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Curious Kids: why does wood crackle in a fire?

Curious Kids: why does wood crackle in a fire? If you’ve ever put wet wood on to a fire, you may have noticed it makes a lot more noise than dry wood.


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Evacuating with a baby? Here’s what to put in your emergency kit

Every summer in Australia, bushfires, cyclones and floods threaten lives & properties. Preparing for these emergencies includes creating an emergency kit that contains everything you & your baby will need if essential services are disrupted or you need to evacuate.


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Natural history on TV: how the ABC took Australian animals to the people

Most of us will never see a platypus or a lyrebird in the wild, but it’s likely we’ve encountered them on television. Our new research looks at the vital role early ABC television played in making Australian animals accessible to audiences.


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Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions

Concrete is the most widely used man-made material. But producing the Portland cement needed to make concrete accounts for 5-8% of all global greenhouse emissions.


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What are parasites and how do they make us sick?

A parasite is an organism that lives in or on an organism of another species.


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The main problem with virtual reality? It’s almost as humdrum as real life

Just a few years ago, virtual reality (VR) was being showered with very real money. The industry raised an estimated US$900 million in venture capital in 2016, but by 2018 that figure had plummeted to US$280 million.


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Is social media damaging to children and teens? We asked five experts

If you have kids, chances are you’ve worried about their presence on social media. We asked five experts if social media is damaging to children and teens.


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Public places through kids’ eyes – what do they value?

Children are too rarely asked their perspectives on public spaces. Traditionally, adults make choices for children, particularly about how they live and play.



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