Cadmium overload

Soil changes mean more toxins in food. This resource is best suited to Year 7, 8 and 10 Biology (food chains), Chemistry (elements) and Earth and Space (the Earth’s resources) students. It also covers some Earth and Space science outcomes … Continued

Learning about Titan’s chemistry

Atomic-force microscopy allows new understanding of Saturn’s moon. This article looks at how researchers are using technology to understand the chemical make-up of Titan. It is best suited to Year 8, 9 and 10 Chemistry students who are learning about … Continued

Is Lithium the energy answer for Australia?

As the demand for renewable-energy technologies skyrockets, so has the global search for their constituent materials, like lithium. Since Australia mines over half the worlds lithium, we have a responsibility to mine it in a sustainable way. In this resource … Continued

A short history of atoms

In the centuries since the discovery of the famously uncuttable atom, scientists and philosophers alike have delved deeply into its form and function. As our powers of observation become increasingly sophisticated, we’ve found there is much yet to learn, as … Continued

Refracted Glory

Before Galileo, Descartes and Newton, Thomas Harriot made some of the breakthroughs ascribed to his famous peers – but as Robyn Arianrhod explains, it’s his investigation into an everyday occurrence that shows just what it takes to discover a scientific … Continued

The Science of Fireworks

Ever wondered about what’s behind the big bangs and bright sparks of New Year’s Eve? Nathan Kilah ignites the discussion. Seeing the relevance of chemical reactions on students everyday life can be hard for them, however the importance of fireworks … Continued

Naracoorte Caves: A rolls-royce record of biodiversity

The geological records below ground in Naracoorte, South Australia are relatively young, dating 500,000 years to less than 1000. But researchers hope these records can inform conservation efforts about extinctions, adaptations, climate change and human impact. These fossils from the … Continued

Jane Oppenheim and her career in science-based skincare

Researcher Dr Jane Oppenheim was the 2019 Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year. In this article, you will find out about her career in pharmaceuticals and in the podcast, she talks about how science has laid the basis for both … Continued