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Termites’ golden moments News

by Pat, 4 January 2013 | 0 comments

Termite mound in the bush.

How would you find out where to strike gold? Turns out termites might have the answer.

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Best of 2012 News

by Pat, 21 December 2012 | 0 comments

3 radio telescope dishes.

As this year draws to a close, let’s have a look at some of the big stories in science for 2012. In July, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider announced they may have found evidence of the existence of the Higgs boson.

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The case of the phantom island News

by Pat, 30 November 2012 | 0 comments

A research team on board Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, have made an unusual discovery: an island that isn’t there.

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Something to Bragg about News

by Pat, 23 November 2012 | 1 comments

Two diffractometers: one from the 1970s and another from the present day.

Written by Jarrod Green If Lawrence Bragg was still alive he really could be boastful. This November marks the centenary of crystallography. It’s a powerful technique Bragg helped to develop for studying the structure of chemicals.

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Great balls of lightning News

by Pat, 19 October 2012 | 0 comments

Nineteenth century depiction of ball lightning

You’re at home, sitting on the couch. Outside, there is thunder and lightning. You notice something at the window: a strange, glowing ball of light. As you watch, it appears to pass through the glass. It wanders through the air before abruptly disappearing.

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CSIRO’s got gas News

by Pat, 13 September 2012 | 0 comments

Electron micrograph of a metal organic framework

It’s Australian footy finals season, and millions of eyes around the country are focused on the football field. Now imagine the area of that football field and fold it in half. Keep folding and folding until it’s small enough to sit in a spoon. Sounds impossible, right?

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2012 Eureka Prizes announced News

by Pat, 6 September 2012 | 0 comments

Rip currents at a beach

What do the electromagnetic force, rip currents, humpback whales and lizards have in common? They are just some of the subjects of work that won Eureka Prizes this year.

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Reporting on our oceans News

by Pat, 23 August 2012 | 0 comments

Beach

At school you receive report cards to keep track of how you’re going and to identify strengths and weaknesses. Report cards are good for students – what about our oceans?

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New virus may unlock Hendra mysteries News

by Pat, 16 August 2012 | 0 comments

Viruses are the cause of a number of diseases. The flu, chicken pox and most common colds are just a few examples of diseases caused by viral infections.

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Australia dishes news of Mars landing News

by Jasmine, 10 August 2012 | 0 comments

Artist's impression of Curiosity landing on Mars.

Written by Sarah Kellett When the rover Curiosity landed on Mars on 6 August (AEST), Australia was listening. Between hitting the atmosphere and landing safely, there were ‘seven minutes of terror’. Then, mission scientists heard the good news.

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