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Fact vs fiction in Ant-Man and The Wasp News

by Jasmine, 27 September 2018 | 1 comments

It’s exciting to get swept up in the fictional world of a good movie, but do you ever wonder if the story line is really possible? Sit back and pass the popcorn as we take a closer look at the science and technology behind Ant-Man and The Wasp.

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Flying cups Activity

by David, 9 August 2018 | 5 comments

Someone streching a rubberband attached to a paper cup in readiness to launch the cup.

Do you like paper planes? Here’s a different glider to try, made from cups. You might be surprised at the path it takes when it flies!

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Pulling pulleys Activity

by David, 26 July 2018 | 2 comments

Photo of a bobbin attached by a loop of string to a drink bottle, with another srting loop going upwards out of the shot.

Have you ever wondered how cranes can lift such heavy things? Their pulleys really help lighten the load. In this activity, have a play with some pulleys. These simple machines can make heavy weights as light as a feather!

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Young engineer cleans windows and saves lives News

by David, 24 May 2018 | 0 comments

Photo of a young man with a screw driver, adjusting a machine.

If you hate cleaning windows, then do we have the invention for you! Sydney high school student Oliver Nicholls has developed a robotic window cleaner that has impressed the world. In fact, he just took out the top award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh in the United States!

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Four fantastic facts about Stephen Hawking News

by David, 29 March 2018 | 6 comments

Stephen Hawking was widely regarded as one of the best physicists of our age, so it was a huge loss when he died on 14 March this year. Here are a few things you might not know about one of history’s most celebrated scientists.

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On Earth and Mars, time and travel – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 14 March 2018 | 0 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

Put your thinking caps on, it’s time to test your skills in chemistry, time, space, tech and biology!

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Double Helix Extra: your new email update! Update

by Jasmine, 28 February 2018 | 0 comments

10 year old holding tablet and atomic model.

Double Helix magazine is excited to announce that we’re merging our newsletters Science by Email and Maths by Email, and adding a splash of technology and engineering news. Keep an eye out for our new look email, called Double Helix Extra!

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This supercomputer is super-fast, and super-cool News

by David, 7 July 2017 | 0 comments

A diagram illustrating undergraound lakes fedin into a supercomputer.

A few kilometres from the centre of Perth sits the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. This futuristic building contains several supercomputers, including the fastest computer in the southern hemisphere, Magnus. Pawsey is dedicated to supporting science, but it takes a lot of science to keep the building running.

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Penguin rovers in disguise News

by Jasmine, 21 November 2014 | 1 comments

Emperor penguin adults and chick with rover.

Written by Julia Cleghorn Researchers have found a better way to study penguin behaviour – send in a remote-controlled rover! Compared with researchers collecting data themselves, rovers were found to be less disruptive to the colony, less stressful for the penguins, and sometimes a whole lot cuter to watch!

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Decoding binary numbers Activity

by David, 13 January 2014 | 4 comments

Zeroes and ones on a blue and green background. ©iStock.com\ivanastar

Written by Gabrielle Tramby In this activity you’ll do maths like a computer. It’s a bit tricky, so younger readers may want to read the ‘What’s Happening?’ section first.

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