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Short stroll to 3D maps News

by Pat, 27 September 2013 | 0 comments

Three people looking at a 3D map of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Look around the room you’re in now. Imagine trying to accurately map out the details in the room. Now consider trying to map out the entire building. It sounds time consuming, but Zebedee technology can map whole buildings in minutes.

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Microscope: Higgs boson News

by Mike, 26 September 2013 | 0 comments

A table of the standard model in particle physics.

Welcome to Double Helix magazine’s Q&A section – Microscope. We take a close look at small questions full of big ideas. Q: I would like to know how a Higgs boson gives other particles their mass?

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Golden needles in rocky haystacks News

by Pat, 6 September 2013 | 0 comments

Gold nugget.

Imagine you have a massive pile of rocks. You think there might be gold in the rocks, not much, but enough to make some money. Now it might be easier to find out how much hidden gold there is.

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Microscope: Rainbow weight News

by Mike, 5 September 2013 | 0 comments

Stylised picture of a rainbow on a set of scales

Welcome to Double Helix magazine’s Q&A section – Microscope. We take a close look at small questions full of big ideas. Q: What is the weight of a rainbow?

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Atoms go pear-shaped News

by Pat, 30 August 2013 | 0 comments

Diagram showing pear-shaped nucleus.

Atoms – we know that they’re small. But what do they actually look like? Recent experiments suggest that some atoms have a surprising shape. To understand what an atom might look like, we need to know what they’re made of.

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Ticking away News

by Pat, 16 August 2013 | 0 comments

Artists impression of an atomic clock for space missions.

It’s a question that millions of people ask every day: ‘What’s the time?’ Knowing the time is an essential part of everyday life and important to scientific research as well.

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The search for life in the Universe News

by Pat, 19 July 2013 | 0 comments

Radio telescope dishes in the outback.

The idea there are living organisms, as yet undiscovered by humans, living on other planets, has fascinated people for years. The search for alien life is not just a science fiction topic – it’s part of a scientific field called astrobiology.

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Kite mayhem Activity

by Pat, 10 July 2013 | 0 comments

Hand holding the string of a kite as it flies in the air.

Kites are a great way to combine science, playfulness, patience and imagination. So grab a some simple household items and start building!

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More bumps means more bytes News

by Pat, 28 June 2013 | 0 comments

Laser beam shining on a DVD.

DVDs are a useful, reliable and relatively cheap way of storing information. Australian researchers have recently developed a technique to massively increase a DVD’s storage capacity.

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Spinning, rolling and hula hooping Activity

by Carol Saab, 27 June 2013 | 2 comments

What does hula hooping have to do with science? Quite a lot when we think about physics; namely energy, motion and torque. Check out the latest installment of our new video series to see some awesome hooping and how easy it is to mimic this movement with other objects.

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