Do you always complain about slow internet? Maybe you’ve got a billion tabs open on your browser and the whole computer freezes up?
That may not be the case in the future. New nanotechnology research published today shows how Australian National University scientists have managed to produce lasers from infrared light using ultra-thin wires called nanowires.
These scientists say that the research will be a step closer to producing super-fast computers in the near future.
Aired 18th November 2013 for The Wire.
Run, sweat, inspire: indigenous runners storm in the New York Marathon
Eleven indigenous runners from Australia have just crossed the finishing line at the 2013 New York Marathon has just been completed, and they couldn’t be happier from themselves.
Coming from diverse backgrounds all over the country, the eleven runners have often overcome personal obstacles and challenges to compete in the marathon. Set up over three years ago by former Olympian long-distance runner, Robert de Castella, it aimed to promote healthy lifestyles in indigenous committees. But it’s also become an inspiration to those who support the runners, such as their mentors. Photo credit: Indigenous Marathon Project (http://imp.org.au/)
Broadcast on The Wire on 4th November 2013
Is this the end of NBN Co?
Broadcast 23 September 2013 for The Wire, on 2ser 107.3FM.
Kevin Rudd’s flying visit to PNG
Kevin Rudd and Labor ministers today met with Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neil to discuss aid, trade and asylum seekers. But is a genuine regional solution that combats people smuggling whilst respecting the dignity of asylum seekers around the corner? Kim Tan and Rachel Worsley investigate.
Co-produced by me; I did some of the interviews in the piece. Broadcast on 15 July 2013, for The Wire on 2ser 107.3FM.
Alleviating poverty and maintaining the bottom line, can it be done?
A Poverty Alleviation and Profitability roundtable discussion at the University of Sydney’s Business School today discussed whether or not big businesses could play a role in alleviating poverty and still make a profit.
Business and marketing professionals, academics, non-profit workers and government representatives all attended the roundtable to look at the challenges businesses face when they try to make a profit and alleviate poverty simultaneously, and how those challenges can be fixed. But it raised the question, just how ethical is it to make money off the poorest members of society? Rachel Worsley reports, co-produced with Emma Rennie.
Broadcast on 29 July 2013, for The Wire on 2ser 107.3FM.
Beware the super-toad
Cane toad populations have grown rapidly in recent years with the emergence of a stronger, larger and more adaptive front line. Cane toads leading the assault across Australia have undergone a genetic transformation to become super toads.
A new study has revealed that not only has the troublesome pest grown in population but also moves 5 times the speed that it once used to. Ella McDougall speaks to Ben Phillips, an author of the study, to find out why the cane toads are growing and what this could mean for pest control.
Also co-produced by Rachel Worsley. Broadcast on 5 August 2013 for The Wire, 2ser 107.3FM.
Swords to ploughshares: the group that says damaging military kit is ok
Australia-US joint military exercises in Queensland have become the target of anti-military activists in recent years. As one activist stands trial, we speak to a group that says damaging military property is a justifiable act.
The Talisman Sabre joint military operation held in Rockhampton earlier this year has been the subject of some harsh criticism. Recently, the joint military operation between Australia and the USA was criticised for jettisoning inert bombs into the Great Barrier Reef. But this is not the first year the joint military exercises have attracted the attention of anti-war activists. In 2011 a helicopter was damaged during the Talisman Sabre operation. Today, anti-war activist Graeme Dunstan is standing trial in Rockhampton District Court charged with willful damage of Commonwealth property. One group of activists claims that by striking against weapons used by the defence force, they’ll raise awareness about the extent of military action around the world.
Broadcast on The Wire, 2ser 107.3FM.
Another military-style intervention?
There has been a lot of talk about how Tony Abbott wants to be the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Now that he’s finally got the top job, he will look to fulfill promises such as bringing indigenous affairs into the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and to establish an Indigenous Advisory Council, headed by former ALP President Warren Mundine.
But while indigenous advocates hail a new era of government cooperation, there is less detail and discussion about the direction of indigenous health policy under an Abbott-led government. Warren Mundine himself recently made comments suggesting a possible military-style intervention into indigenous health services, which has generated discussion about what is the best way to bridge the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous healthcare.
Broadcast 9 September 2013 on The Wire, 2ser 107.3FM.
Royal Commission begins its first public hearing in Sydney
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had its first hearing in Sydney today. It’s a victory for child sexual abuse claimants, who after years of being ignored, believe the Royal Commission has the power to not only legitimise the telling of their stories, but to finally bring those responsible into the public eye.
Under the spotlight – Scouts Australia, the Department of Family and Community Services, the Hunter Aboriginal Children’s Service and its former head, Steven Larkins. The public hearing in Sydney can be webcast at the official website of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Rachel Worsley reports for The Wire, national current affairs show broadcast on the community radio network for 2ser 107.3FM. Broadcast 16 September 2013.