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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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Not a Nobel – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 10 October 2018 | 0 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

Getting 5/5 in this quiz won’t guarantee you a Nobel, but it might give you a hint on how to get one!

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Coral polyps just love the taste of plastic News

by David, 18 January 2018 | 0 comments

Photo of brown and white star like coral polyps clustered closely together.

Plastic waste in our oceans is a big problem for marine fauna. Not only can it look like food, it seems some animals have developed a taste for the material. And that’s a problem.

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Scientists discover Octlantis News

by David, 20 November 2017 | 0 comments

A gloomy octopus

It was once thought octopuses were not very social animals. They seem to keep to themselves, only meeting to fight or mate. It turns out that’s not always the case. A social octopus should consider moving to Octlantis.

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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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Whale poetry

by , 30 April 2015 | 1 comments

Congratulations to all of the winners of our whale poetry competition. The following ten people have won tickets for two to the Humpback Whale 3D film at IMAX Darling Harbour. Pat Lam, George Baker, Cadence Ing, Esther Schroeter, Bridgette Lill, Sam Greenwald, Julie Slater, Dhruvi Lathigara, Andrew Lim and Laura Scriven.

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Robots explore underwater volcano

by David, 20 March 2015 | 0 comments

Written by Beth Askham When mysterious lumps of pumice stone washed up on beaches in Tasmania, Australia, Rebecca Carey knew that they must be coming from an underwater volcano. Rebecca is a Tasmanian volcanologist (someone who studies volcanos), and she had been tracking the travelling pumice for more than a year.

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Plastic world

by , 20 February 2015 | 0 comments

Each year, around 16 plastic bags full of plastic enters the oceans for every meter of coastline – but where is it coming from? Chris Wilcox, a researcher at CSIRO, used maths to find out how much plastic countries around the world are throwing into the oceans. It turns out it’s a lot. “In 2010,…

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What looks like coral, smells like coral? A fish

by , 9 January 2015 | 0 comments

Sometimes smelling like your environment is the best way to blend in and hide from predators. On the Great Barrier Reef, the harlequin filefish shelters in coral branches overnight. Researchers have found that these fish not only look like coral, they smell like it too.

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Investigator of the ocean arrives

by , 12 September 2014 | 0 comments

Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, arrived on Tuesday to its home port of Hobart. The ship will soon take scientists and high-tech equipment to the watery parts of the world; to measure the weather, take samples from the sea floor and study marine life. The ocean is a vast area to explore,…

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