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Practice makes perfect? News

by Pat, 7 December 2012 | 0 comments

Violin.

When you learn something new, be it a musical instrument or how to ride a bike, you usually need to practise. Practising means we get better at doing things and learning things we didn’t know before. It makes sense that to get better at something we should practise longer – right?

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Counting gears Activity

by David, 4 December 2012 | 0 comments

Foam gears with numbers written on them

This crafty cog activity will get your mind spinning and help you learn more about how we count. Safety: This activity uses a craft knife. Ask an adult to help.

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Catching the bug Activity

by Pat, 3 December 2012 | 1 comments

From beetles to millipedes, worms to spiders, there are lots of bugs that live near us. Learn more about the critters that make leaf litter their home!

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The case of the phantom island News

by Pat, 30 November 2012 | 0 comments

A research team on board Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, have made an unusual discovery: an island that isn’t there.

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Letters and numbers News

by Mike, 27 November 2012 | 0 comments

Book with letters falling out.

Written by Alice Ryder Being asked to read a few pages for homework may sound like a chore, but imagine reading more than five million books. That’s what Slovenian physicist Matjaz Perc did to investigate how the use of words in the English language has changed over time.

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The big, blind carrot experiment Activity

by Mike, 24 November 2012 | 0 comments

Carrots in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Take part in the big, blind carrot experiment! Please post your results as comments to this post.

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Something to Bragg about News

by Pat, 23 November 2012 | 1 comments

Two diffractometers: one from the 1970s and another from the present day.

Written by Jarrod Green If Lawrence Bragg was still alive he really could be boastful. This November marks the centenary of crystallography. It’s a powerful technique Bragg helped to develop for studying the structure of chemicals.

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Quantum waving Activity

by Mike, 21 November 2012 | 0 comments

A plastic container between two chairs with a torch shining up beneath the container.

Have you ever wondered what quantum physics was all about? Grab a tray of water and learn a bit about the strangest science of the twentieth century!

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Light stripes Activity

by Mike, 21 November 2012 | 0 comments

Peg holding laser and wire inserted into Blu tac.

Laser light is not the same as other kinds of light. In this activity, discover some of the ways it is special, and make a really cool pattern!

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Breaking symmetry News

by Pat, 20 November 2012 | 0 comments

Chemical formulas, such as H2O (water) and CO2 (carbon dioxide), are handy as they identify which atoms are present in a chemical compound. This can in turn help to make predictions about their properties. But only knowing which atoms make up a compound sometimes isn’t enough. It helps to know how the atoms are arranged.

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