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A range of scales: from fusing a nucleus to studying a dwarf planet

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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-seventh issue of Science in school

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Once upon a time, scholars tended to wear long robes, live in monasteries and focus on botany.

Purple fumes: the importance of iodine

By Frithjof C Küpper, Martin C Feiters, Berit Olofsson, Tatsuo Kaiho, Shozo Yanagida, Michael B Zimmermann, Lucy J Carpenter, George W Luther III, Zunli Lu, Mats Jonsson & Lars Kloo

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Iodine, with its characteristic purple vapours, has myriad applications – from the familiar disinfectant to innovative solar cells.

Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

By Susan Watt and Eleanor Hayes

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A group of German researchers is bringing to light the medicinal wisdom of the Middle Ages.

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?

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