Issue 20


Welcome to the twentieth issue of Science in School

I am delighted to announce that our publisher, EIROforum, has agreed to fund Science in School for a further two years, with enough money to cover the online production.

News from the EIROs

Google, guts and gravity

Science in School is published by EIROforum, a collaboration between eight European inter-governmental scientific research organisations. This article reviews some of the latest news from the EIROforum members.

Cutting-edge science

Healthy horrors: the benefits of parasites

Matt Kaplan investigates the horrors that dwell within us – should we be changing our view of them?

Neutrons and antifreeze: research into Arctic fish

Matthew Blakeley from ILL and his colleagues from ESRF and elsewhere have discovered how antifreeze in Arctic fish blood keeps them alive in sub-zero conditions. He and Eleanor Hayes explain.


An archaeologist of the genome: Svante Pääbo

Evolutionary geneticist Svante Pääbo tells Eleanor Hayes how he excavates the genome to understand human evolution.


The Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) website

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a non-profit organisation that began as a conference to share “ideas worth spreading”. The first of its annual conferences was held in 1984 and since then, the programme has spread to include regional and local events across the world (see the website’s ‘TEDx Events’ section for local events).

Sustainable Energy – without the hot air, by David MacKay

Translations - from today’s science to tomorrow’s medicine in Berlin-Buch, by Russ Hodge

Campus Berlin-Buch is a science, health and biotechnology park in Berlin, Germany, with a focus on biomedicine.

The Rough Guide to the Brain, by Barry J Gibb

The Rough Guide to the Brain is a thoroughly readable, interesting and informative book.

Globesity: A planet out of control? By Francis Delpeuch, Bernard Maire, Emmanuel Monnier and Michelle Holdsworth

For someone interested in learning about obesity, Globesity: A planet out of control? is an excellent book to start with and, unless preparing for a doctorate thesis, possibly to finish with.

Science education projects

Going wild: teaching physics on a roller coaster

Roller coasters, carousels and other amusement park rides can be great fun – and can even be used as a science lesson, as Giovanni Pezzi explains.

Science topics

More than meets the eye: the electromagnetic spectrum

Claudia Mignone and Rebecca Barnes take us on a tour through the electromagnetic spectrum and introduce us to the European Space Agency’s fleet of science missions, which are opening our eyes to a mysterious and hidden Universe.

Is climate change all gloom and doom? Introducing stabilisation wedges

How can we tackle climate change? Using activities and technologies that already exist – as Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison explain.

Scientist profiles

Warrior against pseudoscience: Daniella Muallem

Daniella Muallem tells Eleanor Hayes about challenging misleading ‘scientific’ claims.

Teaching activities

Fizzy fun: CO2 in primary school science

Marlene Rau presents some fizzy and fun activities involving carbon dioxide, developed by Chemol and Science on the Shelves.

Hunting for asteroids

Keen to save the world? Andy Newsam and Chris Leigh from the UK’s National Schools’ Observatory introduce an activity where you can potentially do just that: by detecting real asteroids – which may be heading for Earth.

Plastics in cars: polymerisation and recycling

What types of plastic are used to build a car? How are they synthesised and recycled? Marlene Rau and Peter Nentwig introduce two activities from the ‘Chemie im Kontext’ project.