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Make The Dish! Activity

by David, 4 November 2021 | 0 comments

Paper model of radio telescope with starry background.

By David Shaw and Domonkos Szabo The Parkes radio telescope, turned 60 this week! To celebrate, why not make a model of The Dish?

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Leaves – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 3 November 2021 | 0 comments

This quiz has a leafy theme. Can you get the high score, or will it leave you heartbroken?

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Make an electroscope Activity

by David, 28 October 2021 | 0 comments

Foil strips dangling inside a cup.

By Patrick Mahony Have you ever been surprised by a static shock? This clever device can measure electrical charge!

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Fibre fun! A quick quiz Quiz

by David, 27 October 2021 | 0 comments

This quiz is all about fibres. From fabric to food, there’s plenty of fibre to chew over!

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Scuba-diving lizards News

by David, 21 October 2021 | 0 comments

Lizard underwater with a bubble on its head

By Cordelia Jerjen Aquatic bugs use bubbles to breathe underwater. But this natural mechanism for underwater breathing has never been thought possible in vertebrates (animals with a backbone). In a first-of-its kind discovery, scientists have found that anoles – a type of semi-aquatic lizard – share this trick.

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Zig-zag roller Activity

by David, 14 October 2021 | 0 comments

Two cardboard shapes held together with tape, one green, one white.

This weird, wonderful shape is called a sphericon and it has a strange way of rolling. It wiggles back and forth as it trundles downhill!

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Studying warming soils with volcanoes! News

by David, 8 October 2021 | 0 comments

Cliff edge with fog rising from lower down.

It’s no secret that the world is warming. Scientists are studying how climate change affects all kinds of things, from icecaps to oceans, and single species to entire ecosystems. And there’s a lot to consider. When was the last time you thought about soil?

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Uncommon units – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 6 October 2021 | 0 comments

Scientists measure all kinds of things, from plants to planets. And sometimes, they invent strange scales to measure things against – as you’ll discover in this quiz!

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Australia wins a million at the ‘Robot Olympics’ News

by David, 30 September 2021 | 2 comments

exploring caves is all in a day's work for this robot! Image: CSIRO

CSIRO’s robotics scientists have a lot to celebrate. They were part of a team that represented Australia in one of the world’s hardest robotics competitions, the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. And they just won silver (and a million dollars).

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Balancing acrobat Activity

by David, 23 September 2021 | 4 comments

a paper person, balancing on its head

This simple toy can balance on a table edge or a fingertip. So get your craft on and have some physics fun!

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