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Fold Investigator! Activity

by David, 28 August 2014 | 2 comments

A paper model of a ship.

To celebrate Australia’s Marine National Facility, you can make a paper model of the ship! You will need a copy of the template, which you can download as a PDF file here, or a JPG image here. First steps

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Geodesic rings Activity

by David, 26 August 2014 | 0 comments

the striped clay has been wrapped around someone's finger.

Craft yourself a cool mathematical ring, and learn about straight lines on donuts. Don’t laugh! They do exist!

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Little penguins team up News

by David, 22 August 2014 | 0 comments

Little penguins

Written by Sarah Kellett Little penguins spend their days finding food at sea. With the help of location-tracking devices, researchers have found out that the smallest species of penguin tends to travel the sea in groups, and may dive at the same time while hunting fish.

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Ebola outbreak News

by David, 15 August 2014 | 1 comments

High biosecurity research

Written by Sarah Kellett The largest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded is happening in West Africa. Since February this year, more than 1000 people have been killed by the Ebola virus. Last week, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

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Clever counting keeps fusion firing News

by David, 14 August 2014 | 1 comments

A twisty pink loop is contined within shiny rings.

The Australian National University recently renovated their fusion reactor. This magnetic marvel harnesses immense pressures and temperatures to replicate the reactions that power our Sun. And there’s a lot of maths that helps to keep the reactions going! A fusion donut Fusion reactors use hydrogen as fuel. Under intense heat and pressure, the electrons leave…

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Torus maze Activity

by David, 12 August 2014 | 0 comments

Someone has drawn a line to a square marked finish.

You’ve seen mazes on paper, you may even have explored big mazes on foot. But this maze has a geometric twist – it’s on the surface of a donut. This is a torus maze!

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Star power on Earth News

by David, 8 August 2014 | 1 comments

Plama research facility

Written by Sarah Kellett Can we power our homes with the process that powers stars? Nuclear fusion offers to do just that, and scientists are looking for ways to harness this energy with experiments that run hotter than the Sun.

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Getting ahead in bread News

by David, 1 August 2014 | 0 comments

Wheat

Written by Sarah Kellett Wheat is Australia’s main winter crop. Sown in autumn and harvested in spring or summer, it provides us with flour to make our daily bread. We eat wheat as toast with vegemite, or sandwiches for lunch. But wheat is not for everyone

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Prefix Quiz Quiz

by David, 29 July 2014 | 0 comments

An octopus showing off its legs.

Many words have secret numbers hidden within! Discover them with this pair of quizzes. You can download a printable PDF quiz here.

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Bioprinting blood vessels News

by David, 25 July 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Sarah Kellett 3D printers can create toys, bicycle parts and models of dinosaur bones. Bioprinters are 3D printers with a difference. They can actually print structures containing living cells, the same kind of cells that make up the human body!

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