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Cricket on The Dish! News

by David, 18 October 2018 | 0 comments

Several people playing cricket on The Dish.

If you’ve ever seen the iconic movie The Dish, you’ll probably remember when two engineers turned the most famous telescope in Australia into a cricket pitch. Kids from across New South Wales got a chance to do the same, along with some of Australia’s biggest cricket stars.

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On the pulse

by Jasmine, 11 February 2016 | 0 comments

By Emily Standen Did you know 2016 is the International Year of Pulses? Take your hand off you wrist though – this type of pulse refers to food, not your heartbeat! Pulses include particular types of legumes such as lentils, mung beans and kidney beans. They are a food source for many cultures right around…

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Art and science

by , 23 May 2014 | 2 comments

The eyes have it. Bright, colourful butterflies and birds easily catch our attention. But to visualise bacteria, we need to get creative. A picture tells a thousand words. But how many words go into a picture? For molecular biologist and artist David Goodsell, pages upon pages of research go into each artistic creation. David makes…

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Make a magnetic rocket Activity

by Carol Saab, 15 August 2013 | 2 comments

Woman looking at magnets on a track

What happens when your rocket fuel is magnetic force? Our latest video shows you how to make a rocket using super strong rare-earth magnets, skewers, ball bearings and blu-tack. Check it out in slow-mo and watch for something rather curious…

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Extract DNA from a banana! Activity

by Carol Saab, 8 August 2013 | 3 comments

DNA is the blueprint and genetic guide for every living thing, and units of DNA are tiny. So how can we see it with our own eyes? Many DNA units form a long, stringy molecule that is easily visible and easy to extract from particular living things, like peas or a banana.

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Make a magnetic rail gun Activity

by Carol Saab, 1 August 2013 | 1 comments

Hand holding a ring launcher that looks like a rod with a handle

Electricity, magnets, momentum and cool slow-mo footage. It’s all in our video: take a look!

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There’s no such thing as suction Activity

by Carol Saab, 25 July 2013 | 0 comments

Woman in blue bag with head peeking out. Vacuum cleaner sucking air from bag.

This may surprise you, but there’s no such thing as suction. In this week’s video we look at what creates ‘suction’; air flow and areas of high and low pressure.

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Super quick ice-cream Activity

by Carol Saab, 18 July 2013 | 1 comments

Milo tin surrounded by ice in a larger sealed container

To make ice-cream we use a whole bunch of different principles from physics and chemistry. In our video, we use salt to reduce the freezing point of water to make delicious, homemade ice-cream in minutes.

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How people sense acceleration Activity

by Carol Saab, 11 July 2013 | 1 comments

a diagram of the inner ear.

Where’s your head at? Our ability to sense the rotational movement of our head comes from a set of organs in the inner ear. One of these organs, the utricle, also gives us the ability to sense acceleration.

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Need some inspiration? News

by Jasmine, 9 July 2013 | 0 comments

A teenage girl

These BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards students have done practical research projects, with innovative approaches, using scientific procedures. See what they’ve achieved in the video below. Video transcript available here. Are you up for the challenge? Enter the BHP Science and Engineering Awards!

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