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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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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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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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CMT disease

This seven and a half minute video segment from Catalyst describes CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease) is Australia's most common genetic neurological disorder. Vitamin C, particularly when taken at a young age appears to reverse this effect. A good example of the scientific method.

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Climate Seals

This five and a half minute video segment form Catalyst outlines how scientist are utilising two species of seals to obtain temperature and salinity profiles from below the ice. This is helping scientists to find answers to questions about ocean circulation that cannot be addressed by robotic sensors.

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Carbon country update

This five and a half minute video segment from Catalyst discusses the potential to manage controlled burning in Arnhem that reduces frequency of wildfires to provide other benefits. The potential to turn this into economic benefits from carbon trading is explored and the science investigations that will first be essential.

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Cloud seeding

This nine and a half minute video segment from Catalyst describes how researchers from Monash University have hard evidence that cloud seeding can produce good amounts of extra rainfall. Data collected over a long period of time has give hope to scientists and environmentalists who are trying to reduce the impacts of droughts ...

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Change of State

This simulation allows students to change the temperature and observe the changes at macro and micro level to water. It reinforces the Particle Theory.

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Bubble mining

This 5 minute video from Catalyst describes froth flotation that has been used to separate some useful components out of mixtures in mining. Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson pioneered a way to help the mining industry extract fine particles and led to the development of the Jameson Cell. His scientific approach is now ...

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Packing to leave: saris, suits and spices - Waqar Khalid

This is a video clip in which Waqar Khalid reflects on his migration to Australia from Qatar in 1995 as an 11-year-old and on his experiences in settling into school. He recalls his excitement about leaving for another country and that he knew almost nothing about Australia before his arrival. He also describes the reaction ...

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Packing to leave: saris, suits and spices - Yassmeen Islam

This is a web page with a link to a video clip in which Yasmeen Islam reflects on her migration to Australia from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1971 and her life as a migrant. She recalls her apprehension about moving to Australia and the heartache of being separated from her extended family, and describes her sense ...

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Packing to leave: saris, suits and spices - Kalyan Ram

This is a web page with a link to a video clip in which Kalyan Ram reflects on his migration to Australia from India in 1970 and on his life as a migrant. He describes the reasons for his migration, what led him to view Australia as home, the things about Australia that appeal to him and the changes in his cultural thinking. ...

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Mummification process - animation

This is an animated reconstruction of the mummification of the body of Herakleides, a 20-year-old man from the Greco-Roman period of Egyptian history. The animation, produced by the J Paul Getty Museum, begins with the removal of the organs and then illustrates the 40-day dehydration process, the anointing of the body, ...