» Issue 19
Last updated Tue, 2012-11-13 15:21 — sis
News from the EIROs
Rockets, genomes and particle accelerators
EIROforum, the publisher of Science in School, reports on the latest news from its eight European inter-governmental research organisations.
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Science teachers take to the stage
Science recognises no national borders – and neither does Science on Stage, the network for European science teachers. Eleanor Hayes attended the international festival.
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Life in the line of fire: Andrew Wildes
All major X-ray and neutron facilities employ instrument scientists. Andrew Wildes from the Institut Laue-Langevin explains how he juggles his daily tasks.
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Investigating the causes of schizophrenia
Laurence Reed and Jackie de Belleroche discuss schizophrenia – and how functional genomics could help to identify its causes.
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Van Gogh’s darkening legacy
The brilliant yellows of van Gogh’s paintings are turning a nasty brown. Andrew Brown reveals how sophisticated X-ray techniques at ESRF can explain why.
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A planet from another galaxy
Astronomers have recently discovered a planet orbiting a star from outside our galaxy. Johny Setiawan reports.
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The DNA detective game
With the help of a detective game, Kenneth Wallace-Müller from the Gene Jury team introduces the use of DNA in forensics and the ethical questions involved.
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Amber: an introduction to organic chemistry
Bernhard Sturm’s teaching unit about amber introduces not only conductivity but also many other characteristics of solid organic compounds.
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Projects in science education
Building a space habitat in the classroom
What does it take to live on the Moon or even Mars? Erin Tranfield suggests an interdisciplinary teaching activity to get your students thinking about this.
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Moja Island: learning about renewable energy sources
In developing countries, renewable energy may be a prerequisite to overcoming poverty. Marlene Rau introduces a teaching activity from Practical Action.
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Neutrinos: an introduction
What do continental drift, nuclear power stations and supernovae have in common? Neutrinos, as Susana Cebrián explains.
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What is chemiluminescence?
Glowing jellyfish, flickering fireflies, fun glow sticks; Emma Welsh introduces the beautiful and mysterious world of chemiluminescence.
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Sarah Stanley explains how Becky Parker gets her students involved in particle physics at CERN. Why not get your students to join in too?
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