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Giants! A quick quiz Quiz

by David, 17 June 2020 | 0 comments

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There are some giant things lurking in these questions. Some of them are easy to spot, and others are hidden. Can you uncover all the answers?

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The secret to Venus’ fast clouds News

by David, 30 April 2020 | 0 comments

Image of the planet Venus.

If you think the days feel long, be glad you don’t live on Venus. Our inner neighbour rotates only once every 243 Earth days, but you wouldn’t be able to tell this by looking at it. Venus is cloaked in thick clouds that are whipped around the planet by wind. These clouds complete a lap…

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15 activity ideas for young makers Activity

by David, 24 April 2020 | 1 comments

Pipeleaner and string construction.

You might be stuck at home, but there’s still plenty to make and do! Here are some of our favourite activity ideas for young makers.

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How long was a dinosaur’s day? News

by David, 12 March 2020 | 2 comments

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The dinosaurs lived many millions of years ago. Since then, many things have changed about our planet. The oceans and continents have shifted, ecosystems have changed and lots of species – including dinosaurs – have become extinct. Even the regular patterns of sunrise and sunset might have drifted.

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Pterosaur tears up ancient sky News

by David, 10 October 2019 | 0 comments

A pterosaur - a flying reptile from the age of the dinosaurs

It’s spring, and in many areas of Australia that means it’s magpie swooping season. But next time you’re ducking an angry bird, be thankful you live now and not 90 million years ago. Back then, the swooping might have come from something much larger.

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Quakes on the Moon News

by David, 20 June 2019 | 0 comments

Earth is active down to its very rocks. Earthquakes and volcanoes shake our planet, and the continents themselves drift lazily across the surface. Compared to Earth, the Moon is a cold, hard rock. But even lunar rocks are more active than you might think.

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Snapping a black hole News

by David, 16 April 2019 | 0 comments

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Scientists have just announced that they have the first photo of a black hole! But what does that actually mean? Read on to find out.

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Unsuccessful Moon lander still a winner News

by David, 15 April 2019 | 0 comments

Image of a rocket launching in a cloud of smoke and flames.

On Friday, a tiny spacecraft attempted to land on the Moon. It’s wasn’t from NASA or Roscosmos, or even China’s CNSA. The Beresheet Moon lander came from a small, not-for-profit company called SpaceIL, based in the tiny Middle Eastern country of Israel.

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Can bacteria survive 500 years in space? News

by David, 14 February 2019 | 3 comments

Image of a red orb sealed in a glass bottle.

Imagine bacteria, clinging to a rock, floating deep in space. The rock was once blasted off its planet by a cataclysmic explosion. Hundreds of years in the future, the rock encounters a new planet, bringing these lonely bacteria with it. The question is, could the bacteria survive?

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All things space – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 1 February 2019 | 4 comments

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Written by Elvina Lee As they say in Star Trek, “Space: the final frontier”. How well do you know this big beyond? This week’s quiz will test your familiarity with all things space. If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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