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Title Catalyst : Evolution Of The Electric Car/Astronaut John Grunsfeld/Cyanide Seeds/Honey Bee Aerobatics/Cyanide Factoid.

Published Australia : ABC [broadcaster], 2011 September 15 at 20:00:00.


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Physical description 1 streaming video file (27 min. 33 sec.) ; 165317253 bytes
Summary Reflections of an astronaut; re inventing the guitar; germinating new life - with cyanide!; honey bee aerobatics; and natural poison. EVOLUTION OF THE ELECTRIC CAR Few musical instruments have had the profound impact on popular culture that the electric guitar has. From its humble and demure beginnings in the form of a lute, the guitar could only get louder! It took a helicopter engineer to come up with a way to amplify the acoustic guitar without creating head splitting feedback. And Les Paul's game changing electric guitar became the indisputable instrument of choice for any serious rock star. Jonica Newby meets guitar legends Mark Lizotte (aka Diesel) and Ian Moss to play with the next generation of guitar technology. ASTRONAUT JOHN GRUNSFELD After 30 years of commuting between earth and space, NASA's space shuttle program ended just a few weeks ago. John Grunsfeld is a veteran of five shuttle missions and shares his experiences of being selected to train as an astronaut, his recollections of repairing the Hubble Telescope and the profound impression viewing Earth from space had on him. CYANIDE SEEDS Cyanide is famous as a poison, but Australian scientists have discovered that it has benefits in the bush by stimulating seed germination. Following their discovery of a master molecule in smoke which causes seeds of Australian native plants to germinate, Australian researchers observed that the stunning Western Australian Kangaroo Paw doesn't germinate in response to the master molecule so what does it respond to? Tanya Ha learns how, for Kangaroo Paw at least, smoke contributes to the release of a life-giving substance cyanide! HONEY BEE AEROBATICS Australian scientists have developed a novel autopilot that guides aircraft through complex aerobatic manoeuvres by watching the horizon like a honey bee. Allowing aircraft to quickly sense which way is 'up' by imitating how honeybees see, engineers and researchers have made it possible for planes to guide themselves through loops, barrel rolls and the complex turns, with speed deftness and precision. CYANIDE FACTOID Some plants naturally contain the deadly poison cyanide. But humans have developed clever ways of preparing these plants to transform them into highly nutritious and safe foods.
Audience Classification NC ACMA.
Other author Phillips, Graham, host.
Ha, Tanya, reporter.
Horstman, Mark, reporter.
Muller, Derek, reporter.
Newby, Jonica, reporter.
Baker, Sam, contributor.
Dixon, Kingsley, contributor.
Evans, Patrick, contributor.
Flematti, Gavin, contributor.
Kaman, Charles, contributor.
Liebsch, Nikolai, contributor.
Lizotte, Mark, contributor.
M. Grunsfeld, John, contributor.
Malmbourg, Mark, contributor.
Moss, Ian, contributor.
Srinivasan, Mandyam, contributor.
Taylor, Gavin, contributor.
Thurrowgood, Saul, contributor.
Subject Airplanes -- Technological innovations.
Electric guitar music.
Electronic musical instruments.
Stunt flying.