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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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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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Finding the coldest place on Earth News

by David, 5 July 2018 | 0 comments

Image of buildings in a flat icy landscape.

It’s the middle of winter in our part of the world. And if you live in southern parts of Australia, you might think it’s a bit chilly. But there are places on Earth that are much colder. New research has found places in Antarctica colder than we have ever measured before!

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Invisible glass Activity

by David, 28 June 2018 | 0 comments

Glass of water with a ock floating in it.

Find out more about invisibility by hiding a glass jar in plain sight. Then, use the jar to create a clever illusion, making a rock appear to float mysteriously!

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Mars storms a risk to rovers News

by David, 21 June 2018 | 1 comments

If you think the weather here on Earth is bad, be glad you don’t live on Mars. Storms currently cover much of the planet, with wind speeds of around 100 kilometres per hour. So spare a thought for the intrepid Mars rovers currently bearing the brunt of the storm.

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Shrinking plastic Activity

by David, 14 June 2018 | 2 comments

Image of a tiny giraffe held between someones fingers.

Have you ever wanted to draw really small pictures? Here’s a trick – you can just draw normal sized ones, and then use some special plastic to shrink them!

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Don’t roast marshmallows in volcanoes News

by David, 7 June 2018 | 0 comments

Image of hot lava in the crater of a volcano.

It’s no secret that volcanoes are dangerous. The recent eruption of Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego has taken more than 110 lives. In Hawaii, lava has covered roads, destroyed cars and set fire to buildings. So it may come as a surprise to hear that people are wondering if they can use volcanoes to toast their…

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