Author Archives: Paul Brandon

“Going Places” – Physics on show at QM Sciencentre

A new exhibition has arrived called “Going Places” at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. This interactive exhibition is all about travel on the sea, in the air and over the land.  It is also a fantastic hands on demonstration of the science of physics … Continue reading

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Brisbane and its Tunnels: Science in Action

The Airport link tunnel opened this week.  This road network between Bowen Hills, Kedron and Toombul has come at a cost of $4.8 billion dollars.  But I wonder if teachers, children and the general public know how these tunnels are excavated? … Continue reading

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A Little History about Confusing Diets

Dieting is the curse of the modern man. Today the whole world of dieting is a mismatch of information and claims. Even today I can find conflicting articles on the same website. One article titled “Forget Detox: Nourish Yourself “says, … Continue reading

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Reflections on January 2011 and Other Major Rain Events

The January 2011 major rain event was devastating for Toowoomba and the communities along the rivers and creeks as far as Brisbane, but the scale of the event was not unprecedented. The event was not unusual in its size, or volume … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Superstar in the Headlines Again

Tyrannosaurus rex (T-rex) is the superstar of the pre-historic world. The tyrant lizard king lived in the Cretaceous period about 60 million years ago (not the Jurassic period, 150 million years ago as some movies would have you believe). Everyone … Continue reading

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All You Want to Know About the Eastern Mouse Spider – But Were Afraid to Ask

It’s the stuff of nightmares, big hairy spiders with huge fangs.  But we don’t need to worry about that because the deadly funnel-web is down in Sydney and those other ones are from South America, right? Wrong!  The spider in … Continue reading

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The First Laptop Computer

With the rollout of laptops for high school students in QLD schools and the previous ‘Computers for Teachers’ program, I thought I’d take a look at the first “laptop” computer, the Toshiba T1000. In 1987 Toshiba released what is arguably the … Continue reading

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