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Harlequin dessert plate, 1930-34

This is a Harlequin dessert plate made from formaldehyde resin powder by Australian Moulding Corporation / Moulded Products (Australasia) sometime between 1930 and 1934. It has a mottled orange, red, blue and yellow surface.


Plastic 'Rhodoid' flowers, 1939

These are 'Rhodoid' plastic flowers, made in 1939 of fluorescent cellulose acetate. Their colourful fluorescence, which includes blue leaves, is highlighted by an ultraviolet light shining on them against a black background.


KEM brand playing cards, c1941

These are three playing cards made of paper coated with cellulose acetetate. We see the backs of a brown and a green card, and the face - a joker - of a red one. The backs contain the same design, taken from an ancient Greek myth. A satyr (half man, half ram) is playing a flute and dancing with a woman, probably a nymph. ...


Pins from Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, 1997

This is a boxed pin set to commemorate the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It was manufactured from metal and plastic by AMINCO Australia Pty Ltd, and contains samples of human DNA for authentication purposes. The pins are mounted on velvet and cardboard in a silver metallic-coloured presentation box with plastic coating. The ...


Australian Owl Genetics Project

This is an information sheet describing the Australian Owl Genetics Project's efforts to ensure the continuing survival of Australia's owls and the preservation of their habitats.

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How do we use coal?

Find out how many things in your life depend on coal. This short video details some of the common uses of coal, such as in the production of cosmetics, plastics and steel as well as in power stations to generate electricity.


Using genes to unlock the secrets of Tutankhamen

Tutankhamen was an Egyptian pharaoh who ascended to the throne in 1333 BC, at the age or nine or ten. His fame in modern times is due to the discovery of his virtually intact tomb in 1922. Since then, many questions have been asked about his life and ancestry. Listen to this audio clip to find out how genetic technology ...

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Recycling household items

Discover why plastic is harmful to our environment and how recycling helps to reduce its impact. Listen to Jon Dee, founder of Planet Ark, discuss the problem of plastic. Watch as a bag of household items are sorted to identify what can be recycled.

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Genetics, inheritance and epilepsy

Explore genetics, the patterns of inheritance and disease-causing mutations. Find out about Gregor Mendel's historic pea-plant breeding experiments showing that traits are inherited in particular patterns. See how Australian scientists discovered the gene mutation responsible for a type of epilepsy.

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Cloning stem cells

Cell cloning involves making an exact copy of a cell. Geneticists have discovered that cell cloning can be used to create large numbers of stem cells. Stem-cell therapy holds much hope for the treatment of some of our most debilitating genetic diseases. Watch this clip to learn more about this exciting breakthrough and ...

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'Junk DNA' not junk after all

Geneticists have long thought that 98 per cent of human DNA was 'junk' (or 'non-coding') DNA. However, recent scientific research suggests that there is much more to this DNA than first thought. Watch this clip to discover more.

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Building cells synthetically

A cell's own genetic material provides the instructions for how it works, but what if we could design our own set of instructions? Synthetic biology combines biology and engineering in the design of new systems and functions for cells. Watch this animated clip for an explanation of this new, innovative technology. See examples ...

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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 ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: What's it made of?

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the properties of materials of objects in the school and classroom environment through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Senses are used to explore and describe unseen objects, comparisons are made of objects of different materials and objects are classified ...

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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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Creativity: Fifi Colston

Explore Fifi’s studio and discover how she creates wearable art. Look at aspects such as inspiration, motivation, planning and techniques. Plan a design to communicate a message. Choose objects and materials. Use tools to arrange elements of your design such as size, position and colour. Review and revise your work. Use ...

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Electrifying concert: wiring

Add components to complete electrical circuits: simple, series and parallel circuits. Relate circuit diagrams to actual circuits. See how circuits can be modelled by water flow. This learning object is one in a series of two objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Wiring: the simple circuit

Add components to complete simple electrical circuits. Relate circuit diagrams to actual circuits. Explore the effect of batteries and switches on current and brightness of bulbs. See how circuits can be modelled by water flow. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Life without chemistry

Rebuild everyday products in a city. Test the properties of industrial materials. Choose materials suited to making items such as cars, buildings and clothing.

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How does the number of batteries affect the strength of an electromagnet?

Find out how the strength of an electromagnet depends on the number of batteries connected to it. Choose a particular number of batteries and then test the strength of the electromagnet by inserting it into a container of paper clips. Observe the number of paper clips the electromagnet collects and record this in the data ...