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How do bees make spiral combs? News

by David, 5 August 2020 | 1 comments

Brown sticky spiral of honeycomb.

When you think about a beehive, you might imagine it containing flat combs made of perfect hexagons. Except, that’s not the whole story. There are many different species of bees, and there are lots of ways that bees build their combs.

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15 activity ideas for young makers Activity

by David, 24 April 2020 | 1 comments

Pipeleaner and string construction.

You might be stuck at home, but there’s still plenty to make and do! Here are some of our favourite activity ideas for young makers.

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How do you bend a diamond? News

by David, 13 February 2020 | 0 comments

Diamond held by pliers.

Diamonds are amazing crystals. A repeating pattern of pure carbon atoms, they’re famous for being the hardest substance in the world. Yet, an Australian team of scientists have just managed to bend diamonds. So how did they do it?

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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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Super clock News

by Pat, 5 October 2012 | 0 comments

Protein crystals

A clock that lasts forever, without batteries or winding up, sounds like something from science fiction. Right now, that’s the case. But a research team led by scientists in the USA thinks it might actually to be possible to make such a device.

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