17 episodes

Experts from the MacDiarmid Institute take an idea from fiction and see how it stands up to scientific scrutiny.

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Experts from the MacDiarmid Institute take an idea from fiction and see how it stands up to scientific scrutiny.

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    • 38 min
    Magic Wands

    Magic Wands

    Dr Natalie Plank, MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator and Senior Lecturer in Physics at Victoria University of Wellington investigates the power of the magic wand and we learn some great tricks to try at home.

    • 28 min
    Star Trek: Turnabout Intruder

    Star Trek: Turnabout Intruder

    Jan Eldridge, Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Auckland on the facts behind the fiction of the Star Trek mind-swap episode - Turnabout Intruder.

    • 30 min
    Dragonriders of Pern

    Dragonriders of Pern

    Professor Nicola Gaston, MacDiarmid Institute Co-Director and Professor of Physics at the University of Auckland talks about Dragonriders of Pern  science fantasy series written by American author Anne McCaffrey.

    • 40 min
    Brothers Grimm: Rumplestiltskin

    Brothers Grimm: Rumplestiltskin

    In this whimsical episode, MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Auckland, Duncan McGillivray tries to work out how Rumpelstiltskin made straw into gold.

    • 18 min
    Dune: Stillsuit

    Dune: Stillsuit

    Associate Professor Geoff Willmott, MacDiarmid Institute Deputy Director for Commercialisation and Industry Engagement and Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Auckland speaks to Bryan Crump on the stillsuits from Dune; the water-saving suit that recycles sweat and other fluids for survival in the Deep Deserts of Arrakis.

    • 20 min

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