Issue 42


Editorial issue 42

Seasons greetings from Science in School!


Crash-tolerant cars, toxic tattoo ink and the first X-ray laser light

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.

Evolution in action: pathogens

Pathogens that threaten human health are constantly evolving to keep ahead of our defences. But we can now track these changes at the genetic level, even as they are happening.

Ten things you might not know about antimatter

Antimatter has inspired many science fiction stories, but these fascinating facts show that it is not just reserved for fantasy.

Guardian of the brain: the blood-brain barrier

Insights into the brain’s unique protective barrier could offer promising treatments for diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.


Student competition: the search for the strangest species on Earth

Get a glimpse into the weird and wonderful life on Earth with the three winning entries in the Science in School writing competition.

e-only   Year in review: our ten most-read articles

Have a look at some of the most popular articles from the last four issues of Science in School.

e-only   Students and science collide: CERN's Beamline for Schools competition

Give your students the opportunity to work as real scientists and win a unique experience experimenting at CERN.


Field research: discovering the structure of soil

Get your hands dirty with these classroom experiments exploring the composition of soil – and find out why this matters.

Natural experiments: chemistry with mushrooms

How many ‘chemicals’ are there in a fresh mushroom? These simple experiments reveal the hidden chemistry within natural foods.

Natural experiments: taking the lab outdoors

By assembling a ‘backpack laboratory’, you can break away from the lab bench and take tests for starch and glucose into the wild outdoors.

Balancing act: the physics of levers

Can you stop the tray from tipping? Learn about the law of the lever to beat your opponent in this simple game.