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Water balancing trick Activity

by David, 29 November 2018 | 0 comments

A five cent coin with a convex drop of blue water covering the surface.

Here’s a balancing game, but with a bit of practice you will always win! Why? Because you’ve set up a clever trick.

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Making marshmallows Activity

by David, 14 August 2018 | 0 comments

Small plate of coconut covered marshmallows

Learn some fluffy and delicious chemistry by following this marshmallow recipe.

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Lava fizz Activity

by David, 12 July 2018 | 2 comments

Lava lamps look super cool, but they can be expensive and hard to find. With this activity, you can make your own bubbly lava and learn a bit about oil and water!

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Shrinking plastic Activity

by David, 14 June 2018 | 2 comments

Image of a tiny giraffe held between someones fingers.

Have you ever wanted to draw really small pictures? Here’s a trick – you can just draw normal sized ones, and then use some special plastic to shrink them!

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Don’t roast marshmallows in volcanoes News

by David, 7 June 2018 | 0 comments

Image of hot lava in the crater of a volcano.

It’s no secret that volcanoes are dangerous. The recent eruption of Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego has taken more than 110 lives. In Hawaii, lava has covered roads, destroyed cars and set fire to buildings. So it may come as a surprise to hear that people are wondering if they can use volcanoes to toast their…

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Make a cloud Activity

by David, 3 May 2018 | 0 comments

Photo of a glass jar with water in the bottom and a baloon stretched over the opening.

Create a cool cloud inside a jar using these instructions.

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Modern recipes for ancient grains News

by David, 23 February 2018 | 0 comments

Image of a bowl of muffins and some bags labeled Teff

You’ve heard of rice and wheat. You may have heard of maize and quinoa. But have you heard of teff? This ancient grain has been feeding the people of Ethiopia for thousands of years. And thanks to the work of CSIRO, it might soon be feeding you too!

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The world welcomes four new elements News

by David, 30 March 2017 | 0 comments

Nihonium element 113, Moscovium element 115, Tennessine element 117, and Oganesson element 118

The periodic table doesn’t change very often, which is why it’s worth celebrating when it does. This month, three new elements were inaugurated at a ceremony in Russia. And in Tokyo, a fourth was welcomed to the world. Say hello to moscovium, tennessine, oganessson and nihonium! Let’s back up a bit: what is an element?…

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When crystals align News

by David, 20 January 2017 | 0 comments

Inside a small sample of powder, there hides a gigantic secret. In just a teaspoon of the stuff you’ll find the entire surface area of a football field. It sounds like something from Back to the Future, but for CSIRO scientists it’s the norm. The sample contains Metal Organic Frameworks, or MOFs, and they are made up of crystals that…

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Who knew? Sea birds fight climate change! Activity

by David, 9 January 2017 | 0 comments

You might think we know everything there is to know about climate change. We know that greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are trapping heat. And we know that average temperatures are climbing worldwide. But there’s still lots for us to learn, and new discoveries are being made all the time. For example,…

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