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Finding the Higgs boson News

by David, 11 September 2012 | 0 comments

two pieces of scientific equipment, each with an explosion inside.

A few months ago, scientists from the Large Hadron Collider announced they had found a new particle, one that could be the Higgs boson. The Higgs particle is thought to have properties explaining how other particles have mass. But the first signs of this new particle were detected over a year ago.

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2012 Eureka Prizes announced News

by Pat, 6 September 2012 | 0 comments

Rip currents at a beach

What do the electromagnetic force, rip currents, humpback whales and lizards have in common? They are just some of the subjects of work that won Eureka Prizes this year.

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Gnome takes on weighty science issue News

by Jasmine, 4 September 2012 | 2 comments

Gnome on a boat on the water

Written by Alice Ryder A gnome‑madic garden gnome named Kern is travelling around the world – from Sydney to Antarctica, to a research laboratory two kilometres underground – to help measure a quirk in the science of gravity.

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A level playing field News

by Pat, 31 August 2012 | 0 comments

Oscar Pistorius running on the track with his specially designed running blades.

The Olympic Games have finished in London, which means it’s time for the Paralympics to begin. Like their non-disabled counterparts, elite athletes with a disability rely more and more on science and technology for that winning edge. But is it fair for everyone?

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Play the time walk board game Activity

by Jasmine, 24 August 2012 | 2 comments

Board for the time walk board game

Looking for something to do this weekend? Play the time walk board game. You can download and print the instructions, game pieces and  board. Let us know what you think! If you’re after more science fun for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!

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Reporting on our oceans News

by Pat, 23 August 2012 | 0 comments

Beach

At school you receive report cards to keep track of how you’re going and to identify strengths and weaknesses. Report cards are good for students – what about our oceans?

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Building beef News

by Jasmine, 21 August 2012 | 0 comments

A piece of meat is examined through a magnifying glass on a stand.

It looks something like beef. It tastes something like beef. It’s made from cow cells, but no animal will die in the making of this beef patty. Biologist Mark Post, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, plans to eat a lab‑engineered beef burger while appearing on television later this year.

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Build your own International Space Station Activity

by Jasmine, 17 August 2012 | 33 comments

A paper model of a space station.

Get ready to build your own paper model of the International Space Station (ISS).

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New virus may unlock Hendra mysteries News

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.

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Solar spiral optimises power News

by David, 14 August 2012 | 0 comments

Sunflower

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.

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