The latest developments in health, medicine, environmental issues, space and technology feature in this exciting and thought-provoking package of science stories.
  • Watch Quantum Season 16

    • Episode 3

      Joey from Snowy

      aired: Wed, Feb 28, 2001

      Clinging to life as tenaciously as they grip the slippery slopes of Australia's Snowy Mountains, live 25 Brush Tailed Rock Wallabies. Thought to be extinct, their rediscovery has resulted from an unlikely alliance between scientists and Australian bushmen

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    • Episode 7

      The Sinister Hand

      aired: Wed, Apr 29, 1998

      Alcoholism, autism, bed-wetting and brain damage - these are some of the things science has claimed left-handed people are prone to over the years. But where does left-handedness come from?

    • Episode 3

      NASA Man

      aired: Wed, Apr 1, 1998

      He's amusing and passionate about space. He's Dr Vaughn Clift and he develops medical technology for astronauts at NASA. Clift takes us on a tour around the Johnson Space Centre to see the Space Shuttle Trainer.

    • Episode 2

      Macquarie Island

      aired: Wed, Mar 25, 1998

      Macquarie Island, a tiny island in the middle of the powerhouse of the world's climate - the Southern Ocean. A bunch of energetic young Australian scientists are at the forefront of research into global warming.

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    • Episode 21

      Sands of the Dreamtime, Part 2

      aired: Wed, Sep 17, 1997

      In September 1996 claims that Aborigines had been living in far north western Australia 116,000 years ago made international headlines, partly because it was double the accepted age of the earliest occupation of Australia.

    • Episode 20

      Sands of the Dreamtime, Part 1

      aired: Wed, Sep 10, 1997

      In September 1996 claims that Aborigines had been living in far north western Australia 116,000 years ago made international headlines, partly because it was double the accepted age of the earliest occupation of Australia.

    • Episode 16

      Hot Rocks

      aired: Wed, Aug 13, 1997

      Five kilometers underneath Australia, vast deposits of granites have been sizzling away since the world began. At temperatures of nearly 300 Celsius they contain enough energy to generate Australia's entire electricity supply for the next 800 years!

    • Episode 13

      The Day the Earth Moved

      aired: Wed, Jul 23, 1997

      In 1996, the residents of twin towns on the NSW and Victoria borders were shocked when farmland and meadows along their major river were flooded all the way into the neighboring state of South Australia. But this wasn't a flood caused by heavy rains...

    • Episode 12

      Telling Lies for God

      aired: Wed, Jul 16, 1997

      Ian Pilmer, Professor of Geology, has taken an ordained minister to court in Australia for claiming that there's scientific evidence to support a site in Eastern Turkey being the resting place of Noah's Ark.

    • Episode 11

      Wollemi Pine - a Green Dinosaur

      aired: Wed, Jul 9, 1997

      Evolving around 100 million years ago in the age of the dinosaurs and presumed extinct for at least 60 million years, an ancient pine was discovered in 1994 alive and well in a remote gorge near Sydney, Australia.

    • Episode 1

      SOS - Southern Ocean Survival

      aired: Wed, Mar 26, 1997

      Tony Bullimore and Terry Dubois, two round-the-world yachtsmen, capsized in separate incidents, 2,500 kilometers south west of Perth in 1997. Australia mounted one of the largest and most remote rescue missions ever undertaken to save them.

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    • Episode 7

      Consciousness: 'I Compute, Therefore I Am'

      aired: Wed, Jun 5, 1996

      Will we ever be able to build a consciousness robot? Geoffrey Burchfield seeks answers - and they aren't easy. His search takes him to people in a strange mix of academic disciplines.

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    • Episode 5

      Bugs in the System

      aired: Wed, Mar 18, 1998

      Australians consume about eighteen thousand million meals a year, and occasionally something goes wrong. When it does, there is a great deal of personal and public anguish. After so many recent food poisoning outbreaks, we ask how serious is the problem?

    • Episode 4

      Blow up

      aired: Wed, Sep 24, 1997

      Quantum follows a group of Australian researchers form the University of NSW to Japan and the USA in pursuit of a new theory of basic physics. The theory is obscure - about using magnetism to produce a new form of superconductivity.

    • Episode 3

      Blood On the Stone

      aired: Wed, Apr 15, 1998

      Digging down into a dry lakebed in remote central Australia, you'd never guess that you were about to enter one of the most extraordinary animal graveyards in the world. Who or what wiped out most of these pre-historic giants 20,000 years ago.

    • Episode 2

      Billion Dollar Blood

      aired: Wed, Apr 15, 1998

      This story follows the Australian research that made world-wide headlines - a scientific detective story about someone outside the scientific community who made a crucial discovery. The result could be the first effective AIDS vaccine.

    • Episode 1


      aired: Wed, Apr 8, 1998

      150 million people across the globe suffer from it, and it's now a significant health issue in most developed countries. It's asthma, and why in the latter part of the 20th Century has it gone on the rampage?

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