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How to find the world’s biggest bee News

by David, 28 February 2019 | 3 comments

Image of a giant bee and a smaller honey bee.

As long as a thumb and with a six-centimetre wingspan, you’d think it would be hard to miss Wallace’s giant bee. Alfred Wallace – a biologist who, at the same time as Charles Darwin, also came up with the theory of evolution through natural selection – wrote about it way back in 1858. But since…

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Upside down bottle Activity

by David, 21 February 2019 | 2 comments

Plastic bottle half filled with water with a screen tied over the opening and the whole thing inverted upside down.

Here’s a classic activity with a showy twist. Surprise your friends by inverting a water bottle without spilling its contents!

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Can bacteria survive 500 years in space? News

by David, 14 February 2019 | 3 comments

Image of a red orb sealed in a glass bottle.

Imagine bacteria, clinging to a rock, floating deep in space. The rock was once blasted off its planet by a cataclysmic explosion. Hundreds of years in the future, the rock encounters a new planet, bringing these lonely bacteria with it. The question is, could the bacteria survive?

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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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