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Cupcake chemistry Activity

by Pat, 1 July 2013 | 0 comments

Cooking is fun and it’s a great way to make a tasty snack. But have you ever thought about what’s going on when you cook something? Try making some cupcakes, and you’ll pick up a thing or two about chemistry.

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Sniffing out cancer News

by Pat, 21 June 2013 | 0 comments

Melanoma (type of skin cancer) on skin.

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australia and around the world. Researchers in the USA are developing a new method using the unique ‘smell’ of skin cancer cells to detect them earlier.

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The different faces of phosphorus News

by Pat, 17 May 2013 | 0 comments

Burning match.

Strike a match. It lights thanks to phosphorus. This element doesn’t just have fiery applications – it’s important for life itself.

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It’s almost Mother’s Day, mummy! Activity

by Jasmine, 11 May 2013 | 0 comments

Dried and decorated apple resembling a head.

Looking for a mummy this Mother’s Day? Try this activity!

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Printing tissues News

by Pat, 26 April 2013 | 0 comments

Last year Science by Email reported how 3D printers could print out chemicals. Now scientists from Oxford University are using 3D printing to create materials that mimic biological tissues.

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Anzac science Activity

by David, 25 April 2013 | 1 comments

It’s Anzac Day – time to stick a sprig of rosemary in your hat, go to the dawn service and bake a batch of Anzac biscuits. But, while I was baking, I noticed some strange things going on.

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Egg geodes Activity

by Jasmine, 26 March 2013 | 2 comments

Crystals forming inside egg shells.

Written by Deb Hodgkin Looking for a fun and colourful science activity to do over the Easter break? Try making these egg geodes!

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Origin of diamonds News

by Pat, 22 March 2013 | 0 comments

A rock containing a diamond.

Diamonds hold a special place in our imagination: they’re valuable, extremely hard, and sometimes just really pretty. Chemically speaking, diamonds are simple – they’re carbon. Carbon is an important element. All living things are made of compounds that contain carbon. One property of carbon is its ability to form allotropes. Allotropes contain the same element,…

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Chemical secrets of feathers News

by Pat, 15 March 2013 | 0 comments

X-ray fluorescent images of feathers.

Birds are an important part of many ecosystems. New Australian research shows that bird feathers could be used to measure just how healthy some ecosystems are.

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Mirrored molecules Activity

by Pat, 23 February 2013 | 0 comments

Symmetry can be tricky, especially when you’re a chemist. Grab some plasticine and discover why a mirror doesn’t always make a perfect copy.

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