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Build your own International Space Station Activity

by Jas, 17 August 2012 | 32 comments

You will need scissors craft glue sticky tape pencil International Space Station paper model instructions thread   What to do   Follow the instructions you have downloaded and you will have your very own model of the International Space Station! You can also play the video below to see the steps involved. What’s happening The…

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New virus may unlock Hendra mysteries

by Pat, 16 August 2012 | 0 comments

Viruses are the cause of a number of diseases. The flu, chicken pox and most common colds are just a few examples of diseases caused by viral infections. While they may seem familiar, there is still much we don’t understand about viruses. For example, many bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, but few medicines…

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Solar spiral optimises power

by David, 14 August 2012 | 0 comments

Imagine a flat spiral, similar to a snail’s shell, coming closer and closer to a point. Now imagine more spiral lines, all centred on the same point. This shape looks like the clouds over a cyclone, or a whirling galaxy. Now imagine some spirals curving the opposite direction, but still sharing the same centre. It…

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Australia dishes news of Mars landing

by Pat, 10 August 2012 | 0 comments

Written by Sarah Kellett When the rover Curiosity landed on Mars on 6 August (AEST), Australia was listening. Between hitting the atmosphere and landing safely, there were ‘seven minutes of terror’. Then, mission scientists heard the good news. When landing in Gale Crater, Curiosity sent out a unique set of tones heard by the Canberra…

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Voyages of discovery

by Pat, 3 August 2012 | 0 comments

About 70% of the world’s surface is covered by ocean. You don’t even need to live near the coast to be affected by the sea. The sea is an important source of food, its currents influence climate systems and a significant amount of the oxygen we breathe comes from phytoplankton in the ocean. The ocean…

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Fermions, bosons and Higgs – oh my!

by Pat, 13 July 2012 | 0 comments

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have confirmed the discovery of a particle with properties that match those of the Higgs boson. The announcement has created a lot of excitement – why all the fuss? There is more to the Universe than just atoms. In fact, there is a whole range of tiny particles…

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New elements given names

by Pat, 8 June 2012 | 0 comments

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recently announced new names for two recently discovered elements: flerovium and livermorium. All elements are made of atoms, which each have a nucleus in their centre. The nucleus can be made of protons (with a positive charge) and neutrons (which have no charge). The number of protons…

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Australia shares SKA

by Pat, 1 June 2012 | 0 comments

The starlight that we see at night is only a fraction of what is out there. Stars and galaxies don’t just emit visible light but a range of electromagnetic radiation, including UV radiation, X-rays and radio waves. Most of this radiation is invisible to humans. Special telescopes are required to detect radiation such as radio…

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One step closer to polio eradication

by Pat, 2 March 2012 | 0 comments

The World Health Organisation recently announced that India has gone for more than one year with no new cases of polio. Polio is a highly contagious viral disease often spread through contaminated drinking water. Most people who contract poliovirus show no symptoms, but in a small percentage of cases, the effects can be devastating. Once…

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Centenary of Australian Antarctic Expeditions

by Pat, 3 February 2012 | 0 comments

Sunday 8 January 2012 marked the 100th Anniversary of Douglas Mawson’s expedition arriving in Antarctica. This was the first of many research expeditions Australia would undertake to the frozen continent. There are no cities or towns in Antarctica. However there are research stations, of which Australia has four. The scientists who stay in them conduct…

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