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

Queensland dolphins intentionally beach themselves to trap food

Beached as bro! Dolphins in Queensland’s Fitzroy River chase fish onto muddy banks and beach themselves, before sliding back into the water. Use this article to demonstrate an application of specific adaptations and changing ecosystems to students in years 5, … Continued

Timor-Leste cave art could be a link to Australia’s first people

Weathered stencils of handprints made 65,000 years ago suggests some of the first people to Australia could have taken a difficult route. Use this article to show students that scientists gather evidence to refine scientific understanding of events from history. … Continued

Your backyard could help reduce global warming

Gardens cool urban temperatures by six degrees, study finds. Inspire students to help slow global warming from home with this article suitable for Biological, Earth and Space and Physical science students in year 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. … Continued

Where the wild things are: As humans stay indoors, nature is emerging

As COVID-19 forces us to abandon public spaces and stay home, nature appears to be “reclaiming” the streets. This article provides a positive view of physical isolation by reporting the reduction of human impact on nature. It is suited to … Continued

The big five mass extinctions

Biologists suspect we’re living through the sixth major mass extinction. Earth has witnessed five, when more than 75% of species disappeared. Use this article to investigate how the Earth has changed over time long before humans arrived. It is suited … Continued

If we keep heading the way we’re going, the platypus is in big trouble

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Development and drought are pushing the platypus, like many other native Australian species, on the path to extinction. Suitable for years 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 for Biological Sciences study, or year 10 Earth and Space Sciences. Word Count: … Continued