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Control laboratory at Monsanto Chemicals Australia, West Footscray, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph featuring a man working in the Monsanto Chemicals Australia control laboratory, in West Footscray in December 1956.

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Exploring nanotechnology

Peter Binks, CEO of Nanotechnology Victoria, answers the question 'How does nanotechnology work?' Discover what nanotechnology is and see several examples in action, such as scratch-resistant paint used in the car industry. Consider future applications of nanotechnology in areas such as sports, health care, clothing and cleaning.

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Nano-engineering: science fiction or reality?

Explore the amazing field of nano-engineering. Imagine being able to construct molecular-sized machines that could do specific tasks like carrying out nano-surgery on damaged cell structures in your body. Decide for yourself what might be possible and what might just be science fiction.

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Amazing materials from rearranged carbon atoms

Explore the different forms (allotropes) of the chemical element carbon. You will be surprised at how different the allotropes are.Meet key scientists, such as Harry Kroto, who have made amazing discoveries about new forms of carbon. Visualise how the atoms and outer electrons are arranged in different forms, so you can ...

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Seashell's secret to bending light

Nature's mother-of-pearl seashell is helping Australian scientists unlock the secrets of bending light. Discover how, and hear about some practical applications of bending light. Find out why the US Air Force is excited about this new discovery from nature. What might it mean for the future of combat?

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Can technology keep getting smaller and faster?

Since the first generation models of the 1940s, computers have dramatically shrunk in size while becoming much faster. Moore's Law predicts the rate at which computer speeds increase, but is there a limit to how small and fast computers can become? This clip describes the changes in computer hardware over time, their impact ...

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Amazing nanomedibots

Did you know that the cells in our bodies are full of tiny living nanobots? Researchers are exploring how they can create minuscule medical tools delivered as pills that could heal and cure people who swallow hem. Watch as a scientific animator shows how molecules within our bodies work and how the nano tools of the future ...

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Zero emission cities of the future

Can you imagine future cities designed to be self-sufficient and to incorporate innovative ways to use new materials and energy systems? Watch this animation to find out how the creation of zero emission cities involves some serious questions about possible social, economic, and political implications. Discover the role ...

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Nanotech rising

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of very tiny particles to create new products, and it has many current and future applications. Explore this rising new field, see many everyday things that use or contain nanomaterials, and find out about some of society's concerns about nanotechnology.

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A passion for science and engineering

If you're deciding between studying science or engineering, why not consider a path that includes both? Be inspired by a young uni student who's combining chemical engineering and biotechnology studies. Along with her voluntary work as a science communicator, Alicia Hurkmans has embarked on journey to an exciting and innovative ...

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The bang behind fireworks!

Ever wondered how fireworks are created? In this clip, pyrotechnics expert John Conkling describes the chemical and physical components of fireworks, and demonstrates many coloured explosions in a laboratory. Discover that a fireworks display is a chemical reaction between an oxidiser such as potassium nitrate and a fuel ...

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What is a nanopatch?

Imagine if getting vaccinated was as simple as sticking a little patch on your skin. Watch this video as it explains how a nanopatch may revolutionise the way we deliver vaccines. 

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This learning object provides simple animations that illustrate the nature of paper, water and the structure of the atom. There is a self test and also ideas for further research. These are accompanied by a timeline of discoveries about the atom, and a pdf document ‘Nanotechnology’. The object requires Adobe Flash Player ...

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Radioactive decay

Watch radioactive decay happen at the sub-atomic level. Make predictions and analyse graphs resulting from the decay of an array of radioactive atoms in order to determine the half-life of the element. For example, find the half-life of the radioactive element used in carbon dating, carbon-14. This learning object is a ...

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Radioactive decay: half life

Watch radioactive decay happen at the sub-atomic level. Make predictions and analyse graphs resulting from the decay of an array of radioactive atoms in order to determine the half-life of the element. For example, find the half-life of the radioactive element used in carbon dating, carbon-14. This learning object is one ...

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Radioactive decay: radiocarbon dating

Use radiocarbon dating to find and compare the ages of ancient remains. Convert organic samples to gas and use a Geiger counter to measure radioactivity. Use calculations and radioactive decay graphs to estimate the age of the samples. For example, check whether a bone from 'Sthenurus', a giant kangaroo, could be younger ...

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Tectonics investigator: Earth's structure [ESL]

Investigate the internal structure of the Earth using earthquake measurements. Examine the Earth’s outer layer. Fit the Earth's tectonic plates together like a jigsaw puzzle. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects.


Australia Post - Animation, c1988: FaxPost

This clip shows a television advertisement for Australia Post filmed in the streets of Sydney from the point of view of a motorcycle driver travelling at high speed. The soundtrack contains only the sound of the bike. The advertisement's message is given in white subtitles, telling viewers not to drive dangerously as communications ...


Atomic force microscope

This is a colour photograph of an atomic force microscope, seen in the foreground in a laboratory. The photograph also shows two scientists and other laboratory equipment. Behind the microscope is a computer and on its screen is an example of the output produced by atomic force microscopy.

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Tectonics investigator: hot spots

Identify how plate movements produce many features of the Earth’s surface. Predict the formation of new volcanic islands. This learning object is part of a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.