Issue 43

Editorials

Editorial issue 43

Welcome to the spring issue of Science in School

Understand

Dinosaur discovery, self-sufficient space flight and structural biology for students

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.

Titanic and the iron-eating bacteria

A species of bacterium discovered on the decaying wreck of the Titanic is providing new insights into how to protect living cells from damage.

Ten things you might not know about fracking

Fracking is a hugely controversial technology, so it’s worth taking a closer look at the science behind the headlines.

Decoding DNA with a pocket-sized sequencer

USB-powered sequencers smaller than your smartphone could revolutionise the way we decode DNA – in hospitals, in remote locations and even in space.

Is science true?

Should we believe what science tells us? A philosopher of science comments on teachers’ responses to this challenging question.

Inspire

Becoming an astronaut: interview with Matthias Maurer

The European Space Agency’s newest astronaut recruit talks about his exhilarating experiences in astronaut training and what the future has in store for space flight.

Teach

Turning dandelions into rubber: the road to a sustainable future

A species of dandelion is leading the way towards sustainable rubber. Find out how, by growing this unusual plant yourself and extracting the rubber from the roots.  

Further fantastic feats: falling and bouncing

Roll up, roll up! We bring you some more fantastic feats to challenge and entertain – and to showcase some physics, too.

Colourful chemistry: redox reactions with lollipops

Use a lollipop to activate colour-changing redox reactions in this simple but eye-catching activity.

Saving the Earth Hollywood-style

Challenge your students to save the Earth from an asteroid collision, using calculations based on the Hollywood sci-fi fantasy film Armageddon.