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15 fabulous science activities to do indoors Activity

by David, 3 April 2020 | 0 comments

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Staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19? We’ve got some ideas to help you pass the time, even if you’re stuck indoors. Time to gather up materials from around the house and do some science!

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The isolation game Activity

by David, 2 April 2020 | 3 comments

Image of a chess board with some blue and some white tokens.

Written by Mike McRae Stuck inside with nothing to do? Grab a chess board and see if you can control an outbreak in this isolation game!

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Double Helix hand washing guide News

by David, 23 March 2020 | 0 comments

Photo of a pair of hands washing with lots of soap.

Hand washing is one of the most important tools we have in the fight against COVID-19. Read on for some tips and tricks to keep your hands sparkling!

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The Double Helix COVID-19 explainer Update

by David, 20 March 2020 | 4 comments

Microscopic image of coronavirus stained red.

As part of the media coverage of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we thought it was important to explain the situation for young readers. Here’s a chance to get your head around the biology from the basics.

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Creating a vaccine for coronavirus News

by David, 27 February 2020 | 4 comments

Microscopic image of a virus stained yellow.

Article updated 2 April In the fight against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it’s important to move fast. Some of the world’s best scientists are looking for a vaccine, a drug that teaches your body how to fight an infection before you even get it. However, making a new vaccine for coronavirus is a very…

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Splash and a dunk key to cooling off News

by David, 30 January 2020 | 0 comments

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By Michelle Wheeler Summer scorcher and no air-con? Dunking your feet in water can make the heat more bearable, Aussie research suggests. Sponging yourself all over is even better, and has the added benefit of lowering your heart rate.

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Glow germs Activity

by David, 31 October 2019 | 4 comments

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Washing your hands is important, but how do you know if it’s working? Make some safe but gross glow germs to find out how well you wash!

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Did you wash your hands? News

by David, 24 October 2019 | 0 comments

A girl and a boy washing their hands in the bathroom sink.

If you’re a bit of a germophobe, we have bad news for you. There are a lot of Australians who aren’t washing their hands nearly enough. That’s the conclusion of new research from the Food Safety Information Council.

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Pterosaur tears up ancient sky News

by David, 10 October 2019 | 0 comments

A pterosaur - a flying reptile from the age of the dinosaurs

It’s spring, and in many areas of Australia that means it’s magpie swooping season. But next time you’re ducking an angry bird, be thankful you live now and not 90 million years ago. Back then, the swooping might have come from something much larger.

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Bugs are back, but where have they been? News

by David, 26 September 2019 | 0 comments

Brown moth with segmented, furry body.

By Andrea Wild and Bryan Lessard Insect populations boom during warmer and wetter months. But have you ever wondered where they go during winter?

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