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Race in space Game

by Jasmine, 25 May 2013 | 0 comments

Banner with text: Race in Space, Illustrated by Patrice Marsaudon, for 2-4 players

Here’s a board game from a past Double Helix magazine. Although it was published a few years ago in 2009, I think it’s still beautiful. Plus, it might be a fun way to pass time this weekend. I hope you enjoy it!

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Too many positrons News

by Pat, 19 April 2013 | 0 comments

Image of a supernova remnant taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

You might not feel it, but it’s always raining – not raindrops, but cosmic rays. These high-energy particles from outer space could contain clues to some of the mysteries of the Universe.

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Changing seasons News

by Pat, 5 April 2013 | 0 comments

Autumn leaves.

Wherever you are in the world, you may have noticed a change in the weather. Over the course of a year, there are periodic changes in things like temperature, rainfall and the amount of daylight. These changes allow us to divide the year into seasons.

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Skipping stones Activity

by Pat, 21 February 2013 | 2 comments

Stone kipping off the surface of a lake.

Have you ever wanted to know how to skip stones across a lake? Wonder no more! with our handy guide you’ll be skipping in no time!

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Falling from the sky News

by Pat, 21 February 2013 | 0 comments

Satellite image showing the vapour trail.

A meteor caused quite a stir near Chelyabinsk in central Russia last week. While countless tiny meteors fly across Earth’s sky every day, this particular ‘shooting star’ was much more spectacular – video footage of the event shows a fireball streaking across the sky before exploding.

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Best of 2012 News

by Pat, 21 December 2012 | 0 comments

3 radio telescope dishes.

As this year draws to a close, let’s have a look at some of the big stories in science for 2012. In July, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider announced they may have found evidence of the existence of the Higgs boson.

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2012 Eureka Prizes announced News

by Pat, 6 September 2012 | 0 comments

Rip currents at a beach

What do the electromagnetic force, rip currents, humpback whales and lizards have in common? They are just some of the subjects of work that won Eureka Prizes this year.

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Build your own International Space Station Activity

by Jasmine, 17 August 2012 | 44 comments

A paper model of a space station.

Get ready to build your own paper model of the International Space Station (ISS).

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Australia dishes news of Mars landing News

by Jasmine, 10 August 2012 | 0 comments

Artist's impression of Curiosity landing on Mars.

Written by Sarah Kellett When the rover Curiosity landed on Mars on 6 August (AEST), Australia was listening. Between hitting the atmosphere and landing safely, there were ‘seven minutes of terror’. Then, mission scientists heard the good news.

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Australia shares SKA News

by Pat, 1 June 2012 | 0 comments

3 radio telescope dishes.

The starlight that we see at night is only a fraction of what is out there. Stars and galaxies don’t just emit visible light but a range of electromagnetic radiation, including UV radiation, X-rays and radio waves. Most of this radiation is invisible to humans.

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