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2015 BHP Billiton Science Awards winners News

by Nat, 9 February 2015 | 0 comments

A big congratulations to Dhruv Verma from Victoria and Jackson Huang from Queensland, the two winners of this year’s BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards. Dhruv was recognised for his PROTEGO project, and Jackson for his investigation into heartburn medication alternatives.

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Super sticking power News

by David, 12 December 2014 | 0 comments

A person wearing gloves and a harness climbing stright up a glass wall.

Written by Beth Askham Researchers have made sticky hand pads that let you climb walls like Spiderman. Inspired by gecko feet, a research lab at Stanford University in America developed the climbing device. This technology recently allowed a person weighing 70 kilograms to climb a sheer glass wall. The team have also used the structure…

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Blue is a Nobel colour News

by Andrew Wright, 17 October 2014 | 0 comments

Blue LEDs shine light onto a wall

What will make our future brighter? For thousands of years our lives have been lit by the Sun, by stars, by fire. Electricity brought new types of lights, ones we can summon at the flick of a switch.

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Crystal clocks and atomic ticks News

by Andrew Wright, 29 August 2014 | 0 comments

Strontium atomic clock

One of our readers requested an article about time keeping devices, and it’s a great time for the topic. Scientists set a new record in clock precision early this year with an atomic clock that ‘ticks’ 430 trillion times in a single second. Vibrations on your wrist Most wristwatches and wall clocks today use a…

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Star power on Earth News

by David, 8 August 2014 | 1 comments

Plama research facility

Written by Sarah Kellett Can we power our homes with the process that powers stars? Nuclear fusion offers to do just that, and scientists are looking for ways to harness this energy with experiments that run hotter than the Sun.

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Light’s whispers News

by Jasmine, 13 June 2014 | 0 comments

Light thermometer

Written by Sarah Kellett A whispering gallery of light has made the world’s most sensitive thermometer yet.

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Jelly lens for your smartphone Activity

by David, 2 May 2014 | 0 comments

A jelly lens being placed over a camera lens.

Written by Sarah Kellett Have you ever wanted to own a microscope? This jelly lens can turn any phone camera into a magnifying machine!

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Mini microscope News

by David, 2 May 2014 | 0 comments

Light focuses into bright spots through two drops of polymer

Written by Sarah Kellett You can now turn your phone camera into a microscope with a rubbery lens the size of a lentil. Costing only a cent, it could help track skin diseases and farming pests.

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Know your temperatures News

by Jasmine, 1 April 2014 | 0 comments

Panda eating ice cream.

Written by Matthew Dunn Illustrated by Alex Hallatt From absolute zero to the surface of the Sun, there’s a whole range of temperatures in our Universe. Let’s learn more!

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Deep sea divers News

by Sarah, 14 February 2014 | 0 comments

Argo float going into the sea.

Written by Neha Karl Is it a fish? Is it a boat? No, it’s Argo float – a robot ready to dive deep and collect information about the ocean!

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