What is the Anthropocene?

Author: Authors Below
Source: TED
Date: 2/9/19
Humanity's increasingly permanent mark on the planet has spurred a new geological age in earth's history: the Anthropocene. Learn how we got to this point — and what our footprint means to the future of the planet.  EMMA MARRIS Nature is everywhere — we just need to learn to see it https://...

Curious Kids: why do spiders need so many eyes but we only need two?

Author: Samantha Nixon, Andrew Walker
Date: 24th of June, 2019
Humans have two eyes that face forward. Our eyes are very good at seeing colours and shapes. Having two big eyes in the front of our head means they can work together to guess how far away something is (we call this “judging distance”). That makes it easier for us to catch another animal so we c...

School holiday reading (and listening) for Curious Kids

Author: Sunanda Creagh
Date: 14/4/19
Editor's note School holidays are here again and if you’re looking for ways to keep smart kids engaged and happy, Imagine This has got you covered. A co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation, Imagine This is a podcast aimed at kids aged 4-7 — but really it's a delight for h...

Curious Kids: why do tigers have whiskers?

Author: Alexander Richard Braczkowski
Date: 5/4/19
Just like how the hairs on your arm can feel a soft breeze blowing or a spider crawling on you, whiskers on a tiger’s face and chin give it messages about what is going on around him or her. But whiskers are not just ordinary hairs. They are thicker and go deeper into the tiger’s skin. In fact,...

Handle with care – the world’s five deadliest poisons

Author: Simon Cotton
Date: 12/4/16
Terrible by name … Phyllobates terribilis. Lwp Kommunikáció/Flickr, CC BY-SA Simon Cotton, University of Birmingham When asked to name a poison, people may well think of cyanide, arsenic or strychnine. But these are not the most toxic substances known. More poisonous than these, but still no...

Curious Kids: what happens when fruit gets ripe?

Author: Paul Holford
Date: 11/3/19
Fruit ripening is all about plants getting animals to eat the seeds that are inside their fruits. When the animals have finished eating, they move around and drop the seeds in a different place when they do a poo. This helps the plants get their seeds to somewhere new where they can grow into a new...

Why do bats sleep upside down?

Author: Amy Edwards
Date: 18/3/19
Evolution allows animals to adapt to their environments by favouring those who have an advantage that helps them survive. If they survive long enough to have babies they pass that advantage onto their children through their genes. That process is what we call adaptation. Animals have adapted to liv...