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Military personnel photographed boarding Orsova in 1916

A deadly shipmate: Surviving 'Spanish flu' aboard HMAT Orsova

19 Mar 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is turning many eyes back to 1919. Coinciding with the end of World War I, the risk of ‘Spanish’ flu coming to Australia aboard troop transports was very real. Dr Peter Hobbins explores what troopship records reveal about life, death and discipline during the pneumonic influenza pandemic.

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Sylvia Earle celebrating the ocean at the top of the world [Michael Aw]

Her deepness: Dr Sylvia Earle

13 Sep 2019

Sylvia Earle has lived underwater for a week, walked the sea floor at a (record-breaking) depth of 381 metres and has led over 50 ocean expeditions. At 84, Time’s ‘Hero for the Planet’ isn’t slowing down. We explore Sylvia's incredible career and how she is saving the ocean through Hope Spots

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Arctic puffins, Svalbard. Image Michael Aw

Elysium Arctic: Artists for social change

25 Jul 2019

A team of explorers, photographers and scientists banded together to inspire social change in Elysium Arctic, the museum’s newest outdoor exhibition. Their goal was to document the effects of climate change on the unique Arctic ecosystem through art and science. What did they find in the world’s northernmost regions?

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Sailors' weather lore - myth or meterology? Image: moisseyev/istock.

Red sky at night, sailor's delight?

23 Mar 2019

Sailors' weather lore  myth or meteorology? When European sailors began arriving on Australian shores, they brought with them a host of sayings about the weather. What truth was there in these, and were any of them relevant to conditions in the southern hemisphere?

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Make it at home: miniature garden terrariums

25 Oct 2018

For this month’s make-it-at-home craft activity we’ve taken inspiration from the beautiful landscape photographs by the American photographer Ansel Adams. We’re going to show you how to make your own mini-landscapes in glass jars, called terrariums.

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