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The case of the phantom island News

by Pat, 30 November 2012 | 0 comments

A research team on board Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, have made an unusual discovery: an island that isn’t there.

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Something to Bragg about News

by Pat, 23 November 2012 | 1 comments

Two diffractometers: one from the 1970s and another from the present day.

Written by Jarrod Green If Lawrence Bragg was still alive he really could be boastful. This November marks the centenary of crystallography. It’s a powerful technique Bragg helped to develop for studying the structure of chemicals.

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Breaking symmetry News

by Pat, 20 November 2012 | 0 comments

Chemical formulas, such as H2O (water) and CO2 (carbon dioxide), are handy as they identify which atoms are present in a chemical compound. This can in turn help to make predictions about their properties. But only knowing which atoms make up a compound sometimes isn’t enough. It helps to know how the atoms are arranged.

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Bubble prints Activity

by Jasmine, 17 November 2012 | 0 comments

A tray of purple bubbles, with someone breatihng into it with a straw

Follow these instructions and create a work of art out of bubbles, while learning some maths.

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Microwave caramel Activity

by Pat, 14 November 2012 | 1 comments

Mixing the light brown caramel until smooth.

If you’re looking for a sweet activity, this one’s the sweetest! Make yourself some caramel, and learn all about the chemistry of caramelisation.

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Element 113 spotted News

by Pat, 5 October 2012 | 0 comments

Artist's impression of colliding nuclei.

A few months ago, Science by Email reported on the naming of two superheavy elements, flerovium and livermorium. Now a team from Japan has reported making a third atom of another, new superheavy element with an atomic number of 113.

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(Not) apple pie Activity

by Mike, 5 October 2012 | 3 comments

Piece of pie

Create a taste illusion with this fun recipe!

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Orange life jacket Activity

by Jasmine, 28 September 2012 | 0 comments

Floating orange with sink

Written by Sarah Kellett Life jackets are often orange to make them easy to spot after an accident. And orange fruit have their own life jackets, all built in!

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CSIRO’s got gas News

by Pat, 13 September 2012 | 0 comments

Electron micrograph of a metal organic framework

It’s Australian footy finals season, and millions of eyes around the country are focused on the football field. Now imagine the area of that football field and fold it in half. Keep folding and folding until it’s small enough to sit in a spoon. Sounds impossible, right?

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New elements given names News

by Pat, 8 June 2012 | 0 comments

Artist's impression of colliding nuclei.

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recently announced new names for two recently discovered elements: flerovium and livermorium.

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