Australias unique history and harsh environment have fostered an inventive culture that has gifted the world with brilliant, opportunistic and oddball thinkers, tinkerers and titans of industry. Over eight themed episodes, actor and presenter Matt Parkinson heads up a team of expert co-hosts; science journalist Anja Taylor, inventor Sally Dominguez and historian David Hunt, to reveal the surprising unknown stories around those ingenious Australian inventions that solved everyday problems around the world including wi-fi, the rotary clothesline and the pacemaker. The themes cover topics such as home life, food preservation and medical, with each episode featuring one landmark invention and a number of smaller discoveries. A range of experts, including historians and inventors, reveal the science behind each invention while dramatic reconstruction, variously set in backyards, laboratories, trenches and farm sheds, brings each fascinating story to life. Beautifully filmed on location across Australia, Inventions Down Under is a fast-paced, accessible and engaging science series that sets out to prove that necessity really is the mother of invention.
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