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Shrinking plastic Activity

by David, 14 June 2018 | 4 comments

Image of a tiny giraffe held between someones fingers.

Have you ever wanted to draw really small pictures? Here’s a trick – you can just draw normal sized ones, and then use some special plastic to shrink them!

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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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The world welcomes four new elements News

by David, 30 March 2017 | 0 comments

Nihonium element 113, Moscovium element 115, Tennessine element 117, and Oganesson element 118

The periodic table doesn’t change very often, which is why it’s worth celebrating when it does. This month, three new elements were inaugurated at a ceremony in Russia. And in Tokyo, a fourth was welcomed to the world. Say hello to moscovium, tennessine, oganessson and nihonium!

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What’s wrong with our tomatoes? News

by David, 7 February 2017 | 0 comments

A bunch of rite tomatoes on a bush.

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?

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When crystals align News

by David, 20 January 2017 | 0 comments

A microscope image of several tiny cubic crystals.

Written by Rachael Vorwerk Inside a small sample of powder, there hides a gigantic secret. In just a teaspoon of the stuff you’ll find the entire surface area of a football field. It sounds like something from Back to the Future, but for CSIRO scientists it’s the norm.

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Who knew? Sea birds fight climate change! Activity

by David, 9 January 2017 | 0 comments

You might think we know everything there is to know about climate change. We know that greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are trapping heat. And we know that average temperatures are climbing worldwide. But there’s still lots for us to learn, and new discoveries are being made all the time.

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Discovering DNA’s repair crew News

by David, 16 October 2015 | 0 comments

a DNA spiral. Tw ocoloued blobs surround it.

Hidden within our cells, DNA is the hard drive of the human body. Each copy of DNA contains instructions for all the proteins needed to make a person. But this creative compendium is always under attack. This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to three people who found out what’s repairing our genetic treasure.

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No more bad hair days for this Christmas tree News

by David, 19 December 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Professor Angela Moles A Sydney high school experiment finds that hairspray may be the best way to keep your Christmas tree green. Christmas can be exhausting, presents need to be wrapped, food prepared and cards written. Christmas trees can also find this period a little overwhelming. They are cut from their roots, popped…

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Blue is a Nobel colour News

by Andrew Wright, 17 October 2014 | 0 comments

Blue LEDs shine light onto a wall

What will make our future brighter? For thousands of years our lives have been lit by the Sun, by stars, by fire. Electricity brought new types of lights, ones we can summon at the flick of a switch.

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Spot the rice Activity

by Pat, 8 July 2014 | 0 comments

a container of rice with a few black grains.

You may have heard a climate scientist talking about ‘parts per million’ or ppm. If you want to get a handle on what that means, and how much CO2 is in our atmosphere, you’ve come to the right place!

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