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Cells can go back to the start News

by Pat, 12 October 2012 | 0 comments

Mature cells such as these neurons develop from immature pluripotent cells.

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to Sir John B. Gurdon and Professor Shinya Yamanaka. They received the award ‘for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent’. What does that mean?

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(Not) apple pie Activity

by Mike, 5 October 2012 | 3 comments

Piece of pie

Create a taste illusion with this fun recipe!

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Orange life jacket Activity

by Jasmine, 28 September 2012 | 0 comments

Floating orange with sink

Written by Sarah Kellett Life jackets are often orange to make them easy to spot after an accident. And orange fruit have their own life jackets, all built in!

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Bionic eye a step closer News

by Pat, 28 September 2012 | 0 comments

Interior of an eye affected by retinitis pigmentosa.

Bionic vision technology aims to help people who are blind or vision-impaired regain their sense of sight. Like with the cochlear implant, or bionic ear, Australian researchers are again leading the way, this time to develop a bionic eye.

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New monkey species discovered News

by Pat, 20 September 2012 | 1 comments

Two monkeys

Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of monkey in central Africa. It’s only the second new species of primate to be discovered on the continent in 28 years.

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Rainbow gums News

by Jasmine, 18 September 2012 | 11 comments

Rainbow eucalyptus

Written by Sarah Kellett That’s not paint: this is how the rainbow gum, Eucalyptus deglupta, really looks. Sweeping down the trunks of these trees are streaks of red, green and purple.

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A level playing field News

by Pat, 31 August 2012 | 0 comments

Oscar Pistorius running on the track with his specially designed running blades.

The Olympic Games have finished in London, which means it’s time for the Paralympics to begin. Like their non-disabled counterparts, elite athletes with a disability rely more and more on science and technology for that winning edge. But is it fair for everyone?

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Reporting on our oceans News

by Pat, 23 August 2012 | 0 comments

Beach

At school you receive report cards to keep track of how you’re going and to identify strengths and weaknesses. Report cards are good for students – what about our oceans?

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Building beef News

by Jasmine, 21 August 2012 | 0 comments

A piece of meat is examined through a magnifying glass on a stand.

It looks something like beef. It tastes something like beef. It’s made from cow cells, but no animal will die in the making of this beef patty. Biologist Mark Post, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, plans to eat a lab‑engineered beef burger while appearing on television later this year.

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New virus may unlock Hendra mysteries News

by Pat, 16 August 2012 | 0 comments

Viruses are the cause of a number of diseases. The flu, chicken pox and most common colds are just a few examples of diseases caused by viral infections.

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