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All the Raijin News

by Pat, 9 August 2013 | 1 comments

The Raijin supercomputer - rows of black computer processors in a large room.

Australia’s most powerful supercomputer – Raijin – has been officially launched. Imagine arming the population of Earth with calculators and setting them to work for 20 years. Raijin is so fast it could complete the same number of calculations in one hour!

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A biosecure future News

by Pat, 26 July 2013 | 0 comments

Rabbit.

Security systems are everywhere. Your home probably has locks on the doors. These protect you and your home, preventing people from entering and stealing items or causing damage. Biosecurity works in a similar way, except it involves protecting an area from the damage caused by pests and diseases.

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The search for life in the Universe News

by Pat, 19 July 2013 | 0 comments

Radio telescope dishes in the outback.

The idea there are living organisms, as yet undiscovered by humans, living on other planets, has fascinated people for years. The search for alien life is not just a science fiction topic – it’s part of a scientific field called astrobiology.

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Megafauna mystery News

by Pat, 12 July 2013 | 1 comments

Marsupial lion skeleton. It casts its shadow on the back wall.

Giant wombats, short-faced kangaroos and the largest land lizard to ever have lived are just some of Australia’s megafauna. These large animals have mostly gone extinct. However, the cause of their extinction is still a matter of debate.

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Kite mayhem Activity

by Pat, 10 July 2013 | 0 comments

Hand holding the string of a kite as it flies in the air.

Kites are a great way to combine science, playfulness, patience and imagination. So grab a some simple household items and start building!

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Cold to the core News

by Pat, 5 July 2013 | 0 comments

Ice core being held by gloved hands.

A fridge or freezer can preserve food for weeks, months or years. But that’s nothing compared to glaciers, with layers of ice preserving information about Earth’s climate for thousands of years.

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Cupcake chemistry Activity

by Pat, 1 July 2013 | 1 comments

Cooking is fun and it’s a great way to make a tasty snack. But have you ever thought about what’s going on when you cook something? Try making some cupcakes, and you’ll pick up a thing or two about chemistry.

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More bumps means more bytes News

by Pat, 28 June 2013 | 0 comments

Laser beam shining on a DVD.

DVDs are a useful, reliable and relatively cheap way of storing information. Australian researchers have recently developed a technique to massively increase a DVD’s storage capacity.

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Sniffing out cancer News

by Pat, 21 June 2013 | 0 comments

Melanoma (type of skin cancer) on skin.

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australia and around the world. Researchers in the USA are developing a new method using the unique ‘smell’ of skin cancer cells to detect them earlier.

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