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Have a heart (or several?) – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 18 July 2018 | 0 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

We’re counting on you this Double Helix quiz, or perhaps you’re the one counting! Can you calculate what’s needed to get 100% this week? If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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Green eggs Activity

by David, 13 April 2017 | 0 comments

An egg with a green yolk in a bowl

Time for an Easter trick! There are lots of eggs around at this time of year, but this one is sure to raise some eyebrows. And when you’re finished, you can get your parents to help you cook your green egg, so you can gross out your entire family! Safety: Use clean hands and clean equipment…

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Fronting up Activity

by David, 28 May 2015 | 0 comments

By Mike McRae This activity uses water and food colouring. It’s a good idea to do this activity outside, and to wear old clothes while you do it! You will need Clear jar or cup Tap water Fridge Petroleum jelly

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Extreme weather

by Andrew Wright, 1 May 2015 | 0 comments

How can we predict extreme weather events like the Sydney storm in Australia last week? The wild storm that hit Sydney was the result of a weather system called an east coast low. East coast lows are intense low pressure systems that form off the eastern coast of Australia. They can bring intense winds, flooding…

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Investigator of the ocean arrives News

by Andrew Wright, 12 September 2014 | 0 comments

Research vessel Investigator

Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, arrived on Tuesday to its home port of Hobart. The ship will soon take scientists and high-tech equipment to the watery parts of the world; to measure the weather, take samples from the sea floor and study marine life.

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Elec-TREE-city News

by Sarah, 21 March 2014 | 0 comments

Pierre Vivant's sculpture, Traffic Light Tree in the Docklands, London

Written by Neha Karl Plants are a gift of nature. They provide food to eat, release oxygen into the air we breathe, and make our world a whole lot greener. And soon, they could be a supercharged source of energy! Just as plants grow and develop, so does technology.

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Super storms News

by Pat, 22 November 2013 | 0 comments

Satellite image of a tropical cyclone.

A massive storm called Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines earlier this month. One of the largest storms ever observed, it has caused widespread destruction in the island nation. Typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes are all different names for the same thing: a particularly violent type of tropical storm. Which name it is given depends on where…

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How to make a climate report News

by Pat, 11 October 2013 | 0 comments

Sunset over drought-affected landscape.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the first part of its latest report. It might not sound like a big deal – most of us have written a report at some point for school or work. Yet we aren’t talking any old paper.

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Microscope: Rainbow weight News

by Mike, 5 September 2013 | 0 comments

Stylised picture of a rainbow on a set of scales

Welcome to Double Helix magazine’s Q&A section – Microscope. We take a close look at small questions full of big ideas. Q: What is the weight of a rainbow?

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All the Raijin News

by Pat, 9 August 2013 | 1 comments

The Raijin supercomputer - rows of black computer processors in a large room.

Australia’s most powerful supercomputer – Raijin – has been officially launched. Imagine arming the population of Earth with calculators and setting them to work for 20 years. Raijin is so fast it could complete the same number of calculations in one hour!

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