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Instant health check with a new sweat patch News

by Phil Cleaver, 19 October 2017 | 0 comments

Sweaty arm

Health monitoring devices are all the rage at the moment. It’s easy for people to find out how many steps they have taken each day, and how many calories they have burned. But our ability to monitor our health in real time has stepped up a notch.

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Newspaper numbers Activity

by David, 11 October 2017 | 0 comments

Soemoen has circled $122 milion in a newspaper

Mathematicians can find patterns wherever there are numbers. In this activity, see if there’s a pattern in the numbers inside a newspaper!

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The language of time News

by David, 5 October 2017 | 0 comments

A sand timer on a road.

How do you imagine time? Is it a road, with the future fading off into the distance? Or is it an ocean, slowly draining as we spend our precious seconds? Surprisingly, the way you imagine time might affect the way you experience it!

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Twisted snowflake Activity

by David, 27 September 2017 | 0 comments

A strange shape with rotational symmetry

Have you ever made a paper snowflake? Here’s a different twist on a classic craft activity.

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Rocks and genes tell the same story News

by David, 19 September 2017 | 0 comments

A map of a world where all the land is connected into one blob.

The rocks beneath your feet tell an amazing story. Back when dinosaurs roamed the land, all the continents of Earth were joined together in a supercontinent we call Pangaea. But it wasn’t to last. About 180 million years ago, Pangaea started to split apart – first into two, and then into smaller and smaller pieces. Eventually,…

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How do you model a bushfire? Activity

by David, 13 September 2017 | 0 comments

a bushfire

Bushfires are destructive and dangerous. They can be fickle, but scientists are developing ways to predict their behaviour. This activity shows you one way that a scientist might think about bushfires.

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Focus on bonobo sight News

by David, 7 September 2017 | 0 comments

An older bonobo (45 years old), grooms another with arms outstretched

While observing bonobos in the wild, researchers from Japan noticed an interesting and familiar behaviour. Older bonobos were grooming with their arms outstretched. While this might not sound particularly noteworthy, check it out in the picture below. Look familiar? You might have seen your parents, or grandparents, do the same thing when reading the newspaper….

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How fast can you fidget? Activity

by David, 28 August 2017 | 0 comments

A wierd blobby fidget spinner with too many arms.

Have you ever wondered how fast your fidget spinner spins? If you want to find out, you’ll have to do some maths! You will need Fidget spinner Computer with a flatbed scanner and printer, or a photocopier Ruler Timer Paper Pen Calculator (optional) Safety: Be careful spinning your fidget spinner near the glass of your…

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Wild weeds of the subantarctic News

by David, 22 August 2017 | 0 comments

A scientists studies the ground as pengins walk past

Double Helix talks to weed hunter and botanist, Laura Williams. Read on to find out about her research on Macquarie Island, a remote subantarctic island fondly referred to as ‘Macca’. What do you like most about your work? I really love solving problems, which is the most important part of being a scientist! I also…

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What’s Fahrenheit? Activity

by David, 15 August 2017 | 0 comments

A thermometer with both Celsius and Fahrenheit measurements.

Do you have friends from the United States? Have you ever found a recipe on the internet with ridiculously high oven temperatures? Do you have a grandparent (or great grandparent) who doesn’t like the ‘new’ way of measuring temperatures? You might need our quick guide to the Fahrenheit scale.

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