Issue 32

Editorials

Welcome to the 32nd issue of Science in School

I am delighted to report that as we go to press, EIROforum – our publisher – has just agreed to continue funding Science in School until the end of 2020.

News from the EIROs

Pixels, pictures and powering up

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.

Understand

Infectious cancers

Is it possible to pass cancer from one individual to another? For some animals, it is – and, sadly, a unique Tasmanian species is facing possible extinction as a result.

Colour to dye for

The basic chemistry of hair dyes has changed little over the past century, but what do we know about the risks of colouring our hair, and why do we do it?

Ebola in numbers: using mathematics to tackle epidemics

Discovering how infectious diseases spread may seem purely a matter for medical science – but taking a close look at the numbers can also tell us a great deal.

Inspire

Out of the darkness: tweeting from space

The Rosetta mission’s comet landing leads to amazing and unexpected destinations in the field of science communication.

Molecules that Amaze Us, by Paul May and Simon Cotton

Molecules are everywhere, both inside us and out, but they are more than just common. The ones you will find in Molecules that Amaze Us are incredible. 

Teach

Once upon a time there was a pterodactyl…

Adapting the steps of the scientific method can help students write about science in a vivid and creative way. 

Investigating blood types

In this experiment, simple liquids that mimic blood are used to demonstrate blood typing.

The magic sand mystery

Using an everyday toy can introduce mystery into the classroom and help explain chemistry.

Kinder eggs and physics?

These simple physics experiments add an extra surprise to your Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs.

Beat the Flood

Imagine living with the danger that your home could be flooded at any time. This challenge will enable pupils aged 7–14 to discover the impact that flooding has on people’s lives, and how science and technology can mitigate its effects and help find potential solutions.