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Welcome to the twenty-eighth issue of SiS

imageImage courtesy of EMBL Photolab

Although this is only the first issue of 2014, the academic year is already starting to draw to a close.

From construction to destruction: building lasers and melting walls


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.

How to fossilize your hamster

By Mike O’Hare

Reviewed by Michalis Hadjimarcou, Cyprus

Blog: Ciência para Todos/ Science for All

By Haidi D. Fiedler Nome & Faruk Nome, Florianópolis, Brazil

Reviewed by Tim Harrison, University of Bristol, UK

Food that shapes you: how diet can change your epigenome

By Cristina Florean


You are what you eat – quite literally. Our diet can influence the tiny changes in our genome that underlie several diseases, including cancer and obesity.

Making the right moves

By Sarah Mclusky


Cell’s movements are important in health and diseases, but their speed is the crucial point for the 2013 World Cell Race organised by Daniel Irimia.

Inspired by nature: modern drugs

By David Sucunza


Many naturally occurring compounds are useful in medicine – but they can be fabulously expensive to obtain from their natural sources. New scientific methods of synthesis and production are overcoming this problem.

Doctor in the morning, researcher in the afternoon

By Dorotee Schulter


For doctor Stefan Pfister, efforts to cure cancer happen at the hospital and in the laboratory.

Science teachers: using education research to make a difference


As a teacher of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), you are in a perfect position to encourage more students to take up STEM studies and careers. But what are the best ways to inspire students and achieve this goal? Research projects in science education can really help, but finding your way through all the results can be a challenge.

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.

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