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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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Poems from the periodic table News

by Jasmine, 15 August 2019 | 2 comments

Is there a chemical element you love the most? To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table in 2019, Double Helix is running a poetry competition for school-aged students with support from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). Meet our chemistry expert and competition judge, Michelle Neil!

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Get in shape – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 14 August 2019 | 0 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

With a question about square numbers, here’s a chance to get your brain in shape! Have a go and see if you can get 5/5.     If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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Sugar and sunglasses Activity

by David, 8 August 2019 | 0 comments

Jar with polarised light effect.

Wearing sunglasses while using a computer might seem like a bad idea. But if you use the right glasses, it can make a great experiment!

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A sign of the times brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 7 August 2019 | 2 comments

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Terri was doing sums for her signwriting business. She worked out that one-third of six and two-thirds of eleven together made seven. Her maths might seem wonky, but she was completely correct. Can you work out what she was trying to do?

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Super-quick reflexes? Just add electricity! News

by David, 1 August 2019 | 0 comments

Photo of a young boy with his eyes shut, juggling three balls.

Have you ever wished you had superhuman reflexes? In a simple but effective experiment, scientists from Sony Computer Science Laboratories and the University of Chicago used electrodes to improve people’s reaction times.

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Up to speed – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 31 July 2019 | 1 comments

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You don’t have to rush to finish this quiz. There are plenty of questions about speed, but you can take as long as you like. So relax, get your thinking cap on and see if you can get 5/5!

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Spinning cotton Activity

by David, 25 July 2019 | 0 comments

A green bead the size of a marble threaded onto a piece of string.

Most clothes are woven from thread, then sewn together with thread. While there are now many human-made fibres, cotton is the most widely used of the natural fibres in clothing. So why not try spinning your own cotton thread, and learn a bit more about how clothes are made?

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The full fruit bowl brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 24 July 2019 | 1 comments

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There are three types of fruit in the fruit bowl: All pieces of fruit are bananas, except for three of them. All pieces of fruit are apples, except for four of them. All pieces of fruit are oranges, except for five of them. Can you work out how many pieces of each fruit are in…

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Lizard smarts: baby blue-tongues born clever News

by David, 18 July 2019 | 3 comments

A small blue tongue lizard on a person's hand.

Have you ever looked through your old school books? You might be surprised at how many mistakes you used to make, or the things you didn’t understand. Human brains take decades to fully develop, but eastern blue-tongue lizards might be born as clever as their adult counterparts.

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