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Laying bare our genetic blueprint

By Louisa Wood, European Bioinformatics Institute


What does the majority of our DNA do? Hundreds of scientists have spent years examining these ‘junk’ sequences, which may hold the key to serious diseases – and much more.

Cracking the mystery of how our planet formed

By Jérôme Ganne and Vincent de Andrade


Studying the chemical composition of some of the planet’s oldest rocks has revolutionised our understanding of how our continents formed.

Propping up the wall: how to rescue a leaning tower

By Susan Watt


Civil engineer John Burland talks about the perils and practicalities of supporting some of the world’s most iconic buildings.

Meeting the next generation of scientists: the European Union Contest for Young Scientists

By Estelle Mossou, ILL


As young scientists from across Europe gathered in Bratislava to exhibit their projects, find out what impressed the jury most.

Science in space, society and synchrotrons


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 EIROs.

Welcome to the twenty-sixth issue of SIS


As I write this editorial, the bare tree branches outside my office are outlined in snow and the ground is dangerously icy. However, by the time this issue of Science in School has been copy edited, laid out, proofread, printed and distributed, those bare branches will be sprouting young leaves and the first flowers will be blooming below.

Welcome to the twenty-fifth issue of Science in School


The print copy of this issue of Science in School has a mass of nearly a quarter of a kilogram. But do you know how a kilogram is defined? And did you know that the definition of a kilogram may be about to change, with the help of CERN?

The mystery of altruism

By Oren Harman


Does true altruism exist? And can science provide the answer?

Weighing up the evidence: what is a kilo?

By Eleanor Hayes and Marlene Rau


We all know what a kilogram is – or do we? Researchers worldwide are working to define precisely what this familiar unit is.

The changing face of orthodontics

By Sophie and Georges Rozencweig


Many of us have had our teeth straightened with braces. Few people know, however, that orthodontics involves a great deal of fundamental science and fast-moving technology.

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