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Outer electrons of atoms

Atoms with 'clothes', orbital zones, valency, and the strange and distinctive shapes created by electrons: explore all of these and more in this clip. You will also discover how electrons in the outer layers of an atom form the basis of chemistry.

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Cathode rays and electrons

Do you know what a cathode ray tube is and how it works? Watch this clip to find out more, and learn about how it led to a vital discovery that underpins our understanding of the structure of matter.

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Show me the evidence: finding proof of the Inca

Do you have a time machine? If not, how can you be certain that your understanding of history is correct? In this clip from the 1985 documentary 'Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon', reporter Jack Pizzey considers what is known about the Inca Empire. He acknowledges there is much that we can't be sure of. This clip is ...

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Hinduism in Tamil dynasties

How did Hinduism come to shape India? The ancient Hindu culture influenced Indian societies through the Middle Ages and into modern times. This clip from a 1965 episode of 'University of the Air' explores the influence of Hinduism on the Tamil dynasties of the Pallavas and Cholas in southern India. This is the last clip ...

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Development of the periodic table

Cracking the biggest chemical mystery of all. Explore how the Periodic Table of Elements, created by Dmitri Mendeleev in the 1860's, revolutionised chemistry. Find out how the periodic table came to be and how it can be used to describe groups of similar elements.

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Shoguns rule Japan with iron fists

Who were the shoguns and how did they rule Japan? In Japanese history, the time from about 1600 to 1868 is called the Edo period. In 1600, after centuries of wars, Japan came under the control of shoguns from the Tokugawa clan. They continued to rule until 1868, when they were overthrown. View this clip to discover how ...

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The changing roles of women on Anzac Day

How have the stories and observances of Anzac Day changed to include women alongside men? During World War I and the years that followed, women had little involvement in Anzac Day events. In some instances, they were deliberately excluded! This has changed dramatically in recent decades. In this clip, women and men from ...

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Calls grow for Indigenous recognition in Australia

Discover why many Australians believe the time has come to change the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories. This program from January 2012 examines the debate about how this change might be achieved. It looks at the growing call for our constitution to recognise and advance ...

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Enter the weird world of atoms

All matter is made of atoms, but what do we really know about them? Their structure, relative size, and abundance is demonstrated in this clip using sand grains and motorbike riders on a beach. A scientist also explains the strange behaviour of atoms, which underpins the powerful scientific theory called quantum mechanics.

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Rebuilding a Shinto shrine

Witness the dedication of the followers of Shinto, Japan's ancient and unique religious tradition. Shinto means 'the way of the spirits', and it grew out of older beliefs that spirits inhabit mountains, forests and other natural places. Watch this clip from 2007 to see a 1,300-year-old Shinto tradition in central Japan.

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Legacy of Nazism in modern Vienna

Why did Nazis in Austria dig up hundreds of human remains from graves in Vienna's Währing Jewish cemetery? Join reporter Mark Corcoran as he visits a Viennese museum to search for the remains of an 18th-century Jewish baroness. He makes some disturbing discoveries there. This clip from 2007 is the second of two.

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Uncovering a chapter of the Holocaust

What happened to the Jewish population of Vienna, Austria's capital, during World War II? Its members were among the estimated six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. In this clip from 2007, find out about the prolonged campaign of historian Tina Walzer to reclaim Vienna's Jewish heritage. The clip is the first of two.

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Best ever science facts

Do you have a favourite science fact? Listen as scientists from a range of fields describe their favourite facts of the scientific world. If you've ever wanted to know the length of a chameleon's tongue or what the most common cell in your body is, watch this clip.

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Rolling a square wheel?

We all know square wheels can't roll, right? Come ride a bumpy road with a scientist who demonstrates how a wheel works, and why they are round. Witness his determination to create a smooth-rolling, square-wheeled skateboard!

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Living in extreme environments

Extremophiles are organisms adapted to living in extreme conditions, such as very hot or cold temperatures. In this clip our science reporters demonstrate the resilience of some microscopic extremophiles, which they subject to high heat and then view under a microscope to check their survival. Do you think the existence ...

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Primary history: historical inquiry - interpreting and analysing historical documents

These seven learning activities focus on interpreting and analysing historical documents using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), and illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers assist ...

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Secondary history: historical inquiry - research

These seven learning activities focus on research using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), and illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers provide appropriate guidance and scaffolds ...

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Tectonics investigator: Earth's structure: assessment

Test your understanding of the Earth's internal structure. Use animations and images to help you answer a series of questions dealing with the seismic exploration of the Earth’s internal structure and the structure of tectonic plates. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series of two objects.

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Tectonics investigator: plate movement: assessment

Test your understanding of tectonic plate movement. Use animations and images to help you answer a series of questions dealing with evidence of plate movement. Interpret data from magnetic surveys of divergent zones, as well as patterns derived from hotspot traces. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object ...

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Colossal fossils: the dig

Join a team of palaeontologists working on an Australian megafauna dig site. Dig up and describe a megafauna jaw bone or skull. Use tools such as a pick, rock hammer and scraping knife. Prepare the fossil for removal using tools such a fine brush, glue and plaster. See how the features of the bone are used to identify the ...