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Detecting doping News

by Pat, 1 February 2013 | 0 comments

An EPO molecule.

Recent interviews with cyclist Lance Armstrong made headlines around the world. He admitted to the use of performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. Scientists have overcome many hurdles to develop the drug testing that underpins this revelation.

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Bushfire season News

by Pat, 18 January 2013 | 3 comments

Satellite image showing smoke from bushfires over south-eastern Australia.

Last week in Science by Email we looked at the heatwave that has affected much of Australia. In this country, where heatwaves go, bushfires often follow.

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Summer scorcher News

by Pat, 11 January 2013 | 0 comments

Fire burning through grassland.

In Australia, the year is off to a sizzling start. Much of the continent has been sweltering under a record-breaking heatwave. Let’s look at what’s causing these extreme temperatures.

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Liquefaction Activity

by Pat, 11 January 2013 | 0 comments

Brick standing on its end in a container of sand.

Although sand is a solid, did you know it can behave like a liquid? Find out how by trying this activity.

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Termites’ golden moments News

by Pat, 4 January 2013 | 0 comments

Termite mound in the bush.

How would you find out where to strike gold? Turns out termites might have the answer.

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Best of 2012 News

by Pat, 21 December 2012 | 0 comments

3 radio telescope dishes.

As this year draws to a close, let’s have a look at some of the big stories in science for 2012. In July, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider announced they may have found evidence of the existence of the Higgs boson.

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Mopping up with food scraps News

by Pat, 14 December 2012 | 0 comments

Do you have left over fruit and vegetable scraps? One day you might be able to use them to clean up the environment!

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Practice makes perfect? News

by Pat, 7 December 2012 | 0 comments

Violin.

When you learn something new, be it a musical instrument or how to ride a bike, you usually need to practise. Practising means we get better at doing things and learning things we didn’t know before. It makes sense that to get better at something we should practise longer – right?

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Catching the bug Activity

by Pat, 3 December 2012 | 1 comments

From beetles to millipedes, worms to spiders, there are lots of bugs that live near us. Learn more about the critters that make leaf litter their home!

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The case of the phantom island News

by Pat, 30 November 2012 | 0 comments

A research team on board Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, have made an unusual discovery: an island that isn’t there.

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