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On the pulse

by Jasmine, 11 February 2016 | 0 comments

By Emily Standen Did you know 2016 is the International Year of Pulses? Take your hand off you wrist though – this type of pulse refers to food, not your heartbeat! Pulses include particular types of legumes such as lentils, mung beans and kidney beans. They are a food source for many cultures right around…

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Measuring fairness

by David, 2 December 2015 | 0 comments

Imagine this game: you and a stranger are sitting in front of a machine. The machine has two piles of lollies. There’s one pile for you and one for your partner. You have two handles. Pull the green handle and you both get lollies. Pull the red one and no one gets anything. Sounds simple,…

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Discovering DNA’s repair crew

by David, 16 October 2015 | 0 comments

Hidden within our cells, DNA is the hard drive of the human body. Each copy of DNA contains instructions for all the proteins needed to make a person. But this creative compendium is always under attack. This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to three people who found out what’s repairing our genetic treasure.

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Phasmid competition winners!

by David, 22 September 2015 | 1 comments

Congratulations to all of the winners of our Phasmid poetry competition. The following people have won a family pass to the Melbourne zoo: Justin de Lacy, Julie Shapland, Emma Spires and Anna Piko. A special congratulations to Ashleigh Fogarty who has also won a behind-the-scenes tour of the stick insect breeding project at the zoo.

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Robot assassin protects the reef

by David, 21 September 2015 | 0 comments

The crown-of-thorns is a venomous starfish that lives in the Great Barrier Reef. Growing up to massive lengths of 80 centimetres and having a body entirely covered in toxic spikes, the starfish is almost indestructible and is a vicious predator. They eat coral, the building blocks of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s said that one…

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Stick insect comeback

by David, 4 September 2015 | 1 comments

For millions of years, stick insects roamed the beautiful Lord Howe Island. Then one fateful day in 1918, a ship ran aground and fleeing rats decided to make the island home – and stick insects their dinner. Within a few years, people believed the insects were extinct. Eighty years later, an expedition was sent to…

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Ebola end in sight

by David, 21 August 2015 | 0 comments

It looks like the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa for over a year may soon be under control. Last week, there were only a handful of new cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Meanwhile, scientists are getting closer to a vaccine to prevent these outbreaks from occurring again.

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Budgies catch a yawn

by David, 27 July 2015 | 0 comments

Sometimes watching someone yawn makes you want to yawn yourself. And sometimes, watching a yawning video or even just reading the word yawn will do it. Feel like yawning now? It seems a very human reflex, but it turns out that budgies do it too.

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Scientists get blood from a stone

by David, 10 July 2015 | 0 comments

Fossilisation is not a gentle process. Flesh, skin, organs and feathers are often destroyed, leaving just the bones. Now, a team of scientists think they may have found something protected deep within those bones – dinosaur blood! To begin, the team took small fragments from the insides of several different fossils. Looking closely with an…

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Panda Poems!

by David, 25 June 2015 | 0 comments

Congratulations to all our Panda poem competition winners! The following people have won tickets to see Pandas 3D at IMAX. Tayissa Hermence, Talei Whiteside, Sam Lang, Naomi Brick, Loren Pugh, Kayla Geertsema, Jed Sullivan, Isabel Rothwell, Daniel Verberne, Daniel Alexander.   We had heaps of amazing entries for our panda poetry competition. Here are two…

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