Issue 40

Editorials

Editorial issue 40

At first glance, you might wonder if this is the horror issue of Science in School: with themes including murder, disease and excrement, plus a feature on failure, are we trying to give our readers a gloomy start to the summer holidays? Happily, no: while this may seem a grim selection of topics, all these articles have happy endings of sorts.

Understand

Sentinel satellites, school ambassadors and synchrotron studies of dinosaurs

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.

Fusion drones: robot technicians for nuclear devices

Repairing a fusion device can be challenging for humans. Drones may be the answer.     

Bionic structures: from stalks to skyscrapers

A blade of grass and a high tower both need to stand up against forces that threaten to level them. Are there design principles that they can exploit to achieve this?

More than meets the eye: the cold and the distant Universe

In the fifth and final article in this series on astronomy and the electromagnetic spectrum, find out how scientists use the European Space Agency’s missions to observe the sky in far-infrared, sub-millimetre and microwave light.

Manipulating the gut microbiome: the potential of poo

This medical treatment might sound repulsive, but don’t pooh-pooh it just yet.

Good vibrations: how to catch a gravitational wave

Gravitational waves are among the most subtle messengers that reach us across the cosmos. But how can their infinitesimal effects be detected?

Inspire

The importance of failure: interview with Paul Nurse

Paul Nurse’s failed experiment inspired a Nobel-prizewinning career.

e-only   The challenges of science teaching

What do you find the biggest challenges in science teaching? Can Science in School help?

Teach

Science without borders: an astronomy-based school exchange

Typical school exchanges focus on language and culture – but you can also build a successful exchange programme around science.

Finding the scale of space

How do astronomers measure distances to the stars? Using a digital camera to record parallax shift is an accurate and authentic method that can be used in a classroom.

Who murdered Sir Ernest? Solve the mystery with spectral fingerprints

Introduce your students to acoustic and optical spectra with a hands-on murder mystery.

Disease dynamics: understanding the spread of diseases

Get to grips with the spread of infectious diseases with these classroom activities highlighting real-life applications of school mathematics.

Heroes and villains: the science of superheroes

Challenge your students to work out which exploits of comic-book heroes like Superman might actually be possible – given a miracle or two.

e-only   Student competition: winners announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the student writing competition: the search for the strangest species on Earth.