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Darwin wondered: what if species change over time in response to their environment? Shutterstock

Curious Kids: how do scientists know evolution is real?

In science, we look at the evidence and try to find the theory that best explains it. And that's what happened when it came to figuring out evolution.
Blue whales and orcas are both specialists in their own way. You can’t really measure which one is more intelligent. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: which is smarter – a blue whale or an orca?

We don't know for sure which one is smarter, because not everyone agrees on what "intelligence" means. Both have their own special behaviours and skills and we can't say who is more intelligent.
The Parkes Observatory radio dish, the second largest telescope in the southern hemisphere, has a ‘multibeam’ receiver which can search 13 places in the sky simultaneously for signs of intelligent life. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: what has the search for extraterrestrial life actually yielded and how does it work?

The Universe is mind-bogglingly large and with the latest technology, the search is only just starting to heat up.
For many older people, today’s music goes in one ear and out the other. Shutterstock.com/photograph.kiev

Why do old people hate new music?

Music doesn't get objectively worse over time. So why do older generations scoff at each new top 40 hit?
Clifford Berry stands by the Atanasoff-Berry Computer. Courtesy of Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives

What was the first computer?

The first computer, named the ABC, was built at Iowa State University. But for a long time, few had heard of it.
Phobias are an intense fear of very specific things like objects, places, situations or animals. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: where do phobias come from?

There are three main scenarios that may influence whether or not you develop a phobia.
The ISS is a collaboration between the space agencies of Canada, Russia, Japan, Europe and the United States. www.shuttershock.com

Curious Kids: How big is the International Space Station?

The International Space Station is the biggest human made structure in space and the third brightest object in the sky. But the living conditions for the six astronauts on it are quite cramped.
Identical twins look the same, are the same sex, share the same birthday and shares the same genes. www.shuttershock.com

Curious Kids: why are some twins identical and some not?

Interestingly, there are more non-identical twins in Australia now than there have been before. The number of twin pregnancies has grown over the past 30 years.
The view of our planet from aboard the International Space Station. Expedition 43/NASA

Curious Kids: What is the Earth made of?

Of all the planets in the solar system, there’s a reason we call Earth home. It’s made of just the right stuff. It’s not too small, or too big, or too hot or too cold. It’s just right.
Galileo thought Saturn looked a bit like the head of a teddy bear with two big ears. He thought it may be made of three planets. www.shuttershock.com

Curious Kids: why does Saturn have rings?

Most people think that many millions of years ago, Saturn didn't have rings at all. Instead, it had a big moon moving around it. Eventually, the moon burst and broke into pieces.

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