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Rob Harcourt

This 6 minute video segment from Catalyst highlights a number of diverse investigations that are part of the work of a marine biologist. It uses an incredible collection of photographs to inform and inspire people about conservation.

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Frogman

This 5 minute video segment from Catalyst shows a field trip with Dr Conrad Hoskin who has been scouring the tropical rainforests of north Queensland for frogs. He explains his research and the links between classification or taxonomy and evolution.

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The significance of Bennelong

In this resource Thomas Keneally speaks about the significance of Bennelong and contrasts him with Pemulwuy.

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Dengue Mozzie

This nine and a half minute video segment from Catalyst is an excellent example of current Australian science, the use of biological controls on a pest and modern techniques and approaches to fighting the spread of human disease.

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Face2Face: Thomas Keneally

This resource is an interview with Thomas Keneally on his book, 'Australians: Origins to Eureka'.

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Series Circuits

In this simulation students select and move a battery, switch and two light bulbs to positions around a circuit so that the light bulbs are in series with each other. Students receive feedback if their circuit is not a functioning series circuit. Students drag and drop a battery, switch, and two light bulbs into position ...

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World's Oldest Mummies

This 13 minute video describes how science supports archaeology. Dr Paul Willis follows a group of Australian volunteer archaeologists as they unravel the complex archaeology of the Atacama Desert in Chile and find mummies that were made thousands of years before the Egyptian civilisation started. How scientific ideas and ...

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Coal Gas

This 12 minute video segment from Catalyst outlines how for decades, scientists have worked to develop technologies that can unlock the energy from coal while reducing the risks of digging it up and burning it. Now entirely new industries are booming as they tap into coal seams either too gassy or too deep to be mined by ...

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Peter FitzSimons: Research process 2

In this resource Peter FitzSimons talks about how he researches history. Learncast video.

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Complex pain

This 15 minute video segment from Catalyst describes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, condition where pain never goes away after an injury and even gets worse. The pain becomes a disease in its own right.

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Melbourne Recital Centre

This 6 minute video segment from Catalyst explains how understanding the properties of sound and modelling has been successfully applied to create the ideal space for recitals.

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Soil scientist

This brief video outlines soil science that involves the investigation of industrial and residential sites to determine if there is contamination present in the soil or groundwater. Soil samples are collected from cores taken with hand augers or drill rigs and groundwater samples from wells, analysed and laboratory reports ...

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Comparing chance

A simple interactive simulation in which students compare probabilities.

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Exoplanets

This nine and a half minute video segment from Catalyst explains that relatively recently times we have got the technology to look for exoplanets. Astronomers have now uncovered more than 350 planets orbiting other stars. These worlds, known as exoplanets, can be pretty weird places. This program discusses a theory to describes ...

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Robot biomimicry

This 9 minute video segment from Catalyst shows how inspiration from the world of animals has helped in the mechanical design of robots and adhesive materials.

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Paul Ham: Choosing a research topic

In this resource Paul Ham talks about choosing a research topic.

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Gravity: Effects of gravity

Students use this resource consisting of one page with diagrams of Mars, Earth and Jupiter. Students can select any combination of planets and then 'drop' the crates to note the effects of the different gravity forces because of the different masses of these planets. Students should be able to conclude that gravity is a ...

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GM Bananas

This 8 minute video segment from Catalyst explains how genetically modified bananas could be the answer to malnutrition in developing countries. Botanists in Queensland are developing genetically modified bananas that can boost vitamin and mineral content and create disease resistant varieties. Issues of lack of genetic ...

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How to construct a column or bar graph

This animated presentation includes three examples of how to construct column graphs (also known as bar graphs) to represent data. It also highlights the features of column graphs. Students can use an included set of practice questions to determine their knowledge and understanding of column graphs.

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How to construct parallel lines

This animated presentation includes three different techniques for the geometrical construction of parallel lines. The presentation, with optional audio commentary, provides a step-by-step set of instructions involving rulers, set squares and compasses.