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Mission to Mars, 2012

Imagine robots armed with rock-zapping lasers, roaming the surface of Mars, looking for signs of life! Watch this clip to discover how scientists actually landed Curiosity, one such roving robot, on Mars in 2012. Scientists hope it will provide important information about what is also known as the Red Planet. All aboard ...

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Siberian tigers

Imagine a world where the only place Siberian tigers lived was in captivity. Watch this clip to learn more about the natural habitat of Siberian tigers and the things that threaten their survival in the wild. Chinese scientists are breeding this endangered species in captivity and zoologist, Liu Dan, explains his hope that ...

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Memories of Antarctic expeditions (1954 and 1961)

Listen as scientist Dr Phillip Law recounts his experiences of expeditions to Antarctica. See historic footage of travelling through pack ice. The clip features the Kista Dan (1954 expedition) and the Magga Dan (1961 expedition). The Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) was established to set up scientific ...

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Forensics track drugs back to their origin

Scientists are helping police to identify the place of origin of illicit drugs that arrive on Australian shores. Watch this clip to find out how scientific analysis, computer databases and police investigation are used together to determine the source of drugs such as cocaine. Discover that international efforts are involved ...

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Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin was a nineteenth century scientist and writer whose influence on the nature and development of science is undisputed. See how he has influenced three notable Australian scientists in this short video from ABC Catalyst.

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Feverish activity stops dengue's spread

Why have the number of cases of dengue fever in Australia quadrupled in recent years? The disease is spread by mosquitoes, so will injecting the 'Wolbachia' bacterium into mosquitoes solve the problem? Follow the scientists on the case.

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Why you should grow tomatoes in a greenhouse

Half of all tomatoes you buy in supermarkets in Australia are sourced from greenhouses. What are the benefits of growing tomatoes in a greenhouse environment? What are some challenges?

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The Australian Museum Science Festival

Find out about some of the great things on offer at the Australian Museum Science Festival. View some of the workshops and experiments at the Australian Museum, Sydney.

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Genetically engineered crops

Explore how DNA and genes transmit heritable characteristics from one generation to the next. Discover how artificial selection and genetic engineering can be used to introduce desirable traits into plant foods. Use video clips to explore the arguments for and against genetically engineered crops.Examine different perspectives ...

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Energy, eaten alive!

Living things can be grouped by their external features and distinguished from non-living things. This inquiry-based sequence of eight lessons is based on current food security, sustainability and photosynthesis research. The experiments and activities include easy to set and see science displays, word games, practical ...

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Make no bones about ocean acidification

Extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is posing a real problem for the world's oceans. It's leading to ocean acidification and coral reefs are the big losers. See how acidification of the water leads to less calcium carbonate, a vital ingredient corals use to build their skeleton. Watch this clip to find out more.

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What are modular farms?

Modular farms are flexible and self-contained systems that allow you to grow herbs and vegetables without the need for soil or sunlight. What are some advantages of modular farms? What may be some of the disadvantages?

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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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Re-creation of Shackleton's Antarctic survival

In 1914 Ernest Shackleton and his crew set out on an expedition to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. But things went horribly wrong when their ship was crushed by ice on the way. In this news clip, witness an Australian scientist about to set out with five others to re-create Shackleton's remarkable journey of survival, ...

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Who loves soil? Tim does!

Listen as Tim Overheu describes a day in his life as a soil scientist. He is passionate about keeping soils healthy and spreading his message to others. Find out how to conduct a soil test.

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Snapshots of top Australian scientists

Australia has produced many of the world's top scientists. Watch this clip to discover who some of them are. Explore the scientific discoveries that made them famous, and how they changed our understanding of the world.

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Diprotodon: fossils and extinction

When did Diprotodon die out? To answer this question, teams of scientists and volunteers are working together to excavate Diprotodon bones and study the landscape where they're found. Go on the road with Catalyst to the 'badlands' of South Australia and investigate the evidence behind Diprotodon extinction.

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How old is our Earth?

Have you ever thought about how old planet Earth is? Watch this clip to discover the age of the Earth, and the fast and slow changes that have been happening since its beginning. Find out about English scientist Charles Lyell and how his observations shaped our understanding of the Earth's geology today. The enormous scale ...

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Formation of ancient rock layers

Discover how our understanding of rocks has developed over time and the role played by mining. The way rocks are formed, and what they are composed of, tells us a lot about what has occurred on Earth in the past. Watch this clip to find out about the formation of ancient rock layers, and what we find inside very old rocks.

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Tropical palms in Tassie, 50 million years ago?

Travel back in time, deep into Australia's past, and find out what plant fossils from the Eocene epoch reveal about previous climate changes. Eocene plant fossils, found in rock in Tasmania, provide evidence about the landscape, vegetation and climate 50 million years ago. How might this information be useful for our future?