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Spotting quakes before the shakes News

by David, 25 May 2022 | 0 comments

Photo of a seismograph needle recording vibrations

Every second counts when a big earthquake hits. As soon as an earthquake sensor picks up the tremor, warnings can be sent over the internet, much faster than the shake travels through the Earth. And now, scientists have found a way to detect big earthquakes fast, maybe even before the ground starts to shake!

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Diamonds are forever quiz Quiz

by David, 19 May 2022 | 0 comments

These clear, shiny gemstones are very valuable and oh-so-special. Can you sparkle like a diamond and get full marks on our quiz?

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Convert this – a quick quiz Quiz

by Fiona, 20 April 2022 | 0 comments

By Fiona Midson and Beth Askham Here is a quantifying quiz for you to gauge! Answer these questions to see if you measure up.

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All things orange – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 23 March 2022 | 0 comments

By Fiona Midson and Beth Askham This quiz is full of juicy facts! Can you keep your score sheet clean and get 5/5?

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Time to shape up – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 16 March 2022 | 1 comments

By Fiona Midson and Beth Askham Here is ‘acute’ quiz for you to size up! Answer these questions to see if you are in shape.

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What’s making swirls on Mars? News

by Fiona, 3 March 2022 | 0 comments

Wispy purple marks on white pitted surface

By Jacinta Bowler This image of the Argyre Planitia on Mars really is out of this world! Taken back in February 2021 by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, it shows Mars’ chaotic terrain of mounds, ripples and huge blue ‘dust devil’ tracks.

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On the nose – a quick quiz Quiz

by Fiona, 2 March 2022 | 0 comments

By Fiona Midson and Beth Askham Here is a sweet quiz to test your olfactory knowledge. Can you score 5 out of 5 and come up smelling like roses? If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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Big moves News

by David, 17 February 2022 | 0 comments

Light shininh over the edge of planet Earth

By Louise Molloy The crust under your feet – it’s on the move! But we’re not talking about the edge of your toast. This crust is the outer layer of our planet. The Earth’s crust has been on the move for millions, and even billions, of years. There’s an exciting new theory looking at why…

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Good vibrations – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 16 February 2022 | 0 comments

Here is an acoustic quiz for you to sound out! Answer these questions and get some good vibrations.

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Marvellous McGrath’s Flat News

by David, 3 February 2022 | 0 comments

Man studying a rock he is holding.

By Louise Molloy They’re very rare. They’re very fragile. They’re the amazing, fossil bearing rocks found at McGrath’s Flat in central NSW.

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