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Potpourri preservation Activity

by David, 8 March 2018 | 1 comments

A bowl filled with dried rose petals, orange peel and cinnamon sticks

Learn about the different parts of plants, as well as the science of preservation, by making your own pretty potpourri.

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Modern recipes for ancient grains News

by David, 23 February 2018 | 0 comments

Image of a bowl of muffins and some bags labeled Teff

You’ve heard of rice and wheat. You may have heard of maize and quinoa. But have you heard of teff? This ancient grain has been feeding the people of Ethiopia for thousands of years. And thanks to the work of CSIRO, it might soon be feeding you too!

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Coral polyps just love the taste of plastic News

by David, 18 January 2018 | 0 comments

Photo of brown and white star like coral polyps clustered closely together.

Plastic waste in our oceans is a big problem for marine fauna. Not only can it look like food, it seems some animals have developed a taste for the material. And that’s a problem.

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These tool-building cockatoos have something to crow about News

by David, 12 December 2017 | 0 comments

a cockatoo

Around 15 years ago, a New Caledonian crow named Betty amazed scientists with her talent for tool-building. That was nothing – wait until your meet these clever cockatoos.

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Scientists discover Octlantis News

by David, 20 November 2017 | 0 comments

A gloomy octopus

It was once thought octopuses were not very social animals. They seem to keep to themselves, only meeting to fight or mate. It turns out that’s not always the case. A social octopus should consider moving to Octlantis.

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Pop goes the bearcat News

by David, 23 October 2017 | 0 comments

bearcat lying down

An animal that smells of popcorn sounds more like a creature from a fairy tale than from reality. But the bearcat, found in Southeast Asia, is a real-life fantastic beast known for its unusual popcorn scent. The source of its smell, though, is hardly appetising.

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The language of time News

by David, 5 October 2017 | 0 comments

A sand timer on a road.

How do you imagine time? Is it a road, with the future fading off into the distance? Or is it an ocean, slowly draining as we spend our precious seconds? Surprisingly, the way you imagine time might affect the way you experience it!

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Rocks and genes tell the same story News

by David, 19 September 2017 | 0 comments

A map of a world where all the land is connected into one blob.

The rocks beneath your feet tell an amazing story. Back when dinosaurs roamed the land, all the continents of Earth were joined together in a supercontinent we call Pangaea. But it wasn’t to last. About 180 million years ago, Pangaea started to split apart – first into two, and then into smaller and smaller pieces. Eventually,…

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Focus on bonobo sight News

by David, 7 September 2017 | 0 comments

An older bonobo (45 years old), grooms another with arms outstretched

While observing bonobos in the wild, researchers from Japan noticed an interesting and familiar behaviour. Older bonobos were grooming with their arms outstretched. While this might not sound particularly noteworthy, check it out in the picture here. Look familiar? You might have seen your parents, or grandparents, do the same thing when reading the newspaper….

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Wild weeds of the subantarctic News

by David, 22 August 2017 | 0 comments

A scientists studies the ground as pengins walk past

Double Helix talks to weed hunter and botanist, Laura Williams. Read on to find out about her research on Macquarie Island, a remote subantarctic island fondly referred to as ‘Macca’. What do you like most about your work? I really love solving problems, which is the most important part of being a scientist! I also…

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