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Hot stars and heavy air – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 23 May 2018 | 0 comments

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Ready to test your knowledge? In this quiz we’ve got a range of questions, about distant stars to the very air we breathe!

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Sizing up the Sun – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 9 May 2018 | 6 comments

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Here’s a quiz to get your brain pumping. Test your knowledge of floating metals, and not one but two questions about the closest star to home – our Sun! If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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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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From dragonflies to The Dish – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 25 April 2018 | 0 comments

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Think you’re scientifically savvy? Give this week’s quick quiz a try! Test yourself on tectonics and trilobites, work out how many legs a dragonfly has to stand on, and reveal what’s detected by The Dish.

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Amber and alloys – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 11 April 2018 | 0 comments

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From the time of dinosaurs to mysterious materials, this week’s quiz is a real brain bender. Time to test your knowledge!

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Modern recipes for ancient grains News

by David, 23 February 2018 | 0 comments

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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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When life gives you lemons… Activity

by David, 18 January 2016 | 0 comments

Safety: This activity requires boiling water. Younger scientists should get an adult to help. You will need 2 teaspoons citric acid 2 teaspoons table salt 2 cups sugar 1L water Juice and rind of 3 large lemons Kettle Large bowl Sieve or strainer Wooden spoon 2L jug/bottle

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