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Australia dishes news of Mars landing News

by Jasmine, 10 August 2012 | 0 comments

Artist's impression of Curiosity landing on Mars.

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.

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Voyages of discovery News

by Pat, 3 August 2012 | 0 comments

Diagram of CSIRO's future research vessel, the Investigator.

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.

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Fermions, bosons and Higgs – oh my! News

by Pat, 13 July 2012 | 0 comments

Diagram representing the subatomic collisions that may have revealed the existence of the Higgs Boson.

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?

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New elements given names News

by Pat, 8 June 2012 | 0 comments

Artist's impression of colliding nuclei.

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recently announced new names for two recently discovered elements: flerovium and livermorium.

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Australia shares SKA News

by Pat, 1 June 2012 | 0 comments

3 radio telescope dishes.

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.

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One step closer to polio eradication News

by Pat, 2 March 2012 | 0 comments

A woman administering a polio vaccine to a child's mouth.

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.

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Centenary of Australian Antarctic Expeditions News

by Pat, 3 February 2012 | 0 comments

Iceberg floating in the sea.

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.

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