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Welcome to the thirtieth issue of Science in School

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As we finalise the contents of this issue, I’ve been thinking a lot about mentors and teachers.

The inGenious code: school–industry collaboration

By inGenious – a project supported by the European Commission FP7 Programme

Reviewed by Jesper Christoffersen

Pieces of light

By Charles Fernyhough

Reviewed by Eric Deeson

More than meets the eye: how space telescopes see beyond the rainbow

By Claudia Mignone and Rebecca Barnes

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How do astronomers investigate the life cycle of stars? At the European Space Agency, it’s done using space-based missions that observe the sky in ultraviolet, visible and infrared light – as this fourth article in a series about astronomy and the electromagnetic spectrum describes.

How water travels up trees

By Clare van der Willigen

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Why do giant redwoods grow so tall and then stop? It all has to do with how high water can travel up their branches.

Become a water quality analyst

By Sarah Al-Benna

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Industrial activities and even geological changes can affect the quality of water, causing contamination that poses risks to human health and the environment. Learn how to become an independent analyst to ensure that we have good-quality water.

Using biological databases to teach evolution and biochemistry

By Germán Tenorio

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Online tools can be used to compare the sequences of proteins and understand how different organisms have evolved.

Light refraction in primary education: the solar bottle bulb

By Claas Wegner, Stephanie Ohlberger

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More than 10 years ago, a very clever and inventive inhabitant from a favela discovered he could produce light without electricity. Now solar bulbs are spreading all over the world.

Simulating the effect of the solar wind

By Theodoros Pierratos, Paraskevi Tsakmaki and Christos Papageorgiou

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The smooth operation of communications satellites can be influenced by solar weather. Mimic this effect on a smaller scale in the classroom with a simple demonstration.

Super cold meets super hot

By Phil Dooley and Morten Lennholm

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To keep refuelling its reactor, the EFDA-JET facility fires frozen hydrogen pellets into 150 million°C plasma. But these pellets have an added benefit as well.

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