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Bioprinting blood vessels News

by David, 25 July 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Sarah Kellett 3D printers can create toys, bicycle parts and models of dinosaur bones. Bioprinters are 3D printers with a difference. They can actually print structures containing living cells, the same kind of cells that make up the human body!

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Gold test for diabetes News

by David, 18 July 2014 | 0 comments

Structure of insulin

Written by Sarah Kellett Researchers have made a cheap and rapid new test to diagnose type 1 diabetes using a gold-studded glass chip.

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Silken surgery Poem

by Jasmine, 3 July 2014 | 0 comments

Silkworm cocoons

Written by Celia Berrell A one-kilometre single thread each silkworm spins as a cocoon bed. That protein-filled strand, untangled and long, makes fine-woven fabrics so light, yet strong. Surgery too has discovered silk’s riches. Incredibly thin for dissolvable stitches.

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The friends you may not know you had News

by Pat, 29 November 2013 | 0 comments

Electron microscope image of bacteria.

Coral reefs, rainforests, wetlands – these are just a few examples of ecosystems. But you don’t have to go travelling far and wide to find them. You have your own personal ecosystem that goes wherever you go: your microbiome.

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The need for sleep News

by Pat, 1 November 2013 | 0 comments

Sleeping white tiger.

You’ve been up since early morning, had a long day at school and it’s late in the day. Your eyes are tired, it’s hard to concentrate and you’re trying not to yawn. It sounds like you’re ready to sleep.

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Need some inspiration? News

by Jasmine, 9 July 2013 | 0 comments

A teenage girl

These BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards students have done practical research projects, with innovative approaches, using scientific procedures. See what they’ve achieved in the video below. Video transcript available here. Are you up for the challenge? Enter the BHP Science and Engineering Awards!

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Sniffing out cancer News

by Pat, 21 June 2013 | 0 comments

Melanoma (type of skin cancer) on skin.

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australia and around the world. Researchers in the USA are developing a new method using the unique ‘smell’ of skin cancer cells to detect them earlier.

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Influenza’s influence News

by Pat, 14 June 2013 | 0 comments

Green virus particles on a blue background

Winter doesn’t just mean colder temperatures – there is also a rise in some diseases, including the number of cases of flu. The word flu is short for influenza, which is a fairly common disease. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and muscle aches. Those affected can often be sick for a week or more….

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No more smallpox News

by Pat, 8 May 2013 | 0 comments

Smallpox vaccination kit, including a syringe, bifurcated needle and vial of vaccine.

It’s not often that we think of an organism becoming extinct as being a good thing. However, this is the case for smallpox.

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