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Reflective roads Activity

by David, 3 August 2022 | 0 comments

Road paint is surprisingly shiny! Image: ©iStock.com/NYC Stock Photos

Have you ever sat in the front seat of a car at night? Road reflectors, street signs and even road paint all shine bright under car headlights. Make your own ‘road paint’ and see if you can make it shine with glass beads!

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This robot perches like a bird News

by David, 8 December 2021 | 0 comments

Photo of a drone in a tree, holding onto a branch with claws.

Have you ever watched a bird landing in a tree? Somehow, they manage to stop flying, grab on to a branch and balance all at once. Now, thanks to a team of researchers from Stanford University in the United States, there’s a robot that can do the same!

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Meet Dr Keith Bannister: astronomer and engineer News

by David, 11 November 2021 | 0 comments

Photo of Keith Bannister sitting in front of a computer screen.

By Rachel Rayner Dr Keith Bannister knew from an early age he wanted to do something technical with his life. The bedroom floor of his childhood home was usually littered with wires, screws, nuts and bolts.

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Australia wins a million at the ‘Robot Olympics’ News

by David, 30 September 2021 | 2 comments

exploring caves is all in a day's work for this robot! Image: CSIRO

CSIRO’s robotics scientists have a lot to celebrate. They were part of a team that represented Australia in one of the world’s hardest robotics competitions, the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. And they just won silver (and a million dollars).

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15 ways to have fun with food Activity

by David, 19 August 2021 | 0 comments

Small plate of coconut covered marshmallows

There’s a tonne of science in food. Here are 15 of our favourite food-related science activities to tickle your brain and tantalise your tastebuds!

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Make a reed switch Activity

by Mike, 10 June 2021 | 0 comments

By Mike McRae and David Shaw Attracted to doing some hands-on science? Why not use a magnet to create a ‘reed switch’?

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How do ‘I am not a robot’ quizzes work? News

by David, 9 June 2021 | 3 comments

A computer screen saying 'I'm not a robot'

By Mike McRae Double Helix magazine is looking for your questions! Our Microscope column answers the most intriguing science, tech, engineering and maths queries you can throw at us. Comment down below with your question, or email us at Helix.Editor@csiro.au. The best questions will be published in our magazine! Here’s a sample question to get…

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Ancient tools meet nuclear technology News

by David, 19 November 2020 | 1 comments

Image of traditional tools labeled and placed in a box.

Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka Traditional Owners recently travelled to Lucas Heights, home of Australia’s nuclear reactor. They’re searching for clues from nuclear science to help tell the story of some ancient tools.

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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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How green is a flying car? News

by David, 16 August 2019 | 0 comments

Artists impression of a flying car above a city scape.

People have been dreaming of flying cars for more than a century, and they’re almost here. There are plans to test a flying taxi from Melbourne airport as soon as next year. Flying cars are quick and oh-so-cool, but are they good for the planet?

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