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Summer scorcher News

by Pat, 11 January 2013 | 0 comments

Fire burning through grassland.

In Australia, the year is off to a sizzling start. Much of the continent has been sweltering under a record-breaking heatwave. Let’s look at what’s causing these extreme temperatures.

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Liquefaction Activity

by Pat, 11 January 2013 | 0 comments

Brick standing on its end in a container of sand.

Although sand is a solid, did you know it can behave like a liquid? Find out how by trying this activity.

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Termites’ golden moments News

by Pat, 4 January 2013 | 0 comments

Termite mound in the bush.

How would you find out where to strike gold? Turns out termites might have the answer.

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Hot hot heat Activity

by Jasmine, 19 December 2012 | 0 comments

A cardboard box obscured by a pot plant.

Phew! The Sun can feel pretty hot, even though we’re millions of kilometres away on Earth. Find out more about how plants can keep buildings cool in this activity.

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Mopping up with food scraps News

by Pat, 14 December 2012 | 0 comments

Do you have left over fruit and vegetable scraps? One day you might be able to use them to clean up the environment!

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How the Global Positioning System (GPS) works Activity

by Pat, 28 November 2012 | 1 comments

A tree trunk with string tied around it and bundled at the base.

Time to head outdoors! This simple activity explains the basics of how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works.

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The whole tooth and nothing but the tooth News

by Mike, 2 November 2012 | 0 comments

Skull of a placoderm, an ancient type of fish

Say cheese and flash that beautiful smile. You should be proud of those choppers; after all, teeth have been around for nearly half a billion years.

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Water, water everywhere? News

by Pat, 26 October 2012 | 0 comments

A dam

It’s a small molecule, made of oxygen and hydrogen atoms in a V-shape. It’s colourless, odourless and expands when it freezes into a solid. It’s water, and without it, we wouldn’t be here.

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Great balls of lightning News

by Pat, 19 October 2012 | 0 comments

Nineteenth century depiction of ball lightning

You’re at home, sitting on the couch. Outside, there is thunder and lightning. You notice something at the window: a strange, glowing ball of light. As you watch, it appears to pass through the glass. It wanders through the air before abruptly disappearing.

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Gnome takes on weighty science issue News

by Jasmine, 4 September 2012 | 2 comments

Gnome on a boat on the water

Written by Alice Ryder A gnome‑madic garden gnome named Kern is travelling around the world – from Sydney to Antarctica, to a research laboratory two kilometres underground – to help measure a quirk in the science of gravity.

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