8:00pm – Thursday, April 19 on ABC1
Thin Blood Trauma is the leading cause of death for Australians under forty-five. But it’s not just the injuries that can kill you. Anyone of us who is injured badly enough can develop a problem where the blood fails to clot properly. It affects up to a quarter of major trauma victims and it makes bleeding nearly impossible to control. Anja Taylor investigates new approaches for treating patients and the drug trial that could lead to hundreds of lives being saved.
Mountain Pygmy Possums The female Mountain Pygmy Possums of Mt Buller are meeting some new suitors – males from Mount Hotham. The Mt Buller possums were only discovered in 1996 around the resort and ski runs, and since then, numbers and genetic diversity have dramatically declined. To help correct this decline scientists are translocating Mt Hotham male possums to Mt Buller, in the hope they’ll mate with Mt Buller females. This has never been tried in Australia and is an important experiment for the survival of all endangered species.
Graham Phillips joins researchers as they search for the offspring of this matchmaking exercise.
Coastal Flood Impact In 2011, massive flood waters from the Brisbane River dumped 16 million tonnes of sediment into Moreton Bay. Scientists looked on in horror as they expected the worst for the coral, seagrass and dugongs that live in the marine park. A little over a year later, surfing scientist, Ruben Meerman, joins scientists who have been monitoring the impacts of the flood and discovers some unexpected results.
Slinky Drop Ever pushed a slinky down a staircase? Most children are captivated by one of these coils of metal and the way it moves. But what do you think happens when you let a fully extended slinky drop to the ground? Will the top end fall first? Will the bottom end fall first, will both ends fall together, or will the two ends approach each other in the middle? Derek Muller, with the help of hi-speed camera footage, will provide the answer and the explanation.