Issue 39

Editorials

Editorial issue 39

Spring is in the air: the first flush of green, that unmistakeable springtime smell and, of course, the rising temperatures.

Understand

Sea cucumbers, celebrations and student internships

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 the EIROs.

Turning on the cosmic microphone

A new tool lets astronomers ‘listen’ to the Universe for the first time.

Climate change: why the oceans matter

The role of our oceans in climate change is more complicated than you might think.

Science goes underground

Scientists are searching deep underground for hard-to-detect particles that stream across the Universe.

Life models

Model organisms – yeast, worms, flies and mice – help researchers to probe the secrets of life.

Inspire

Where are all the LGBT scientists? Sexuality and gender identity in science

Do LGBT scientists feel they can be ‘out and proud’ at work? A biophysicist reflects on his own and other LGBT scientists’ experiences.

Bringing structures to life

Teachers from across Europe discover the beauty of protein crystallography.

e-only   Science surrounding the double helix discovery

What scientific evidence led to Watson and Crick’s big breakthrough and how far has genetics come since their discovery in 1953? Click on the links to understand more, as well as for tips and activities for teaching about DNA. 

Teach

Small is beautiful: microscale chemistry in the classroom

Learn how to carry out microscale experiments for greener chemistry teaching – and less washing up.

When things don’t fall: the counter-intuitive physics of balanced forces

Intrigue your students with some surprising experiments – it’s a great way to challenge their intuitions and explore the laws of mechanics.

Parallax: reaching the stars with geometry

How far away are the stars? Explore in your classroom how astronomers measure distances in space.

Fantastic feats

Entertain your audiences with these tricky feats, which showcase Newton’s laws of motion in action.

Cans with a kick: the science of energy drinks

If you ever buy an energy drink as a pick-me-up, do you know what it contains? Here we use laboratory chemistry to find out.

Hooked on science

Encouraging your students to create science videos can be a way of catching – and keeping – their attention.