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Don’t roast marshmallows in volcanoes News

by David, 7 June 2018 | 0 comments

Image of hot lava in the crater of a volcano.

It’s no secret that volcanoes are dangerous. The recent eruption of Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego has taken more than 110 lives. In Hawaii, lava has covered roads, destroyed cars and set fire to buildings. So it may come as a surprise to hear that people are wondering if they can use volcanoes to toast their…

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Butterflies and big continents – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 6 June 2018 | 0 comments

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Time to test your scientific mettle. This week we’re asking questions about everything from tiny butterfly legs to huge continents. Good luck!

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Mapping the Moon Activity

by David, 31 May 2018 | 0 comments

Photograph of the face of the Moon

Pick a time to head outside at night and see if you can find these features on the face of the Moon.

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Lots of eights brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 30 May 2018 | 0 comments

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I want to find a number that is divisible by three. I also want all of its digits to be 8s. Does my number exist?

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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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Hot stars and heavy air – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 23 May 2018 | 0 comments

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Ready to test your knowledge? In this quiz we’ve got a range of questions, about distant stars to the very air we breathe!

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Play Scopa Activity

by David, 17 May 2018 | 0 comments

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Here’s a traditional card game that’s bound to get your brain pumping. Being able to add up will help, but there’s plenty more to puzzle over!

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Half of 12 brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 16 May 2018 | 0 comments

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You probably know that half of 12 is six. But the other day, I caught a glimpse of a clock peeking between buildings. At that moment, I noticed that sometimes, half of 12 is seven. How is this possible?

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Faintest touch, lightest force News

by David, 10 May 2018 | 0 comments

Image of the force detector, a metal box with electrodes either end, a lens. Red and orange illustrate the movement of the atom when force is applied.

What’s the faintest touch you can feel? A feather on the back of your hand, a whispered breath in your ear? Scientists from CSIRO and Griffith University just built a device that feels much lighter touches – in fact, it’s the most sensitive force detector on the planet!

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Sizing up the Sun – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 9 May 2018 | 6 comments

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Here’s a quiz to get your brain pumping. Test your knowledge of floating metals, and not one but two questions about the closest star to home – our Sun! If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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