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Issue 17

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By Matthew H Schneps and Philip M Sadler

Reviewed by Erik Stengler, Spain

Bioinformatics with pen and paper: building a phylogenetic tree


Bioinformatics is usually done with a powerful computer. With help from Cleopatra Kozlowski, however, you can investigate our primate ancestry – armed with nothing but a pen and paper.

A hole in the sky


Twenty-five years ago, the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer hit the news. How have things developed since? Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross investigate.

School experiments at the nanoscale


Eleanor Hayes highlights some education resources about the nanoscale and nanotechnology.

Stage lights: physics and drama

Image courtesy of Xacto / iStockphoto

Imagine sending music across the room by laser. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? But Alessio Bernardelli’s students did just that – and then developed a play to explain the science behind it. Here’s how to do it.

An astronomer in a 3D world


What do astronomy and film have in common? Both can involve Jochen Liske, astronomer and actor. Karin Ranero Celius takes us on a trip to the Paranal Observatory in Chile and tells us about Jochen’s latest film: Das Auge 3D.

Very Short Introductions to Evolution, Human Evolution and the History of Life

By Brian and Deborah Charlesworth (Evolution), Bernard Wood (Human Evolution) and Michael J Benton (The History of Life)

Reviewed by Colin Johnson, UK

Human evolution: testing the molecular basis


In the second of two articles, Jarek Bryk describes how scientists dig deep into our genes – to test the molecular basis of an evolutionary adaptation in humans.

Teachers fly high at the European Space Agency


Eleanor Hayes reports on the recent teacher workshop at the European Space Research and Technology Centre.

Welcome to the seventeenth issue of Science in School

Welcome to the seventeenth issue of Science in School


Do men and women share the same sense of humour? Perhaps, but their brains react differently to it, as Allan Reiss explains in this issue’s feature article. Of course, people differ not only in their humour but also in many other ways, including skin colour, hair thickness and the ability to digest starch or lactose. What is the genetic basis of such differences, and could they have been evolutionary adaptations to a changing environment? Jarek Bryk tells us how scientists investigate these questions.

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