Website of the Week: Eric Weisstein’s World of Science


Science World from Wolfram Research

This week’s Website of the Week is Eric Weisstein’s World of Science, a Wolfram Web resource by the folks who brought us  Wolfram Alpha. This site is an excellent resource for biographical info on scientists, Astronomy, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

Year 12 Chemistry Students Evaluate Internet Resources


Year 12 Chemistry students took a tour of some of the most useful electronic resources available for their topic. They were also introduced to some very useful online tutorials for learning how to evaluate internet information resources. Take a peek at the links below for a variety of Library catalogues, online databases and information portals to help with this huge subject.

VTS ChemVirtual Training Suite – Chemistry. Superb self-paced tutorial introducing key resources and tips on evaluation.

Cabra Library Access-It Catalogue

EBSCO Online Journals and e-Books

National Library of Australia e-Resources

State Library of South Australia e-Resources and Library Catalogue

Website of the Week: Black Holes From HubbleSite


Search Inside a black hole.This week’s Website of the Week is a special feature from HubbleSite, Black Holes: Gravity’s Relentless Pull. This special mini-site from the people who manage the Hubble Space Telescope offers an amazing range of images, information and resources relating to Astronomy in general and Black Holes in particular. For a fully interactive black whole experience Journey to a Black Hole is for you. To browse the vast amounts of information concerning all things cosmological check out The Black Hole Encyclopedia

Mary Shelley Born on this day in 1797


Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born on this day in 1797. Best known as the author of Frankenstein, arguably the world’s first Science-Fiction novel, she was the daughter of the English intellectuals William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft and wife to the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her influence on literature, particularly the later period of Gothic literature and popular culture through her most famous novel can hardly be overestimated. For more gothic literature resources visit the gothic page on our Reading page.

Winter Solstice Today


21st June is the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the shortest day of the year. Many ancient, indigenous and contemporary cultures celebrate this natural seasonal event in a host of different ways.

The exact point of the solstice is 9.09 am. Click on the links below to learn more.

Winter Solstice Info

Museum Victoria Seasons Info

Bureau of Meteorology Site