Curious Kids: what are cells made out of?

Author: Georgia Atkin-Smith,  Ivan Poon
Date: September 16, 2020
I know veins are made out of cells but what are cells made out of? It’s very tricky to answer that — Bea, 4 years old That is a great question, Bea! The human body is just like a big puzzle, but with billions of tiny pieces called cells. Our cells come in many different shapes and sizes....

Curious Kids: how does a virus stop?

Author: Erin Smith
Date: December 1, 2020
How does a virus stop? — Angela Gaganis, year 1, Adelaide There’s a scene in the movie “Wreck It Ralph” where Sergeant Calhoun describes some of the bad guys, called “Cy-Bugs”. Calhoun says “Cy-Bugs are like a virus… All they know is eat, kill, multiply”. She goes on to say...

Curious Kids: how do vaccines kill viruses?

Author: Palak Mehta, Kylie Quinn
Date: October 13, 2020
How are vaccines made to kill a virus? Layla, aged 7 Thanks Layla. This is a very important question, especially now, as scientists all around the world are working hard to develop a vaccine to protect us against the coronavirus. Actually, scientists are trying to find vaccines for many diffe...

3 ways to help children think critically about the news

Author: Tanya Notley, Western Sydney University,, Michael Dezuannl
Date: February 25, 2020
Like adults, children use the news to learn about what’s happening in the world. But the circulation of misinformation, such as the recent spread of fake news about COVID-19 (the disease caused by coronavirus), blurs our understanding of events and issues. In 2017, we conducted the first national...

Young people remain ill-equipped to participate in Australian democracy

Author: Zareh Ghazarian, Jacqueline Laughland-Booy, Zlatko Skrbis 
Date: January 21, 2021
Despite many young Australians having a deep interest in political issues, most teenagers have a limited understanding about their nation’s democratic system. Results from the 2019 National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship (NAP-CC) released today show the proportion of young people d...

Curious Kids: how do scabs form?

Author: Christian Moro Charlotte Phelps
Date: January 20, 2021
How do scabs form? — Talila, aged 8 Great question, Talila! Our skin has many different jobs. One is to act as a barrier, protecting us from harmful things in the outside world. Sometimes when we cut or graze ourselves, we tear away some layers of our skin. When the skin is damaged, it can’...

75% of Australia’s marine protected areas are given only ‘partial’ protection. Here’s why that’s a problem

Author: John Turnbull, Carly Cook, Emma Johnston, Graeme Clark, Kelsey Roberts
Date: January 15, 2021
A global coalition of more than 50 countries have this week pledged to protect over 30% of the planet’s lands and seas by the end of this decade. Their reasoning is clear: we need greater protection for nature, to prevent further extinctions and protect the life-sustaining ecosystems crucial to hu...

No, it’s not just a lack of control that makes Australians overweight. Here’s what’s driving our unhealthy food habits

Author: Sally Schultz, Gary Sacks
Date: June 16, 2021
Public health experts have long argued that when it comes to preventing obesity, we need to stop blaming individuals. Our new online tool, released today, confirms we live in an environment where the odds of having a healthy diet are heavily stacked against us. Unhealthy foods are readily availabl...