Saving the Great Barrier Reef
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Saving the Great Barrier Reef

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In 2015 the federal government announced an extra $100 million dollars to tackle the environmental problems plaguing the Great Barrier Reef. Meet the students from a a school ...

In 2015 the federal government announced an extra $100 million dollars to tackle the environmental problems plaguing the Great Barrier Reef. Meet the students from a a school doing what they can to save the Great Barrier Reef.

Humans in space
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Humans in space

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BTN looks back at some of our biggest space moments and success stories.

BTN looks back at some of our biggest space moments and success stories.

Tactile bank notes
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Tactile bank notes

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Personal and social capability

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A 13-year old blind boy petitioned the Royal Bank of Australia to add a Braille label to notes so he could tell how much they're worth.

A 13-year old blind boy petitioned the Royal Bank of Australia to add a Braille label to notes so he could tell how much they're worth.

The life of Malcolm Fraser
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The life of Malcolm Fraser

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Malcolm Fraser became the prime minister of Australia during the 1970s, at a time when the government and parliament were experiencing a bit of a chaos. Fraser became a ...

Malcolm Fraser became the prime minister of Australia during the 1970s, at a time when the government and parliament were experiencing a bit of a chaos. Fraser became a beloved figure, serving three terms and focusing on multiculturalism and improving the economy. He also worked to help Vietnamese people resettle in Australia after the Vietnam War; we hear from a girl named Emily that is in Australia because her family was given the opportunity to move there after the war.

Improving money for the visually impaired
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Improving money for the visually impaired

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Civics and citizenship

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Connor may only be 13, but growing up blind it became quickly apparent to him that it was difficult for blind people to use money because there was no way to differentiate ...

Connor may only be 13, but growing up blind it became quickly apparent to him that it was difficult for blind people to use money because there was no way to differentiate between the different notes. Through a mass effort that Connor started, changes have begun to take place and new money being produced over the next several years will contain raised dots to help the visually impaired identify between notes.

How kissing can transmit germs
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How kissing can transmit germs

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The doctors try an experiment to see whether kissing is lovely or disgusting! Participants of both sexes imprint their lips in a petri dish. After letting the results sit in a ...

The doctors try an experiment to see whether kissing is lovely or disgusting! Participants of both sexes imprint their lips in a petri dish. After letting the results sit in a lab for five days of bacteria growing, Xand visits Dr Richard Drew, microbiologist, who reveals all about the bugs that have multiplied in the samples.

The tip-toe standing trick
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The tip-toe standing trick

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Chris gets Xand to try to stand on tiptoe facing a locker door. He fails in the attempt, as does everyone else! Xand explains that your brain is telling you to distribute your ...

Chris gets Xand to try to stand on tiptoe facing a locker door. He fails in the attempt, as does everyone else! Xand explains that your brain is telling you to distribute your weight properly to keep your balance. Because first you rise upwards on your toes, but to keep from keeling over, you also must move your body forward.

On call with the UK's emergency services
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On call with the UK's emergency services

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Xand goes on the front line to be first on the scene of today's emergencies. Paramedic Jan Vann goes with him, and first up is an elderly lady who has fallen off a kerb. Jan ...

Xand goes on the front line to be first on the scene of today's emergencies. Paramedic Jan Vann goes with him, and first up is an elderly lady who has fallen off a kerb. Jan asks all the right questions to lead to a quicker treatment decision. By the victim's responses, she can discern if there's a possible concussion, for instance.

What to do for a possible broken neck
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What to do for a possible broken neck

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Twelveyearold Ryan is playing James Bond at recess time. One high karate kick later, topsyturvy, and with a possible broken neck, he is whisked off by ambulance to the ...

Twelveyearold Ryan is playing James Bond at recess time. One high karate kick later, topsyturvy, and with a possible broken neck, he is whisked off by ambulance to the hospital. We get to view the lad's spine onscreen, and luckily, everything looks to be in place. Dr Craig notes that if the bones are intact, there is much less likelihood of nerve injury.

How maggots heal wounds
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How maggots heal wounds

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Fly breeder Ceri Jones reveals that flies lay lots and lots of eggs, which produce larvae (maggots), which are used for healing large wounds. We get to see 500 sterile ...

Fly breeder Ceri Jones reveals that flies lay lots and lots of eggs, which produce larvae (maggots), which are used for healing large wounds. We get to see 500 sterile (germfree), blind and legless little surgeons doing their healing thing on a badly injured foot. Some students will definitely want to look away, and Chris warns us at the appropriate time.

What muscles are made of
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What muscles are made of

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Tiny' from Tottenham's biceps are bigger than some people's waists! Xand tells us that fibres in the muscle play a big part in their development. Weight lifting makes small ...

Tiny' from Tottenham's biceps are bigger than some people's waists! Xand tells us that fibres in the muscle play a big part in their development. Weight lifting makes small tears in these muscle fibres, which stimulates the body to grow them back bigger and stronger than before. Xand proves that other electric charges can override those from the brain.

How many skin cells we shed
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How many skin cells we shed

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Humans shed skin every minute of the day! The fascinating answer to how much, awaits in this quiz along with a positive outcome.

Humans shed skin every minute of the day! The fascinating answer to how much, awaits in this quiz along with a positive outcome.

The qualities of human hair
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The qualities of human hair

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We get to witness Sam 'Hairy' Smith Britain's hairiest man getting a trim and a blowdry in a busy hair salon. We get a closeup and personal view of the gent's back, and hear ...

We get to witness Sam 'Hairy' Smith Britain's hairiest man getting a trim and a blowdry in a busy hair salon. We get a closeup and personal view of the gent's back, and hear that he has to use four towels to dry himself off after a shower. More usefully, we learn that even though human hair feels soft, it's one of the strongest fibres on the planet!

Climate change and grapes
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Climate change and grapes

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The University of Adelaide's Stephen Tyerman reveals the relationship between grapes and the changing environment, and the ways farmers can protect their vines as the climate ...

The University of Adelaide's Stephen Tyerman reveals the relationship between grapes and the changing environment, and the ways farmers can protect their vines as the climate warms.

DIY sea level experiments
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DIY sea level experiments

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Junior scientist Luci shows the effects of climate change and explains why melting ice caps raise sea levels more drastically that floating icebergs. To explore these ...

Junior scientist Luci shows the effects of climate change and explains why melting ice caps raise sea levels more drastically that floating icebergs. To explore these differences at home, you will need two large blocks of ice (preferably the same size), a brick or tub of stones, two large transparent containers, a large jug of water and some food dye.

Moving the classroom outdoors
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Moving the classroom outdoors

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How much electricity does the average school classroom use? One class in Alice Springs moved their classroom outdoors for a week to try to cut the amount of energy they use.

How much electricity does the average school classroom use? One class in Alice Springs moved their classroom outdoors for a week to try to cut the amount of energy they use.

Students adopt a graveyard
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Students adopt a graveyard

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Personal and social capability

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A group of students adopt a graveyard, devoting time to cleaning up the site and helping out with other projects to keep the grounds looking great. In the process, they get to ...

A group of students adopt a graveyard, devoting time to cleaning up the site and helping out with other projects to keep the grounds looking great. In the process, they get to read up on some of the people buried there, getting to know the real historical people whom they're having a chance to serve with this project.

Bionic body parts
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Bionic body parts

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Bionic technology is focused on making peoples' lives better, and finding new ways to let people disabled people experience the world just like everyone else. Find out how ...

Bionic technology is focused on making peoples' lives better, and finding new ways to let people disabled people experience the world just like everyone else. Find out how much of the human body can now be replaced with bionic parts.