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It’s Alive: Conditions on Earth

In this resource, students investigate and measure the conditions of planet Earth. They explore temperature, gravity and the needs of living things. Students also discuss how some conditions on Earth are constant, while other conditions regularly change, and how living things have adaptations to survive these changes.

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Left paw right paw

Do you think left-handed people have characteristics that are different from right-handed people? It seems that right-pawed dogs have certain characteristics that make them better Guide Dogs, but how do you find out whether your dog is right-pawed or left-pawed to begin with? Watch this experiment to find out!

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Increasing threat of megafires

Many scientists believe we are already experiencing megafires and that they will continue to increase in the future. In this clip you will hear from Australian scientists at the forefront of fire research. Discover what they have to say about the causes, projections, and consequences of an increased megafire threat.

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Do different things fall faster?

Want to find out what happens when you drop a watermelon and an apple from the top of a building? In this clip, Bernie Hobbs and Ruben Meerman, investigate whether the mass of an object influences how fast it falls. Bernie and Ruben ride the 'Giant Drop' at Dreamworld, drop a watermelon and apple from an eighth floor balcony, ...

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Weather forecasting

How do meteorologists predict the weather? Discover what types of weather data is gathered, the equipment used, and how forecasting has changed over the years. A scientist will reveal how often they get it wrong!

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Ecological effects of bushfires

Did you know that Australia is the most flammable continent on Earth? Watch this clip to discover how bushfires impact natural ecosystems, and how the increasing global threat of bushfires may affect Australia. Australian scientists explain the ecological consequences of fire and a US expert describes his concerns for the future.

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Red cabbage pH experiment

It might sound 'un-sciencey', and have a bad smell, but red cabbage is actually very useful for testing the pH of liquids. Added to well-known liquids like lemonade or vinegar, red cabbage juice changes to 'pretty colours'. In this clip, Surfing Scientist Ruben Meerman explains the colour changes and how red cabbage juice ...

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Temperature changes the properties of a substance

Substances that are very cold have different properties to substances that are hot. Watch as the Surfing Scientist uses hot and cold water, food colouring and a fish tank to demonstrate what happens when water at different temperatures is mixed together.

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An ichthyosaur from the age of dinosaurs

Take a close look at a fossilised ichthyosaur skeleton with Maria Zammit, a PhD student from the University of Adelaide. Maria is studying the ichthyosaur and comparing it with dolphins and other living marine creatures to try to work out how it swam.

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Fire management strategies

What role do fire-behaviour specialists and ecologists have in fire management? Watch this clip to find out about issues relating to fire management in Australia, in particular prescribed burning.

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The secret chamber of the Anti-Bubble

Bubble-hunters Doctor Ruby and Bunsen Bernie have to solve just one more challenging bubble test before they can enter the Chamber of the Anti-Bubble. They have to make a cubic bubble! This is part two of a two-part episode.

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Pepper scatter experiment

Watch what happens in this pepper scatter experiment by Surfing Scientist, Ruben Meerman. Ruben demonstrates an important property of water, surface tension, by dipping a toothpick into water sprinkled with pepper. Find out what happens when detergent is added.

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Why does a grapefruit float?

Why does a grapefruit float when it's skin is on, but sink when it's skin is removed? Watch these young scientists perform an experiment with grapefruit in water and discover the connection between grapefruit skin and life jackets.

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Lift a car with human hair?

Could it be possible to lift a car with human hair? Watch as Dr Karl collects enough hair to make a rope for such an attempt. Follow his progress at testing heavier and heavier objects until the final attempt. Can the rope of hair withstand the force?

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Predicting earthquakes

Will scientists ever be able to accurately predict earthquakes? Imagine the number of lives that could be saved if this were possible. Dr Maryanne Demasi joins a group of researchers drilling into one of the most earthquake-prone regions on Earth as they try to improve earthquake prediction to add precious seconds to earthquake ...

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Coffee spill

When you walk with a glass or a cup filled with liquid, do you find yourself spilling some of the liquid? Some scientists have studied why this happens and how best to avoid it.

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Do dogs really care?

We'd like to think our dogs offer us comfort when we get upset or injured. Can the 'classic test' of empathy in humans tell us something about dogs? The reporter investigates the phenomenon of empathy: the ability to be aware and sensitive to the feelings of others from their perspective.

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Day in the life of a meteorologist

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a weather scientist (meteorologist)? In this clip, weather man Mark Wilgar describes a typical work day that begins very early in the morning! Find out what's involved in gathering and communicating weather information, and discover what Mark sees as the rewards of his job.

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Volcanic eruptions at Mount Ruapehu

Imagine a volcano erupting kilometres away. You are afraid, worried for the safety of yourself and others. Paul Willis presents the work of New Zealand volcanologists conducting research at Mount Ruapehu, a volcano with a history of devastating lahar (water, sediment and rocks) flows. Learn more about lahar flows and the ...

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Effects of dry weather

What do you feel like when the weather is hot and dry? Discover what happens to the land during dry weather. Look at how the landscape changes at different times of the year.