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Leaning fire Activity

by David, 1 November 2018 | 2 comments

Image of a tealight in a small glass jar.

Water in a cup sloshes around if you don’t move it carefully. What about fire? Let’s find out! Safety: This activity involves fire, so ask an adult to help. Don’t do this activity during a fire ban. First aid: If you burn yourself, blow out the candle and run the burn under cold water for…

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How do you model a bushfire? Activity

by David, 13 September 2017 | 0 comments

a bushfire

Bushfires are destructive and dangerous. They can be fickle, but scientists are developing ways to predict their behaviour. This activity shows you one way that a scientist might think about bushfires.

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Scorched earth not so barren News

by Pat, 15 November 2013 | 0 comments

A large goanna

With dry conditions and high temperatures, the risk of bushfires increases over the Australian summer. But while the destructive nature of fire cannot be denied, fire still plays an important role in some ecosystems.

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What a corker! News

by Pat, 4 October 2013 | 0 comments

Cross-section of cork bark.

Written by Sarah Kellett Bottles of champagne may send corks sky high, but spacecraft take cork as far as Mars. Their success depends on it. Cork reached new heights as part of the protective aeroshell that insulated the Mars Rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity from the intense heat of entering the Martian atmosphere.

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Microscope: Fire vs lava News

by Mike, 29 August 2013 | 0 comments

Stylised image of an erupting volcano

Welcome to Double Helix magazine’s Q&A section – Microscope. We take a close look at small questions full of big ideas. Q: I want to know which is hotter, fire or lava? Or are they both the same?

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The different faces of phosphorus News

by Pat, 17 May 2013 | 0 comments

Burning match.

Strike a match. It lights thanks to phosphorus. This element doesn’t just have fiery applications – it’s important for life itself.

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Bushfire season News

by Pat, 18 January 2013 | 3 comments

Satellite image showing smoke from bushfires over south-eastern Australia.

Last week in Science by Email we looked at the heatwave that has affected much of Australia. In this country, where heatwaves go, bushfires often follow.

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Summer scorcher News

by Pat, 11 January 2013 | 0 comments

Fire burning through grassland.

In Australia, the year is off to a sizzling start. Much of the continent has been sweltering under a record-breaking heatwave. Let’s look at what’s causing these extreme temperatures.

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