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Fuel the fire – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 13 March 2019 | 0 comments

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We’ve got some burning questions to keep your curiosity going. Let’s see how you go! If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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Special delivery! Robotic helper for baby coral News

by David, 8 November 2018 | 0 comments

Image of two small robots releasing a cloud of coral polyps over a dead area of reef.

The Great Barrier Reef has had a rough time. Rising temperatures , storms and attacks from crown of thorn starfish are among the problems damaging the reef. This year, scientists are aiming to supercharge its recovery with a new robotic helper.

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Robot assassin protects the reef

by David, 21 September 2015 | 0 comments

The crown-of-thorns is a venomous starfish that lives in the Great Barrier Reef. Growing up to massive lengths of 80 centimetres and having a body entirely covered in toxic spikes, the starfish is almost indestructible and is a vicious predator. They eat coral, the building blocks of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s said that one…

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