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The biggest penguins News

by David, 2 July 2020 | 0 comments

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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 | 0 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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Backyard species checklist Activity

by Jasmine, 11 June 2020 | 8 comments

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Written by Alex Horvat and Taryn Johnson   Put your environmentalist cap on and discover what species are hiding in your own backyard. Explore your surroundings, snap a couple of pictures, tick them off the checklist as you go and draw the most interesting creature you discover.

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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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The buzz on Asian Giant Hornets News

by David, 21 May 2020 | 1 comments

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By Andrea Wild Are killer hornets really on the loose in North America? Asian Giant Hornets are a species of wasp, Vespa mandarinia. They normally live in Japan, China and Southeast Asia. But late last year they arrived in Canada and the USA, probably inside a shipping container. It only takes one hornet to start…

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Coronavirus bracelet Activity

by David, 1 May 2020 | 2 comments

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Here’s a fun, creative project that will help you explore some of the science around the virus SARS-CoV-2. That’s the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. We’re going to make a bracelet using the genetic sequence of the virus!

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COVID-19 coverage Update

by David, 15 April 2020 | 0 comments

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If you’re looking for clearly explained science and interesting activities, you’ve come to the right place. This is where we keep all our COVID-19 news, as well as some great science to do if you’re stuck at home.

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