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Something to Bragg about News

by Pat, 23 November 2012 | 1 comments

Two diffractometers: one from the 1970s and another from the present day.

Written by Jarrod Green If Lawrence Bragg was still alive he really could be boastful. This November marks the centenary of crystallography. It’s a powerful technique Bragg helped to develop for studying the structure of chemicals.

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Quantum waving Activity

by Mike, 21 November 2012 | 0 comments

A plastic container between two chairs with a torch shining up beneath the container.

Have you ever wondered what quantum physics was all about? Grab a tray of water and learn a bit about the strangest science of the twentieth century!

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Light stripes Activity

by Mike, 21 November 2012 | 0 comments

Peg holding laser and wire inserted into Blu tac.

Laser light is not the same as other kinds of light. In this activity, discover some of the ways it is special, and make a really cool pattern!

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Great balls of lightning News

by Pat, 19 October 2012 | 0 comments

Nineteenth century depiction of ball lightning

You’re at home, sitting on the couch. Outside, there is thunder and lightning. You notice something at the window: a strange, glowing ball of light. As you watch, it appears to pass through the glass. It wanders through the air before abruptly disappearing.

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Element 113 spotted News

by Pat, 5 October 2012 | 0 comments

Artist's impression of colliding nuclei.

A few months ago, Science by Email reported on the naming of two superheavy elements, flerovium and livermorium. Now a team from Japan has reported making a third atom of another, new superheavy element with an atomic number of 113.

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Super clock News

by Pat, 5 October 2012 | 0 comments

Protein crystals

A clock that lasts forever, without batteries or winding up, sounds like something from science fiction. Right now, that’s the case. But a research team led by scientists in the USA thinks it might actually to be possible to make such a device.

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Orange life jacket Activity

by Jasmine, 28 September 2012 | 0 comments

Floating orange with sink

Written by Sarah Kellett Life jackets are often orange to make them easy to spot after an accident. And orange fruit have their own life jackets, all built in!

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Make a reed switch Activity

by Mike, 14 September 2012 | 0 comments

Split pin on a table

Attracted to doing some hands-on science? Why not use a magnet to create a ‘reed switch’?

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Finding the Higgs boson News

by David, 11 September 2012 | 0 comments

two pieces of scientific equipment, each with an explosion inside.

A few months ago, scientists from the Large Hadron Collider announced they had found a new particle, one that could be the Higgs boson. The Higgs particle is thought to have properties explaining how other particles have mass. But the first signs of this new particle were detected over a year ago.

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Australia dishes news of Mars landing News

by Jasmine, 10 August 2012 | 0 comments

Artist's impression of Curiosity landing on Mars.

Written by Sarah Kellett When the rover Curiosity landed on Mars on 6 August (AEST), Australia was listening. Between hitting the atmosphere and landing safely, there were ‘seven minutes of terror’. Then, mission scientists heard the good news.

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