» Issue 18
Last updated Mon, 2013-11-11 16:27 — rau
News from the EIROs
Mars, snakes, robots and DNA
EIROforum, the publisher of Science in School, reports on the latest news from its eigth European inter-governmental research organisations.
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Science on Stage: countdown to the international festival
Science on Stage brings together many of Europe's most innovative and inspiring science teachers. Andrew Brown reviews some of the recent national activities.
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Young scientists at the cutting edge: EIROforum prize winners
Courtney Williams, winner of the CERN prize at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists 2009, reports on her experiences and those of the other EIROforum prize winners.
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Young minds in science: the European Union Contest for Young Scientists 2010
Marlene Rau reports on the 22nd European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS).
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Feature article: Tim Birkhead
Battle of the birds: interview with Tim Birkhead
Tim Birkhead tells Karin Ranero Celius about promiscuous birds and teaching science students.
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Moringa: the science behind the miracle tree
Moringas have long been known as miracle trees. Now scientists are investigating their properties in depth, as Sue Nelson and Marlene Rau report.
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Uracil in DNA: error or signal?
Uracil is well known as one of the bases used in RNA, but why is it not used in DNA - or is it? Angéla Békési and Beáta G Vértessy investigate.
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A neural switch for fear
When something frightens us, should we freeze, or should we investigate? Sarah Stanley describes how scientists are probing the mysteries of the brain, seeking to understand our response to fear.
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The resourceful physics teacher
Physics teacher Keith Gibbs shares some of his many demonstrations and experiments for the physics classroom.
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Breeding dragons: investigating Mendelian inheritance
Mendelian inheritance can be a tricky topic to teach, but Pat Tellinghuisen, Jennifer Sexton and Rachel Shevin's memorable dragon-breeding game makes it easier to understand and remember.
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Projects in science education
The heat is on: heating food and drinks with chemical energy
Have you ever longed for a hot drink or meal but had no fire or stove to hand? Try these two activities from the Lebensnaher Chemieunterricht portal, introducing exothermic reactions.
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Biomimetics: clingy as an octopus or slick as a lotus leaf
Astrid Wonisch, Margit Delefant and Marlene Rau present two activities developed by the Austrian project 'Naturwissenschaft und Technik zum Angreifen' to investigate how technology is inspired by nature.
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Single molecules under the microscope
Would it not be fascinating to observe and manipulate individual molecules? With an atomic force microscope, you can do just this. You could even build your own.
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Teacher solidarity: a UK-Rwandan physics project
Thanks to the determination of UK physics teacher David Richardson, increasing numbers of students in Rwandan schools are experiencing the delight of practical work.
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To sea with a blind scientist
Scientific research is not a career that most people believe to be suitable for the blind, but blind biologist Geerat Vermeij explains that, whether you are blind or not, science is competitive, tedious and hard – and he loves it.
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