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Tomorrow's World

Isla Christensen and Stella Huggins bring you Tomorrow's World - a segment that expolores how science affects people and our future on planet Earth. 

On the Monday Wire every fortnight at 12pm. 

Liveable Cities w/ Dr Lee Beattie: November 09, 2021

Liveable Cities w/ Dr Lee Beattie: November 09, 2021 Liveable Cities w/ Dr Lee Beattie: November 09, 2021, 9.19 MB
Tue 9 Nov 2021

Tomorrow's World hosts Stella and Isla have been inspired by their daily lockdown walks to learn about urban planning and how Auckland may change in the future. Looking at concepts of walkability and neighbourhoods, Dr Beattie talks us through the history, future aspirations and barriers of urban design.

Science's Happiest Mistakes: October 26, 2021

Science's Happiest Mistakes: October 26, 2021 Science's Happiest Mistakes: October 26, 2021, 7.35 MB
Tue 26 Oct 2021

This week Stella and Isla tell each other their favourite instances of a good old fashioned pivot in the lab. They discuss the invention of Viagra, sticky notes, slinkies and more, all discovered through open-minded approaches to what may be perceived initially as failed experiments. 

The Future Of Diamonds: Bling built in the lab with Dr Geoff Wilmott: October 12, 2021

The Future Of Diamonds: Bling built in the lab with Dr Geoff Wilmott: October 12, 2021 The Future Of Diamonds: Bling built in the lab with Dr Geoff Wilmott: October 12, 2021, 10.87 MB
Tue 12 Oct 2021

To paraphrase Beyonce - If you like it then you should have put a lab grown ring on it! This week we discuss the rise of synthetic diamonds. Looking at market pressures, the energy consumption of the synthetic process and we get into the science of how diamonds form as carbon under pressure.

The Infinite and the Finite Game: Activism as Entertainment?: September 28, 2021

The Infinite and the Finite Game: Activism as Entertainment?: September 28, 2021 The Infinite and the Finite Game: Activism as Entertainment?: September 28, 2021, 11.25 MB
Tue 28 Sep 2021

This week, Stella and Isla are inspired by the recent controversy surrounding the proposed CBS show 'The Activist', in which contestants are pitted against each other to achieve the greatest amount of change. They interview community psychologist Dr Niki Harré about why public outcry might have been so ferocious, and her project that discusses the psychology of environmental activism, The Infinite Game.

The Lockdown Kids and Technoference: September 14, 2021

The Lockdown Kids and Technoference: September 14, 2021 The Lockdown Kids and Technoference: September 14, 2021, 10.49 MB
Tue 14 Sep 2021

In another week of level four lockdown, Isla and Stella look into how intermittent isolation could be affecting young kiwis. They chat with Maria Corkin from the University of Auckland about her research on 'technoference' and its influence on child development, executive functioning in kids, and the differences in outcomes depending on input.

Where've you been? Human Memory's Fallibility: August 31, 2021

Where've you been? Human Memory's Fallibility: August 31, 2021 Where've you been? Human Memory's Fallibility: August 31, 2021, 7.69 MB
Tue 31 Aug 2021

This week Stella and Isla give each other a wake-up call on how bad their memory recall can actually be. Investigating common misconceptions about how human memory operates, brain structures responsible for this, and evidence that says humans overestimate their ability to remember, Tomorrow's World reminds us all to use the COVID tracer app.

The Future Of Our Oceans: August 17, 2021

The Future Of Our Oceans: August 17, 2021 The Future Of Our Oceans: August 17, 2021, 7.71 MB
Tue 17 Aug 2021

This week, Stella and Isla dive into the future of our oceans. Talking to Dr Linn Hoffmann from the University of Otago, they cover the role of phytoplankton in the ecosystem, environmental stressors on our coastlines, and possible solutions. 

Micro-mess: Nanoplastics and Cell Function: August 03, 2021

Micro-mess: Nanoplastics and Cell Function: August 03, 2021 Micro-mess: Nanoplastics and Cell Function: August 03, 2021, 7.61 MB
Tue 3 Aug 2021

This week Isla and Stella dive into the world of microplastics. Drawing on interviews with Dr Shinji Kihara from the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland, they discuss how nanoplastics affect human cellular function, and how prevalent they are in Aotearoa. 
 

The Future of Farming: July 20, 2021

The Future of Farming: July 20, 2021 The Future of Farming: July 20, 2021, 10.36 MB
Tue 20 Jul 2021

Kia ora Earthlings! This week Stella Huggins and Isla Christensen talk about the future of farming with Molly Alton. Molly has a unique perspective as she works with the Hawke's Bay Regional Council as a regulator whilst living on a farm. They chat about the recent farming protests, the future of exports and the possibilities of genetic engineering.

Investigating Pseudoscience: July 06, 2021

Investigating Pseudoscience: July 06, 2021 Investigating Pseudoscience: July 06, 2021, 8.55 MB
Tue 6 Jul 2021

Welcome back earthlings! This week Stella Huggins and Isla Christensen investigate the growing problem of pseudoscience. Looking at popular media such as TikTok and Netflix shows they differentiate between scientific terminology's use in literature and how it can be used in cases to twist evidence. So what is a fact, theory, hypothesis and law?