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Why is CSIRO releasing mosquitoes? News

by David, 19 July 2018 | 4 comments

Image of two mosquitoes.

There are plenty of reasons to hate mosquitoes. They are annoying, hard to catch, and their bites can itch for days. But they’re not just irritating – in many places they spread diseases such as malaria, Zika and dengue.

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What’s wrong with our tomatoes? News

by David, 7 February 2017 | 0 comments

They’re bright red, a bit crunchy, and they don’t really taste like much. The standard tomatoes you can buy in a supermarket are a bit boring to eat. But if you’ve ever grown tomatoes yourself, you’ll know how sweet and full of flavour they can be. So what’s happened to the humble tomato? It’s not…

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Watch out for mice about

by , 26 September 2014 | 0 comments

Earlier this year, South Australia’s wheat growers in the Yorke Peninsula had one of the worst mouse plagues on record. Thousands of mice ate seeds that had been sown by farmers. The areas to the south and east of Australia are the worst places in the world for mouse plagues. Have you ever had a…

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Getting ahead in bread News

by Andrew Wright, 1 August 2014 | 0 comments

Wheat

Wheat is Australia’s main winter crop. Sown in autumn and harvested in spring or summer, it provides us with flour to make our daily bread. We eat wheat as toast with vegemite, or sandwiches for lunch. But wheat is not for everyone, as eating it can cause trouble for some people, such as those with…

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Perfumes for pests News

by Andrew Wright, 30 May 2014 | 0 comments

Diagram

Cross-species communication between citrus plants, bacteria, jumping plant lice and wasps begins with a fresh, minty smell.

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Draw an egg Activity

by David, 20 April 2014 | 0 comments

Three points are marked in a triangle. around each pair of points, an elipse is drawn. the whole shape looks like an egg.

Happy Easter everyone! Here’s a handy way to draw an egg shape using maths.

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A fresh look at a foul-mouthed lizard News

by Mike, 20 January 2014 | 0 comments

Komodo Dragon

January has been a busy month for CSIRO’s dragon experts, so we thought you might also enjoy reading about a living dragon found in the real world: the Komodo dragon!

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The worm that wants to be eaten News

by David, 25 October 2013 | 0 comments

A European hare.

Written by Sarah Kellett Atop a blade of grass waits a baby worm. Sheep graze all around in the South Australian pasture, ripping up mouthfuls of juicy greenery. The worm quivers as a mouth nibbles nearby. Then finally, the moment arrives.

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Chicken jigsaw Activity

by Mike, 10 April 2013 | 0 comments

Illustration of the location of bones on a chicken.

Going by their work, paleontologists would need to be pretty good at putting together jigsaw puzzles. Paleontologists have the task of identifying bones based on their shape, then estimating where they belong in the body. Often they only have a couple of bones or teeth to use to identify the fossilised animal.

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Electric buzz News

by Pat, 1 March 2013 | 0 comments

Honey bee on a flower.

Flowers have adaptations such as vivid colours and strong scents to attract bees. According to recent research, they might also have a more electric way of bringing all the bees to the yard.

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