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Nordenskjöld, Antarctica and two long winters

Early in the 1900s, several long expeditions set out to delve into the mysteries of Antarctica. One of them made some remarkable scientific discoveries about life that existed long ago on the continent. But it wasn't all smooth sailing. This 1901-1903 Swedish expedition was plagued with problems. Watch this clip to find out more.

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Australian biography: Sir Marcus Oliphant, 1991

'Sir Marcus Oliphant' is an excerpt from the program 'Sir Marcus Oliphant' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian biography' series one (7 x 26 min), produced in 1991. The 'Australian biography' series profiles some of the most extraordinary Australians of our time. Many have had a major influence on the nation's cultural, ...

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Downloading data from animal tags

This is a colour photograph of a scientist in a laboratory using a laptop computer to download data from electronic animal tags. To the right of the computer is a specialised communication box into which the electronic tag is placed. The scientist in the image is Dr Miles Lamare, a marine biologist involved in sea star ...

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When swine flu attacks

Viruses infect people by entering our cells and multiplying. When a human flu strain mixed with an animal strain in 2009, the world was hit with the swine flu (H1N1) pandemic. Find out how proteins on the flu virus enable it to infect people, but that these same proteins are also the key to our fight against it.

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Geoengineering - a solution to climate change?

What is geoengineering, and how is it being investigated by scientists as a means of combating climate change? Learn about some climate control techniques that could slow down or even reverse the effects of global warming. Hear an atmospheric physicist explain the pros and cons of geoengineering techniques.

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Chemists researching properties of tea-tree oil

This is a colour photograph of two scientists in the laboratory of a tea-tree oil manufacturer, examining the contents of a glass jar. They appear to be having a discussion. Laboratory equipment, including a computer, is visible behind them.

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The Changing Face of Australia, 1970: Signs of life

This clip shows Reginald Sprigg revisiting the site in the Ediacaran Hills of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia where, as a young mining geologist in 1946, he discovered fossils of the oldest known life forms on Earth. Sprigg talks about the discovery, a narrator tells of the significance of the find in the history ...

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Singlet worn in Antarctica by geologist Ian McLeod, 1958

This is a cotton string singlet worn by Australian geologist Ian McLeod in Antarctica in 1958.

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Inverloch dinosaur fossil site

This is an information sheet on the Flat Rocks fossil site near Inverloch in Victoria. It includes information on the fossils at this site and how to get involved as a volunteer for the Dinosaur Dreaming field digs at the site. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download. There is also a link to Museum Victoria's ...

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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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Dr Tom Rich talks about clues to dinosaur behaviour, 2009

This is a video in which Museum Victoria's Dr Tom Rich talks about how scientists find clues to dinosaur behaviour. The video was made in 2009.

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Dermot Henry talks about how earthquakes occur, 2009

This is a video of Dermot Henry, a geologist at Museum Victoria, speaking about earthquakes and how they occur. The video was made in 2009.

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Dr John Long, winner of science prize for Gogo fossil discovery in 2005

This photograph shows Dr John Long, who won the 2008 Australasian Science Prize for his discovery of a 375-million-year-old fossil and embryo in 2005.

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'Gogonasus' fossil discovery and animal evolution

This is a pictorial reconstruction of the now-extinct 'Gogonasus', an ancient fish whose discovery may have implications for the history of animal evolution.

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Fossil fish and the origins of sexual reproduction

This video, which explores the origins of sexual reproduction, begins by showing an image of a male 'Incisoscutum' fish fossil. It then presents an animation of how a male and female fish of this type might have met, copulated and parted. The video finishes with a close-up image of a female specimen that shows the embryo ...

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Fish fossils from Gogo

This is an information sheet describing some of the fish fossils found at Gogo, Western Australia.

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Gogo fish fossil site

This information sheet provides information about Museum Victoria’s fossil-hunting expeditions to Gogo in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

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Fossil mother fish

This is an information sheet that tells the story of the discovery of a fossil fish that is the world's oldest vertebrate mother. Also available is an animation showing the mother fish giving birth and a video of Dr John Long describing the find, how the fossils are prepared, and their significance.

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Dr John Long talking about the Gogo fossil mother fish

This video shows Dr John Long of Museum Victoria speaking about the fossil fish 'Materpiscis attenboroughi', found at Gogo Station in Western Australia. He describes the process of extracting the fossils from the rock and the importance of the discoveries at Gogo.

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Video showing giant squid dissection, 2008

This is a video recording of a public dissection of a giant squid at the Victoria Museum. Using video cameras and audio links, the dissection process is explained and the current knowledge of the biology of these almost mythological creatures is discussed. The recording is 1 hour and 34 minutes long.