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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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Solar spiral optimises power News

by David, 14 August 2012 | 0 comments

Sunflower

Imagine a flat spiral, similar to a snail’s shell, coming closer and closer to a point. Now imagine more spiral lines, all centred on the same point. This shape looks like the clouds over a cyclone, or a whirling galaxy.

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One step closer to polio eradication News

by Pat, 2 March 2012 | 0 comments

A woman administering a polio vaccine to a child's mouth.

The World Health Organisation recently announced that India has gone for more than one year with no new cases of polio. Polio is a highly contagious viral disease often spread through contaminated drinking water.

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