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Powered by the sea News

by Pat, 7 June 2013 | 0 comments

Waves breaking on the shore.

It’s hard not to be impressed by the power of the ocean. The thunderous crash of waves during a storm and more gentle movements of the tides have captured many people’s imaginations. But the power of the ocean is not just poetic – it could literally be used to provide electricity.

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Robotic futures News

by Pat, 10 May 2013 | 0 comments

Yellow submarine on a beach.

Robots have been a popular part of science fiction for years. While robots that can think and feel like humans are still just a fantasy, robotic systems are already having an impact on our lives. CSIRO runs one of the largest robotics research centres in the world, the Autonomous Systems Laboratory. Instead of trying to…

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Migration mysteries News

by Pat, 3 May 2013 | 0 comments

Black-winged stilt wading in water.

When the weather gets colder, do you sometimes wish you could pack up and head somewhere warmer? Many species of animals do this – it’s called migration.

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Too many positrons News

by Pat, 19 April 2013 | 0 comments

Image of a supernova remnant taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

You might not feel it, but it’s always raining – not raindrops, but cosmic rays. These high-energy particles from outer space could contain clues to some of the mysteries of the Universe.

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Electric buzz News

by Pat, 1 March 2013 | 0 comments

Honey bee on a flower.

Flowers have adaptations such as vivid colours and strong scents to attract bees. According to recent research, they might also have a more electric way of bringing all the bees to the yard.

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Skipping stones Activity

by Pat, 21 February 2013 | 2 comments

Stone kipping off the surface of a lake.

Have you ever wanted to know how to skip stones across a lake? Wonder no more! with our handy guide you’ll be skipping in no time!

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Falling from the sky News

by Pat, 21 February 2013 | 0 comments

Satellite image showing the vapour trail.

A meteor caused quite a stir near Chelyabinsk in central Russia last week. While countless tiny meteors fly across Earth’s sky every day, this particular ‘shooting star’ was much more spectacular – video footage of the event shows a fireball streaking across the sky before exploding.

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Cozy in cotton or warm in wool? Activity

by Mike, 24 January 2013 | 0 comments

2 thermometers, cotton, wool, cardboard, aluminium cans.

Wondering what to wear on a chilly winter morning? Rug up a couple of cans and see whether cotton is cozy, or wool warm!

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Bounce back Activity

by Jasmine, 17 January 2013 | 0 comments

Challenge your friend to bounce a ball across a table. With this one simple trick, you can get it to bounce back!

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The case of the phantom island News

by Pat, 30 November 2012 | 0 comments

A research team on board Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, have made an unusual discovery: an island that isn’t there.

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