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The big, blind carrot experiment Activity

by Mike, 24 November 2012 | 0 comments

Carrots in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Take part in the big, blind carrot experiment! Please post your results as comments to this post.

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Feral felines avoid top dogs News

by Pat, 16 November 2012 | 1 comments

Three dingoes.

Dogs chase cats – it’s one of the facts of life. However, what seems to be true in the backyard might not be the case in the Australian bush.

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Pollen trap Activity

by Jasmine, 10 November 2012 | 0 comments

Honey bee on a flower.

Bees are famous for collecting pollen, but that’s not the only way pollen gets around. Try building a pollen trap, and you’ll discover how much is floating in our air every day!

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Science by the people News

by Pat, 9 November 2012 | 0 comments

Rainbow lorikeets feeding.

Citizen science is on the rise. More and more, amateurs, or ‘citizen scientists’ are given opportunities to help scientists.

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Life of bugs Activity

by Pat, 8 November 2012 | 0 comments

Container with bran, potato and mealworms.

Have you ever wondered about a bug’s life cycle? grow some mealworms and see their entire lives unfold right before your eyes!

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The whole tooth and nothing but the tooth News

by Mike, 2 November 2012 | 0 comments

Skull of a placoderm, an ancient type of fish

Say cheese and flash that beautiful smile. You should be proud of those choppers; after all, teeth have been around for nearly half a billion years.

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Dinosaurs not fat, but big boned News

by Mike, 30 October 2012 | 4 comments

Sauropod and human

Written by Emma Bastian How do you weigh a dinosaur? It’s a simple question with a very complex answer.

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Water, water everywhere? News

by Pat, 26 October 2012 | 0 comments

A dam

It’s a small molecule, made of oxygen and hydrogen atoms in a V-shape. It’s colourless, odourless and expands when it freezes into a solid. It’s water, and without it, we wouldn’t be here.

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Mimic memory Activity

by David, 13 October 2012 | 0 comments

Butterflies

These mimic activities are about memory. To do them well, you need to remember exactly what you saw. Your brain makes memories in a few stages. Sensory memory describes what happens when you briefly see an object. It lasts just a split second, however.

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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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