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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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Confessions of a craft tragic

by David, 20 August 2013 | 0 comments

Written by Maithili Mehta As well as loving maths, I also adore craft. Knitting, crochet, paper craft, you name it, I love it. Up until recently, I thought the extent of interaction between my two beloved areas was in resizing a knitting pattern (soooo many fractions) or knitting a moebius scarf/klein bottle. Imagine my excitement…

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Make a magnetic rocket

by Carol Saab, 15 August 2013 | 2 comments

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… when the magnets move down the track, momentum is added until the final ball flies off at a…

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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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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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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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A spinning coin explained Activity

by Carol Saab, 4 July 2013 | 2 comments

A man is looking at a rainbow coloured coin as it spins.

What happens when you spin a coin on a table? It spins and rolls (or ‘spolls’), for starters. How it stops is much more fascinating.

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