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One man's trash is another man's treasure

This resource is a webpage about Australian research into reducing methane emissions from cattle by using a waste by-product from vineyards in their feed. It contains a brief outline of the project and a link to a website that contains a text article, images, an audio file and a video and that describes the research in ...

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The Boat

SBS has adapted the title short story in Nam Le's anthology 'The Boat' for an interactive graphic novel. It is recommended for students of 15+ years. A number of comprehension activities are provided for students to engage with as they read the story, including predicting, monitoring, summarising, questioning, visualising ...

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Genghis Khan

This resource is a BBC audio recording about Genghis Khan. It consists of an interview by Melvyn Bragg with three historians of the period, discussing Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire. The discussion includes details of Genghis Khan's birth in the 12th century, his early life, his leadership of a great empire and his ...

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TSO Songbook Part 2: Along the Peterskaya

Along the Peterskaya is a version of a well-known Russian folk tune. The melody has used in compositions by many composers including Stravinsky and Balakirev. This version was commissioned for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra who have created a range of resources to explore and perform the song (in English) in the classroom. ...

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TSO Songbook Part 1: Ai Hai Yo

Ai Hai Yo is a traditional song from the Han culture in China that marks the start of a new year. The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra have created a range of resources to explore and perform the song (in English and Mandarin) in the classroom. Resources include a teacher's guide with differentiated teaching and learning activities ...

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TSO Songbook Part 1: Chan Mali Chan

Chan Mali Chan is a popular folk song from Malaysia and Singapore. The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra have created a range of resources to explore and perform the folk song (in English and Malaysian) in the classroom. Resources include a teacher's guide with differentiated teaching and learning activities and assessment ideas ...

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TSO Songbook Part 2: Tafta Hindi

Tafta Hindi is a version of a folk song that is well known in Arabic-speaking countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region. The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra have created a range of resources to explore and perform the song (in English) in the classroom. Resources include a teacher's guide with differentiated teaching and ...

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Gateway to Chinese

This website is a collection of resources that practise the skills of pronunciation, listening, reading, grammar and vocabulary for beginning Chinese language learners. The linked resources provide both characters and Pinyin for reading and are accompanied with audio to listen to the Chinese as well. This resource is part ...

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Water-powered engine theories need hosing down

This ABC article by Dr Karl addresses the question: will we one day be able to power cars with water? The chemical reactions involved in the formation and decomposition of water are described. Energy transformations are explained. A very useful resource to get students thinking.

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Lakes in Antarctica

Scientists are not complacent. We still have a lot to learn about the water cycle. The discovery of glacial lakes under the ice in Antarctica actively transporting water between reservoirs was a surprise. These lakes can be up to 3km beneath the ice sheets. The pressure of the ice above helps to melt the ice, forming lakes. ...

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Killer cholera begins where other diseases end

This ABC article by Dr Karl continues his examination of the causes, effects and treatments for cholera. A good explanation of how the body responds to the disease cholera and when healthy, maintains a balance in its absorption of water through the digestive system. The historical background to developing treatment for ...

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Coastal erosion and king tides

A friendly discussion about the economic and environmental impacts of ways of dealing with the problems of simultaneous king tides and tidal surges associated with storms from a Californian perspective. Download the audio or view the transcript of this ABC radio interview.

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Microwave explosions

This ABC article and podcast by Dr Karl describes how superheated water can be produced by heating in a microwave and the dangers. This program could be a useful resource when studying the particle theory of matter.

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Diabetes type 2 cured by surgery ABC Radio national

Download the audio or view the transcript of this ABC radio program. It is an excellent example of how approaching a problem from a different perspective and with an open mind may result in an amazing solution. Richard Stubbs, and New Zealand scientist, claims type 2 diabetes is a disease of the gut. If his hypothesis is ...

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Space telescopes and servicing Hubble

This radio interview gives examples of how improvements in technology have influenced astronomy. The Space Shuttle Atlantis is paying a service call to the Hubble Space Telescope, repairing, replacing and deploying new equipment. Jonathan Nally describes the mission and looks at other large telescopes in orbit now, and ...

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Ig Nobel prizes

Some humorous examples of scientists thinking outside the square and doing some unusual research. Download the audio or view the transcript of this ABC radio interview.

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Chemicals on the Great Barrier Reef

This program deals with a range of human impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. Herbicides from land runoff have been traced to algae and sea grasses in river mouths and coastal zones along the Great Barrier Reef. Effects include retardation of photosynthesis and growth of corals. Other pressures on the reef include high water ...

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Water found on the moon

Scientists have confirmed the presence of water on the moon. Rather than occurring in rivers or lakes, water is found sparsely mixed amongst rocks. It's suggested the water came from comets, or the combination of incoming protons with oxygen. Jonathan Nally described the latest experiments where spacecraft will be sent ...

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Conserving seeds of agricultural crops

This radio interview discusses how Global Crop Diversity Trust is trying to conserve the biodiversity of the world's agricultural crops. A network of seed banks is being developed, together with a backup in a mountain in Norway. Just 10 or 12 crops dominate human nutrition. And there's turnover in varieties as crops are ...

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Solar thermal electricity

This program gives an update on research into solar thermal electricity. Liddell Power Station in the Hunter Valley, NSW is a hybrid power station using solar energy to pre-heat water and so reduce the use of coal and the production of carbon dioxide. Some scientists claim that harnessing the solar heat in an area 50km ...