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Bamboo-inspired batteries News

by David, 12 August 2021 | 0 comments

Gloved hand holding a thin sheet with tweezers over a bowl of liquid.

There’s an awful lot going on inside a battery, and it relies on chemicals moving around and reacting. Now, Queensland scientists have created a new way to help these moving chemicals get where they need to go. And it’s based on a fast-growing plant – bamboo!

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Fossil fun – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 11 August 2021 | 0 comments

We’ve had to dig deep to bring you this quiz. Can you unearth all the right answers?

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Double Helix: Supporting young readers to grow into scientists News

by Jasmine, 10 August 2021 | 0 comments

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I’m Jasmine Fellows, Editor of CSIRO’s Double Helix magazine. As a girl, I’d often be found with my nose stuck in a book, comic, or magazine. I even read the earliest versions of our magazine, Double Helix News and The Helix.

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Chocolate’s sweet science News

by David, 6 August 2021 | 0 comments

A white, a milk and a dark bar of chocolate

By Carrol Baker Chocolate is smooth and creamy, comes in many different shapes and flavour combinations, and is a much-loved treat. So, what is it about chocolate that can send your taste buds into orbit? The secret is chemistry!

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Marshmallow slime Activity

by David, 5 August 2021 | 4 comments

Pink gloop of slime.

This year’s National Science Week theme is ‘Food: Different by Design’. So let’s celebrate with some edible marshmallow slime! Safety: When handling food, use clean hands and clean equipment. Items from the microwave can be hot – ask an adult to help.

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Shrinking square Brainteaser

by David, 5 August 2021 | 0 comments

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Difficulty: Fun Alex has a square of paper, but it’s a bit too big. To make it smaller, they found the middle of each side, and then ruled lines between them. Then they cut off the four corners along the lines, leaving a square in the middle.

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Under the surface of Mars News

by David, 29 July 2021 | 0 comments

Cross section illustration through a sphere.

If you dug a hole straight down, what would you find? Earth isn’t just solid rock all the way through. There’s a thin rocky crust floating on the slowly flowing mantle, a liquid outer core and solid metal inner core. It turns out that Mars has a similar internal structure to Earth.

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Out of orbit – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 28 July 2021 | 0 comments

Blast into orbit with this well-rounded quiz. Will you crash back to Earth, or reach the stars?

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Jumping bug Activity

by David, 22 July 2021 | 0 comments

Twisted blue and white wire.

This simple toy is made from a few paperclips and can jump high into the air. Time to get bending!

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Growing big – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 21 July 2021 | 2 comments

This quiz is all about growth! Can you grow your knowledge and get the high score?

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