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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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Leaving patterns Activity

by David, 31 January 2019 | 0 comments

a cup of water with plastic over the top and a coin balancing on that.

Written by Elvina Lee Here’s a cool activity that’s perfect for a hot summer’s day! Create a curious pattern with water.

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Bubbling bells Activity

by David, 13 December 2018 | 0 comments

Small metal bells in a glass of fizzy water

Written by Elvina Lee What’s the festive season without bells? Here’s an activity you can do, without the headache of excess jingling!

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Water balancing trick Activity

by David, 29 November 2018 | 0 comments

A five cent coin with a convex drop of blue water covering the surface.

Here’s a balancing game, but with a bit of practice you will always win! Why? Because you’ve set up a clever trick.

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Revealed! The secret to wombats’ cube poo News

by David, 21 November 2018 | 0 comments

Picture of a wombat.

A walk in the Australian bush can occasionally reveal piles of strange, cube-shaped poo, carefully balanced on top of rocks. Although it might seem like a prank, they’re perfectly natural. Chances are, this cube poo has been ejected from a wombat’s rear end.

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From silly straw to annoying instrument Activity

by David, 15 November 2018 | 0 comments

A man blowing into a straw.

Do you get annoyed when you get a plastic straw with your drink? Instead of throwing it out, take it home and use it to make a musical instrument!

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Special delivery! Robotic helper for baby coral News

by David, 8 November 2018 | 0 comments

Image of two small robots releasing a cloud of coral polyps over a dead area of reef.

The Great Barrier Reef has had a rough time. Rising temperatures , storms and attacks from crown of thorn starfish are among the problems damaging the reef. This year, scientists are aiming to supercharge its recovery with a new robotic helper.

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Leaning fire Activity

by David, 1 November 2018 | 2 comments

Image of a tealight in a small glass jar.

Water in a cup sloshes around if you don’t move it carefully. What about fire? Let’s find out! Safety: This activity involves fire, so ask an adult to help. Don’t do this activity during a fire ban. First aid: If you burn yourself, blow out the candle and run the burn under cold water for…

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Earth’s heart is like solid gold News

by David, 25 October 2018 | 0 comments

Image of half a sphere with three central glowing layers. The inner core being the brightest.

You might not think about it much, but there’s an amazing planet under your feet. Dig down about 50 kilometres and the rocky crust begins to give way to the hot, soft mantle. Deeper down, the rocks get hotter and runnier, reaching temperatures of thousands of degrees. At the very centre, there’s a solid core…

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Astronauts didn’t make it to space this time News

by David, 18 October 2018 | 0 comments

A rocket flying up into the sky

Astronauts have nerves of steel. They ride controlled explosions, strapped to giant tanks of rocket fuel. And every now and then, things go wrong. Last Thursday, two space explorers didn’t quite make it to space – but they lived to tell the tale!

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