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Spotting quakes before the shakes News

by David, 25 May 2022 | 0 comments

Photo of a seismograph needle recording vibrations

Every second counts when a big earthquake hits. As soon as an earthquake sensor picks up the tremor, warnings can be sent over the internet, much faster than the shake travels through the Earth. And now, scientists have found a way to detect big earthquakes fast, maybe even before the ground starts to shake!

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Diamonds are forever quiz Quiz

by David, 19 May 2022 | 0 comments

These clear, shiny gemstones are very valuable and oh-so-special. Can you sparkle like a diamond and get full marks on our quiz?

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Make a jumping jack Activity

by David, 12 May 2022 | 0 comments

Cardboard robot toy with moving arms and legs

This cardboard doll loves to leap! It takes a bit of crafting, but the results will make you jump for joy.

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Super jumping robot News

by David, 11 May 2022 | 3 comments

Jumping robot features two intercepting hoops with a small rocket on the top.

What on Earth can jump the highest? Olympic high jumpers can clear more than 2 metres. Pumas might be the best animals at jumping, able to leap 7 metres into a tree. But a team of researchers from the USA have just made a robot that jumps higher than any animal!

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Fungi chit-chat News

by David, 28 April 2022 | 0 comments

A lumpy yellow fungus with many wires poking into it.

When people talk about fungi, what do you imagine? Mushrooms and toadstools are instantly recognisable parts, but there are many types of fungi that grow in different ways. Some fungi have a root-like structure called a mycelium (my-SEEL-ee-um), that can grow into a huge network. Now, scientists have spotted electrical signals within mycelium networks that…

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Half-brown banana Activity

by David, 27 April 2022 | 1 comments

a banana that is brown at one end

Unripe bananas are green, ripe ones are yellow and overripe bananas are brown. But can you make a banana that’s half brown and half yellow?

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Mum’s the word – a quick quiz Quiz

by Fiona, 27 April 2022 | 0 comments

This quiz is all about mums. See if you can get 5/5 in this mother of all quizzes!

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Convert this – a quick quiz Quiz

by Fiona, 20 April 2022 | 0 comments

By Fiona Midson and Beth Askham Here is a quantifying quiz for you to gauge! Answer these questions to see if you measure up.

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Circular fibres student pitchathon News

by Fiona, 6 April 2022 | 0 comments

Circular fibres pitchathon

There’s a lot of waste in how we make, use and dispose of clothes. CSIRO is looking for ideas to make fibre and materials more sustainable, and build a recycling, environmentally friendly, circular fibre industry.

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How boa constrictors breathe to kill News

by David, 31 March 2022 | 3 comments

A snake winding around a stick.

Instead of biting with poison, boa constrictors wrap themselves around their prey and squeeze them to death. But if a boa constrictor’s squeeze can kill, how does the snake survive the pressure without suffocating themselves?

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