Have a look at what Junior2M are learning about bacteria!

Junior2M have been looking at bacteria in and around their school.

They took some samples from lots of different places and put them on agar in petri dishes to see what would happen.

You can see photos and a slide show of the petri dishes they used with the bacteria growing on them.

It is SOOO cool!

Have a look! http://junior2m.globalteacher.org.au/2010/08/20/270/

While you are there have alook at all the other fantastic stuff they are doing too 🙂

Could coral help in the fight against cancer?

Australian Scientists have discovered some coral off the coast of Lord Howe Island that could help in the search for cancer treatment.

The brightly coloured coral contains pigments that are used to monitor cancer cells. Fantastic stuff!

I wonder if you were a scientist, what could you help discover??? 🙂

For more information go to the ABC science article at : http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/08/16/2984168.htm

Vote for the top new species of 2010!

Happy Science Week!

From now until the end of Science week 2010 (14-22 August) you can vote for your favourite new species!

You can choose from a frog, fungus, fruit fly or even a mountian dwelling tree snail named in honour of the late Steve Irwin.

To help celebrate science Week, Primary and Middle school students could win a visit for their class to their state museum or a visit by a species discovery scientist!

Senior secondary students could win an individual place on a Bush Blitz survey!

Go to the Bush Blitz website at URL: http://www.bushblitz.org.au/topten.php to cast your vote or click here.

Are you interested in optical illusions?

If you are interested in optical illusions, have a look at this video from TED talks.

The presenter is Beau Lotto.  Beau is a neuroscientist and an artist who has a studio called Lottolab where he combines art with science.

In this video, he shows us how the brain plays tricks on us.

Have a look…

For more information about Beau Lotto have a look at his profile on the TED website here.

The URL is: http://www.ted.com/speakers/beau_lotto.html