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Turtles Cause Airport Chaos!

Ben Newsome

There is a large population of Terrapin Turtles living in the marshes near JFK Airport, and every year they migrate to nearby sandy areas in Jamaica Bay to lay their eggs – and there just happens to be a runway in the way. A runway at a very, very busy...

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Volcanic Ash Chaos

Ben Newsome

Chile’s Puyehue Volcano began to erupt on June 4 of this year, and despite being 10,000 km away from the eastern states, wreaked havoc on Australian and New Zealand air travel. How did the cloud of ash manage to travel so far? The answer is trade winds.

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Thinking about energy

Ben Newsome

As part of our Renewable Energy workshop today, I was asked why we can’t use the steam produced by the evaporation of liquid nitrogen to power a turbine and generate electricity. The short answer is economics –the amount of energy that would be produced by using liquid nitrogen to power...

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SLIMED! One bet I lost:)

Ben Newsome

A bet is a bet! We were playing around with Facebook and Karin suggested that if we got 50 “likes” by the end of the business day the Sydney staff could slime me. Of course I couldn’t resist the challenge :)

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Heading west for Science in the Bush

Ben Newsome

Again we're heading out west for the 'Science in the Bush' series for the Australian Museum. As we headed out we couldn't help but stop and see the sites on the way...

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LIVE Video conferencing with your school no matter where you are!

Ben Newsome

Beginning in 2007, NSW rolled out millions of dollars of video conferencing hardware to NSW public schools through the Interactive Classroom Project. So how can rural and remote schools gain access? Read on...

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How to donate to SETI@Home Project

Ben Newsome

Always wanted to participate in the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)? How about donating some of your computing power at your school, office or home to the SETI project! Find out more on how your humble computer could help contribute...

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2009: International Year of Astronomy

Ben Newsome

What is your local school doing for this year's theme? Here are some easy ideas that can be run in class!

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