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13 November 2015
by David

High tech tour for historic boat

A sailing ship on the ocean.

The Endeavour is an excellent replica of Captain Cook’s ship
Image: John Lancaster

The Australian National Maritime Museum is home to our very own HMB Endeavour. This recreation of Captain Cook’s ship hosts thousands of visitors every year. But there are many more people who aren’t able to pay a visit. So a team from the CSIRO stepped in to help. Continue Reading →

30 October 2015
by David

Solar race across Australia

A very streamlined car driving in the desert.

Nuna 8 competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide.
Image: Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015.

In the latest issue of Double Helix magazine, we feature solar powered cars racing from Darwin to Adelaide. They zoomed to the finish line last week. The winner is Dutch team Nuon with their car Nuna 8! Continue Reading →

16 October 2015
by David

Discovering DNA’s repair crew

a DNA spiral. Tw ocoloued blobs surround it.

DNA ligase repairs errors in your DNA.
Image: Tom Ellenberger, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Hidden within our cells, DNA is the hard drive of the human body. Each copy of DNA contains instructions for all the proteins needed to make a person. But this creative compendium is always under attack. This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to three people who found out what’s repairing our genetic treasure. Continue Reading →

22 September 2015
by David
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Phasmid competition winners!

The cover of a book: Phasmid Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick InsectCongratulations to all of the winners of our Phasmid poetry competition. The following people have won a family pass to the Melbourne zoo.

Justin de Lacy, Julie Shapland, Emma Spires and Anna Piko.

A special congratulations to Ashleigh Fogarty who has also won a behind-the-scenes tour of the stick insect breeding project at the zoo.


Here is Ashleigh’s winning poem:

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21 September 2015
by David

Robot assassin protects the reef

A coral reef. tHere is a spiky starfish with targets drawn on it.

Image: COTSbot finds a target
Credit: Feras Dayoub, QUT

The crown-of-thorns is a venomous starfish that lives in the Great Barrier Reef. Growing up to massive lengths of 80 centimetres and having a body entirely covered in toxic spikes, the starfish is almost indestructible and is a vicious predator. They eat coral, the building blocks of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s said that one adult starfish can eat up to ten square metres of coral every year. Continue Reading →