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Exploring nanotechnology

Peter Binks, CEO of Nanotechnology Victoria, answers the question 'How does nanotechnology work?' Discover what nanotechnology is and see several examples in action, such as scratch-resistant paint used in the car industry. Consider future applications of nanotechnology in areas such as sports, health care, clothing and cleaning.

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Nano-engineering: science fiction or reality?

Explore the amazing field of nano-engineering. Imagine being able to construct molecular-sized machines that could do specific tasks like carrying out nano-surgery on damaged cell structures in your body. Decide for yourself what might be possible and what might just be science fiction.

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Amazing materials from rearranged carbon atoms

Explore the different forms (allotropes) of the chemical element carbon. You will be surprised at how different the allotropes are.Meet key scientists, such as Harry Kroto, who have made amazing discoveries about new forms of carbon. Visualise how the atoms and outer electrons are arranged in different forms, so you can ...

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Seashell's secret to bending light

Nature's mother-of-pearl seashell is helping Australian scientists unlock the secrets of bending light. Discover how, and hear about some practical applications of bending light. Find out why the US Air Force is excited about this new discovery from nature. What might it mean for the future of combat?

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Can technology keep getting smaller and faster?

Since the first generation models of the 1940s, computers have dramatically shrunk in size while becoming much faster. Moore's Law predicts the rate at which computer speeds increase, but is there a limit to how small and fast computers can become? This clip describes the changes in computer hardware over time, their impact ...

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Amazing nanomedibots

Did you know that the cells in our bodies are full of tiny living nanobots? Researchers are exploring how they can create minuscule medical tools delivered as pills that could heal and cure people who swallow hem. Watch as a scientific animator shows how molecules within our bodies work and how the nano tools of the future ...

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Zero emission cities of the future

Can you imagine future cities designed to be self-sufficient and to incorporate innovative ways to use new materials and energy systems? Watch this animation to find out how the creation of zero emission cities involves some serious questions about possible social, economic, and political implications. Discover the role ...

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Nanotech rising

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of very tiny particles to create new products, and it has many current and future applications. Explore this rising new field, see many everyday things that use or contain nanomaterials, and find out about some of society's concerns about nanotechnology.

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What is a nanopatch?

Imagine if getting vaccinated was as simple as sticking a little patch on your skin. Watch this video as it explains how a nanopatch may revolutionise the way we deliver vaccines. 

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Matter

This learning object provides simple animations that illustrate the nature of paper, water and the structure of the atom. There is a self test and also ideas for further research. These are accompanied by a timeline of discoveries about the atom, and a pdf document ‘Nanotechnology’. The object requires Adobe Flash Player ...

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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.

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Tectonics investigator: magnetic stripes [ESL]

Investigate tectonic plate behaviour. Simulate the movement of tectonic plates over millions of years. Investigate how the changing magnetic polarity of the Earth has helped geologists form theories about tectonic plate movements. This learning object is the second in a series of three objects.

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Tectonics investigator: hot spots [ESL]

Identify how the movement of tectonic plates produces features of the Earth’s surface. Investigate hot spots and volcanic chains. Predict the formation of seamounts and new volcanic islands. This learning object is the third in a series of three objects.

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Australia Post - Animation, c1988: FaxPost

This clip shows a television advertisement for Australia Post filmed in the streets of Sydney from the point of view of a motorcycle driver travelling at high speed. The soundtrack contains only the sound of the bike. The advertisement's message is given in white subtitles, telling viewers not to drive dangerously as communications ...

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Atomic force microscope

This is a colour photograph of an atomic force microscope, seen in the foreground in a laboratory. The photograph also shows two scientists and other laboratory equipment. Behind the microscope is a computer and on its screen is an example of the output produced by atomic force microscopy.

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Andy Thomas speaks of Australia's space program, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Australian astronaut Andy Thomas, discussing what he regards as a lack of Australian investment in a space program. Thomas outlines why he believes a country such as Australia needs a space program as a part of its 'basic infrastructure'. The recording was made in August 2008.

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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.