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Understanding the causes of climate change

Did you know that climate change is not a recent phenomenon? In the past, natural events led to changes in the climate. Although natural events still affect climate, they're not enough to explain the big changes we've been seeing in the last 150 years. What changes on earth can account for such dramatic changes to our climate? ...

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Birian Balunah: the birthing of the rivers

Paula Nihot shares a story told to her by Yugambeh Elder Patricia O’Connor. It's the story of Wanungara, queen of the mountains, and her daughters Princess Toolona and Princess Caningera, and how their complicated relationships and choices explain the geography of the region.

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Probability and the gambler's fallacy

Mathematician Lily Serna visits Luna Park to explain a great probability pitfall. She shares a century-old tale from Monte Carlo casino, and then she puts its lesson to the test. If you flip a coin and it lands on heads three times in a row, what result would you predict for the next flip? Find out why intuition might land ...

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Affordable prosthetics made with 3D printing

When engineer Matt Bowtell was retrenched from his job, he decided to invest in some 3D printers and started designing affordable prosthetics. His clever designs use no electronics and are made from very cheap materials. Matt has estimated that with 1,000 downloads of his open-source designs, those who use his prosthetics ...

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Science Years 7–8 with Diana: Density

In this lesson, you will learn about a property of matter called density. Diana will conduct experiments to answer the question: “Why do things sink and float?” She’ll teach you how to calculate the density of objects, and she will then set you a density-experiment challenge to try at home!

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Science Years 5–6 with Mrs Carmeli: The Living World – Adaptation

In this lesson, you will learn how living things use structural and behavioural adaptation to ensure their survival. Mrs Carmeli will show you how to understand bird beak adaptations by conducting some investigations at home, and how to record your study using a data table.

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Navigating the waterways of literature

Have you read The Wind in the Willows? Author Kenneth Grahame describes a river as 'a babbling procession of the best stories in the world sent from the heart of the Earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.' Listen as four British authors reflect on the changeable nature of water and the difficulties they experience ...

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Children's voices and rights

Dujuan Hoosan is a 10-year-old Arrernte and Garrwa boy. He grew up at Sandy Bore outstation and Hidden Valley town camp in Alice Springs. Dujuan is an Angangkere, which means he's a traditional healer, a role that was passed on to him from his Country and great-grandfather. Dujuan is the star of In My Blood It Runs, which ...

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What's so special about graphic novels?

Graphic novels are a contemporary literary phenomenon. But what sets them apart from other forms of narrative, such as novels or films? Explore the unique features of the graphic novel in this discussion with some of Australia's most successful graphic novelists. This clip is one in a series of four.

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Foreign correspondents: making a difference

Foreign correspondents' jobs can be difficult, particularly during interviews with people in terrible situations. It's easy to feel powerless to help those being interviewed. Sometimes, though, giving people the opportunity to tell their stories can be valuable. Join former foreign correspondent Zoe Daniel as she discusses ...

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Tully and Yasi: the sequel

When tropical cyclone Yasi hit north Queensland in 2011, the small town of Tully suffered severe damage and the region's banana and sugar cane crops were devastated. Discover how this crop damage impacted farmers, the local community and people throughout Australia. Find out how the town has since recovered.

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What's that mystery instrument?

Watch this video to learn about a spooky sounding instrument called the theremin. How is it played? Listen as it joins the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to play music from the TV show Dr Who. Do you like the sounds it makes? Why or why not?

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Managing groundwater for tomorrow

Seventy percent of Perth's water comes from underground. Imagine what would happen if that source of water dried up. It's a real possibility if the impact of the climate and human activity is not carefully managed. Watch as scientists show what causes groundwater levels to fall and the effect that has on the Earth's ecosystems. ...

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Decoding the platypus genome

Find out what scientists have discovered from decoding the platypus genome. Learn how these discoveries provide some surprising insights into this unusual animal's underwater feeding, number of sex chromosomes, protection of its young and evolution of the male platypus's venomous spur.

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Earth needs its atmosphere!

Discover why the atmosphere is crucial to life on Earth. Learn how the atmosphere creates the weather and clouds, and provides blue skies and red sunsets. See how worldwide wind patterns form. View scientists investigating how greenhouse gases have changed over thousands of years, and what the recent dramatic changes could ...

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Observing a sugar glider

Don Spencer shows us a small mammal called a sugar glider. Take a close look at its big eyes and furry tail. See it glide through the air from tree to tree. Watch the sugar glider eat. Learn how it got its name.

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Controlling pests without chemicals

What options do farmers have to control pests? Find out how vegetable grower Mark Cable teamed up with horticultural scientist Paul Horns to develop a new approach to controlling pests. Discover the unusual allies they enlisted.

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Dude: American words and pronunciations

Where does the word 'dude' come from? Why do speakers of English often pronounce words differently depending on their country of origin - not only because of their accent? Find out with Professor Kate Burridge when she takes on these questions from viewers.

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Carbon and the origins of crude oil

Follow a carbon atom as the central character in a story about crude oil. Watch as this ancient chemical that has existed since the dawn of time is recycled through all life forms, oceans, rocks and the atmosphere. See the origins of the vast oil fields on which the modern world now depends.

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Clouds, thunderstorms and climate change

Fly into a massive thunderstorm with pilots and scientists as they study how global warming could affect storms. Learn how changes in ice clouds due to climate change could provide clues to future weather patterns. See scientists capture data on the beginning of an unusual cyclone. This excerpt is from a documentary on ...