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Spiders use stretchy silk to lift large loads News

by David, 12 February 2021 | 0 comments

A redback spider with a small lizard trapped in its web

Imagine you’re a tangle-web spider, and you’ve just snared a nice big critter for dinner. Sounds great, huh? Except there’s a problem. Dinner is 50 times heavier than you, and it’s trying to escape. What’s a spider to do?

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A bone to pick – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 10 February 2021 | 2 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

Don’t let this quiz get under your skin! We’re investigating skeletons, but don’t get spooked. Get those bones moving and see if you can get full marks.

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The mysterious shapes of marsupial brains News

by David, 4 February 2021 | 0 comments

Two images, one of a Koala, the other a possum.

There are round-faced koalas and pointy-nosed bandicoots, sugar gliders with giant eyes and Tassie devils with powerful jaws. Marsupials have such wonderful and varied faces! But have you ever wondered how their brains look?

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Marbled nails! Activity

by David, 27 January 2021 | 0 comments

a thumb with a coluorful parttern painted on its nail

Have fun and give yourself marbled nails while learning more about chemistry.

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Twitter tunes for squirrels Poem

by David, 6 January 2021 | 0 comments

By Celia Berrell A sunny day, a balmy breeze with birdsong wafting from the trees. We know if birds should see a threat their songs will change. Alarms are sent. The creatures ‘round upon the ground respond to those alarming sounds. They know those birds have better views, so listen for those tweeting clues. Anxious…

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Can you spot the asteroid? News

by David, 23 December 2020 | 0 comments

By Jacinta Bowler The Hubble Space Telescope has been floating above us for 30 years and has made more than a million observations, so it makes sense that an asteroid occasionally gets in the way of a good photo.

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Hands-on science for the holiday season Activity

by David, 18 December 2020 | 0 comments

Small metal bells in a glass of fizzy water

It’s the silly season! Looking for a way to celebrate with science? Try this collection of hands-on activities.

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Birds use herbs to beat bugs News

by David, 10 December 2020 | 0 comments

Image of a small brown and tawny coloured bird perched on a twig of a blossom tree.

Does your family use chemicals – like bug spray – to keep insects and other creepy crawlies out of your house? An international team of scientists just found that some sparrows do too!

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Fake snot Activity

by David, 9 December 2020 | 0 comments

Spoon dripping jelly like green liquid into a bowl.

Here’s some gross science for you to get hands-on with! This gloopy recipe produces some amazing fake snot.

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The birds – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 3 December 2020 | 2 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

This quiz is devoted to our flying (and sometimes flightless) feathered friends. Can you bring home a victory to feather your nest?

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