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Lizard smarts: baby blue-tongues born clever News

by David, 18 July 2019 | 0 comments

A small blue tongue lizard on a person's hand.

Have you ever looked through your old school books? You might be surprised at how many mistakes you used to make, or the things you didn’t understand. Human brains take decades to fully develop, but eastern blue-tongue lizards might be born as clever as their adult counterparts.

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Drop the needle! Activity

by David, 11 July 2019 | 0 comments

Flame heating a needle held in place by a magnet.

Think you understand magnets? In this hands-on activity, use a magnet to make a needle float and then fall.

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Stirring an impossible liquid News

by David, 4 July 2019 | 0 comments

Swirling brownish image.

Imagine a swirl of milk in a cup of tea, or a drop of food colouring in a glass of water. The way liquids move and flow is intricate and almost impossibly complex. But that doesn’t stop scientists from trying to understand this movement.

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Vacuuming marshmallows Activity

by David, 27 June 2019 | 1 comments

Image of a cracked marshmallow in a glass bottle.

In this hands-on activity, you’ll make your own vacuum chamber and watch marshmallows turn into fluffy clouds of sugar!

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Quakes on the Moon News

by David, 20 June 2019 | 0 comments

Earth is active down to its very rocks. Earthquakes and volcanoes shake our planet, and the continents themselves drift lazily across the surface. Compared to Earth, the Moon is a cold, hard rock. But even lunar rocks are more active than you might think.

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T-shirt dye designs Activity

by David, 13 June 2019 | 0 comments

Time to get creative! With some permanent markers and methylated spirits, you can use chemistry to make some cool looking t-shirt designs.

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Microscope: Birds on a wire Article

by Jasmine, 6 June 2019 | 5 comments

Pink and grey galahs sitting on powerlines (wires)

Double Helix magazine is looking for your questions! Our Microscope column answers the most intruiging science, tech, engineering and maths queries you can throw at us.

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Do cats recognise their own names? News

by David, 9 May 2019 | 2 comments

Plenty of owners will tell you their cats are smart, compassionate and wonderful creatures. Scientists are curious about whether this is actually the case. Until this year, scientists weren’t even sure if cats knew their own names.

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Bubble nets at home Activity

by David, 2 May 2019 | 0 comments

Someone is scooping confetti out of a bowl of water with a measuring cup

If you thought humans were the only fishers who use nets, think again! Humpback whales work together to net and herd fish, making the fish easier to eat. But these whale nets are made of bubbles! To learn more, it’s time to blow some bubble nets ourselves.

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Vinegar eggs and salty osmosis Activity

by Jasmine, 18 April 2019 | 3 comments

Hand holding a transparent egg shape orb.

Here are two egg experiments in one! Turn your eggs rubbery by dissolving their shells, and then make one grow and the other shrink with the power of salt water.

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