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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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Forensic anatomist

This brief video shows Meiya, a forensic anatomist in action. She recreates facial characteristics from forensic evidence, and is an academic with the University of Technology Sydney. Her recent projects include helping to identify the suicide bombers involved in the embassy bombing in Jakarta and reconstructing the faces ...

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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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Medical entomologist

This brief video shows the range of work and skills needed from in the field to the laboratory in medical entomology. The potential benefits of a career like this for contributing to human health and environmental conservation are demonstrated.

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Civil engineer

This brief video shows Chris Moore who is a civil engineer involved in providing water to a city. His job involves a lot of problem-solving. New directions including recycling water.

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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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Taxonomist

This brief video shows the work of a taxonomist. David Collins records new species of animals. He developed a love of marine invertebrates and now his love is his job.

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Archaeologist

This brief video shows archaeology as a varied and challenging job that has a strong science base. Erin McGowan shows why loves her work as an archaeologist.

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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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Future of the moon

This 4 minute video segment from Catalyst describes how Moon rocks may hold clues about the beginnings of life on Earth because of the lack of weathering and erosion.

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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.

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Introduction to slope

In this animated presentation students are introduced to the mathematical concept of slope (or gradient) of a straight line. The mathematical definition of slope is explained in terms of, and derived from, two practical contexts.

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Using linear equations to model population growth, Hooke's Law and parcel shipping charges

In this animated presentation students are provided with three examples of mathematical modelling in real-world settings. Linear functions are used to model population growth, Hooke's Law and parcel shipping charges.

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Order of operations (PEMDAS)

This three-part animated presentation demonstrates the process of applying an order of operations convention to calculations involving a mixture of number operations. Two parts of the demonstration provide worked examples and a step-by-step procedure; the third part provides examples for student practice.