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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

Colourful beaded bracelet worn on an arm.

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 | 1 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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15 fabulous science activities to do indoors Activity

by David, 3 April 2020 | 1 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 | 9 comments

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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

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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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