Issue 33

Editorials

Welcome to the 33rd issue of Science in School

Even though teachers don’t go to school during the ‘holidays’, they are still working. There are the new curricula to read and lessons to plan, and perhaps even exams to mark. During my summer, I’ve met some of you at conferences and workshops, where we shared advice on how best to teach students.

Understand

Winners, workshops and illuminating science

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

Tara: an ocean odyssey

After four years travelling around the globe, the schooner Tara has returned with a world’s worth of scientific results.

Infectious cancers: the DNA story

What makes a cell turn cancerous – and how does a cancer become infectious? In the second of two articles on transmissible cancers, Elizabeth Murchison explains what the genetic details tell us.

An almost fearless brain

Wouldn’t it be great to live without fear? Or would it? Research is showing just how important fear can be.

Structural colour: peacocks, Romans and Robert Hooke

For thousands of years, nature has produced brilliant visual effects. What is the physical principle behind it and how can we use it?

Towards a better lithium-ion battery

Watching what happens to the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery with neutron science.

Inspire

Science teaching in the spotlight

A packed schedule brought teachers from across Europe and Canada to share ideas, best practice and a lot of fun.

From smashing science to smashing stories

From a scientific career to the theatre: how Ben Lillie tells the stories behind the science.

Teach

Smartphones in the lab: how deep is your blue?

Exploring coloured chemistry using smartphones

Science under your skin: activities with tattoo inks

Why not make science relevant to your students’ lives with some simple practical activities using tattoo inks?

Do leaves need chlorophyll for growth?

When next teaching photosynthesis, try these simple experiments with variegated plants.

Glitter, glue and physics too

Explore physics in a new way by creating a model of particle collisions using craft materials.