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Victorian funnel-web spider

This is an information sheet on the Victorian funnel-web spider ('Hadronyche modesta').

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Red-back spider

This is an information sheet on the red-back spider ('Latrodectus hasseltii').

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White-tailed spider

This is an information sheet on the white-tailed spider ('Lampona cylindrata').

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Measuring photosynthesis

This is a colour underwater photograph of marine scientist Candida Savage using a scientific instrument known as the diving-PAM. The diving-PAM is being used to measure photosynthesis in corals in Fiji. Candida Savage is wearing full diving clothing and equipment including mask, wetsuit and oxygen tanks.

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Marine trophic pyramid

This image displays a type of diagram known as a trophic (or ecological) pyramid. This example depicts the organisms and the matter and energy flows in a typical marine ecosystem. The diagram shows six levels of organisms from primary producers through to the top carnivores, arranged in a pyramid. Also represented is the ...

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Decoding the platypus genome

Find out what scientists have discovered from decoding the platypus genome. Learn how these discoveries provide some surprising insights into this unusual animal's underwater feeding, number of sex chromosomes, protection of its young and evolution of the male platypus's venomous spur.

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Plants and increased levels of carbon dioxide

We know that most plants use carbon dioxide to make their own food. So what might plants look like in 100 years if carbon dioxide levels continue to increase - will they become enormous and overtake our backyards? View the possible effects of changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide on plants and, in turn, humans and other animals.

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Cells and energy

Cells are like chemical factories. Discover the different ways cells get energy to carry out their daily operations. Learn about the different types of metabolic processes inside cells, such as those that break down molecules to release energy and those that assemble building blocks to make more complex components.

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Plant leaves

Leaves come in many shapes, sizes, colours and textures. Watch this clip to discover how leaves make their own food and transport energy to the rest of the plant. See how they can even be useful after they've fallen to the ground. Presenter Nick Hardcastle and some young helpers will also show you a fun, creative activity ...

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How plants work

Plants are the only living things that can make their own food. They do this during the day while it's light, using a process called photosynthesis, which uses carbon dioxide and produces oxygen. During the day and night plants take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide through respiration. Discover just how important plants ...

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Classifying systems in cells

The nature of how living things work is intrinsically connected and interrelated. This unit covers a broad range of topics, from molecular aquaporins (the tiny channels through which water and other molecules pass through cell membranes) to the global challenge of securing the world's food supply. It contains a sequence ...

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Plants

This learning object contains a series of simple animations that explores the structure of a plant and how it works. Further graphics explain photosynthesis and how plants form part of the food chain. Students are provided with a tool for developing ideas about further research. The resource also contains several self tests. ...

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Secondary science: visual representations

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'visual representations' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers assist students to understand ...

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Poisonous animals

This collection of 17 digital curriculum resources contains a diverse array of poisonous animals that have been organised into four categories – arachnids, marine invertebrates, vertebrates and insects. Some animals in the collection are highly toxic to humans and others are poisonous only to their potential predators. ...

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Plant seedlings bending towards light source

This photograph shows how shamrock seedlings in a pot bend towards a light source. The plant pot has been placed near a window and the seedling stems have grown towards the light coming through the window.

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Flow of energy and matter in ecosystems: collection

This is a collection of 17 digital curriculum resources that support teaching and learning about the flow of energy and matter in ecosystems. The collection comprises seven teacher resources that include activities for investigating ecosystems, and ten learning strategies. The strategies include concept mapping, brainstorming, ...

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Plants that convert the Sun's energy: collection

This is a collection of 20 digital curriculum resources that explore the flow of energy in an ecosystem. The collection comprises 13 images, 4 interactive simulations and 3 video clips that highlight photosynthesis. Topics include the effect of light and carbon dioxide availability on photosynthesis, the role of phytoplankton ...

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Plants that convert the Sun's energy: teacher resource

This teacher resource provides a range of possible activities that cover aspects of the science continuum for the flow of energy in an ecosystem. This teaching resource provides a range of classroom activities that explore the concept of the flow of energy in an ecosystem, specifically investigating the process of photosynthesis. ...

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Structure and function: animals and plants: teacher resource

This teacher resource provides a range of possible activities that cover aspects of the science continuum for the flow of energy and flow of matter in an ecosystem. This teaching resource provides a range of classroom activities that explore the concept of the flow of energy and flow of matter in an ecosystem, specifically ...

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Producers are often plants - but not always: learning sequence

In this structured sequence of learning, a concept cartoon is used to prompt students to think about producers and what they know about organisms at the start of the food chain. A range of organisms that use sunlight to produce their own foods are classified into terrestrial or aquatic organisms. Students create representations ...