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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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Marvellous McGrath’s Flat News

by David, 3 February 2022 | 0 comments

Man studying a rock he is holding.

By Louise Molloy They’re very rare. They’re very fragile. They’re the amazing, fossil bearing rocks found at McGrath’s Flat in central NSW.

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By the numbers: Moons News

by David, 22 December 2021 | 0 comments

Saturn and its moons

83 The number of confirmed moons of Saturn   7 The number of vehicles with wheels that have driven on the Moon   38 The number of millimetres further away the Moon gets, every year   12 The number of people who have flown to the Moon, but never walked on it   1410 Distance…

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This robot perches like a bird News

by David, 8 December 2021 | 0 comments

Photo of a drone in a tree, holding onto a branch with claws.

Have you ever watched a bird landing in a tree? Somehow, they manage to stop flying, grab on to a branch and balance all at once. Now, thanks to a team of researchers from Stanford University in the United States, there’s a robot that can do the same!

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Is your cat secretly tracking you? News

by David, 19 November 2021 | 0 comments

Photo of a cat crouching on the ground.

Cats are quiet and sneaky. When they’re out of sight, it’s almost impossible to keep tabs on them. But what about the other way around – does your cat know where you are, even when you’re out of sight?

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Meet Dr Keith Bannister: astronomer and engineer News

by David, 11 November 2021 | 0 comments

Photo of Keith Bannister sitting in front of a computer screen.

By Rachel Rayner Dr Keith Bannister knew from an early age he wanted to do something technical with his life. The bedroom floor of his childhood home was usually littered with wires, screws, nuts and bolts.

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Scuba-diving lizards News

by David, 21 October 2021 | 0 comments

Lizard underwater with a bubble on its head

By Cordelia Jerjen Aquatic bugs use bubbles to breathe underwater. But this natural mechanism for underwater breathing has never been thought possible in vertebrates (animals with a backbone). In a first-of-its kind discovery, scientists have found that anoles – a type of semi-aquatic lizard – share this trick.

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Studying warming soils with volcanoes! News

by David, 8 October 2021 | 0 comments

Cliff edge with fog rising from lower down.

It’s no secret that the world is warming. Scientists are studying how climate change affects all kinds of things, from icecaps to oceans, and single species to entire ecosystems. And there’s a lot to consider. When was the last time you thought about soil?

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