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Snapping a black hole News

by David, 16 April 2019 | 0 comments

Glowing red and orange donut shape on a black background.

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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No can opener? No problem! Activity

by David, 4 April 2019 | 0 comments

Taking the lid off a can of baked beans.

When opening a tin can, chances are you’ll turn to a can opener or use a ring pull. But these are not the only ways to crack open a tin. In this activity, try using sandpaper to remove the top of a can!

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Floating images Activity

by David, 21 March 2019 | 0 comments

Drawing of a green and red butterfly in the bottom of a bowl with a small amount of blue water.

Have you ever wanted to bring your pictures to life? Here’s one neat trick to make a drawing float away, literally!

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Keep your green thumbs to yourself! News

by David, 14 March 2019 | 2 comments

Seedling growing from the soil with gardeners hands cupping around plant.

Written by Mike McRae Your pets might like a good scratch, but new research suggests your beloved pot plants might not be so fond of having their fronds fondled.

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Queen’s Guard Activity

by David, 7 March 2019 | 1 comments

Hexagonal board game with chess pieces on it.

Here’s a simple game that can be very tricky to play well. Give it a go, then find out why it’s such a challenge.

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How to find the world’s biggest bee News

by David, 28 February 2019 | 3 comments

Image of a giant bee and a smaller honey bee.

As long as a thumb and with a six-centimetre wingspan, you’d think it would be hard to miss Wallace’s giant bee. Alfred Wallace – a biologist who, at the same time as Charles Darwin, also came up with the theory of evolution through natural selection – wrote about it way back in 1858. But since…

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Upside down bottle Activity

by David, 21 February 2019 | 2 comments

Plastic bottle half filled with water with a screen tied over the opening and the whole thing inverted upside down.

Here’s a classic activity with a showy twist. Surprise your friends by inverting a water bottle without spilling its contents!

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Can bacteria survive 500 years in space? News

by David, 14 February 2019 | 1 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 | 2 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

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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