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Title Catalyst: Melioidosis/Spatial Processing Disorder/The Search For Alien Astronomers
Published Australia : ABC, 2012
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Summary Digging for life-threatening bacteria in the Top End; helping children overcome a puzzling hearing disorder; the search for alien astronomers.MELIOIDOSISMelioidosis is a potentially life-threatening disease caused by an environmental bacterium Burkholderia psuedomallei. It is a common cause of serious pneumonia and blood poisoning in the Top End of Australia. The bacteria live below the soil's surface during the dry season but after heavy rainfall can be found in surface water and mud and may become airborne. Recent wet seasons have seen a dramatic increase in infections. As urban areas of Darwin sprawl and agriculture encroaches into the desert thanks to irrigation schemes, there is an even greater risk of the spread of Melioidosis. Mark Horstman follows the Melioidosis trail in tropical north Australia. SPATIAL PROCESSING DISORDERMaryanne Demasi enters the sonic world of Spatial Processing Disorder and experiences what it's like when you can't distinguish background noise from targeted speech. Spatial Processing Disorder is a puzzling hearing problem that affects approximately 30,000 young Australians and 7% of Indigenous children. Up until recently, most sufferers went undiagnosed but now the National Acoustic Laboratories have developed a successful diagnostic tool and an entertaining cure - both world firsts!THE SEARCH FOR ALIEN ASTRONOMERSGraham Phillips travels to the rarefied heights of the Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii to have a look at the Keck telescopes which are at the very top. They are among the biggest telescopes in the world with collecting mirrors a staggering ten metres across. The Keck telescopes are currently being used to look for signs that ET is out there somewhere in the galaxy. While astronomers have looked for alien signals before with radio telescopes, this is the first search to see if there are laser beams emanating from other star systems. The rationale behind the search is, that our astronomers are continually sending laser beams up into the heavens to aid them with their observations so if alien astronomers are doing the same thing, we should be able to detect their lasers
Event Broadcast 2012-11-01 at 20:00:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Bacterial diseases -- Treatment.
Extraterrestrial anthropology.
Hearing disorders in children -- Diagnosis.
Solar activity -- Forecasting.
Word deafness in children.
Northern Territory.
Form Streaming video
Author Phillips, Graham, host
Demasi, Maryanne, reporter
Horstman, Mark, reporter
Bateman, Helen, contributor
Dillon, Harvey, contributor
Gibbs, Fiona, contributor
Griggs, Paul, contributor
Inglis, Tim, contributor
Kaestli, Mirjam, contributor
Marcy, Geoff, contributor
Mayo, Mark, contributor
Shostak, G. Seth, contributor
Stephens, Dianne, contributor