Issue 21


Welcome to the twenty-first issue of Science in School

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News from the EIROs

Trapped by scientists: antimatter, cholesterol and red blood cells

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).

Cutting-edge science

Birds on the run: what makes ostriches so fast?

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

Cancer stem cells – hope for the future?

Cancer and stem cells are both topical issues. But have you heard of cancer stem cells? As Massimiliano Mazza explains, this concept may revolutionise the treatment of cancer.

Event reports

Science teaching in space: the ESA teachers workshop

Meet an astronaut, cook a comet and plan a trip to Mars. Shamim Hartevelt introduces a recent teacher workshop at ESA.

Science: on stage and in action

Andrew Brown reviews the latest Science on Stage event in Spain: Ciencia en Acción.


How I killed Pluto: Mike Brown

To change the world would be amazing enough. Mike Brown changed the Solar System. Eleanor Hayes explains.


The Astronaut’s Cookbook: Tales, Recipes, and More, by Charles T Bourland and Gregory L Vogt

Who Cloned my Cat? Fun Adventures in Biotechnology, by Reinhard Renneberg

Who Cloned my Cat? Fun Adventures in Biotechnology is a collection of two-page articles that briefly describe discoveries from the field of biotechnology.

Science education projects

A clean green sweep: an aquatic bioremediation project

Vered Yephlach-Wiskerman introduces a classroom project to investigate the bioremediation powers of the aquatic fern Azolla.

Smell like Julius Caesar: recreating ancient perfumes in the laboratory

Even everyday scents have the power to take us back in time, awakening half-forgotten memories. With Gianluca Farusi’s help, you can take your students 2000 years into the past, recreating and testing Julius Caesar’s perfume.

Smoke is in the air: how fireworks affect air quality

Did you realise that fireworks cause measurable air pollution? Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross from Bristol University, UK, explain how to investigate atmospheric pollutants in class.

Science topics

Just the placebo effect?

When your doctor prescribes you a tablet and you get better, was it really the drug or could it have been the colour of the tablet? Andrew Brown investigates the placebo effect.

More than meets the eye: unravelling the cosmos at the highest energies

Claudia Mignone and Rebecca Barnes explore X-rays and gamma rays and investigate the ingenious techniques used by the European Space Agency to observe the cosmos at these wavelengths.

Teacher profiles

A science teacher on air

​Marco Martucci tells Eleanor Hayes what science teaching and radio journalism have in common.

Teaching activities

The physics of crowds

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.

Polymers in medicine

The topic of polymers is often limited to chemistry lessons. The Establish project offers some hands-on activities to investigate these materials and some of their medical applications.