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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.

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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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Frozen poo pills News

by Jasmine, 7 November 2014 | 0 comments

Pills of frozen poo

Written by Julia Cleghorn As gross as it may sound, doctors are now trialling poo to treat some patients. In a new study, capsules full of fecal matter – otherwise known as poo – have been found to cure infections in the intestines!

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Spirolaterals! Activity

by Jasmine, 4 November 2014 | 0 comments

Completed spirolateral

Written by Dennis Price In this activity, you’ll draw one long line that spirals and snakes around the page, known as a spirolateral. Start with a simple one, and then go on to invent your own spirolaterals!

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Happy Halloween! World’s biggest spider News

by Jasmine, 31 October 2014 | 0 comments

A big hairy spider

Written by Julia Cleghorn Imagine you’re walking on your own through the forest, late at night, and suddenly stumble across a giant, hairy spider. Frightening thought? Best not to dwell on it too much then. It did happen, though, to an entomologist – and what better day to discuss it than Halloween!

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