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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

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

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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Did you wash your hands? News

by David, 24 October 2019 | 0 comments

A girl and a boy washing their hands in the bathroom sink.

If you’re a bit of a germophobe, we have bad news for you. There are a lot of Australians who aren’t washing their hands nearly enough. That’s the conclusion of new research from the Food Safety Information Council.

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Drop jump Activity

by David, 17 October 2019 | 2 comments

Two matcch box drawers side by side with a ten cent coin in the upper drawer.

Drop the ruler, watch for the jump… that’s the point of drop jump! Can you work out which matchbox tray the coin will fall into?

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Pterosaur tears up ancient sky News

by David, 10 October 2019 | 0 comments

A pterosaur - a flying reptile from the age of the dinosaurs

It’s spring, and in many areas of Australia that means it’s magpie swooping season. But next time you’re ducking an angry bird, be thankful you live now and not 90 million years ago. Back then, the swooping might have come from something much larger.

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