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Control laboratory at Monsanto Chemicals Australia, West Footscray, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph featuring a man working in the Monsanto Chemicals Australia control laboratory, in West Footscray in December 1956.

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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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Introduction to biotechnology

Gain an overview of biotechnology, whereby humans have manipulated the genetic makeup of organisms in order to make useful substances for the development of humankind.

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GM foods: pros and cons

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of growing genetically modified crops on a farm. Explore possible effects on public health, biodiversity and the economy. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Tectonics investigator: Earth's structure: assessment

Test your understanding of the Earth's internal structure. Use animations and images to help you answer a series of questions dealing with the seismic exploration of the Earth’s internal structure and the structure of tectonic plates. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series of two objects.

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Tectonics investigator: plate movement: assessment

Test your understanding of tectonic plate movement. Use animations and images to help you answer a series of questions dealing with evidence of plate movement. Interpret data from magnetic surveys of divergent zones, as well as patterns derived from hotspot traces. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object ...

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Exploring atoms: atom structure

See how scientists such as Ernest Rutherford have investigated the structure of atoms. Explore possible models. Fire charged particles at atoms and find which model best fits the results. This learning object is one in a series of six objects. Three of the objects are also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Tectonics investigator

Investigate the internal structure of the Earth using earthquake measurements. Examine the Earth’s outer layer. Fit the Earth's tectonic plates together like a jigsaw puzzle. Identify how plate movements produce many features of the Earth’s surface. Predict the formation of new volcanic islands. This learning object is ...

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Tectonics investigator: magnetic stripes

Investigate tectonic plate behaviour. Identify how plate movements produce many features of the Earth’s surface. This learning object is part of a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Tectonics investigator: hot spots

Identify how plate movements produce many features of the Earth’s surface. Predict the formation of new volcanic islands. This learning object is part of a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Genes

See how genes and genetic engineering work. Build models of DNA, and work out how it is copied as cells divide. Discover how the codes carried in the genes are copied and used to build proteins. See how gene splicing can be used to benefit human lives. For example, model the transfer of a human gene into bacteria, so they ...

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Genes: introduction to genes

Zoom in on a living plant to see views down to the atomic level. Discover how each component consists of smaller parts. Identify the parts that carry the instructions for the plant’s characteristics. For example, observe that the chromosomes are made of DNA. This learning object is the first in a series of five objects ...

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Genes: what is DNA?

Build models of the DNA molecules that make up chromosomes. Discover how the components match up to make a double helix. For example, discover that the bases adenine and thymine pair up to form ‘rungs’ of the helix. This learning object is the second in a series of five objects that progressively increase in difficulty. ...

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Genes: DNA replication

Model the copying of DNA molecules when cells divide. Discover the part played by enzymes in the replication process. Select the correct base pairings to complete the DNA double helix. For example, pair adenine with thymine. This learning object is the third in a series of five objects that progressively increase in difficulty. ...

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Genes: protein synthesis

Model the process that living cells use to build protein molecules. First, build an RNA strand to copy the gene code of the DNA. Then follow the RNA out of the nucleus to the ribosomes and use a triplet code to pick the correct sequence of amino acids to build the protein. For example, match the code UCU with the amino ...

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Genes: gene splicing

Model the process of gene splicing to produce the insulin needed by people with diabetes. Cut the insulin gene from a DNA strand, then insert it into the DNA of a plasmid, which will produce insulin when transferred to a bacterium. Use you knowledge of DNA structure to direct the splicing process. For example, select the ...

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Radioactive decay

Watch radioactive decay happen at the sub-atomic level. Make predictions and analyse graphs resulting from the decay of an array of radioactive atoms in order to determine the half-life of the element. For example, find the half-life of the radioactive element used in carbon dating, carbon-14. This learning object is a ...

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Radioactive decay: half life

Watch radioactive decay happen at the sub-atomic level. Make predictions and analyse graphs resulting from the decay of an array of radioactive atoms in order to determine the half-life of the element. For example, find the half-life of the radioactive element used in carbon dating, carbon-14. This learning object is one ...

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Radioactive decay: radiocarbon dating

Use radiocarbon dating to find and compare the ages of ancient remains. Convert organic samples to gas and use a Geiger counter to measure radioactivity. Use calculations and radioactive decay graphs to estimate the age of the samples. For example, check whether a bone from 'Sthenurus', a giant kangaroo, could be younger ...

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Tectonics investigator: Earth's structure [ESL]

Investigate the internal structure of the Earth using earthquake measurements. Examine the Earth’s outer layer. Fit the Earth's tectonic plates together like a jigsaw puzzle. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects.