National Science Week 12-20 August

Interesting resources for National Science Week 12-20 August…..curated by, Lindy Hathaway, Dickson College, ACT


National Science Week 12-20 August

Lots of events around the country.


Australia’s biggest smartphone survey

Part of Science Week. It’s been 30 years since the first mobile call was made in Australia and 84% of us now own a smartphone, changing handsets every 3 years. We are the 4th biggest nation of smartphone users, using our phones around 30 times a day. How are smartphones changing our lives? Are they affecting our relationships? Can we live without them?


Wellcome Image Awards 2017

“Informative, striking and technically excellent images that communicate significant aspects of healthcare and biomedical science”.

Nature journal – best science images 2016:

Livescience – 100 best science images 2016:


Australia’s Science Channel

Excellent information – news, articles, videos, podcasts and events. Topics: Culture; Innovate & tech; Our planet; Scinema (science films); Space; The body; Thought leaders; Careers.


CSIRO blog

Lots of interesting news and information about research projects. Includes: Rise of the intelligent machines; Is Usain Bolt the greatest athlete ever? Do we trust robo-advice?


Best and worst science news sites

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) supports evidence-based science and medicine and derides the ‘outrageous sensationalism’ often found in science journalism. Their interesting infographic ranks well-known science reporting sources on ‘fundamental trustworthiness’ and how ‘compelling’ they are as sources of information. The 2 best sources are the journals Nature and Science. Other top-rated journals: New Scientist, Live Science, The Economist, Smithsonian, National Geographic, The Atlantic. Lower ratings: Scientific American, Science News, Popular Science, New York Times, Huffington Post, Fox News.


Latest science news

Live Science: ABC Science(includes Dr Karl): Science Daily:

BBC Science & Environment:

Science News:


PLOS One and Scientific Reports open access journals PLOS One is a peer-reviewed online open access science journal published since 2006 by the Public Library of Science, and formerly the world’s largest journal. In 2017, open access online journal Scientific Reports became the world’s largest journal – published by Nature Publishing Group. Thousands of articles are freely available from both journals.


ABC Splash science resources

Good resources added continually. Digibooks, videos, audio, games, articles, links… Filter for primary and secondary resources.!/resources/-/science


ABC Splash science games!/resources/-/science/all/interactive



Lindy Hathaway

Dickson College, ACT

Shodo Display

We are very fortunate to have a display of  “Shodo” (Japanese art of calligraphy) in the Library. There is a group of “Shodo Super Kids 2017” visiting SSC to instruct our students in the art of calligraphy, and conduct demonstrations. They have displayed many of their works for us to enjoy.


Shodo Display

Man Booker Long-listed titles

Congratulations to the following Man Booker Long-listed titles

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster  (Faber & Faber)

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry  (Faber & Faber)

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund  (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid  (Hamish Hamilton)

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Canongate)

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor  (4th Estate) Elmet by Fiona Mozley  (JM Originals)

The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Hamish Hamilton)

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders  (Bloomsbury) Home

Fire by Kamila Shamsie  (Bloomsbury)

Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Fleet)