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Creating a vaccine for coronavirus News

by David, 27 February 2020 | 4 comments

Microscopic image of a virus stained yellow.

Article updated 2 April In the fight against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it’s important to move fast. Some of the world’s best scientists are looking for a vaccine, a drug that teaches your body how to fight an infection before you even get it. However, making a new vaccine for coronavirus is a very…

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A taste of science – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 26 February 2020 | 0 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

This quiz explores one of our most enigmatic senses. Do have the answers you need to taste victory?

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Mirage in a cup Activity

by David, 20 February 2020 | 0 comments

Class of clear liquid with layers between the clear liquids, affecting the image seen through the glass.

If you’re in the desert on a hot day, you might see things that aren’t really there. But that’s not the only way to see a mirage – you can also see them in a glass of sugary water!

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How do you bend a diamond? News

by David, 13 February 2020 | 0 comments

Diamond held by pliers.

Diamonds are amazing crystals. A repeating pattern of pure carbon atoms, they’re famous for being the hardest substance in the world. Yet, an Australian team of scientists have just managed to bend diamonds. So how did they do it?

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Splash and a dunk key to cooling off News

by David, 30 January 2020 | 0 comments

Two boys playing with a hose

By Michelle Wheeler Summer scorcher and no air-con? Dunking your feet in water can make the heat more bearable, Aussie research suggests. Sponging yourself all over is even better, and has the added benefit of lowering your heart rate.

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Leaving patterns Activity

by David, 21 January 2020 | 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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Airbag bang Poem

by Jasmine, 5 December 2019 | 1 comments

Inflated airbag and manequin

Written by Celia Berrell A small steel ball in a short smooth tube held in place by a spring, is the kind of switch that works in a twitch and starts an exploding thing.

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Protecting paintings with flow chemistry News

by David, 21 November 2019 | 0 comments

Gloved hand painting with a brush onto a work of art.

Have you ever wondered why many old paintings are so shiny? It’s not the paint they used – it’s a varnish that’s applied on top of the paint. These chemicals are designed to enhance and protect precious artworks. And CSIRO just formulated a new varnish that’s taking the art world by storm!

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A to Z – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 6 November 2019 | 0 comments

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We’re testing your science knowledge from A to Z! From animals quirks to the age of zircon, see if you can get all five questions right.

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Glow germs Activity

by David, 31 October 2019 | 4 comments

Image of a hand under purple light.

Washing your hands is important, but how do you know if it’s working? Make some safe but gross glow germs to find out how well you wash!

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