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Issue 7

Editorials

Welcome to the seventh issue of Science in School

In our feature article, Vienna Leigh interviews Professor Lewis Wolpert, who leads a research group on the development of the embryo and is active in science communication. He shares with us his controversial ideas about belief, science education and much more. Whether you agree with him or not, why not leave your comments on our website?

Cutting-edge science

Mercury: a poisonous solution

Sigrid Griet Eeckhout from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, investigates what determines the toxicity of mercury compounds – and how X-ray light is helping to solve the mystery.

Fighting an old enemy: tuberculosis

Tuberculosis isn’t something Europeans normally worry about. But the disease is re-emerging and is resistant to many of our drugs. Claire Ainsworth describes how Matthias Wilmanns and his team are trying to hold the disease back.

The great migration

Why are cells like wildebeest? Laura Spinney investigates the migration of cells and the formation of organs, using the tiny and transparent zebrafish.

Features

Interview with Lewis Wolpert

Professor Lewis Wolpert discusses his controversial ideas about belief, science education and much more with Vienna Leigh from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Resources on the web

Free online teaching materials

It can be difficult and time consuming to develop materials for really good science lessons. Many scientific research organisations, however, provide teaching resources, often designed together with teachers. Researchers provide scientific expertise and the teachers bring years of experience in the classroom.

These materials include pictures and videos as well as ideas for scientific experiments in the classroom. Some institutes even develop computer games for an interactive learning process. Sabrina Graß from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory reviews some online materials to help you to enliven your lessons and excite students about science.

Reviews

Kitchen Chemistry, By Ted Lister and Heston Blumenthal

Why do some people find that their urine smells horribly after eating asparagus? Should green beans be cooked with the lid on or off? How hot are chilli peppers? What affects the colour and texture of cooked vegetables? These are a few of the questions that the Kitchen Chemistry book and CD-ROM aim to answer with a range of experiments and other activities.

Clockwork Genes: Discoveries in Biological Time and Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads

These two DVD sets, produced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as part of its Holiday Lectures on Science programme, address two highly interesting subjects which directly or indirectly affect our everyday lives: biological clocks and evolution.

Darwin’s ‘The Origin of Species’, By Janet Browne

This short book describes the development of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species and examines its wider impact.

Science education projects

Learning through research: a Serbian tradition

Srdjan Verbic tells the story of the Petnica Science Center, which brings enthusiastic students (and teachers) from across Europe to a village in Serbia, where together they discover the joy and fascination of science.

Students Catch a Star: researching and observing a solar eclipse

Students Jan Měšťan and Jan Kotek and teacher Marek Tyle from the Gymnázium Písek in the Czech Republic won the 2007 Catch a Star competition. Sai Pathmanathan describes their prize-winning project.

Classroom@Sea: bringing real marine science into the classroom

Bringing marine science into the classroom can be challenging work for teachers. So why not take the classroom – and the teachers – to sea? Vikki Gunn’s Classroom@Sea project does just that.

Science topics

What do we know about climate? The evidence for climate change

In the first of two articles, climate researcher Rasmus Benestad from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute examines the evidence for climate change.

Fusion in the Universe: gamma-ray bursts

Henri Boffin from ESOw1 in Garching, Germany, follows the mystery of gamma-ray bursts from their first discovery to the most recent research on these dramatic astronomical explosions.

Scientist profiles

Chemistry: a career catalyst

Gemma Guilera tells Montserrat Capellas about the joys of her rollercoaster approach to life. Fearlessly, she has started a new life more than once, making her home in very different European cities in the pursuit of a scientific career. Today, she faces a new challenge: motherhood.

Teacher profiles

Teaching in the Ukraine: Halyna Yagenska

Halyna Yagenska tells Sai Pathmanathan about teaching in the Ukraine.

Teaching activities

What happens next? A teaching strategy to get students of all ages talking

David Featonby, from the UK, presents some simple demonstrations to get your students thinking about scientific principles.

