Monthly Archives: July 2011

Behind The Scenes – The Dolly Washer

Environmentally Friendly Washing Machine Ever wondered how to reduce your impact on the environment and reduce your electricity bill as the same time?  Well look no further than the past!  Re-introducing the “Dolly Washer” from 1879.  The “Dolly” washer features … Continue reading

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Invasive Reptiles

Dr Andrew Amey is the Collection Manager of Amphibians and Reptiles at Queensland Museum (QM). He is responsible for the registration of new specimens, caring for the collection, and allowing access by researchers and members of the public.  Andrew has been … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes – Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup

Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup  I have noticed that the overdosing of paracetamol to young children has hit the headlines again.  Jane Hanson of  The Sunday Telegraph wrote “half of all parents give their children paracetamol when they don’t need it … Continue reading

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Sea Spiders – from the South Pole to the Tropics

Dr Claudia Arango, a research fellow at Queensland Museum, is one of the few world specialists on pycnogonids (or sea spiders). She has been working on Australian fauna since 1998. Claudia studies these spiders to work out how they evolved; their … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes: The Mimeograph

What did teachers do before photocopiers? Prior to the commercialisation of the photocopier, many schools used a duplicator.  There are two types of duplicator, a spirit duplicator which uses a multi layered, ink impregnated wax based master copy and a … Continue reading

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DNA Detective

Dr Jessica Worthington Wilmer is a research scientist in the Biodiversity and Geosciences program at Queensland Museum (QM). She’s also the Manager of QM’s Molecular Identities Laboratory and Frozen Tissue Collection. Jessica gets to work on some really cool things! … Continue reading

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