Nights for Thursday 25 May 2017
7:12 Marvelling at Marbling
Research Librarian, Martin Lewis, to talk about the ancient art of marbling, and a bit about his 12 years as a research Librarian. Here's a blog post he made about his finds.
7:35 New Horizons
William Dart spins a few of his favourite tracks of a cappella heaven.
8:12 - Nights' Culture - South Auckland
Photographer Raymond Sagapolutele talking about the happenings and doings of South Auckland.
8:30 Window on the World
From BBC Discovery the first of a three part series on robots. This first programme looks at the history of the rise of robots. It might surprise you that the idea of robots goes back to the Ancient Greeks. In myths Hephaestus, the god of fire, created robots to assist in his workshop. In the medieval period the wealthy showed off their automata, and In France in the 15th century a Duke of Burgundy had his chateau filled with automata that played practical tricks on his guests. The word robot first appears in a 1921 play, Rossum's Universal Robots, by Czech author Carel Chapek. Drawing on examples from fact and fiction, Adam Rutherford explores the role of robots in past societies and discovers they were nearly always made in our image, and inspired both fear and wonder in their audiences
9:07 Our Changing World
On Our Changing World this week, Alison visits the Ash Lab at the University of Canterbury to talk volcanic ash with a couple of geologists, and she hears about research investigating the particular impact of the sugar fructose on the hearts of people with diabetes.
9:30 This Way Up
This Way Up highlights now, and an evil weevil threatens the global date industry, adding to instability in the Middle East, and even jeopardising the future of your date scone!
First though building synthetic life...your DNA and your genome can already be read and sequenced cheaply and easily...but how easy will it be to one day build synthetic DNA in the lab?
10:17 Late Edition
A round up of today's RNZ News and feature interviews as well as Dateline Pacific from RNZ International.
11:07 Music 101 pocket edition
In this week's Pocket Edition, we talk to Shihad's Tom Larkin about musicians' mental health, Robert Scott from The Bats, and Cosey Fanni Tutti from English industrial icons Throbbing Gristle.
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