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Keep your green thumbs to yourself! News

by David, 14 March 2019 | 2 comments

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Written by Mike McRae Your pets might like a good scratch, but new research suggests your beloved pot plants might not be so fond of having their fronds fondled.

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How to find the world’s biggest bee News

by David, 28 February 2019 | 3 comments

Image of a giant bee and a smaller honey bee.

As long as a thumb and with a six-centimetre wingspan, you’d think it would be hard to miss Wallace’s giant bee. Alfred Wallace – a biologist who, at the same time as Charles Darwin, also came up with the theory of evolution through natural selection – wrote about it way back in 1858. But since…

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Can bacteria survive 500 years in space? News

by David, 14 February 2019 | 1 comments

Image of a red orb sealed in a glass bottle.

Imagine bacteria, clinging to a rock, floating deep in space. The rock was once blasted off its planet by a cataclysmic explosion. Hundreds of years in the future, the rock encounters a new planet, bringing these lonely bacteria with it. The question is, could the bacteria survive?

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Scientists on the lookout – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 13 February 2019 | 5 comments

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Written by Elvina Lee Scientists are on the lookout for answers, from the backyard to outer space! This week’s quiz involves a range of intriguing discoveries. How many of them have you heard of? If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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Elements to extinction – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 16 January 2019 | 0 comments

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This week’s quiz tests all kinds of knowledge from chemical elements to animal communication. Can you get all five questions correct?

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Summer assortment – quick quiz Quiz

by David, 19 December 2018 | 0 comments

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There’s something for everyone in our summer assortment quiz. Try this fun mix of questions from across the sciences! If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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The toughest challenge – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 5 December 2018 | 6 comments

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This time you’re up against our hardest quiz yet! If you get even one question right, we think you have fantastic science knowledge. If you answer all five questions correctly? You’re a quiz whiz. Let us know in the comments below! If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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Many mosquitoes – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 22 November 2018 | 2 comments

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This quiz has two questions about tiny bloodsuckers that are bound to make your skin itch! But don’t stop there. Can you get all five questions right? If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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Revealed! The secret to wombats’ cube poo News

by David, 21 November 2018 | 0 comments

Picture of a wombat.

A walk in the Australian bush can occasionally reveal piles of strange, cube-shaped poo, carefully balanced on top of rocks. Although it might seem like a prank, they’re perfectly natural. Chances are, this cube poo has been ejected from a wombat’s rear end.

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Special delivery! Robotic helper for baby coral News

by David, 8 November 2018 | 0 comments

Image of two small robots releasing a cloud of coral polyps over a dead area of reef.

The Great Barrier Reef has had a rough time. Rising temperatures , storms and attacks from crown of thorn starfish are among the problems damaging the reef. This year, scientists are aiming to supercharge its recovery with a new robotic helper.

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