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When life gives you lemons… Activity

by David, 18 January 2016 | 1 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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Make a piece of shortbread Activity

by David, 13 January 2016 | 0 comments

Safety: This activity involves an oven and electric beaters. Younger mathematicians should ask an adult for help. You will need 15 g butter, softened 10 mL caster sugar 0.3 mL vanilla extract 31 mL plain flour 8 mL rice flour Extra butter to grease the baking tray Extra flour for kneading

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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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Pollution solutions News

by dhadmin, 20 June 2014 | 1 comments

Water in mine

Humans produce a lot of waste, from flushing toilets to mining metals, like the copper in electrical wires that power computers, phones and tablets. To clean up our act, a new way to purify contaminated wastewater from mines has been developed by CSIRO scientists. At a copper mining site in Queensland, the first demonstration of…

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Perfumes for pests News

by Andrew Wright, 30 May 2014 | 0 comments

Diagram

Cross-species communication between citrus plants, bacteria, jumping plant lice and wasps begins with a fresh, minty smell.

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Moth mimic News

by Andrew Wright, 11 April 2014 | 0 comments

A man wearing sunglasses. There is a zoom box indicating the sunglasses are covered in tiny cones.

The way a moth’s eyes have adapted to darkness may help us stop glare from the Sun. Despite their tendency to circle light bulbs, moths have eyes that are designed for darkness. Each eye has a bumpy pattern that stops light reflecting off the surface, possibly helping the moth see in the dark and hide…

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Deep sea divers News

by Sarah, 14 February 2014 | 0 comments

Argo float going into the sea.

Written by Neha Karl Is it a fish? Is it a boat? No, it’s Argo float – a robot ready to dive deep and collect information about the ocean!

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Bacteria spiked by black silicon News

by Pat, 13 December 2013 | 0 comments

Dragonfly.

Recently we explained how some microbes keep us healthy. Unfortunately, not all microorganisms are helpful, and some cause illness. Recent discoveries could help keep nasties at bay.

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What a corker! News

by Pat, 4 October 2013 | 0 comments

Cross-section of cork bark.

Written by Sarah Kellett Bottles of champagne may send corks sky high, but spacecraft take cork as far as Mars. Their success depends on it. Cork reached new heights as part of the protective aeroshell that insulated the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity from the intense heat of entering the Martian atmosphere.

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Golden needles in rocky haystacks News

by Pat, 6 September 2013 | 0 comments

Gold nugget.

Imagine you have a massive pile of rocks. You think there might be gold in the rocks, not much, but enough to make some money. Now it might be easier to find out how much hidden gold there is.

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