8:00pm – Thursday, May 31 on ABC1
Thursday, 31 May 2012 Treating disease with exercise; NZ’s take on the Transit of Venus; Fine tuning sporting skills with technology; Flood pulse of the dry interior.
Exercise is Medicine We all know that exercise is good for us. It works out the heart, lungs, vascular system, improves muscle tone and function – and over time tunes just about every part of the human body. It makes us feel better, look better and function better.
Increasing evidence shows that graded exercise is also highly effective in preventing and/or treating most of the major diseases of modern society including diabetes, heart disease, depression and cancer. Yet despite this evidence, almost 70% of Australian adults are not active enough to achieve the preventative health benefits. Anja Taylor investigates the global campaign that aims to encourage doctors to embrace exercise as medicine.
Transit of Venus Every now and then Venus slides in between the sun and the earth, obscuring a small portion of our sun. In the 18th century Lieutenant James Cook was sent to Tahiti to track the event. This mission, which aimed to calculate the size of the solar system, unexpectedly birthed the first friendly relations between Europeans and Maori people. Mark Horstman visits Tolaga Bay in NZ where celebrations of the Transit of Venus next week have a special cultural and historic significance.
Eye Tracker It’s easy enough to yell at the TV when a football player makes a wrong move with the ball. You can see the whole field and you can make a judgement about what the player should have done. But put yourself in the thick of it having to make a split second decision. Graham Phillips does just that when he tests his kicking skills in a football game simulation in the interactive lab at the School of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University.
Richard Kingsford Over the last 25 years, Professor Richard Kingsford has focused his research on the waterbirds, wetlands and rivers of arid Australia. Nearly every year over that quarter century, he’s taken to the skies, and flown over approximately a third of the continent counting waterbirds, providing valuable information about biodiversity and bird populations. In this profile, Richard puts Australia’s boom and bust water cycle into context with the ecological health of our waterways and waterbird populations.