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The residents of the New England region share their homes with many wonderful species of plants and animals. One that is unique to the Tablelands is the Bell's turtle (Myuchelys bellii), which may also be unique among all turtles for its unusual diet....

Filomena is a Flashforge Guider IIS fused filament deposition 3D printer. This means that is uses a coil of plastic filament which is fed through a heated nozzle to ‘draw’ out plastic to build up a model, layer by layer. Unlimited access to this technology...

ROLA (Stone) is a short film depicting the intersection of geology and culture. Directed and produced by UNE palaeontologist and geologist, Dr Marissa Betts, the film beautifully captures the interconnectedness of our environment with human culture and experience....

The Aussie Bird Count is an activity for all ages that involves observing and counting the birds that live near you – whether that’s in your garden, the local park, a beach, your school or even your own town centre. By taking note of the...

It’s that time of year again: our lawns are a bit soggy, the temperature is mild, and slugs and snails are crawling up the walls. If you are anything like me, you walk to the mailbox, dodging and tiptoeing to avoid them while whispering a...

We recently learnt about the Plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus), a small grassland bird that lives in the Australian grasslands. Once thought plentiful, it is now the sole surviving species of the Pedionomidae family, and is Critically Endangered under the IUCN Red List. ...

The UNE Discovery Voyager team have welcomed some new team members in the last couple of months and we’re pleased to be right back into visiting schools in northern NSW and hitting the roads full steam ahead. ...

Would you like to go back in time and cuddle a Woolly Mammoth? Well, we can’t offer you either of those but we can tell you about an amazing discovery in the news recently....

Science continues to answer the big questions, like “Did dinosaurs have bellybuttons?” A bellybutton seems like a pretty normal thing for us humans. Before we are born we grow in our mother’s womb, and we are given all our vital nutrients to let us develop through...

I read a fascinating story about a male lyrebird called ‘James’ recently.  By all accounts it’s a true story and not an urban myth. It got me thinking about the mimicking abilities of this amazing bird.  A lyrebird is one of two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds. The two species are...