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Silken surgery

by Jasmine, 3 July 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Celia Berrell A one-kilometre single thread each silkworm spins as a cocoon bed. That protein-filled strand, untangled and long, makes fine-woven fabrics so light, yet strong. Surgery too has discovered silk’s riches. Incredibly thin for dissolvable stitches.

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Recycling on the reef

by Jasmine, 15 April 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Michele Weber Coral reefs have much in common with rainforests: both are full of life, but are low in nutrients. How is that possible? As far as a coral reef goes, it’s because marine sponges produce waste that contains food that other reef animals can eat.

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Know your temperatures

by Jasmine, 1 April 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Matthew Dunn Illustrated by Alex Hallatt −273.15 °C Absolute zero Absolute zero is, unsurprisingly, the lowest temperature possible. When things get colder, their particles slow down. At −273.15 °C, they are motionless and entropy is zero. We can’t cool things down to absolute zero, but Finnish scientists have got very close − even as close…

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Smelly yellow

by Jasmine, 8 January 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Celia Berrell Regardless if it’s yours or mine, why is urine yellow? It’s mostly made of water yet becomes a stinky fellow! When blood’s red heme is broken down, it goes from brown to gold. You’ll see this if you get a bruise and watch it growing old.

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Call Sign: Big Red One – Tracking Santa

by Jasmine, 24 December 2013 | 0 comments

Here’s your chance to track Santa this Christmas, with some help from organisations including NORAD, Air Services Australia and Google Maps.

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Mega quiz Activity

by Jasmine, 18 July 2013 | 0 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

This August, get involved in National Science Week! Why not host your own science quiz night? Here are some questions and answers to help you get started.

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Need some inspiration? News

by Jasmine, 9 July 2013 | 0 comments

A teenage girl

These BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards students have done practical research projects, with innovative approaches, using scientific procedures. See what they’ve achieved in the video below. Video transcript available here. Are you up for the challenge? Enter the BHP Science and Engineering Awards!

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Race in space Activity

by Jasmine, 25 May 2013 | 0 comments

Banner with text: Race in Space, Illustrated by Patrice Marsaudon, for 2-4 players

Here’s a board game from a past Double Helix magazine. Although it was published a few years ago in 2009, I think it’s still beautiful. Plus, it might be a fun way to pass time this weekend. I hope you enjoy it!

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It’s almost Mother’s Day, mummy! Activity

by Jasmine, 11 May 2013 | 0 comments

Dried and decorated apple resembling a head.

Looking for a mummy this Mother’s Day? Try this activity!

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Egg geodes Activity

by Jasmine, 26 March 2013 | 2 comments

Crystals forming inside egg shells.

Written by Deb Hodgkin Looking for a fun and colourful science activity to do over the Easter break? Try making these egg geodes!

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