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Green eggs Activity

by David, 13 April 2017 | 0 comments

An egg with a green yolk in a bowl

Time for an Easter trick! There are lots of eggs around at this time of year, but this one is sure to raise some eyebrows. And when you’re finished, you can get your parents to help you cook your green egg, so you can gross out your entire family! Safety: Use clean equipment when handling food….

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Friction frog Activity

by , 6 July 2015 | 0 comments

Make your own crazy climbing frog, using the power of friction. You will need A 20cm x 20cm piece of cardboard Two 5cm long pieces of drinking straw String Sticky tape Scissors Coloured pens, pencils, crayons, paints or textas Other decorations What to do

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Rolling race Activity

by David, 7 April 2015 | 0 comments

You will need Cardboard tube such as the inside of a paper towel roll Plasticine Flat board or large, flat sheet of corrugated cardboard Some books Scissors or scalpel Ruler What to do

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Robots explore underwater volcano

by , 20 March 2015 | 0 comments

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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The Year of Light Activity

by David, 2 March 2015 | 0 comments

2015 is the The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. To celebrate, we’re sharing some light-based articles and activities:

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Southern Cross clock Activity

by David, 27 January 2015 | 0 comments

You will need Clock or watch Camera Whiteboard marker Pencil and paper Magnetic compass (optional) A clear night, with no clouds What to do At 9:00 pm, go outside and look for the Southern Cross in the sky.

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Blue is a Nobel colour

by , 17 October 2014 | 0 comments

What will make our future brighter? For thousands of years our lives have been lit by the Sun, by stars, by fire. Electricity brought new types of lights, ones we can summon at the flick of a switch. Not all lights were created equal. Some lights use more energy than others to create a glow….

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Crystal clocks and atomic ticks

by , 29 August 2014 | 0 comments

One of our readers requested an article about time keeping devices, and it’s a great time for the topic. Scientists set a new record in clock precision early this year with an atomic clock that ‘ticks’ 430 trillion times in a single second. Most wristwatches and wall clocks today use a quartz crystal to keep…

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Star power on Earth

by , 8 August 2014 | 1 comments

Can we power our homes with the process that powers stars? Nuclear fusion offers to do just that, and scientists are looking for ways to harness this energy with experiments that run hotter than the Sun. The Sun is heated by fusion – a process where the nuclei of two small atoms, such as hydrogen,…

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Light’s whispers

by , 13 June 2014 | 0 comments

A whispering gallery of light has made the world’s most sensitive thermometer yet. This thermometer sets a new record in precision. Made by an Australian team of researchers, it is three times better than the previous record holder, and can measure temperature differences of just 30 billionths of a degree. This is the smallest change…

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