovering the neurological evidence of psychopathy, its hereditary nature, and the therapies being trialled to curb bad conduct.
Antarctic Broadband Some of the biggest cosmological experiments are taking place in the pristine landscape of the South Pole. The data generated and the demands of operating and maintaining complex instruments and machines requires massive bandwidth for communication with the rest of the world – something that is presently inadequate in the central parts of Antarctica. Mark Horstman reports.
Universal Motion Simulator For an air force pilot about to risk life and limb in a helicopter or jet fighter, a flight simulator is the safest low cost way of preparing for the experience. Up until recently, flight simulators fell well short of providing a realistic simulation. Graham Phillips tries out a new, more realistic motion simulator, and goes for the ride of his life.