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Japanese tsunami's nuclear threat, 2011

Remember the earthquake and following tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 and damaged a nuclear power plant? Find out about the damage caused, what exploded and why, and the aftermath of the disaster. What debates about nuclear power plants were reignited by the events in Japan?

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Advances in nuclear power technology

Imagine our world if nuclear power generation could be made safer. Discover how Chinese scientists have developed a new nuclear reactor that reduces the chances of the reactor overheating to the point of meltdown. To do this the pebble bed reactor uses advances in technology to replace the traditional water-cooled system. ...

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Life cycles: crocodiles

Look at the life stages of a crocodile, including laying eggs and digging babies out of a nest. Notice there are dangers to the eggs such as river flooding and predators. This learning object is one in a series of six objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Where do frogs lay their eggs? [includes spoken instructions]

Explore freshwater environments to find out where native frogs live and breed. Follow a frog's life cycle. Identify habitats suitable for frogs to lay eggs. Compare the ecology of native frogs with introduced toads.

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Reacting to emergencies

Operate controls for a simulated nuclear reactor. Regulate coolant flow and position of control rods. Respond to mechanical failures and other emergencies. Ensure safe operation and avoid a meltdown. This learning object is one in a series of two learning objects.


Energy - senior years

This collection of 16 digital curriculum resources is organised into three categories - forms of energy; energy conversions; and energy management. Learning objects enable students to build energy-efficient cars; consider environmental and economic implications of a range of energy sources including solar and wind; operate ...

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Growing and changing - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore the concepts of growing and changing and learn how to write descriptions and explanations.


Rearing tiger cubs in captivity: dataset

This chapter of an academic science book provides research data about the birth, growth and rearing of tiger cubs in captivity. Table 1 comprises the required feeding routine for hand-reared tiger cubs. It lists the routine for Day 1 following the birth, then the routine for each of the following 12 weeks.


The life cycle of echidnas

This is a colour clip showing the development of a juvenile echidna ('Tachyglossus aculeatus'), or puggle, from an egg to a sub-adult. The clip begins with a sequence showing some iconic Australian marsupials and the narrator explaining that echidnas are monotremes. Scientists are shown taking measurements and weights of ...


Bob-a-Job Week in 1966

This is a coloured photograph from 1966, showing three Scouts in a suburban street performing garden tasks - mowing grass, sweeping a path and making a neat edge.


Australia Today - Men of Tomorrow, 1939: Police Boys' Club

This clip shows a policeman introducing a teenage boy to the Police Boys' Club in 1939 and depicts some of the activities available at the Club such as wrestling, gymnastic work and boxing. A voice-over extols the benefits of the Club to individual boys and society in general, and explains that the volunteers at the Club ...


Catalyst - Teen Brain, 2005: A typical teenager

This clip shows the significant differences between Andrew and his 16-year-old son Cuinn in their ability to control impulses, and describes how brain maturation research can explain them. The early scenes show the two taking a counter-intuitive impulsiveness test as their brains are scanned by magnetic resonance imaging ...