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This week in a special investigation, Catalyst explores the science behind the low carb diet. What are the health benefits and are there any risks? Is it suitable for everyone? Australian cricketer Shane Watson talks about how cutting carbs has helped him overcome his long-term struggle with weight.

Catalyst: On The Road - Episode 1

The team defy gravity at 'The Leaning Tower of Gingin', before driving an electric Lotus into the ground on their way to a Future Farm to measure methane in sheep.

Catalyst: On The Road - Episode 2

On this leg, the trio mine gold in Kalgoorlie and meet an international team of scientists who are using the salt of Lake Lefroy to gather accurate satellite data.

Catalyst: On The Road - Episode 3

Teeing off at the start of the Eyre Highway, Catalyst reporters Anja, Derek and Simon brave the bitumen visit to the fantastic water-filled caves at Weebubbie.

Catalyst: On The Road - Episode 4

Standing atop the spectacular Bunda Cliffs, Derek and Simon ponder how to accurately calculate the length of Australia's coastline.

Catalyst: On The Road - Episode 5

Three Catalyst reporters, Anja, Derek and Simon, continue their road trek across Southern Australia. They have arrived where the Murray River meets the ocean and the Coorong Wetland.

Catalyst: On The Road - Episode 6

Derek and Simon are at Warrnambool, on the Victorian coast, to join a team of researchers mapping and revealing for the first time the stunning natural features of Victoria's seafloor.

Catalyst - Episode 7

This episode looks into tornadoes made of fire; whether it's possible to make a meal from fly larvae; and if dogs have empathy.

Catalyst - Episode 8

Mark Horstman takes stock of fisheries; Anja Taylor looks at the threat of cyber attack and Maryann Demasi discovers an invention helping stroke victims recover.

Catalyst - Episode 9

Maryanne Demasi controls the march of Dengue Fever; Derek Muller checks out scramjetting into space and Graham Phillips checks out the Voyagers' epic journey.

Catalyst - ep 10 - Doping To Win: Life Enhancing Drugs

Athletes cheat, do you? Catalyst investigates the substances at the forefront of the sports doping controversy and asks whether we are all potential candidates for life enhancing drugs, enhancing career and social behaviour.

Catalyst - Ep 17 - Aircraft Electromagnetic Interference, Tilapia, Laser Danger

Catalyst investigates the tests being conducted to help determine the susceptibility of military aircraft to electromagnetic interference. The Tilapia fish is an exotic invasive species introduced to Australia and is taking hold in Queensland rivers. Anja Taylor investigates new DNA technology which may prevent devastating infestations from occurring. Ruben Meerman demonstrates the power of lasers and reveals what makes them so dangerous.

Catalyst - Ep18 - Low Carb Diet: Fat or Fiction?

This week in a special investigation, Catalyst explores the science behind the low carb diet. What are the health benefits and are there any risks? Is it suitable for everyone? Australian cricketer Shane Watson talks about how cutting carbs has helped him overcome his long-term struggle with weight.

Catalyst - Ep19 - Genetic ID, Tunnel Boring, Great Barrier Reef Coral Trout

Why is it that some people respond better to training than others? A new study into the genetics of fitness may have the answers. Plus, what does it take to build a tunnel 15kms long? Despite increasing pressures from fishing and greater stresses on the Great Barrier Reef, coral trout fish numbers have increased by 50% since the 1980s.

Catalyst - Ep20 - Antiviral Abalone, Fermat's Last Theorem, Predator Scat Survey

The pristine bays of Tasmania's coast line are home to the much sought after abalone. These sea molluscs aren't just a culinary delicacy their blood may be the key to a new treatment for cold sores and herpes. Plus, Is Tasmania's unique wildlife in peril? Mark Horstman joins The Great Poo hunt in search of predator droppings that they hope will confirm whether foxes have invaded the island.

Catalyst - Ep21 - Future Cities

The media abounds with visions of gloomy, automated megacities or totally sustainable ecological utopias but how do these futuristic visions relate to the development of Australian cities over the next eighty years? With soaring populations, how will we keep our cities liveable? And what will the city of tomorrow look like? Catalyst reporter, Anja Taylor explores some innovative ideas to enhance our future cities.

Catalyst - Ep 22 - Cardiac Implants, Rats, Perfect Drink

Mark Horstman gives up some of his own blood to test specially coated stents that can mimic the blood vessel wall. A surprising number of native marsupials are mistaken for rats. Using infrared cameras Dr Jonica Newby & some enthusiastic recruits are on a mission to find out what's been lurking in their back yard. Plus, how can you enhance the unique flavour of gin?

Catalyst - Episode 24

Science stories in today's show: Torture - Anja Taylor reports on research aiming to retrain the suffering brains of torture victims. Rewiring Spinal Nerve Damage - Swiss researchers have restored voluntary movement in paralysed rats. Total Eclipse - Professor Brian Cox and Dr Graham Phillips discuss the wonders of Earth's unique moon. Kepler - Dr Graham Phillips heads to NASA to uncover the startling discoveries of the Kepler Space Telescope.

Catalyst - Episode 25

Taking Our Temperature - Dr Jonica Newby investigates what has happened to our weather over the past 100 years.

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