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Revealed! The secret to wombats’ cube poo News

by David, 21 November 2018 | 0 comments

Picture of a wombat.

A walk in the Australian bush can occasionally reveal piles of strange, cube-shaped poo, carefully balanced on top of rocks. Although it might seem like a prank, they’re perfectly natural. Chances are, this cube poo has been ejected from a wombat’s rear end.

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Special delivery! Robotic helper for baby coral News

by David, 8 November 2018 | 0 comments

Image of two small robots releasing a cloud of coral polyps over a dead area of reef.

The Great Barrier Reef has had a rough time. Rising temperatures , storms and attacks from crown of thorn starfish are among the problems damaging the reef. This year, scientists are aiming to supercharge its recovery with a new robotic helper.

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Make a watermark Activity

by David, 4 October 2018 | 0 comments

If you want to write a secret message, we’ve got a simple technique for you to try. Time to work on your watermark!

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Fact vs fiction in Ant-Man and The Wasp News

by Jasmine, 27 September 2018 | 0 comments

It’s exciting to get swept up in the fictional world of a good movie, but do you ever wonder if the story line is really possible? Sit back and pass the popcorn as we take a closer look at the science and technology behind Ant-Man and The Wasp.

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Why do forests smell so good? News

by David, 13 September 2018 | 1 comments

Image of light filtering through the trees.

There’s nothing quite like the smell of a forest. But the trees aren’t making these smells for your benefit. There’s got to be something in it for them – but what?

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How did the glider cross the road? News

by David, 2 August 2018 | 0 comments

Image of a glider on a branch.

Roads are dangerous places for our wildlife. So for many years, we’ve been helping animals out by adding ways to cross safely. There are tunnels and underpasses for wombats and other ground animals. For tree climbers, there are ropeways, strung high above the traffic. But how do gliders cross the road?

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Why is CSIRO releasing mosquitoes? News

by David, 19 July 2018 | 4 comments

Image of two mosquitoes.

There are plenty of reasons to hate mosquitoes. They are annoying, hard to catch, and their bites can itch for days. But they’re not just irritating – in many places they spread diseases such as malaria, Zika and dengue.

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This DNA has lumps News

by David, 26 April 2018 | 0 comments

Image through a microscope, magnifying spiral strands and shapes on a blue background

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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Four fantastic facts about Stephen Hawking News

by David, 29 March 2018 | 6 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 | 3 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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