Science Snippets

How often do you boil an egg? Well, while you’re eating that egg on toast or in your Caesar salad, have you ever thought about trying to unboil it? That’s right – unboil an egg! Flinders University Professor Colin Raston (pictured above) and his team have and in doing so have developed Vortex Fluid Technology – using mechanical energy, or spinning, to reverse the effects of thermal energy, or boiling. It may sound like an odd discovery, but it’s changed the way scientists think about manipulating proteins, an industry worth AU$160 billion per year! Isn’t that something!

Although unboiling an egg has now already been done, there are plenty of other science related activities to do and questions to be answered. Make sure to check out the following upcoming events and important dates so you can get involved!!

  • Applications for the National Youth Science Forum (NSYF) in early 2018 close next Wednesday 31 May. The NYSF is a 12-day residential program for students entering Year 12 in 2018 who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths. The NYSF program aims to show participants the wide variety of study and career options in STEM fields. To ensure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity get your application in quick!
  • SCIENMA is taking place on Thursday 8 June and is a celebration of the power of the moving image to tell stories about the world, how it works, and our place in it. There are hundreds of science stories to be told on screen. Festival screenings will take place across Australia, with the Brisbane screening at the Palace Barracks Cinema at Petrie Terrace. Book your tickets online here –

You don’t even have to look far to find opportunities to get involved in the science world – there are plenty just within Stuartholme!

Last Friday week B saw the introduction of the fortnightly science quiz that is being run by the science ambassadors. We had lots of entries and had a total of nine winners – all getting 5/5!

Congratulations to Grace Rose (7W), Lizzie Judson (11C), Charlotte Connelly (11C), Grace Kelly (11C), Elke Marriott (11M), Ellen Bowden (11M), Lucy Mulligan (11P), Grace Gaston (11P) and Gretta Berge (11W).

All the winners received a Freddo frog for their efforts and you have the chance to win one this week by participating in our next quiz! Entries for this quiz open today and close on Monday 29 at 3pm! Pop into the library to put in your entry!

We also have various students participating in the ICAS science competition on Tuesday 30 May in the library. Best of luck to those girls!

Tessa Buzzo
UQ Science Ambassador 2017