Issue 41

Editorials

Editorial issue 41

The new academic year is in full swing. You have welcomed back your students and familiarised yourself with new faces. Now we would like to welcome you back with this issue of Science in School – and to say hello to new subscribers who have joined us over the summer.

Understand

Exotic particles, fusion-device ashtrays and lunar missions

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.

Cellulose: from trees to treats

The same molecule that keeps mighty trees standing also led to the first multicellular life forms – and can even be used to make sweet treats.

Gravitational waves: a taxonomy

Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein – but where do they come from, and what different types might there be out in the cosmos?

Design inspiration: the secrets of shark skin

Shark skin is adapted for energy-efficient swimming in remarkable ways, some of which are now being copied by designers and engineers.

Evolution in action: the 67 000-generation experiment

A unique experiment tracks microbes changing over thousands of generations – so we can watch evolution on fast-forward.

Molybdenum in the spotlight

From samurai swords to healthy tomato plants, this little-known element has wider uses than you might expect.

e-only   Science and art

What are the links between science and art? There might be more than you think.

Inspire

Supporting African science: the role of fruit flies

Not only is the fruit fly a valuable model organism, but it is also helping to put Africa on the scientific world map.

Teach

How do birds fly? A hands-on demonstration

Dissect a chicken from the supermarket to discover the unusual pulley system that enables birds to fly.

To the Moon and back: reflecting a radio signal to calculate the distance

Using a simple calculation, measure the distance between Earth and the Moon with the help of a local amateur radio station.

A particle accelerator in your salad bowl

Create a particle accelerator using a Van de Graaff generator, a ping-pong ball and a salad bowl to understand how it is used to study matter at the smallest scale.