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Seals help climate research

Discover how seals are helping scientists study Antarctica, polar regions, oceans and climate change. Scientists use Weddell and southern elephant seals to gather data and monitor the way currents move heat around the world's oceans.

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Aboriginal fire knowledge reduces greenhouse gases

Come on an eye-opening trip to Western Arnhem Land in northern Australia to find out how Aboriginal fire-control techniques are used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by thousands of tonnes.On the trip you will also find out how exploding ping-pong balls are used to create low greenhouse gas firebreaks at the right time ...

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Nordenskjöld, Antarctica and two long winters

Early in the 1900s, several long expeditions set out to delve into the mysteries of Antarctica. One of them made some remarkable scientific discoveries about life that existed long ago on the continent. But it wasn't all smooth sailing. This 1901-1903 Swedish expedition was plagued with problems. Watch this clip to find out more.

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Spinifex research

What does spinifex grass contain that might prove useful in modern buildings? Watch this clip and discover how Aboriginal knowledge, combined with Western science, is unlocking the potential of spinifex. Find out about this natural resource and how it could become a new, sustainable material for the building industry.

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Water stress affects food production

Think about the amount of water needed for food production. Is reducing water use during food processing the only way of lowering water usage? Find out some reasons for suggesting a global reduction in water use during the growing of raw products. Discover the relationship of water-stressed regions around the world to food ...

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Managing insect pests with biological controls

How can integrated pest management (IPM) reduce the use of toxic chemical pesticides? See how natural predators of insect pests, called biological controls, are used in agriculture. Find out the kinds of tests they have to be put through.

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Lip balm from sheep wool

Learn about the science behind lip balm. Find out about the special properties of lanolin, a natural product obtained from the fleece of sheep, and how it is used in the cosmetics industry.

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Towra Team connects with country

Discover the cultural significance of some native plants to the local Indigenous peoples of the Botany Bay region. Find out the many ways these plants can be used. Gardening Australia's Clarence Slockee joins Dean Kelly (park officer) and the Towra Team, a group of trainees from the La Perouse Aboriginal Community, on a ...

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Ecological effects of bushfires

Did you know that Australia is the most flammable continent on Earth? Watch this clip to discover how bushfires impact natural ecosystems, and how the increasing global threat of bushfires may affect Australia. Australian scientists explain the ecological consequences of fire and a US expert describes his concerns for the future.

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Diprotodon: fossils and extinction

When did Diprotodon die out? To answer this question, teams of scientists and volunteers are working together to excavate Diprotodon bones and study the landscape where they're found. Go on the road with Catalyst to the 'badlands' of South Australia and investigate the evidence behind Diprotodon extinction.

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More than just floating around the ocean

Why do scientists research ocean conditions such as temperature and salinity? These things can tell us a lot about global climate and sea changes, which impact many people. This animation describes an international research program deploying robotic profiling floats (Argo floats) that collect ocean data. Discover where ...

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New tools to explore the frozen frontier

Scientists are using drones and robots to help them understand more about Antarctic ice. See how the use of these technologies is not only safer but much faster and more efficient.

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Insect collections going 3D

According to Dr John La Salle, why is it important to understand insects? CSIRO is creating a digital 3D model catalogue of the insects in their collection in order to make their collection accessible to more people. What are some of the benefits of this?

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Our world: communications in space

This is a NASA 'Our World' video clip focusing on the different ways that astronauts on the International Space Station use technology to communicate with ground staff and others on Earth. The narrators include the puppet Lily and actual astronauts on the space station. Different modes of communication include radio contact, ...

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Ngan'gi seasons calendar

This is a seasonal calendar developed by the Ngan’gi people of the Northern Territory in collaboboration with CSIRO. The resource contains an introduction, a richly illustrated calendar and related links. The introduction includes information about the people’s wish to document traditional knowledge of their Daly River ...

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Gooniyandi seasons calendar

This is the Mingayooroo - Manyi Waranggiri Yarrangi, Gooniyandi seasons calendar developed by people of the Gooniyandi language group of the Kimberley in collaboration with CSIRO. The resource consists of an introduction, a richly illustrated calendar and related links. The introduction contains information about the people’s ...

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Classification of organisms

This is a unit of work designed to help students investigate the similarities and differences between a range of organisms including plants, animals and micro-organisms. Students use these variations to organise and classify organisms according to accepted hierarchial categories. They examine the need for scientists to ...

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Cells

This is a unit of work designed to help students investigate the link between the structure of a cell and its function. Students explore how the development of microscopic technology has assisted the examination of common cell structures. They compare the cell structures of plants, animals, fungi and bacteria. Additional ...

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Geologists survey the Earth's crust for minerals

Follow geologists as they explore the rocks that lie beneath the Earth's surface. When possible, geologists explore caves in person. Other times they choose to drill or dig. See the devices they use to scan the terrain before they even start drilling or digging.

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ITC sustainability: app for Android

This is an Android app that provides an overview of the sustainability focus and innovative business initiatives of a private Indian company, ITC. It includes information, images, videos, graphs and reports. This app has a range of topics that can be explored from a home page including ITC's social and farm forestry program, ...