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Hot stars and heavy air – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 23 May 2018 | 0 comments

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Ready to test your knowledge? In this quiz we’ve got a range of questions, about distant stars to the very air we breathe!

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Sizing up the Sun – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 9 May 2018 | 6 comments

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Here’s a quiz to get your brain pumping. Test your knowledge of floating metals, and not one but two questions about the closest star to home – our Sun! If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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This DNA has lumps News

by David, 26 April 2018 | 0 comments

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Inside most cells in your body, there’s a copy of your entire genetic code. It contains instructions that help build and maintain your body. If you imagine DNA in its double helix form, it’s a beautiful, perfect package. Except, maybe DNA doesn’t always look so perfect after all. A team of Australian researchers just discovered…

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From dragonflies to The Dish – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 25 April 2018 | 0 comments

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Think you’re scientifically savvy? Give this week’s quick quiz a try! Test yourself on tectonics and trilobites, work out how many legs a dragonfly has to stand on, and reveal what’s detected by The Dish.

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Amber and alloys – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 11 April 2018 | 0 comments

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From the time of dinosaurs to mysterious materials, this week’s quiz is a real brain bender. Time to test your knowledge!

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Four fantastic facts about Stephen Hawking News

by David, 29 March 2018 | 5 comments

Stephen Hawking was widely regarded as one of the best physicists of our age, so it was a huge loss when he died on 14 March this year. Here are a few things you might not know about one of history’s most celebrated scientists.

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Potpourri preservation Activity

by David, 8 March 2018 | 2 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

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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

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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

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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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