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A wiggly photo shoot for the Moon

by David, 19 July 2017 | 0 comments

If humans return to the Moon, they will need good maps. Luckily, one plucky little spacecraft has been making them. For the past seven years, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been painstakingly photographing almost all of the Moon’s surface. But the mission has not always gone to plan. One day, a photo came out…

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Sumerian numbers Activity

by David, 14 July 2017 | 0 comments

a section of an ancient clay tablet.

More than 5000 years ago, ancient Sumerians invented a way to write numbers. Their form of writing predates the pyramids, and even the invention of paper! In this activity, you’ll have a chance to try out this counting system.

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This supercomputer is super-fast, and super-cool News

by David, 7 July 2017 | 0 comments

A diagram illustrating undergraound lakes fedin into a supercomputer.

A few kilometres from the centre of Perth sits the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. This futuristic building contains several supercomputers, including the fastest computer in the southern hemisphere, Magnus. Pawsey is dedicated to supporting science, but it takes a lot of science to keep the building running.

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Octahedral map Activity

by David, 27 June 2017 | 0 comments

Time to create a map! Making a map of the entire Earth is tricky, because paper is flat, and planets are curved. There are lots of different ways to ‘flatten’ Earth, and each way produces a different shaped map. This method is super spiky as it involves triangles.

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Making bricks on Mars News

by David, 25 May 2017 | 0 comments

An illustration of an underground Mars base.

If you’ve ever dreamed of living on Mars, you’ve probably realised you’ll need a place to live. That’s one reason to be excited about Martian brick research being conducted by scientists in the United States. Recently, a team showed that it’s actually quite easy to make bricks out of Mars dirt. But how did they…

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Mathematical treasure hunt Activity

by David, 16 May 2017 | 0 comments

a pearlescent shell

Maths is everywhere! But it can be hard to find if you don’t know what to look for. Try this mathematical treasure hunt and you’ll soon discover some amazing mathematical secrets! You will need Copy of the treasure hunt page you can get by clicking here Camera (optional) What to do

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Hovering surprise for earthquake scientists News

by David, 12 May 2017 | 0 comments

A blue helicopter.

Iceland is a remote and beautiful island, brimming with volcanoes. Volcanic eruptions give the Earth an almighty shake, so it’s no surprise that Iceland has lots of earthquake measuring seismometers. But you might be surprised to find out what these instruments are picking up. Recently, a team of scientists placed several seismometers around an Icelandic…

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Thirteen cent coins Activity

by David, 2 May 2017 | 0 comments

small circles of paper with the numbers 1, 2, 5, 13, 29 and 64 written on them.

You’re probably familiar with 20 cent and 50 cent coins. But different countries have different values for their coins. So what’s the best way to number coins? You will need Australian silver coins: 5 x 50 cents 5 x 20 cents 5 x 10 cents 5 x 5 cents Pen and paper Scissors Stopwatch Setting…

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Unchequer the board Activity

by David, 27 April 2017 | 0 comments

Someone is sliding a black counter on a grid

Here’s a quick sliding puzzle to get your brain pumping. See if you can separate the light and dark counters in as few moves as possible! You will need Pen and paper 8 dark counters 7 light counters Setting up

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Green eggs Activity

by David, 13 April 2017 | 0 comments

An egg with a green yolk in a bowl

Time for an Easter trick! There are lots of eggs around at this time of year, but this one is sure to raise some eyebrows. And when you’re finished, you can get your parents to help you cook your green egg, so you can gross out your entire family! Safety: Use clean equipment when handling food….

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