June 2020

Season 17, Episode 36 (Plain Of Jars / Tiny Satellites)

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South East Asia's Plain of Jars is an archaeological enigma. Who carved these megalithic stone jars & what were they used for? Plus Space is being invaded by a new breed of cheap satellites, smaller than a loaf of bread.

Season 17, Episode 35 (Coral Bleaching)

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In this confronting special, Catalyst explores the lethal threat of coral bleaching to the Great Barrier Reef, and the challenges we all face to protect this global treasure.

Season 17, Episode 34 (Forensic Future / Alien Megastructure)

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Catalyst investigates how cutting edge forensics together with developments in DNA testing are working towards putting a face to the nameless. Plus the massive megastructure puzzling astrophysicists - could it be alien-built?

Season 17, Episode 33 (Hidden Secrets Of Art / Out Of Africa)

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Catalyst goes behind the scenes at the NGV to see how scientists are revealing hidden secrets behind acclaimed artwork. Plus we revisit what genomicist Professor Vanessa Hayes discovered about the origins of modern society.

Season 17, Episode 32 (Smell: Our Most Underestimated Sense)

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Smell is our most ancient, but also our most underestimated sense. In this episode Anja Taylor investigates the hidden powers of smell & how smell influences many aspects of our lives in ways we often overlook. #ABCcatalyst
May 2020

Season 17, Episode 31 (Making Dogs Happy (part 2))

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In Part 2 of Making Dogs Happy, discover new science-based ways of communicating with dogs, how to better read what they are saying, how our own personalities impact their happiness & new technology to help make pets happier.

Season 17, Episode 30 (Making Dogs Happy (part 1))

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We all like to think our dogs are really happy with us, but how can we be sure? New research suggests most of us can't even tell. Are our dogs really happy and can we use science to make them happier?

Season 17, Episode 29 (Gene Editing / Is There Life On Mars?)

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Graham Phillips goes into the desert on a meteorite hunt to investigate the question: is there life on Mars? Plus the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR that is transforming the field of genetics.

Season 17, Episode 28 (Alzheimer's - Can We Prevent It?)

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Can lifestyle choices delay or even prevent Alzheimer's disease? From what we eat to how much we move and sleep, scientists are suggesting that the power to push back the disease is largely in our hands.

Season 17, Episode 25 (Gut Reaction (part 2))

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The final part of a Catalyst investigation into whether food could actually be our medicine. A healthy diet could be even more important than previously thought because food affects the bacteria deep inside our guts.