Should school uniforms be compulsory? We asked five expert

Author: Sasha Petrova
Date: 16/8/19
People have different views when it comes to school uniforms. from shutterstock.com Sasha Petrova, The Conversation Whether schools should mandate a uniform is a controversial issue. Some believe wearing the same clothes smooths out inequality. Others see uniforms as authoritarian; believing them...

Curious Kids: why is urine yellow?

Author: Jaquelyne Hughes
Date: August 7, 2019
Jaquelyne Hughes, Menzies School of Health Research Our bodies use nutrients from the food we eat. But the processes involved in digestion also create what we call “byproducts”. That’s where a new chemical is created along the way. Some of these byproducts in the body are waste and our bod...

Curious Kids: can Earth be affected by a black hole in the future?

Author: Janie Hoormann
Date: July 31, 2019
That is a great question. As you know, black holes are called that because the gravity in their centre is so strong, it sucks all nearby light in. None can escape. That’s how strong a black’s hole’s gravitational pull is. Black holes create the strongest gravitational pull in the universe (t...

Curious Kids: how does electricity work?

Author: Sherif A. Tawfik Abbas
Date: 9/7/19
Electricity is all around us. Maybe some of the toys you play with run on batteries, which have electricity stored in them. You or your parents are reading this article on a computer, phone or tablet, all of which use electricity. The light bulbs, the television, the traffic lights, cars, aeroplanes...

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...