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With its world-beating manufacturing industry and leading research centers, Taiwan is at the very centre of the world of science and technology. Staś Butler is here to take you through what’s new, and exactly what it means for you.

What's On

25 June, 2021
Cycling in VR with WhiizU

Staś meets Regina Liu from WhiizU, a Taiwanese company with a VR platform bringing indoor cycling training to enthusiasts across the country.

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18 June, 2021
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Staś continues his conversation with Dr Erich Hellmer about the plastics industry in Taiwan. He learns how replacing plastic is not going to be easy, and how little has changed in the US since Biden came to office.

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11 June, 2021
Greenwashing

Staś continues his conversation with Dr Erich Hellmer, a postdoctoral research associate at Academia Sinica. Erich explains how petrochemical companies are pushing the idea of a 'circular economy' to keep selling plastics, when the realities of recycling mean that's far from a reality.

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04 June, 2021
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Staś speaks to Dr Erich Hellmer, a postdoctoral research associate at Academia Sinica. He's working on a project investigating four potential sticking points in Taiwan's journey to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Erich's focus is on plastics. So how bad are plastics, really? How does Taiwan match up globally in terms of production? And why might that be a problem going forward?

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28 May, 2021
Air Pollution and ECGs: VitalSigns Technology

Staś is joined by JL Juang, the founder and CEO of VitalSigns Technology, an innovative new company based in Hsinchu, Taiwan. They specialize in high-precision sensors. And that means anything from the air quality sensors used in TSMC's cleanrooms to mobile electrocardiograms for people recovering from a heart attack. Juang tells Staś how they do it, and why's he's optimistic about Taiwan's efforts to reduce air pollution.

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