Issue 29

Editorials

Welcome to the twenty-nineth issue of Science in School

With the FIFA World Cup, football fever seems to be everywhere and it is amazing to think how much the game has changed since the first one in 1930.

News from the EIROs

Solving a sticky problem for cancer treatment and getting into the fusion energy game

Science in School is published by EIROforum, a collaboration between eight of Europe’s largest inter-governmental scientific research organisations (EIROs). This article reviews some of the latest news from EIROs.

Cutting-edge science

Up, up and away: using aircraft for atmospheric monitoring

When measuring the chemistry of the atmosphere, it helps to fly up in specially modified laboratories.

Super cold meets super hot

To keep refuelling its reactor, the EFDA-JET facility fires frozen hydrogen pellets into 150 million°C plasma. But these pellets have an added benefit as well.

Reviews

Pieces of light, by Charles Fernyhough

Sub-titled “The new science of memory”, this is the paperback edition of a title that appeared first in the UK in 2012 and has received several awards.

The inGenious code, by inGenious

These days, more and more of my colleagues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education are warming to the idea of closer links with industry to show students what these subjects can do in the real world.

Science and society

Experiments in integrity – Fritz Haber and the ethics of chemistry

One hundred years after the start of the First World War, chemical weapons are still in the news. We consider some of the ethical questions behind the war’s chemical legacy.

Science topics

More than meets the eye: how space telescopes see beyond the rainbow

How do astronomers investigate the life cycle of stars? At the European Space Agency, it’s done using space-based missions that observe the sky in ultraviolet, visible and infrared light – as this fourth article in a series about astronomy and the electromagnetic spectrum describes.

Teaching activities

Light refraction in primary education: the solar bottle bulb

​More than 10 years ago, a very clever and inventive inhabitant from a favela discovered he could produce light without electricity. Now solar bulbs are spreading all over the world.

Simulating the effect of the solar wind

​The smooth operation of communications satellites can be influenced by solar weather. Mimic this effect on a smaller scale in the classroom with a simple demonstration.

Using biological databases to teach evolution and biochemistry

​Online tools can be used to compare the sequences of proteins and understand how different organisms have evolved.

Become a water quality analyst

Industrial activities and even geological changes can affect the quality of water, causing contamination that poses risks to human health and the environment. Learn how to become an independent analyst to ensure that we have good-quality water.

How water travels up trees

Why do giant redwoods grow so tall and then stop? It all has to do with how high water can travel up their branches.