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What’s cool in space? Asteroids! News

by David, 30 August 2018 | 0 comments

Image of a spacecraft.

Sometimes space missions can seem a bit faddish. Four spacecraft are currently orbiting Mars, and at least three missions are looking for new planets outside our solar system. But the new hotness, it seems, is asteroids.

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Taking it to the extreme – a quick quiz Quiz

by Jasmine, 28 August 2018 | 6 comments

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It’s time to push the limits! Can you take it to the maximum and get a high score?

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A whole lot of holes – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 15 August 2018 | 0 comments

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Wholly for your enjoyment, we’ve included several hole-related questions in this quiz. Don’t peek at the answers, or your victory might seem …. hollow!

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Making marshmallows Activity

by David, 14 August 2018 | 0 comments

Small plate of coconut covered marshmallows

Learn some fluffy and delicious chemistry by following this marshmallow recipe.

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Flying cups Activity

by David, 9 August 2018 | 1 comments

Someone streching a rubberband attached to a paper cup in readiness to launch the cup.

Do you like paper planes? Here’s a different glider to try, made from cups. You might be surprised at the path it takes when it flies!

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How did the glider cross the road? News

by David, 2 August 2018 | 0 comments

Image of a glider on a branch.

Roads are dangerous places for our wildlife. So for many years, we’ve been helping animals out by adding ways to cross safely. There are tunnels and underpasses for wombats and other ground animals. For tree climbers, there are ropeways, strung high above the traffic. But how do gliders cross the road?

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Pulling pulleys Activity

by David, 26 July 2018 | 2 comments

Photo of a bobbin attached by a loop of string to a drink bottle, with another srting loop going upwards out of the shot.

Have you ever wondered how cranes can lift such heavy things? Their pulleys really help lighten the load. In this activity, have a play with some pulleys. These simple machines can make heavy weights as light as a feather!

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Why is CSIRO releasing mosquitoes? News

by David, 19 July 2018 | 4 comments

Image of two mosquitoes.

There are plenty of reasons to hate mosquitoes. They are annoying, hard to catch, and their bites can itch for days. But they’re not just irritating – in many places they spread diseases such as malaria, Zika and dengue.

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Have a heart (or several?) – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 18 July 2018 | 0 comments

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We’re counting on you this Double Helix quiz, or perhaps you’re the one counting! Can you calculate what’s needed to get 100% this week? If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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Lava fizz Activity

by David, 12 July 2018 | 2 comments

Lava lamps look super cool, but they can be expensive and hard to find. With this activity, you can make your own bubbly lava and learn a bit about oil and water!

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