BTN- Mars experiment


This video was about people set up in a dome to try to simulate what it would be like living on Mars. A small group of people were set up in an 11 metre- wide dome to see what it would be like living on Mars. They have hardly any privacy, and not much entertainment. But if they are able to get through this and the 1-3 year journey to Mars then it will open up many possibilities. When will humans travel to Mars? Could you survive in this dome? It would be very hard and you would get bored super easily.

By Hamish Talko

Stupid space thing that made me stay in at recess


This video was about the planets in the solar system. Jupiter is the largest planet. There are four terrestrial planets and four gas giants, not including Pluto. Earth is the only inhabitable planet. Why did I have to stay in at recess when I already watched the video? When will all the planets die? When the sun swallows Earth, I wonder if we will have already moved to another planet by then.

Mars rover BTN


This video was about how NASA has sent a Mars rover to Mars. It is currently on Mars, gathering information. It was sent up in 2012. It has lots of high tech equipment such as lasers. NASA was extremely happy when the landing was a success. How long until the rover runs out of charge? Is it solar-powered? Scientists predict that in about 40 years humans will have landed on Mars.

Video reflection: The ancient study of astronomy






This video was about astronomy and who uses it. The Babylonians, Mayans and ancient Greeks all used astronomy. The Babylonians and Mayans created calendars and used them to plan important things. The Babylonians used astronomy mainly for astrology and horoscopic purposes. What other races used astronomy? How did they write that let them record huge masses of astronomy? Astronomy has been around for centuries.

BTN- Don’t panic



This video was about two families that were put to the test to see what they would do in a natural disaster. One family was tested to see what they would do in a bushfire. The other was tested to see what they would do in a cyclone. They both didn’t really do the best thing, but they still did okay. Keeping a clear head when you’re under stress isn’t easy. Your brain’s designed to work differently when you feel fear. You stop focusing on details or listening to instructions. Did they actually burn their kitchen down? Why would they go to the bathroom? I reckon they would act differently if it was a real life situation.

BTN: Cape Town Water Crisis



This video was about the Cape Town Water Crisis. A huge drought that has been going on for a couple of years is happening right now in Cape Town in South Africa. They are only allowed 50 litres of water a day, which isn’t much. If they hit June the 4th, which they are calling day zero, all of the taps will be turned off, and they must go to certain places guarded by security to get a daily ration of just 25 litres. Why can’t they just travel to another country and get water? Why can’t they just move to another country that has water? What will happen after day zero? Even though 50 litres sounds like a lot, it’s actually not much for 1 day.

Herald sun BTN- Africa is splitting in half!



This story was about a crack in Africa that has been proven to mean that Africa is splitting in half. The African continent is splitting up. Geologists believe than in millions of years the African continent will have been fully split up. It was first exposed after a flood in Kenya, where there is the huge rip (the crack). The great rift splits Africa into two plates. Africa is still splitting apart, even as we speak. Will Africa be two separate continents after it has split up? Will other countries start splitting up as well? The continents did actually use to be one big piece, and countries are still splitting up even now.

BTN- Lab grown meat



This video was about scientists who are making lab grown meat. Australia rates in the top 10 countries in the world for the amount of meat we eat. It takes more than 15,00 litres of water to get a single kilogram of beef (because you need to give the cow water to drink). Also, people like the taste of meat but don’t like killing animals, so scientists are making lab grown meat, though some people think that it shouldn’t be called meat because it’s not from an animal, and want to make a law to ban it. The first lab grown meat took $400,000 to make, but since then companies have started investing and the prices have dropped. Does the meat taste the same? Will they be able to make substitutes for other things, like donuts, potatoes, chicken and other food? In the future they will probably have mastered the substitute meat and be working on other substitute food.

Herald sun reflection (instead of BTN): Hawaii’s volcano



This text was about a volcano that is erupting in Hawaii. The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has destroyed 26 homes, but so far hasn’t killed or injured anybody. The day after there was a 6.9 magnitude earthquake, the strongest earthquake since 1975. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It has been erupting constantly for 35 years. When they say constantly erupting, does it mean it has been spilling lava out for 35 years, or just been bubbling inside? Will they be able to go back to their homes afterwards, or will the gas stop them? It would be kinda cool and exciting but scary to be in Hawaii while the volcano is erupting but also bad because your home gets destroyed but at least you can say you survived a volcano.

BTN- Queensland Drought



This video was about two kids who live in the outback.  Right now, almost 90 per cent of Queensland is officially in drought. It is the most widespread drought recorded in the state. Drought is when there’s hardly any rain for sometimes years at a time. That means it can be hard to grow crops, or even grass to feed animals. Angus is suffering from drought in Hughenden, in Queensland, where it can get up to 48 degrees. How long has the drought been going for? How do they get to school and stuff; by car, bus, train or something else? It is quite hard living in the outback, but pretty fun too.