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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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Spinning, rolling and hula hooping Activity

by Carol Saab, 27 June 2013 | 2 comments

What does hula hooping have to do with science? Quite a lot when we think about physics; namely energy, motion and torque. Check out the latest installment of our new video series to see some awesome hooping and how easy it is to mimic this movement with other objects.

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How does an optical illusion work? Activity

by Carol Saab, 20 June 2013 | 8 comments

Our eyes play a huge part in helping us explore the world around us, but occasionally they play tricks on us. In this optical illusion, we’re testing your perception of colour by making an after-image optical illusion. In other words, we’re tricking your eyes to see colours that aren’t really there. Check it out!

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