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Australia wins a million at the ‘Robot Olympics’ News

by David, 30 September 2021 | 2 comments

exploring caves is all in a day's work for this robot! Image: CSIRO

CSIRO’s robotics scientists have a lot to celebrate. They were part of a team that represented Australia in one of the world’s hardest robotics competitions, the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. And they just won silver (and a million dollars).

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A talking duck?! News

by David, 15 September 2021 | 4 comments

Photo of a black duck on a pond.

Have you ever heard a parrot talking like a person? Or maybe you’ve seen a lyrebird in the forest, impersonating everything it hears. Now there’s another talking bird you can add to the list. If you check the bottom of this article, you can hear a talking duck!

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Cheers make champs! News

by David, 2 September 2021 | 0 comments

Crowd of football fans waving flags from the stands.

Have you ever been to a football game? It’s exciting to cheer on your team in a stadium full of fans. But have you ever wondered if your cheers make a difference? With sports being played in empty stadiums during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have found that home advantage has disappeared along with the crowds.

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Bamboo-inspired batteries News

by David, 12 August 2021 | 0 comments

Gloved hand holding a thin sheet with tweezers over a bowl of liquid.

There’s an awful lot going on inside a battery, and it relies on chemicals moving around and reacting. Now, Queensland scientists have created a new way to help these moving chemicals get where they need to go. And it’s based on a fast-growing plant – bamboo!

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Double Helix: Supporting young readers to grow into scientists News

by Jasmine, 10 August 2021 | 0 comments

Woman surrounded by magazines

I’m Jasmine Fellows, Editor of CSIRO’s Double Helix magazine. As a girl, I’d often be found with my nose stuck in a book, comic, or magazine. I even read the earliest versions of our magazine, Double Helix News and The Helix.

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Chocolate’s sweet science News

by David, 6 August 2021 | 0 comments

A white, a milk and a dark bar of chocolate

By Carrol Baker Chocolate is smooth and creamy, comes in many different shapes and flavour combinations, and is a much-loved treat. So, what is it about chocolate that can send your taste buds into orbit? The secret is chemistry!

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Under the surface of Mars News

by David, 29 July 2021 | 0 comments

Cross section illustration through a sphere.

If you dug a hole straight down, what would you find? Earth isn’t just solid rock all the way through. There’s a thin rocky crust floating on the slowly flowing mantle, a liquid outer core and solid metal inner core. It turns out that Mars has a similar internal structure to Earth.

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Finding bugs in dino doo-doo News

by David, 15 July 2021 | 0 comments

Illustration of a close up dinosaur face.

You might have seen pictures of insects trapped in amber. Millions of years ago, that amber was sticky, goopy, tree resin. But resin isn’t the only sticky stuff that can preserve ancient insects. Scientists have found insects preserved in a coprolite – fossilised poo!

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Finding gold in fool’s gold News

by David, 8 July 2021 | 0 comments

Shiny yellow crystals

Back in the California gold rush, many people were tricked by a shiny yellow crystal known as fool’s gold. Now, more than 100 years later, scientists are flipping the script. Australian and Chinese researchers have found where real gold hides inside fool’s gold!

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Strange superpower! Substance stays same size News

by David, 24 June 2021 | 0 comments

Image of a metal engine.

Have you ever wondered why there are gaps in footpaths, and at the ends of bridges? Bridges, footpaths and many other structures get bigger when they heat up, and they need gaps so they don’t break on hot days. But Australian scientists have discovered a material that stays the same size over a wide range…

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