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Discovering the secret life of bees

What's life like for a honey bee? That's exactly what Tasmanian scientists are interested in finding out. They've been busy gluing tiny sensors between the wings of bees, so their movements can be tracked and we can learn more about bee behaviour. What are some of the reasons scientists give for wanting to better understand ...

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Researching Tasmanian devils in the Tarkine

Did you know that the Tasmanian devil is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world? Devils play a very important role in the ecosystems of the Tasmanian bushland. Can you find out what that role is? Join conservation biologist Channing Hughes as he traps and documents Tasmanian devils during the Tarkine BioBlitz event. ...

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Discover how smell unlocks memory

Are there certain smells that remind you of particular people, places or events? Watch this clip to learn how smells unlock our memories. What are the parts of the brain responsible for processing smells and creating memories? And how do they relate to each other? How can we use this knowledge to improve our memories?

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Zoological illustrations from colonial Victoria, c1885

This website is devoted to 'Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria', a publication that documented the colony's fauna between 1878 and 1890. 

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Testing the 5-second rule

When it comes to dropping food, have you heard of the 5-second rule? Or the 3-second rule? Watch this video to learn what really happens when you drop food. In order to cause disease, what must bacteria do? What circumstances allow bacteria and viruses to contaminate food more successfully?

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Could you make a unicorn by crossing DNA?

Good question! Find out whether this is possible by watching as biologist at MIT, Dr Sera Thornton explains. What is a genome? And why do genomes need to be decoded? If the rhino genome was successfully decoded and the part that described the rhino horn was isolated, what would the process be for creating a unicorn?

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Anatomical model of a male silkworm moth, 1884

This is an anatomical model of a male silkworm moth manufactured in France in 1884. The model is constructed of papier-mâché, and the body is bullet-shaped and has a light covering of silk. It has six legs. The two wings on each side of the body are made of copper wire covered with translucent paper. The small head has ...

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What are microbes?

What are microbes? What are the four major groups that most microbes belong to? Listen as Dr Taghrid Istivan explains where microbes are found. What is the name of the group of microbes she describes as beneficial to our health? Can you explain what happens when people get food poisoning?

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Caring for our carbon

Carbon is all around us and available to us in many different forms – as an atmospheric gas, as an energy source, and as a food source. This unit investigates the science of carbon and the issue of climate change as both a scientific concept and a political issue, and, through discussion and debate, support students' to ...