Murder hornets? Meh. Our pest wasps decapitate flies and bully dingoes

Over the past 50 years, introduced European wasps have taken hold in Australia, and their attitude towards native species can be ruthless. This article highlights the impact of introduced species on native Australian species. It highlights the co-dependence of ecosystems … Continued

Narrowing down the time of death

New model could vastly improve forensic predictions. Use this resource, alongside STEM Pack 8: Forensics to demonstrate an application of Biology, Physics, medicine and technology. It is suited to students in years 8 and 9 and will open a discussion … Continued

Cosmic bursts find all that missing matter

Mysterious explosions emitting radio waves in space help solve a longstanding mystery. This resource is suited to students in years 8, 9, and 10 studying Earth and Space, Chemical and Physical sciences. It discusses Australia’s contribution to the detection of … Continued

Why astronomy matters in times of crisis

It’s about international bonds and inspiration, not just technology. This article focusses on Australian astronomy being carried out right now, and the importance of continuing this work through the pandemic. Use it to demonstrate some history of astronomy and the … Continued

Using a pocket rocket to explore distant planets

Researchers have adapted a miniature rocket, called the Pocket Rocket, to replicate the conditions of distant planets’ atmospheres. This article could be used with students in years 8, 9, and 10 who are studying Physical, Chemical or Earth and Space … Continued