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Scats track quokka cuisine News

by Jasmine, 17 April 2015 | 0 comments

A quokka smiling.

Written by Beth Askham Even though it has the cutest smile in the marsupial world, quokkas still need a good supply of food, water and rest spots to survive. The biggest population of these adorable marsupials live on Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth in Western Australia.

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Scientists revive Brontosaurus News

by Jasmine, 10 April 2015 | 0 comments

Written by Hugo Taylor Have you ever heard of the Brontosaurus? This giant dinosaur pops up in books, movies, television shows, in fact, almost everywhere! Even when it was thrown out by scientists, we didn’t want to let it go from our collective imagination. The good news is that this much-loved dinosaur is back. The history of the…

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Space weather on Friday the 13th News

by Jasmine, 13 March 2015 | 0 comments

Three images of explosions on the Sun.

Written by Beth Askham A minor geomagnetic storm was forecast for around midday (Australia time) Friday the 13 of March. The storm is a result of three solar flares from the Sun that occurred earlier this week. Looks like we’re in for some rough space weather! The coronal mass ejections from these solar flares may…

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Lasers and drones measure up forests News

by Jasmine, 27 February 2015 | 0 comments

Written by Beth Askham Drones, lasers, planes and liquid nitrogen were all called in to measure the growth of a Tasmanian forest. Sometimes measurement can be a little more exciting than you might think. Recently, researchers brought together by the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network [TERN] used a range of high-tech instruments to measure 25 square…

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Massive asteroid passes close to Earth News

by Jasmine, 30 January 2015 | 0 comments

Written by Beth Askham On Monday, the Earth survived a close encounter with a very large asteroid. If you think that a massive rock hurtling through space close to Earth is terrifying, be comforted that in this case, close is still 1.2 million kilometres away.

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The secret life of soil News

by Jasmine, 16 January 2015 | 0 comments

Several brown cylinder bacteria on a rough surface.

Written by Beth Askham Bacteria living in soil could save our lives – if only we knew they existed. A new way of looking at soil bacteria is helping researchers discover new antibiotics.

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Seeing the dodo in a new light News

by Jasmine, 5 December 2014 | 0 comments

3D scan of dodo skull

Written by Julia Cleghorn 3D laser scans of the extinct dodo have helped scientists better understand these famous, flightless birds.

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Brain-to-brain communication News

by Jasmine, 28 November 2014 | 0 comments

Man with a EEG on his head recording brain activity. He is looking at a screen.

Written by Julia Cleghorn “Pass the salt, please.” We can direct other people’s behaviour by talking. And to talk, we have to think about what we want to say. But, what if you could skip the talking?

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Penguin rovers in disguise News

by Jasmine, 21 November 2014 | 1 comments

Emperor penguin adults and chick with rover.

Written by Julia Cleghorn Researchers have found a better way to study penguin behaviour – send in a remote-controlled rover! Compared with researchers collecting data themselves, rovers were found to be less disruptive to the colony, less stressful for the penguins, and sometimes a whole lot cuter to watch!

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Catching a comet News

by Jasmine, 14 November 2014 | 0 comments

Philae lander arrives on comet

Written by Sarah Kellett Earlier this week, the Rosetta spacecraft released a lander called Philae (FEE-lay) to land onto a comet’s icy surface. This European Space Agency mission is the first ever to orbit and land on a comet.

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