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Rainbow torch Activity

by David, 25 November 2021 | 0 comments

9 volt batteries with LED's attached casting coloured lights.

Ever wondered how TVs can make so many colours? Make some coloured torches and learn to blend like a TV in this activity from our book, Puzzles and Projects.

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Is your cat secretly tracking you? News

by David, 19 November 2021 | 0 comments

Photo of a cat crouching on the ground.

Cats are quiet and sneaky. When they’re out of sight, it’s almost impossible to keep tabs on them. But what about the other way around – does your cat know where you are, even when you’re out of sight?

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Meet Dr Keith Bannister: astronomer and engineer News

by David, 11 November 2021 | 0 comments

Photo of Keith Bannister sitting in front of a computer screen.

By Rachel Rayner Dr Keith Bannister knew from an early age he wanted to do something technical with his life. The bedroom floor of his childhood home was usually littered with wires, screws, nuts and bolts.

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Make The Dish! Activity

by David, 4 November 2021 | 0 comments

Paper model of radio telescope with starry background.

By David Shaw and Domonkos Szabo The Parkes radio telescope, turned 60 this week! To celebrate, why not make a model of The Dish?

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Leaves – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 3 November 2021 | 0 comments

This quiz has a leafy theme. Can you get the high score, or will it leave you heartbroken?

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Make an electroscope Activity

by David, 28 October 2021 | 0 comments

Foil strips dangling inside a cup.

By Patrick Mahony Have you ever been surprised by a static shock? This clever device can measure electrical charge!

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Fibre fun! A quick quiz Quiz

by David, 27 October 2021 | 0 comments

This quiz is all about fibres. From fabric to food, there’s plenty of fibre to chew over!

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Scuba-diving lizards News

by David, 21 October 2021 | 0 comments

Lizard underwater with a bubble on its head

By Cordelia Jerjen Aquatic bugs use bubbles to breathe underwater. But this natural mechanism for underwater breathing has never been thought possible in vertebrates (animals with a backbone). In a first-of-its kind discovery, scientists have found that anoles – a type of semi-aquatic lizard – share this trick.

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Zig-zag roller Activity

by David, 14 October 2021 | 0 comments

Two cardboard shapes held together with tape, one green, one white.

This weird, wonderful shape is called a sphericon and it has a strange way of rolling. It wiggles back and forth as it trundles downhill!

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Studying warming soils with volcanoes! News

by David, 8 October 2021 | 0 comments

Cliff edge with fog rising from lower down.

It’s no secret that the world is warming. Scientists are studying how climate change affects all kinds of things, from icecaps to oceans, and single species to entire ecosystems. And there’s a lot to consider. When was the last time you thought about soil?

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