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29 May 2015
by Sarah
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New rhino calf

A big rhino and a baby rhino.

Black rhino calf and mum Bakhita
Image: Rick Stevens

A black rhino calf born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New
South Wales, is cause to celebrate. It’s a precious addition to the family, as rhinos are critically endangered and face extinction due to poaching.

The rhino calf is doing well. “We’re really happy with the way he’s coming along,” says Andrew Clow, keeper at Taronga Zoo. “He’s growing really fast and getting more adventurous every day.” Continue Reading →

29 May 2015
by David
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Win Melbourne IMAX tickets!

A panda in a forest.

See pandas in 3d!

To celebrate the launch of our new magazine, Double Helix, we are giving away tickets to IMAX Melbourne.

Pandas 3D: The Journey Home is a National Geographic film that shows highly endangered pandas living in The People’s Republic of China. Opening on 18 June, the film invites audiences to witness the nursery care and teaching of panda cubs – part of an extraordinary effort to save pandas in the wild.

For your chance to win one of ten IMAX double passes to see Pandas 3D: The Journey Home, email us a poem about giant pandas to sciencemail@csiro.au. Entrants need to be able to get to the IMAX theatre in Melbourne.

Entries close midnight on Friday 12 June 2015
Trailer link: http://movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies/pandas/

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28 May 2015
by David
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Young Aussie scientists on the international stage

Five people and an inflateable kangaroo.

Our five winners, and Kevin the Kangaroo

Five winners from this year’s BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards, and an inflatable kangaroo called Kevin, were among just eight Australian students competing at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) – the ‘world cup’ of student science and engineering competitions.

Almost 1700 high school students from 78 countries competed for around $4 million in scholarships and prizes and the Aussies did us proud! Continue Reading →

26 May 2015
by David
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A game of Hex

You will need

Someone drawing a circle inside a hexagon.

Take turns marking a hexagon.

What to do

In Hex, you have to try and link two opposite sides of the board with your hexagons. Your opponent is trying to link the other two sides with their hexagons. Continue Reading →

22 May 2015
by David
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Albert and Bernard

Albert and Bernard just became friends with Cheryl, and they want to know when her birthday is. Cheryl gives them a list of 10 possible dates

May 15            May 16            May 19

June 17            June 18

July 14             July 16

August 14        August 15        August 17

Cheryl then tells Albert and Bernard separately the month and the day of her birthday respectively.

Albert: I don’t know when Cheryl’s birthday is, but I know that Bernard doesn’t know too.
Bernard: At first I don’t know when Cheryl’s birthday is, but I know now.
Albert: Then I also know when Cheryl’s birthday is.

So when is Cheryl’s birthday?”

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15 May 2015
by David
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Students make giant robotic Pac-Man

Image: The giant LED Pac-Man under construction. Credit: CREATE

Image: The giant LED Pac-Man under construction.
Credit: CREATE

A three metre wide Pac-Man maze with glowing LED ghosts and a robotic Pac-Man will entertain festival goers at Sydney’s Vivid Light festival.

An avid student maker group from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), called CREATE, is working hard to make the game in only five weeks. Continue Reading →

12 May 2015
by David
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Young Aussie scientists competing with the best of the best

Six people standing in front of some banners.

The students attending Intel ISEF this year with Katie Ford from Intel Australia and Bryan Quinn from BHP Billiton

Five winners from this years’ BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are representing Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Pennsylvania, USA from 10 to 15 May.

Dhruv Verma from Scotch College in Victoria was the first place winner in the engineering category of the awards for his smartphone app to help the elderly live independently in their own homes. Continue Reading →