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Cloning versus sexual reproduction

Discover how DNA can be mutated. Investigate how some DNA mutations can be good, bad or harmless. Consider the advantages of sexual reproduction over asexual reproduction (cloning). Learn that the unique genetic makeup of each person can be used for identification, a technique called DNA profiling.

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The Circle: the frozen laboratory

Explore how Antarctic plants and animals are adapted to life in a polar environment. Look at species descriptions of animals such as penguins, whales and krill. Examine specific adaptations such as the dense feathers and layers of body fat of the emperor penguin. Compare feeding pathways within a food web. Explore the geological ...

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Developing crops for the future

How might ancient Central Asian seeds collected from land that was once an inland sea bed help Australia grow salt-tolerant crops in the future? Watch this clip to see how scientists are attempting to adapt our food supply and improve crop resilience.

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Cambrian fossils on Kangaroo Island

All fossils provide interesting clues to what life on Earth was once like, but there is something quite unique about the fossils found at Emu Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Watch this clip to find out why.

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Caving for fossils

Imagine the enthusiasm of Australian paleontologists when they heard about the discovery of three caves in the middle of the Nullarbor Plain. Watch this clip to find out just what was discovered in the caves and why it is so significant.

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Sex as the key to evolution

Variation in populations as a result of sexual reproduction is the key to evolution. View this brief clip that highlights key points of Charles Darwin's theory linking variation and natural selection.

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Secret growth of climbing plants

This clip reveals the extraordinary growing patterns of climbing plants and how this behaviour helps adapt them to life in a forest. Find out what Charles Darwin discovered about the unique climbing techniques of plants.

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Survival of the fittest

Natural selection is the process that ensures survival of offspring that are strong, healthy, and well-adapted to their environment. This brief clip introduces natural selection and links it to the evolution of species over time.

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Life on land begins

Step back more than 400 million years to the Silurian period, when plants and animals first began to live out of the water. See how the evolution of plants with their specialised cells was critical to the evolution of life today. Take a look at some surviving plant species that have their origins back in prehistoric times.

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Decreasing snowfalls threaten pygmy-possum

The Mountain Pygmy-possum spends winter hibernating beneath snow at temperatures of two degrees. But what could happen to the species if there is little or no snow blanket to hibernate beneath? Watch this clip to find out.

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The Circle: biology

Explore how Antarctic plants and animals are adapted to life in a polar environment. Look at species descriptions of animals such as penguins, whales and krill. Examine specific adaptations to the environment such as the dense feathers and layers of body fat of the emperor penguin. Compare feeding pathways within a food ...

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Travel back in time

Prepare a geological display for a museum. Classify and label fossils and rocks. Work out which region the specimens came from. Travel back through time and collect information about past climates, habitats and positions of continents. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Travel back in time [no spoken instructions]

Prepare a geological display for a museum. Classify and label fossils and rocks. Work out which region the specimens came from. Travel back through time and collect information about past climates, habitats and positions of continents. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Travel back in time: time map

See how the land masses of Australia and New Zealand have changed over the last 110 million years. Learn about past climates. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Down to Earth: palaeotraveller

Travel back in time and see how the Australian continent has changed. For example, find out when glaciers were common on the Australian mainland. Look at maps, landscapes, living things and environments over the last 545 million years. Compare past temperatures and sea levels with those of today. Explore which forces are ...

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Using 'Geological change and evolution' - Teacher idea

In this Teacher idea, two digital curriculum resources are used to assist students' understanding of the geological processes that helped to shape the Earth. Using Antarctica as a case study, students examine how a study of fossil evidence, plate tectonics and geological timescale supports the theory of evolution. It includes ...

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Animal weapons: blue-ringed octopus

This is a colour clip showing a blue-ringed octopus in an Australian marine habitat hunting for, killing and devouring crabs, its favourite prey. It is shown flashing its blue iridescent rings to warn predators that it possesses potentially lethal venom, as well as using camouflage to approach its prey undetected. The clip ...

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Ballarat Kennel Club

This is a silent Pathe 'Ballarat Gazette' newsreel entitled 'Ballarat Kennel Club', made in conjunction with the local Ballarat newspaper, 'Evening Echo'. It was shot on 1 June 1912, and features a dog show held by the Ballarat Kennel Club outside the local Coliseum Hall in Ballarat, Victoria. The proud owners of prize-winners ...

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Aquarium GloFish pets

This is a colour photograph of 12 bright pinkish-red fish swimming in a fish tank. These 'GloFish' have been genetically modified to include a fluorescent gene so that they glow under white or ultraviolet light ('GloFish' is a registered name). GloFish are among the first genetically modified animals to be sold as pets. ...

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Shark teeth

This is an information sheet about different types of fossil shark teeth that are occasionally found on Victorian beaches. It is also available as a one-page pdf file for download.