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Earth rotation: night and day

Watch an animation of the Earth rotating in space showing day and night, the equinox where locations on Earth experience close to equal hours of daytime and night-time (12 hours) and views of the Earth from above the North and South Poles. Turn an animated model of the Earth to explore how rotation is related to night and ...

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Roll of 12-hole paper tape used with CSIRAC, c1956

This is an example of 12-hole paper tape containing data that could be loaded into CSIRAC's memory using a 12-hole paper tape reader. this tape would have been used around 1956. CSIRAC was one of the world's first electronic digital stored program computers and is the last of the first generation to exist intact.

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Paper tape reader for CSIRAC, c1956

This is a 12-hole paper tape reader used for loading programs (and data) into CSIRAC's memory around 1956. CSIRAC was one of the world's first electronic digital stored program computers and is the last of the first generation to exist intact.

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CSIRAC's program preparation area, 1955-64

This is a photograph of programmer Don Beresford at a tape punch keyboard, part of the program preparation equipment for CSIRAC (previously CSIR Mk1). The keyboard was used to edit 12-hole paper tape. To Beresfordr's left is a spool of 12-hole paper tape; to his right is a tape-reader. CSIRAC was one of the world's first ...

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Coffee spill

When you walk with a glass or a cup filled with liquid, do you find yourself spilling some of the liquid? Some scientists have studied why this happens and how best to avoid it.

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Do dogs really care?

We'd like to think our dogs offer us comfort when we get upset or injured. Can the 'classic test' of empathy in humans tell us something about dogs? The reporter investigates the phenomenon of empathy: the ability to be aware and sensitive to the feelings of others from their perspective.

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Left paw right paw

Do you think left-handed people have characteristics that are different from right-handed people? It seems that right-pawed dogs have certain characteristics that make them better Guide Dogs, but how do you find out whether your dog is right-pawed or left-pawed to begin with? Watch this experiment to find out!

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Biodiversity and the Great Barrier Reef teacher resource booklet

This is a teaching and learning resource that contains over 40 pages of student resources and a number of teacher resources about the biology, chemistry and environmental pressures of coral reef and marine ecosystems. The student resources include worksheets, investigations and structured discussions on a range of topics, ...

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Doing science investigations: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide that provides an overview of lessons covering the Science Inquiry Skills strand of the Australian Curriculum: Science for years 7 to 10. It includes worksheets and assessment suggestions. The resource supports teachers to enable students develop the skills necessary to complete their own open-ended ...

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Doing science investigations: student guide

This is a student guide that contains information and hands-on inquiry activities for the Science Inquiry Skills strand of the Australian Curriculum: Science for years 7 to 10. It includes scaffolding in the form of worksheets to support the choice of investigation question and planning, conducting and evaluating a student ...

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Do it yourself - adapting science lessons to an inquiry-based approach: teacher guide

This is a professional learning module for teachers that provides a step-by-step guide by which they can adapt their existing teaching resources towards a more inquiry-based approach. The resource contains a template that teachers can use in their process of adaptation. It also contains examples of traditional resources ...