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Birds use herbs to beat bugs News

by David, 10 December 2020 | 0 comments

Image of a small brown and tawny coloured bird perched on a twig of a blossom tree.

Does your family use chemicals – like bug spray – to keep insects and other creepy crawlies out of your house? An international team of scientists just found that some sparrows do too!

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Fake snot Activity

by David, 9 December 2020 | 0 comments

Spoon dripping jelly like green liquid into a bowl.

Here’s some gross science for you to get hands-on with! This gloopy recipe produces some amazing fake snot.

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The birds – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 3 December 2020 | 2 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

This quiz is devoted to our flying (and sometimes flightless) feathered friends. Can you bring home a victory to feather your nest?

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Can’t find your apple? Your brain’s to blame News

by David, 29 October 2020 | 2 comments

Image of a chi looking at food on a bench.

By Krishitha Gopalakrishnan Have you noticed how you always seem to remember where you hid that chocolate bar but that apple you thought you’d packed for school suddenly seems to have disappeared? Don’t worry, it’s in our genes! It turns out that humans are better at recalling where junk food is.

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My kind of question – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 23 September 2020 | 2 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

Although this theme is a bit funny, the questions are no joke. Can you get serious and ace this quiz?

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Turtle nail clippings: discoveries from Ningaloo Reef News

by Jasmine, 21 August 2020 | 0 comments

Photo of a turtle with an aerial on it's back, swimming in blue water.

By Natalie Kikken Did you know that nails grow on a turtle’s flippers? At Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, turtle nail clippings are providing new and exciting insights. CSIRO scientists can work out what turtles eat by analysing the chemicals in these nail samples.

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How do you diagnose a dinosaur? News

by David, 14 August 2020 | 0 comments

Illustration of dinosaur Centrosaurus

Paleontologists learn a lot from looking at bones. Assembling a skeleton can show how a creature moved, where they lived, and even how fast they were.

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How do bees make spiral combs? News

by David, 5 August 2020 | 1 comments

Brown sticky spiral of honeycomb.

When you think about a beehive, you might imagine it containing flat combs made of perfect hexagons. Except, that’s not the whole story. There are many different species of bees, and there are lots of ways that bees build their combs.

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The hidden sense in your eyes Activity

by David, 23 July 2020 | 0 comments

Image of two vertical blue balls and two horizontal yellow balls on a computer screen.

Your eyes can see colour and brightness, but there’s one more thing they can detect. With the right technique, many people can tell if light is polarised – no glasses needed!

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How many people will there be in 2100? News

by David, 21 July 2020 | 2 comments

an illustration of a crowd of people

Right now, there are about 7.8 billion people on Earth, and that number keeps on growing. But could this growth be coming to an end? Experts have made a new prediction that Earth’s population will not reach 10 billion people. And the reasons why are surprisingly positive.

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