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Sample of horsehair from Phar Lap, 1931

This is a plastic 1970s make-up compact containing a small pile of brown shaved horsehair taken from the coat of Phar Lap before his trip to the USA, where he died.

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Drugs may contain a 'biological calling card'

Illegal drug producers may leave behind DNA in the drugs they manufacture. This 'biological calling card' can then be used to locate and identify suspects. Find out how a South Australian scientist was able to extract DNA from a sample of drugs seized from a police drug-trafficking operation. Discover the new technique ...

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Discovering democracy: the wealth of a nation

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to examine the stages in Australia’s economic growth in the last half of the 19th century. Explore the kinds of industries from which Australia gained its wealth and the role of these industries in developing an independent nation. Review the effects that natural disasters (such ...

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Sentence builder: prehistoric: tool

Help a caveman use a sentence builder machine to create past-tense sentences. Spin each rock to see a new word for your sentence. Choose words from five groups: when, who, what, where and setting.

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Forensic science: DNA

Explore the basic properties of DNA. See how DNA samples are collected and analysed by police. Find out how DNA fingerprinting can be used to identify a person and help to solve a crime. Identify differences between DNA samples. This learning object is one in a series of eight objects.

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Forensic science: fibres and hairs

Look at a magnified view of common fibres such as linen, silk, nylon, cotton and wool. Examine the structure of a human hair. Find out how fibres and hairs are collected and tested. Forensic scientists compare samples from crime scenes with clothing, materials and hair of suspects. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Forensic science: fingerprints

Look closely at the structure of fingerprints, including the main types of ridge patterns and interconnecting lines. See how fingerprints are collected by police. Follow instructions to make your own set of fingerprints. Find out how fingerprints at crime scenes are compared with records to identify suspects. Compare fingerprints ...

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Forensic science: footprints

Look closely at a footprint made by a boot. See how footprint casts are made by police. Follow instructions to make real footprint casts. Notice differences between footprints. Find out how footprint impressions at crime scenes are compared with shoes to identify suspects. This learning object is one in a series of eight objects.

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Forensic science: handwriting

Look closely at the structure of handwriting, including signatures. See how handwriting is analysed by police. Find out how police examine handwriting samples from crimes and compare them to samples of a suspect's handwriting. Make samples of your own handwriting. Compare handwriting samples with others and identify differences. ...

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Forensic science: identikit

Explore how identikit pictures are used to describe physical characteristics of a person's face and head. Look closely at a photo of a person, then build an identikit picture. Match horizontal sections of eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth. Identify the suspect in a police lineup. This learning object is one in a series of ...

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Forensic science: building a profile

Explore how criminal suspects are described in police profiles. Build a profile describing yourself or a friend. Take fingerprints, draw an identikit picture and record physical characteristics such as height, weight and blood type. This learning object is one in a series of eight objects.

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Directional design: classroom chair

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a classroom and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Directional design: cafeteria chair

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a cafeteria and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability, stylishness and hygiene features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and ...

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Directional design: computer lab chair

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a computer lab and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic needs. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Give me a brake

Investigate braking efficiency of cars and trucks by testing stopping distances under controlled conditions. Test effects of vehicle type, tyres, road surface and weather conditions. Choose driving speed, then apply brakes and compare stopping distances. Estimate distances from target markers. Answer questions about antilock ...

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Directional design: computer lab chair [ESL]

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a computer lab and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Directional design: cafeteria chair [ESL]

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a cafeteria and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability, stylishness and hygiene features. Ask school staff and students which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Heroes of the air

Explore two historic flights made by Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew. Examine flight logs including photographs and footage. Look at the flight path of the first Pacific crossing in 1928. Retrace the failed Trans-Tasman flight of 1935. Make your own newsreel about the achievements of Australia's early aviators. Recognise ...

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Directional design: classroom chair [ESL]

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a classroom and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Procedural texts: let's make a banana split

Explore the three steps in a procedure; aim, materials and steps by looking at four examples. Discover the steps in making a banana split. Find the materials and ingredients you'll need for the banana split hidden in a classroom. Investigate the steps in making the banana split by taking photos. Put the jumbled steps of ...