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Recycling whole buildings

You probably recycle bottles, cans and paper at home, but imagine recycling whole buildings that have outlived their usefulness. Explore how doing this can save a huge amount of energy, prevent unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions and address landfill issues.

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Iron: metal that changed the world

Iron is the most widely used and second most abundant metal on Earth. It is mostly extracted from iron ore (rocks containing iron) and processed to create several useful alloys including cast iron and steel. Watch this clip to discover some of the many applications of iron in today's world and throughout the history of ...

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A smoking, exploding thermal reaction

Want to see rust ignite and turn into molten iron? Put on your safety goggles and join Rubin Meerman as he observes Associate Professor Adam Bridgeman's demonstration of a combustion reaction.

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Going down and burning up

Bring the Hubble Telescope back to Earth for repairs. Build a heat shield to protect the space telescope from burning up. Choose a material that will not easily burn, melt or transfer heat.

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Laotian girls, Canberra, 1982

This is a black-and-white photograph taken on 27 August 1982 in a classroom at Kambah High School, Canberra. A teacher, Mr Villy Hischler, is supervising as two unidentified students from Laos solder together parts of lamps being made from copper sheeting. The girls are wearing aprons and Mr Hischler a dustcoat. Some technical ...

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'Aircraft factory now makes steel houses', 1946 - asset 1

This is an excerpt taken from the beginning of an item in the weekly black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review, released in cinemas on 31 May 1946. It starts with the title screen 'AIRCRAFT FACTORY NOW MAKES STEEL HOUSES / CINESOUND REVIEW', and features construction workers assembling a prefabricated steel home in the ...

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'Aircraft factory now makes steel houses', 1946 - asset 2

This is an excerpt taken from the middle of an item in the weekly black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review, released in cinemas on 31 May 1946. It shows workmen assembling a prefabricated steel home in the Treasury Gardens, Melbourne, erecting the roof, hammering in the floorboards and installing insulation and windows. ...

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 16

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white film titled 'Mineral wealth', produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 to highlight Australia's mineral wealth. The commentary is backed by light organ music. The excerpt shows black coal being hauled up from a mine in Newcastle in New South Wales. The coal is loaded ...

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 17

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white film titled 'Mineral wealth', produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 to highlight Australia's mineral wealth. The commentary is backed by light organ music. The excerpt shows aspects of Newcastle's iron and steel industry. The first scene shows the Broken Hill Proprietary ...

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 18

This is an excerpt from the end of a black-and-white film titled 'Mineral wealth', produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 to highlight Australia's mineral wealth. The commentary is backed by light organ music. The excerpt shows some of the operations at the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP) ...

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Alessi pepper mill and salt castor by Michael Graves, 1988-93

This is a stainless steel and plastic pepper mill (left) and salt castor (right) set designed by Michael Graves (1934-) between 1988 and 1993 and made by Alessi, USA and Italy. The mill and castor have identical cylindrical shapes that gently spread at the base, which has a rolled rim. The outside walls are pierced with ...

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The Australian Steel Works, c1920: Steel rails

This silent black-and-white clip from the sponsored film 'The Australian Steel Works' shows some of the final steps in the production of steel rails and fishplates at the steelworks at Newcastle, New South Wales. The opening scenes show lengths of semi-finished steel rails passing backwards and forwards through a rolling ...

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How do we use coal?

Find out how many things in your life depend on coal. This short video details some of the common uses of coal, such as in the production of cosmetics, plastics and steel as well as in power stations to generate electricity.

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Re-using the by-products of the steel industry

This is a student information PDF produced by BlueScope Steel providing basic information on how by-products are recycled in the Australian steel industry. It includes sections on: re-using the by-products of the steel industry; from coalface to coke ovens; water treatment; sinter plant; iron making; steelmaking; rolling ...

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Recycling in the steel industry

This is a student information PDF produced by BlueScope Steel providing basic factual information on recycling steel in the Australian steel industry. It includes sections on: Sources of scrap; Steel plant scraps; Steel product lifespans; and Scrap availability. The section on sources of scrap provides numerical data and ...

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Protection of flora and fauna by the steel industry

This is a student information PDF produced by BlueScope Steel providing a basic outline of how the steel industry is involved in environmental protection and rejuvenation projects. It contains six sections describing different projects in which the company is involved. These are: Rare frogs calling steelworks home; Keeping ...

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Energy use in BlueScope Steel's steelmaking

This is a student information PDF produced by BlueScope Steel that provides an outline of how energy is used in the steelmaking process and how it might be sustainably reduced in the future. It includes information sections on Sources of energy; Energy reduction; Improving technology; Improved work practices; and The future. ...

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Rock, paper, scissors: student guide

This is a student guide about states of matter, the particle model and simple chemical equations. It contains information and hands-on inquiry activities, and is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Chemical sciences content descriptions in year 8 of the science curriculum. The resource uses the game ...

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Rock, paper, scissors: student digital activities

This is a set of student digital activities about states of matter, the particle model and simple chemical equations. It contains a rich array of interactive activities, film clips and notebook questions to assist learning, and is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Chemical sciences content descriptions ...

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Rock, paper, scissors: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide about states of matter, the particle model and simple chemical equations. It provides an overview of lessons including worksheets and assessment, and is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Chemical sciences content descriptions in year 8 of the science curriculum. The resource ...