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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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Macquarie Island party, 1911-14

This is a black-and-white photograph of five members of Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14 team at Macquarie Island. The men are posed in front of two rocky outcrops, dressed in heavy Antarctic clothing. The personnel pictured are (left to right) Charles A Sandell, wireless operator and mechanic; ...

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Old Bernie's Pond

Clean up Old Bernie's Pond. See how it has become polluted and invaded by introduced species. Restore the pond by choosing actions such as planting native species and removing sources of pollution. Look at the effects of each change. Earn points to get a certificate.

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Andy Thomas discusses recreation on Mir, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Australian astronaut and cosmonaut Andy Thomas describing the recreational challenges of living for almost five months aboard the Russian space station Mir in 1998. The recording was made in August 2008.

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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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Ian Frazer discusses the cervical cancer vaccine, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the Australian medical scientist Ian Frazer discussing how he and his colleague Jian Zhou developed the first vaccine to prevent and treat cervical cancer. He describes their breakthrough laboratory discovery in 1990, and how they realised a vaccine was possible. He also tells of the ...

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Andy Thomas describes being a cosmonaut, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Australian astronaut Andy Thomas describing how he prepared to spend almost five months as a cosmonaut in 1998 aboard the Russian space station Mir, in company with two Russians. He also talks about conversational difficulties aboard the space station. The recording was made in August 2008.

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Ian Frazer describes medical research work, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Australian medical scientist Ian Frazer outlining some of the joys and frustrations of a career as a medical researcher. One advantage, he says, is that researchers know that many people may benefit from the work they themselves are enjoying, but he warns against a career as a research ...

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Antarctic survival and rescue: a re-enactment

Australian scientist Tim Jarvis set out to re-create one of greatest tales of survival and rescue in the history of science. Watch as he shares stories from his 2013 voyage. Learn about early Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton and his ill-fated expedition, which set out in 1914.

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Water security: a 'tipping point', 2013

Just as scientists talk about a climate 'tipping point', water experts have issued a similar warning for global water systems. Listen to this audio clip to find out what this tipping point means for water resources and security around the world. You'll hear from two of the world's leaders on water security, after their ...

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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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Collaborating in science

This is a colour video clip in which Professor Keith Hunter, a marine chemist from the University of Otago in New Zealand, relates how he became aware of the need to collaborate with scientists from other fields and to work on interdisciplinary problems in multidisciplinary teams. Sequences showing Professor Hunter discussing ...

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Mawson's huts: frozen, fragile and far away

One of Australia's greatest polar explorers, Sir Douglas Mawson, led an expedition to Antarctica in 1911. Over 100 years later, the huts that he and his men built in the icy, windswept landscape still stand. But how much longer can the huts withstand the harsh conditions? Watch this clip to find out.

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Forbes Carlile talks about sports science as a career, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the Australian sports scientist and swimming coach Forbes Carlile (1921-), speaking about sports science as a career. Carlile states that being competent at sport is useful, but not absolutely essential, for someone to be a good sports scientist. He says all scientific discoveries lend ...

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Forbes Carlile discusses development of Australian sports science, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the leading sports scientist and swimming coach Forbes Carlile speaking about his work in sports science. Carlile says that he worked under the 'father of sports science in Australia', Professor Frank Cotton. His own interest in the field was as a physiologist, measuring physical changes ...

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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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Growing avocados

Demand for certain kinds of food changes with time as people's tastes change. Avocados were not always popular, but in recent years their popularity has increased so much that supply cannot keep up with demand. Learn how stem cell scientists at the University of Queensland are leading the way in research that could cut ...

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Finding scientific solutions

This Teacher resource focuses on the work of scientists. Investigate how scientists work together to find solutions to problems that directly affect the lives of people and other living things.

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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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Glaciers on the move

Many glaciers around the world are retreating and scientists are concerned. In this clip, a group of scientists hike into a New Zealand glacier in 2010 to measure the effects that global climate change is having on glacier size. Discover what they find: some of New Zealand's glaciers have so far bucked the trend!