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Run an election Activity

by David, 16 May 2019 | 1 comments

Someone is numbering the boxes on a ballot paper

Running an election is a good way to let everyone have a say. In this example, we will be voting for the tastiest vegetable, but if you design your own ballot papers, you can use this method to run an election about anything!

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Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! A quick quiz Quiz

by David, 10 April 2019 | 0 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

There’s a lot to celebrate in Australian science. See how much you know with this set of antipodean questions.

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Butterflies and big continents – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 6 June 2018 | 3 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

Time to test your scientific mettle. This week we’re asking questions about everything from tiny butterfly legs to huge continents. Good luck!

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Weird and wacky spiders

by David, 10 August 2017 | 4 comments

A small, furry spider.

Some of Australia’s spiders have terrifying names. Funnelweb and Redback are names that scream danger. Even the helpful Huntsman Spider sounds like it could be out to get you. But not all spiders have scary names. How would you feel about meeting a spider called Sparklemuffin?

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New dinosaur! But how did it get here?

by David, 12 December 2016 | 0 comments

Scientists have discovered a new Australian dinosaur, and it’s a big one! Several giant bones, some over one metre long, were uncovered near the town of Winton in central Queensland. But what’s got scientists all worked up isn’t what it looks like: it’s where it came from. Scientists have named the new dinosaur Savannasaurus elliottorum. It…

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Winning ideas from Australian students Activity

by Jasmine, 25 March 2016 | 0 comments

The winners of this year’s BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards have been announced. These students are among Australia’s best and brightest young scientists. From green energy generation to a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease, all of the winning projects address critical real-world challenges.

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New theory for eco-friendly kangaroo farts

by Jasmine, 22 February 2016 | 0 comments

By Julia Cleghorn Cow farts and burps are a big, smelly problem. They contain a lot of methane – a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Kangaroos, on the other hand, produce a lot less methane when they toot. Some researchers have suggested that kangaroos have a unique microbiome – a mix of bacteria…

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Young Aussie scientists competing with the best of the best

by David, 12 May 2015 | 0 comments

Five winners from this years’ BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are representing Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Pennsylvania, USA from 10 to 15 May. Dhruv Verma from Scotch College in Victoria was the first place winner in the engineering category of the awards for his smartphone app…

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Watch out for mice about New

by Andrew Wright, 26 September 2014 | 0 comments

a photo of a Mouse plague

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.

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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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