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By Louisa Wood, European Bioinformatics Institute


What does the majority of our DNA do? Hundreds of scientists have spent years examining these ‘junk’ sequences, which may hold the key to serious diseases – and much more.

By Susan Watt


Physicist Adrian Mancuso works at the cutting edge of 3D imaging, at what will be Europe’s newest and brightest X-ray facility.

Jörg Gutschank tells Vienna Leigh how his circus skills inspired him to take up teaching and saw him through his training – and how they help in the classroom.


David Fischer takes us on a trip to the bottom of the sea to learn about cold seeps – their ecosystems, potential fuels, and possible involvement in global warming.

Children acquire technical skills by building the exhibit ‘The Magic Soap Curtain’

Amito Haarhuis from the Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, describes a project that challenges pupils aged 11-12 to design and create their own exhibits.

Recycled DNA helix

Dionisios Karounias, Evanthia Papanikolaou and Athanasios Psarreas, from Greece, describe their innovative model of the DNA double helix – using empty bottles and cans!

By Miguel A. de Pablo and Juan D. Centeno


One of the scientists’ main interests in Mars research is water. Is there water on Mars?

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Alexandre Lewalle from King’s College, London, UK, pushes back the frontiers of our knowledge of motors – at the molecular level.

Films about science or even pseudo-science can be powerful tools in the classroom. Jenna Stevens from the CISCI project provides a toolkit for using the film Erin Brockovich in chemistry and ecology lessons.


What makes ostriches such fast runners? Nina Schaller has spent nearly a decade investigating.

Angelika Börsch-Haubold demonstrates the olfactory delights of organic chemistry.


Crowding affects us almost every day, from supermarket queues to traffic jams. Timothy Saunders from EMBL explains why this is interesting to scientists and how to study the phenomenon in class.


In the second of two articles, Jarek Bryk describes how scientists dig deep into our genes – to test the molecular basis of an evolutionary adaptation in humans.

Detlev Arendt, Peer Bork and Florian Raible looking for the fastest and slowest evolvers

RNA is a crucial biological molecule that is seldom mentioned in detail in textbooks. In the first article in a series, Russ Hodge describes some exciting recent research on RNA.


Men and women react differently to humour. Allan Reiss tells Eleanor Hayes why this is news.

Frode Skjold tells Sai Pathmanathan about some of his favourite activities to teach science in primary school.

Herbi Dreiner and Tobias Strehlau describe how a university physics show inspired a secondary-school teacher and his students to perform their own school physics show. Why not try it in your school?

Autumn showers, shortening days, jet-lag… nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of teachers, students and journalists from around the world who took part in the Spanish and German Science on Stage events. Sonia Furtado reports.


Elias Kalogirou and Eleni Nicas introduce a selection of very small-scale chemistry experiments for school.

Tim Hunt

Professor Tim Hunt, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, talks to Philipp Gebhardt about his passion for science, the importance of pure research, the influence of enthusiastic colleagues – and the role of serendipity in scientific discovery.


Science in School is published by EIROforum, a collaboration between eight of Europe’s largest inter-governmental scientific research organisations. This article reviews some of the latest news from the EIROforum members (EIROs).


Nektarios Tsagliotis explains how to build an effective microscope using simple materials – enabling your students to discover a hidden world, just as Robert Hooke did in 1665.

Author, Barbara Warmbein Author, Myc Riggulsford

Science on Stage and the European Science Teaching Awards 2005: choosing the best of the best, special mentions and how the jury voted.

By Kirsten Bos


Archeology and genetics combine to reveal what caused the Black Death.

NB: Ideas about science provides a comprehensive coverage of how science works

In September 2006, after a pilot phase, a new national curriculum for science was introduced for students aged 14-16 in England and Wales. Jenifer Burden explains how the new curriculum seeks to address both the scientific needs of all citizens, and the additional needs of future scientists.

By Sonia Furtado Neves, EMBL


Why does meiosis so often go wrong? And what are the consequences?

In this, the second of two articles, climate researcher Rasmus Benestad from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute examines the evidence that humans are causing climate change.

By Andreas Chiocchetti


Research into the genetics of the autism spectrum is increasing our understanding of these conditions, and may lead to better ways to diagnose and manage them.

Tobias Kirschbaum and Ulrich Janzen

Chinese dragons that predict earthquakes? Waves of glowing jelly babies? Earthquake-proof spaghetti? Physics teachers Tobias Kirschbaum and Ulrich Janzen explain how they teach geophysics.


Marine biologist Jean-Luc Solandt tells Karin Ranero Celius about his commitment to study and preserve one of the world’s biggest treasures: the ocean.

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