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Feeling chirpy?

by Jasmine, 14 August 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Beth Askham Emotions can run high in the twitterverse. Tweets about feelings can now be mapped to find the mood of a city, nation or area. An online tool called We Feel, developed by CSIRO researchers, scans up to 32 000 tweets per minute. It recognises a range of words to judge how…

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Star power on Earth

by , 8 August 2014 | 1 comments

Can we power our homes with the process that powers stars? Nuclear fusion offers to do just that, and scientists are looking for ways to harness this energy with experiments that run hotter than the Sun. The Sun is heated by fusion – a process where the nuclei of two small atoms, such as hydrogen,…

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Getting ahead in bread

by , 1 August 2014 | 0 comments

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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Bio-printing blood vessels

by , 25 July 2014 | 0 comments

3D printers can create toys, bicycle parts and models of dinosaur bones. Bio-printers are 3D printers with a difference. They can actually print structures containing living cells, the same kind of cells that make up the human body! Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could have a new liver or kidney printed for you, if yours…

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Pollution solutions

by dhadmin, 20 June 2014 | 1 comments

Humans produce a lot of waste, from flushing toilets to mining metals, like the copper in electrical wires that power computers, phones and tablets. To clean up our act, a new way to purify contaminated wastewater from mines has been developed by CSIRO scientists. At a copper mining site in Queensland, the first demonstration of…

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Light’s whispers

by , 13 June 2014 | 0 comments

A whispering gallery of light has made the world’s most sensitive thermometer yet. This thermometer sets a new record in precision. Made by an Australian team of researchers, it is three times better than the previous record holder, and can measure temperature differences of just 30 billionths of a degree. This is the smallest change…

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Art and science

by , 23 May 2014 | 2 comments

The eyes have it. Bright, colourful butterflies and birds easily catch our attention. But to visualise bacteria, we need to get creative. A picture tells a thousand words. But how many words go into a picture? For molecular biologist and artist David Goodsell, pages upon pages of research go into each artistic creation. David makes…

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Mini microscope

by , 2 May 2014 | 0 comments

You can now turn your phone camera into a microscope with a rubbery lens the size of a lentil. Costing only a cent, it could help track skin diseases and farming pests. See this activity to make your own with jelly. It was found by accident. “I was actually trying to use a mould [casting]…

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Recycling on the reef

by Jasmine, 15 April 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Michele Weber Coral reefs have much in common with rainforests: both are full of life, but are low in nutrients. How is that possible? As far as a coral reef goes, it’s because marine sponges produce waste that contains food that other reef animals can eat.

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The science of sharks News

by Pat, 6 December 2013 | 1 comments

Swimming shark.

Following a fatal attack off New South Wales, sharks are once again in the spotlight. As tragic as these events are, shark attacks are so rare, scientists aren’t sure why humans are bitten at all.

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