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Robyn Williams talks on communicating science to the public, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of science journalist and broadcaster, Robyn Williams, talking about communicating science to the Australian public and the challenges of overcoming 'woeful ignorance' and 'tremendous confusion'. He suggests that the media and modern education hamper public understanding of science by encouraging ...

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Science under the microscope

A student-focused mobile web application that tests students? knowledge of the NSW Science curriculum. It will reuse videos and other components of 2010 Murder under the Microscope (Shockwave on the Shoreline) to provide a series of clues that unfold as the student answers science questions correctly. After receiving all ...

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Kitchen science

There are many different chemical reactions at work when we cook food. Watch this video to discover how some chefs have turned their kitchens into laboratories to experiment with food to create the perfect dish!

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The power of science photography

Visual art and science are often considered to be separate fields. Watch as Phred Petersen talks about the way he combines his passions of photography and science. What is the role of technology in enabling this crossover? What kinds of scientific discoveries can be assisted by high-speed photography? And how can scientific ...

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Robyn Williams talks about inspiring young scientists, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the leading science journalist and broadcaster, Robyn Williams, offering advice on how to encourage children to be interested in science. Williams states that the 'greatest challenge' is to exploit and maintain a 'natural' interest displayed in early childhood. He suggests that children ...

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Human biome

Did you know that the average human body is 10 parts microbe, one part cells? This community of germs and microbes that is present in each and every one of us is known as a microbiome and - just like a fingerprint - your microbiome is unique to you! Scientists are now researching this microscopic world and this research ...

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What has Darwin Done for Us?

This 7 minute video segment from Catalyst outlines the impact of the work of Charles Darwin on specific Australian scientists and as such addresses aspects of the nature and history of science.

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Why are chillies hot?

Do you enjoy spicy foods? What sensations do you experience when you eat something with chilli in it? Listen as professor Peter McIntyre explains why chillies cause us pain. How else can scientists apply this knowledge?

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Professor Penny Sackett

This 5 minute video segment from Catalyst describes the role of Australia's Chief Scientist using Professor Penny Sackett as an example from 2009.

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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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Dog optimism

Have you ever wondered how your dog views the world? Optimism and pessimism are often thought to be human traits but do animals express them too? In this clip an Australian researcher uses a machine she invented to try and determine whether these dogs are optimists or pessimists. Have a look and see if you can work out ...

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Mangroves

What is so great about mangroves? Get to know all about the 'swampy metropolis' in this short science animation.

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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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Building spaghetti bridges

Have you ever tried making a bridge out of dried spaghetti? What about a spaghetti bridge that can support a roadway and small car? Watch as teams of first-year university students reveal and test their designs. How did they decide what kind of bridges to build? Have a go at designing, testing and building your own spaghetti ...

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How does nanotechnology work?

What is nanotechnology? Watch as Dr Kay Latham explains why scientists are interested in working at the nanoscale. What have researchers been able to design using their understanding of nanotechnology? And how might nanotechnology be used in the future?

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Virtual reality and the stereoscope

Do you know what virtual reality (VR) is? VR is something you can experience if you put on a VR headset. The headset lets you see and hear things that make you feel like you're in a completely different place. Perhaps you've seen people using VR headsets or even tried one out yourself. In this video, Margot shows us an ...

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Curious about how things work?

Are you interested in how things work? Ever wondered what the insides of an iron or a hairdryer or a radio look like? Instead of throwing your appliances out when they break, why don't you try taking them apart and investigating what they're made of. How do the various parts fit together? And what do you think they all do?

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Algae oil

Could algae be used to create an alternative to crude oil? It's not straightforward - but it is possible. This video describes how algae and waste products from other industries could be used to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and play a part in controlling climate change.

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What is engineering?

Watch this video to find out what engineering is. What do engineers do? What types of projects do they work on? Think about a problem that you'd like to solve for the world. Now put your imagination into gear and start designing a solution!

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Understanding the causes of climate change

Did you know that climate change is not a recent phenomenon? In the past, natural events led to changes in the climate. Although natural events still affect climate, they're not enough to explain the big changes we've been seeing in the last 150 years. What changes on earth can account for such dramatic changes to our climate? ...