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Selling random numbers News

by David, 23 June 2022 | 0 comments

A scientist standing behind a complicated laser experiment

It sounds like a perfect way to make money – scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) are now selling random numbers over the internet! But before you start your own business writing whatever number pops into your head, there’s something special about these numbers.

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Supersized seagrass: world’s biggest plant found in Western Australia News

by David, 8 June 2022 | 0 comments

Underwater picture of seagrass

Forget blue whales, redwood trees and aspen groves. There’s a new biggest organism in town. It’s a huge patch of seagrass, the size of about 20,000 rugby fields. And it’s been hiding in plain sight in Shark Bay, at the western tip of Western Australia!

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Spotting quakes before the shakes News

by David, 25 May 2022 | 0 comments

Photo of a seismograph needle recording vibrations

Every second counts when a big earthquake hits. As soon as an earthquake sensor picks up the tremor, warnings can be sent over the internet, much faster than the shake travels through the Earth. And now, scientists have found a way to detect big earthquakes fast, maybe even before the ground starts to shake!

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Super jumping robot News

by David, 11 May 2022 | 3 comments

Jumping robot features two intercepting hoops with a small rocket on the top.

What on Earth can jump the highest? Olympic high jumpers can clear more than 2 metres. Pumas might be the best animals at jumping, able to leap 7 metres into a tree. But a team of researchers from the USA have just made a robot that jumps higher than any animal!

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Fungi chit-chat News

by David, 28 April 2022 | 0 comments

A lumpy yellow fungus with many wires poking into it.

When people talk about fungi, what do you imagine? Mushrooms and toadstools are instantly recognisable parts, but there are many types of fungi that grow in different ways.

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Circular fibres student pitchathon News

by Fiona, 6 April 2022 | 0 comments

Circular fibres pitchathon

There’s a lot of waste in how we make, use and dispose of clothes. CSIRO is looking for ideas to make fibre and materials more sustainable, and build a recycling, environmentally friendly, circular fibre industry.

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How boa constrictors breathe to kill News

by David, 31 March 2022 | 3 comments

A snake winding around a stick.

Instead of biting with poison, boa constrictors wrap themselves around their prey and squeeze them to death. But if a boa constrictor’s squeeze can kill, how does the snake survive the pressure without suffocating themselves?

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How many squares fit in a rectangle? News

by David, 10 March 2022 | 0 comments

A rectangle of coloured squares diminishing in size

It might seem like a silly question to ask. After all, it depends on how big the rectangle is, and also the size of the squares you’re packing it with. With a big rectangle and small squares, you could fit a million, a billion or even more. But what if you have infinity squares? Is…

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What’s making swirls on Mars? News

by Fiona, 3 March 2022 | 0 comments

Wispy purple marks on white pitted surface

By Jacinta Bowler This image of the Argyre Planitia on Mars really is out of this world! Taken back in February 2021 by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, it shows Mars’ chaotic terrain of mounds, ripples and huge blue ‘dust devil’ tracks.

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Big moves News

by David, 17 February 2022 | 0 comments

Light shininh over the edge of planet Earth

By Louise Molloy The crust under your feet – it’s on the move! But we’re not talking about the edge of your toast. This crust is the outer layer of our planet. The Earth’s crust has been on the move for millions, and even billions, of years. There’s an exciting new theory looking at why…

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