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How to grow a pair of jeans

This is a slideshow for primary students that traces the steps in cotton production and processing from seeds to jeans. The ten slides in the show use photographs and relatively simple text to cover ground preparation for the cotton crop; seed planting; irrigation and the efficient use of water by Australian cotton farmers; ...

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Exploring sustainable practices in food and fibre production:producer video

This is a video about how trees are grown and harvested by Green Triangle Forest Products and how facial tissues are made at Kimberley-Clark's South Australian mill. In the first part of the video, Linda Maddern Marketing Manager for Green Triangle Forest Products describes the size and importance of Australia's forestry ...

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What's globalisation got to do with me?

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about globalisation. It includes sections on consumerism, interconnections with countries globally via the music listened to and the clothes purchased, the information obtained, the ideas held, the sharing of cultural experiences, and the foods eaten. It introduces this global ...

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Consumer guide to greenhouse impacts

How does your lifestyle contribute to adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere? Watch this clip to find out which of your everyday activities creates the most carbon dioxide pollution. Is it watching television, travelling to school or eating breakfast? Find out what you can do to reduce your personal carbon footprint ...

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What is globalisation?

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about globalisation. It includes sections on the global realities that need to be addressed in building a sustainable world, including how our daily lives as members of a global community are related to economics and politics, enhanced communication and communication technologies ...

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Amazing nanomedibots

Did you know that the cells in our bodies are full of tiny living nanobots? Researchers are exploring how they can create minuscule medical tools delivered as pills that could heal and cure people who swallow hem. Watch as a scientific animator shows how molecules within our bodies work and how the nano tools of the future ...

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E-waste, recycling, and sustainability

What happens to electronic waste (e-waste)? Watch this clip about the physics of recycling to find out the way that useful materials are captured from waste at a local materials recovery facility. Presenter Tanya Ha investigates e-waste, the products it comes from, and the sustainability challenges it poses.

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Mussels on the market

A seafood company in Triabunna, south-eastern Tasmania, has embarked on a new endeavour: growing and harvesting mussels. Although mussels are nutritious and relatively easy to cook, Australia's consumption levels are very low compared to those in other places in the world. Could the company's new product change the way ...

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Is bamboo clothing really eco-friendly?

Bamboo is an increasingly popular choice as a clothing fabric, but is it really as eco-friendly as they say? Discover raw bamboo's natural characteristics and properties and find out why it's admired as a processed fibre. Then see what research reveals about the way it's processed.

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Growing carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes are a very tiny but super strong material used in manufacturing to create strong, lightweight products. Besides sporting equipment, find out what other kinds of products are made using these tiny molecules. What other qualities (besides size and strength) do carbon nanotubes have that makes them even more ...

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Suharto's son 'Tommy' to build the national car

Can you imagine waking up to find out that the nation's leader had decided to give his own son the exclusive right to build and sell the national car? This is exactly what Indonesia's president Suharto did in 1996, when he granted exclusive rights to his son, Hutomo Mandala Putra (Tommy), to produce the 'Timor'.

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Brand new beet

Vegetable farmers in Cowra, New South Wales, have seen their market for canned vegetables disappear as consumers switch to fresh food options. Find out how the the Fagan family farm is marching to the 'beet' of a new drum.

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The Australian cotton story

This is a nine-minute video about cotton cultivation in Australia and cotton's importance for Australians. Intended for a mid to upper primary school audience, it depicts a family sowing, irrigating, spraying and harvesting cotton on their farm at Dalby, Queensland. It also illustrates the life cycle of the cotton plant ...

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Biofuels – From Sorghum to Ethanol (video)

This is a video [6:05 min] about the production of ethanol from sorghum at the Dalby Bio-Refinery in Queensland. The video describes and illustrates the stages in the production process including milling the sorghum into ‘flour’; mixing the flour with water to hydrolyse the starch; adding enzymes to liquefy the starch (the ...