8:00pm – Thursday, April 5 on ABC1
Lab Burger Who needs animals when you can just grow burgers and sausages in the lab? It’s been talked about for years but now it may be a reality. The first lab-grown sausage might be just six months away according to researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Not only does this negate the need to slaughter animals, it has a low impact on the environment. Maryanne Demasi goes to the Netherlands to investigate ‘lab burgers’ and also finds that the livestock industry there is looking up, quite literally, in the form of multistory apartments for farming pigs.
Eating Insects Raising traditional livestock, such as cows, pigs and sheep, uses around two-thirds of the world’s farmland and is responsible for 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, which drive global warming. To combat these problems, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation is exploring whether insects can be farmed to feed the Earth’s growing population.
Rip Survivor Can you spot a rip at the beach? And if you are caught in one, how should you behave? A recent study on rip trajectories has shown that rotational currents exist within the near-shore zone of a rip. What this means to swimmers is existing advice on what to do when caught in a rip may need to be changed. Jonica Newby volunteers as a human ‘floater’ and is deployed into a rip, to see just how this new research can impact on the chances of surviving.
Proof of ID When people smuggler boats hit Australian shores, a common lack of identification documents gives rise to a controversial problem; children can easily be identified as adults and be caught up in a legal system not suitable for juveniles. At issue, is the current use of forensic anthropology to identify a person’s age.
Graham Phillips investigates how wrist x-rays of growth plates have been used in conjunction with a skeletal atlas from the 1950s, based on white, middle class Americans, to determine the age of young Asian boat people. Now, researchers are looking for more accurate means.