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The New Inventors - Series 1 Episode 8, 2004: Modern alchemy

This clip shows a segment from the television series 'The New Inventors' featuring an inventor, John Walker, who describes two of his inventions - the TumbleTainer and the VermiTainer, which together turn landfill into compost. The clip shows the TumbleTainer (a very large container that is rotated mechanically), a bio-filter ...

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Redworm on soil

This is a colour photograph of a redworm or tiger worm ('Eisenia foetida') lying on the soil surface. The worm is reddish brown with prominent darker bands on the body. There is a white girdle-like structure towards one end of the body. The worm does not have a clearly defined head or tail.

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Apple and orange with rotten parts

This photograph shows a golden delicious apple and an orange. The apple has a soft, brown rotten portion. The rotting section of the orange is green with a white centre.

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'Watersmart: garden and homes rebate scheme' brochure, 2003

This is a colour brochure promoting domestic water conservation in gardens and homes. It was published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The cover shows a man selecting a water-efficient showerhead, and a woman in the background also looking at showerheads. Text on the cover ...

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Soil: healthy dirt makes healthy plants

Have you ever taken a close look at the ground you walk on? Explore the hidden world of soil, a 'life-support system' for plants. Find out what soil is made of and what lives within it. Discover how and why you should improve your soil.

Interactive resource

Water types [no spoken instructions]

Test water samples for salinity levels and sediment content. The samples have been collected from five different places: dam, stream, river, river mouth and ocean. Compare the water properties, then match the samples with their original locations.

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Water types [includes spoken instructions]

Test water samples for salinity levels and sediment content. The samples have been collected from five different places: dam, stream, river, river mouth and ocean. Compare the water properties, then match the samples with their original locations.

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Shitake mushrooms growing in cave

This colour image is a photograph of two small brown shitake mushrooms ('Lentinula edodes') growing on a pillar of compost. The mushrooms are growing in a cave environment in France's Loire Valley. These caves have been used as people’s homes over the ages and some are still in use today.

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Adult springtail on soil

This is a colour photograph of an adult springtail, in soil. The animal is small, possibly less than 6 mm in length. It is colourless and translucent, with six legs and a hard segmented body.

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Science in the news: learning strategy

This professional learning resource provides illustrations of how real-world examples of the application of science can be incorporated into teaching practice. For this learning strategy, science articles provide stimulus materials for developing students' understanding of important science concepts and processes related ...

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Dog tidy bags and dispenser, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a metal dog tidy bag dispenser with biodegradable dog tidy bags that were designed for use at Olympic Park throughout the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The dispenser is dark green and cylindrical, and has a rectangular slot from which the plastic bags protrude. Printed on the yellow dog tidy bags is ...

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Biodegradable cutlery, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

These items - three spoons, a knife and a fork - are examples of the biodegradable cutlery that appeared at all food outlets at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Made from wood and cornflour, they were manufactured by Biocorp Inc, and supplied to the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) ...

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Recycling bin, Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games

This is a recycling bin that was designed for use at Olympic venues throughout the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The bin is made from black plastic, laminated chipboard and metal, and has a maroon-coloured lid. A matching maroon sticker on the top of the bin reads 'Food / Paper' in white text, and shows a symbol ...

Interactive Resource

Environmental intelligence unit

This is an interactive web-based game aimed at teaching concepts of sustainability and environmentalism. An introductory video outlines problems resulting from rising rates of pollution. The game consists of four missions that require students to make choices about reducing, reusing and recycling to discover the missing ...

Interactive Resource

Worm world: app for iPad

This is an iPad app of an animated worm composting system containing worms that must be fed appropriate food items in order to produce fertiliser to grow food and earn treats. The soil moisture and acidity levels must be managed and if the wrong food items get through, rodents may appear. This app includes sound that may ...

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Vegetables Victoria: soil health

This video of 6.5 minutes includes interviews with vegetable growers who have been in the industry for a long time, talking about the development of fertiliser practices from collecting manures and spreading them by hand to the use of chemical fertilisers. The farmers talk about the extra benefits of manures for soil health ...