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Cash for cans in Western Australia?

Western Australians are the nation's largest producers of waste, yet they recycle the least, according to the 2012 National Waste Report. In this clip you will hear from people who would like the state government to introduce a 10-cent refund on cans and bottles, to encourage people to recycle. But not everyone is happy ...

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Parrot talk

If you were trying to find out how parrots communicate, how would you plan and conduct such research? What equipment do you think may have been used by researchers to enable them to conclude that parrots mimic and imitate sounds around them?

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Residents seek action

This report is about a local park in suburban Brisbane, which you can see in the background. How important do you think it is to show the subject of your story? Do you think the report would have had the same effect if it had been filmed in a studio and you couldn't see the park? Why do you think this?

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A growing community

In the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda, a community garden has sprung up. Just a short walk from a bustling retail precinct, it's a green oasis in an unexpected location. And apart from some amazing produce, this garden is also growing something else: a stronger and more connected community.

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Climate clues hidden in polar ice

Did you know that samples of polar ice can tell us what the atmosphere was like almost a million years ago? The Bureau of Meteorology has records that go back 3000 years! Why do you think scientists are interested in learning what the atmosphere was like before industrialisation?

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Using data about favourite foods

Flynn helps Dodly gather information about monsters' favourite foods for Dodly's new cafe menu. Watch and learn while the two monsters research their friends' favourite foods and then display and organise this information. Will Flynn ever get fed at Cafe de Dodly?

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Game, set and match for tourism

Events like Melbourne's Australian Open attract spectators from interstate and overseas, causing a spike in tourist numbers. Does the tournament also appear to boost other parts of the tourism sector?

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Fountain of fizz

Have you ever wondered how many bubbles there are in a bottle of soft drink? What if they all shot out the bottle at the same time in a fountain of fizz! Watch as Ruben Meerman, the Surfing Scientist explores where bubbles come from and how they form, with spectacular results!

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City bound

China is experiencing rapid urbanisation. Rural workers are on the move, searching for new opportunities in China's largest cities. This process is fuelling China's economic growth and improving the wellbeing of its citizens. But is the rate of change too fast? Are there pitfalls on the road to prosperity?

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A new Silk Road: farming silk in Australia

When you think of silk farming, do you think of Asia? Meet two people from Margaret River in WA who are attempting to make a go of silk farming in Australia. What changes do they need to make to the traditional silk farming process to make their dream a reality? Watch the clip to find out.

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Sydney slips in world cities rankings, 2012

A 'Cities of Opportunity' study in 2012 found that, while Sydney was regarded as a 'livable' city, its residents faced some significant urban issues. With other cities moving ahead of Sydney in the rankings, questions have been asked about why the cost of living in Sydney is so high and what should be done to solve some ...

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Libraries in decline

Did you know that libraries have been around for over 4000 years? For a very long time, you could only borrow books from libraries, but in recent years this has changed. You can now borrow magazines, DVDs, CDs and even download ebooks! How does Sarah, the reporter, feel about this? How does Debra, the librarian, feel about ...

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World population explosion, 1996

The growth of the world's population and the pressure this places on resources and the environment is a highly debated topic. Watch this clip from 1996 to find out about the trends and concerns associated with population growth at that time, and consider how perspectives and patterns may differ today.

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Countries of birth

This is a web resource that includes four student activities about data interpretation, accompanied by a teacher guide for each activity. Activities include investigating changes in country of birth by collecting and displaying data from students, their parents and grandparents and comparing the 1901 and 2006 Australian ...

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Biodiversity study: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience is designed to support the implementation of a comparative study of two sites within a local school environment. The investigation explores how the physical conditions of an environment affects the biodiversity and the growth and survival of living things within this context. This CLE ...

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IEA Key World Energy Statistics - Google Play app

Explore global energy statistics including data on the production, supply, consumption and prices of the major energy sources. Select specific countries, energy sources and indicators, and view data in tables and graphs. Includes also energy forecast data and historical comparison, and a comprehensive glossary. Free when ...

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IEA Key World Energy Statistics - iTunes app

Explore global energy statistics including data on the production, supply, consumption and prices of the major energy sources. Select specific countries, energy sources and indicators, and view data in tables and graphs. Includes also energy forecast data and historical comparison, and a comprehensive glossary. Free when ...

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Bosco the bucket fixer from Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda is one of the world's poorest nations. Join Bosco, the bucket fixer, as he makes his way around the slums of Kigali, helping to mend broken things and, in the process, scraping together enough money to help his family survive.

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Planning future cities

Could your mobile phone help town planners design better cities? Data collected from our day-to-day interactions can now be collated and used to make our cities both more efficient and better places to live. See how it all works.

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Mount Isa faces a water crisis

Mount Isa is known for its hot and dry climate, but this clip from May 2013 shows the city during one of its driest spells on record. With water restrictions already in place, this Queensland town is on the cusp of a serious water shortage. If it doesn't rain soon, Mount Isa's residents and its economic livelihood will ...