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How do bees make spiral combs? News

by David, 5 August 2020 | 1 comments

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When you think about a beehive, you might imagine it containing flat combs made of perfect hexagons. Except, that’s not the whole story. There are many different species of bees, and there are lots of ways that bees build their combs.

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The hidden sense in your eyes Activity

by David, 23 July 2020 | 0 comments

Image of two vertical blue balls and two horizontal yellow balls on a computer screen.

Your eyes can see colour and brightness, but there’s one more thing they can detect. With the right technique, many people can tell if light is polarised – no glasses needed!

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How many people will there be in 2100? News

by David, 21 July 2020 | 2 comments

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Right now, there are about 7.8 billion people on Earth, and that number keeps on growing. But could this growth be coming to an end? Experts have made a new prediction that Earth’s population will not reach 10 billion people. And the reasons why are surprisingly positive.

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Almost gone – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 15 July 2020 | 3 comments

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Get in fast to do this quiz! For better or worse, we’re looking at some things that are almost gone.

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The biggest penguins News

by David, 2 July 2020 | 0 comments

Illustration of a Kumimanu swimming through a wave

Penguins come in many shapes and sizes, from little penguins all the way up to kings and emperors. But millions of years ago, penguins were even bigger, and studying these gigantic birds can teach us a lot about evolution.

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Off the mark – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 1 July 2020 | 1 comments

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Scientists aim for accuracy, but it’s not always possible to be exactly right. This quiz is all about getting close, and not always close enough! So how close to full marks can you get?

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Remote ocean research during COVID-19 News

by David, 18 June 2020 | 0 comments

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By Hannah Evans The depths of oceans are mysterious. Since Earth’s surface is covered by over 70% ocean, there is a lot to explore. But during a pandemic, it’s a bad idea to fill a research ship with scientists from around the world. Many research ships have stopped sailing, but not all of them!

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Giants! A quick quiz Quiz

by David, 17 June 2020 | 0 comments

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There are some giant things lurking in these questions. Some of them are easy to spot, and others are hidden. Can you uncover all the answers?

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Working at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness News

by David, 4 June 2020 | 2 comments

By Andrea Wild Imagine you’re a scientist working on SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the disease COVID-19. Your lab is at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) in Geelong, Victoria.

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Make a 3D shark Activity

by David, 28 May 2020 | 2 comments

Written by Natalie Kikken   To honour World Oceans Day 8 June, get crafty by making your own 3D grey nurse shark.

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