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What a corker! News

by Pat, 4 October 2013 | 0 comments

Cross-section of cork bark.

Written by Sarah Kellett Bottles of champagne may send corks sky high, but spacecraft take cork as far as Mars. Their success depends on it. Cork reached new heights as part of the protective aeroshell that insulated the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity from the intense heat of entering the Martian atmosphere.

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Short stroll to 3D maps News

by Pat, 27 September 2013 | 0 comments

Three people looking at a 3D map of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Look around the room you’re in now. Imagine trying to accurately map out the details in the room. Now consider trying to map out the entire building. It sounds time consuming, but Zebedee technology can map whole buildings in minutes.

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Megafauna Monday: Nimbadon News

by Pat, 23 September 2013 | 1 comments

Artist's impression of a mother and juvenile Nimbadon in a tree.

Welcome to Megafauna Monday, where we help you chase away the post-weekend blues by showcasing some of the mighty beasts that once roamed the planet.

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A touchy subject News

by Pat, 20 September 2013 | 0 comments

Hand.

Our senses allow us to perceive what is around us. Without them, it would be very difficult to navigate our world.  We have many senses, and scientists have recently discovered just how sensitive one of them is – touch.

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Megafauna Monday: Diprotodon News

by Pat, 16 September 2013 | 1 comments

Diprotodon skeleton.

Welcome to Megafauna Monday, where we help you chase away the post-weekend blues by showcasing some of the mighty beasts that once roamed the planet. We thought we’d start with a bang by introducing you to the largest marsupial ever discovered: Diprotodon.

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Parrot emerges from the night News

by Pat, 13 September 2013 | 1 comments

Drawing of two night parrots.

DNA analysis of feathers confirms a recent sighting of the elusive night parrot. One of Australia’s rarest birds, this sighting is the first time a night parrot has been caught on camera.

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Golden needles in rocky haystacks News

by Pat, 6 September 2013 | 0 comments

Gold nugget.

Imagine you have a massive pile of rocks. You think there might be gold in the rocks, not much, but enough to make some money. Now it might be easier to find out how much hidden gold there is.

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Atoms go pear-shaped News

by Pat, 30 August 2013 | 0 comments

Diagram showing pear-shaped nucleus.

Atoms – we know that they’re small. But what do they actually look like? Recent experiments suggest that some atoms have a surprising shape. To understand what an atom might look like, we need to know what they’re made of.

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Not so primitive Neanderthals News

by Pat, 23 August 2013 | 0 comments

Human skull and Neanderthal skulls.

What’s your name? No, not your personal name – your species name. You and every other person on the planet are from the same species: Homo sapiens, or modern humans. Today, we are the only human species, but this wasn’t always the case.

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Ticking away News

by Pat, 16 August 2013 | 0 comments

Artists impression of an atomic clock for space missions.

It’s a question that millions of people ask every day: ‘What’s the time?’ Knowing the time is an essential part of everyday life and important to scientific research as well.

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