Issue 25

Editorials

Welcome to the twenty-fifth issue of Science in School

The print copy of this issue of Science in School has a mass of nearly a quarter of a kilogram. But do you know how a kilogram is defined? 

News from the EIROs

Cool and hot science for a bright future

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

Sloppy fishing: why meiosis goes wrong

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

The numbers game: extending the periodic table

Until a few centuries ago, people believed that the world was made only of earth, air, water and fire. Since then, scientists have discovered 118 elements and the search is on for element 119.

Magnetic science: developing a new surfactant

With the use of detergents and other surfactants on the rise, the resulting pollution is worrying. One answer: surfactants that can be collected and re-used simply by switching a magnetic field on and off.

Features

Accelerating the pace of science: interview with CERN’s Rolf Heuer

CERN’s director general tells the story behind the Higgs boson – and describes the next steps.

Science and society

The mystery of altruism

Does true altruism exist? And can science provide the answer?

Science education projects

Galileo and the moons of Jupiter: exploring the night sky of 1610

​Learn how you and your students can use mathematics to study Jupiter’s moons.

Science in the open: bringing the Stone Age to life for primary-school pupils

​Taking pupils out of the classroom opens up a whole range of activities for teaching young children about the natural world.

Science topics

The changing face of orthodontics

Many of us have had our teeth straightened with braces. Few people know, however, that orthodontics involves a great deal of fundamental science and fast-moving technology.

Weighing up the evidence: what is a kilo?

​We all know what a kilogram is – or do we? Researchers worldwide are working to define precisely what this familiar unit is.

Teaching activities

Movers and shakers: physics in the oceans

Contrary to the popular saying, deep waters are often far from still – which is just as well for marine life. Activities using simple water tanks are a good way to find out about the physics at work beneath the waves.

Exploring scientific research articles in the classroom

Learn how to use research articles in your science lessons.