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Peering into the darkness: modelling black holes in primary school

By Monica Turner

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Having difficulties explaining black holes to your students? Why not try these simple activities in the classroom?

Phylogenetics of man-made objects: simulating evolution in the classroom

By John Barker and Judith Philip

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Evolutionary relationships can be tricky to explain. By using simple, everyday objects, your students can work them out for themselves.

From the bottom of our hearts: a hands-on demonstration of the mammalian heartbeat

By Edmond Hui and Archie Taplin

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Using nothing but a pig’s heart, a knife and a supply of water, you and your students can investigate how the heart pumps.

The secret life of volcanoes: using muon radiography

By Paolo Strolin

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How do we find out what’s going on inside a volcano? Using cosmic rays!

Evolving threats: investigating new zoonotic infections

By Julia Heymann

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In the African forest, Fabian Leendertz and his team look for new infectious agents that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Could one of them cause the next pandemic?

Life without the Moon: a scientific speculation

By Erin Tranfield

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Soaring temperatures, a flooded landscape, violent winds…. What would our planet be like without the Moon?

A thermometer that goes to 200 million degrees

By Phil Dooley, EFDA-JET

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Measuring the temperature inside a fusion reactor is no easy task. Find out how it’s done – and even simulate it in the classroom.

Spinal cord injury: do stem cells have the answer?

By Andrew Brown

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Spinal cord injury typically causes permanent paralysis and is currently a condition without a cure. Could stem cell therapy provide hope?

Casting light on solar wind: simulating aurorae at school

By Philippe Jeanjacquot and Jean Lilensten

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The aurorae are one of the wonders of the natural world. Using some simple apparatus, they and related phenomena can easily be reproduced in the classroom.

The genetics of obesity: a lab activity

By Sarah McLusky, Rosina Malagrida and Lorena Valverde

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Around 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese. Are we just eating too much or can we blame our genes? Here’s how to investigate the genetics of obesity in the classroom.

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