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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 →

1 May 2015
by beth
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Extreme weather

Lightning above the sydney skyline

Image: East coast lows can bring storms to Sydney.
Credit: ©istock.com/sjallenphotography

How can we predict extreme weather events like the Sydney storm in Australia last week?

The wild storm that hit Sydney was the result of a weather system called an east coast low.

East coast lows are intense low pressure systems that form off the eastern coast of Australia. They can bring intense winds, flooding events, severe thunderstorms and unusual inland snowfalls. They can cause damage to coastal infrastructure and wreck or beach ships. Continue Reading →

30 April 2015
by beth
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Whale poetry

Alaska, Inside Passage, Humpback Whale, breaching (Megaptera novaeangliae) B2003

Alaska, Inside Passage, Humpback Whale, breaching (Megaptera novaeangliae) Photographer Barbara MacGillivray

Congratulations to all of the winners of our whale poetry competition. The following ten people have won tickets for two to the Humpback Whale 3D film at IMAX Darling Harbour.

Pat Lam, George Baker, Cadence Ing, Esther Schroeter, Bridgette Lill, Sam Greenwald, Julie Slater, Dhruvi Lathigara, Andrew Lim and Laura Scriven.

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