Primary circuses of experiments

Catch them young! Alex Griffin, Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross from the University of Bristol, UK, show how important it is to interest young children in science – and how much fun it can be!

Che cosa sappiamo del clima? Le prove dei cambiamenti climatici

Tradotto da Massimo Presti

Immagine gentilmente concessa da Rasmus Benestad

Nel primo di due articoli, il ricercatore Rasmus Benestad del Norwegian Meteorological Institute esamina gli elementi a prova del cambiamento climatico.

Chemistry, Earth science, Physics
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 28/04/2011    

Didžioji migracija

Išverst? Kauno regioninio inovacij? centro užsakymu

Paveiksl?lio autorin?s teis?s priklauso Darren Gilmour, EMBL

Kod?l l?stel?s yra kaip gnu? Laura Spinney nagrin?ja l?steli? migracij? ir organ? formavim?si, kaip pavyzd? naudodama mažyt? ir permatom? zebrin? danij?.

Biology
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 04/10/2010    

Le cirque primaire d’expérience

Traduit par Linda Sellou

Image reproduite avec l’aimable autorisation de Bristol ChemLabs

Attrapez les quand ils sont jeunes! Alex Griffin, Tim Harrison et Dudley Shallcross de l’université de Bristol, Grande-Bretagne, montrent comment il est important d’intéresser les jeunes enfants à la science et surtout que c’est très amusant!

Alex était dans sa dernière année de thèse de chimie….

Chemistry
Ages: 
under 11
Issue 7
- 18/05/2010    

Παραστάσεις πειραμάτων σε δημοτικά σχολεία

Μετ?φραση: Θοδωρ?ς Πιερρ?τος (Theodoros Pierratos)

Χορηγ?α εικ?νας απ? Bristol ChemLabS

Πι?στε τους απ? μικρο?ς! Οι Alex Griffin, Tim Harrison και Dudley Shallcross απ? το Πανεπιστ?μιο του Μπρ?στολ, στη Μεγ?λη Βρεταν?α, δε?χνουν π?σο σημαντικ? ε?ναι να κ?νουμε τα μικρ? παιδι? να ενδιαφερθο?ν για την επιστ?μη, αλλ? και π?σο διασκεδαστικ? μπορε? αυτ? να ε?ναι!

Η Alex βρισκ?ταν στο τελευτα?ο ?τος του διδακτορικο? της στη Χημε?α...

Chemistry
Ages: 
under 11
Issue 7
- 09/02/2010    

Química: un catalizador para la carrera

Traducido por Iñigo Ferradás-Echeveste y Gabriel Pinto (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

Gemma Guilera
Imagen cortesía de M. Dohler

Gemma Guilera cuenta a Montserrat Capellas las satisfacciones de su cambiante (como una montaña rusa) vida. Sin miedos, ella ha empezado una nueva vida más de una vez, instalando su hogar en diferentes ciudades europeas desarrollando una carrera científica. Ahora se enfrenta a un nuevo desafío: la maternidad.

Scientist profiles
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 09/02/2010    

Aprendizaje a través de la investigación: una tradición serbia

Traducido por María Jesús Tornero y Gabriel Pinto (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

Srdjan Verbic cuenta la historia del Petnica Science Center (Centro Científico de Petnica), que ofrece a estudiantes (y profesores) entusiastas de toda Europa la posibilidad de descubrir la alegría y la fascinación de la ciencia en un pueblo de Serbia.

General science
Ages: 
14-16, 16-19
Issue 7
- 09/02/2010    

Enseñando en Ucrania: Halyna Yagenska

Traducido por Jorge Martínez-Sedano y Gabriel Pinto (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

Halyna y sus estudiantes
Imagen cortesía de Halyna Yagenska

Teacher profiles
Issue 7
- 09/02/2010    

Викладання в Україні: Галина Ягенська

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Teacher profiles
Issue 7
- 12/10/2009    

Fusión en el Universo: ráfagas de rayos gamma

Traducido por Jorge Puimedón. Universidad de Zaragoza

Imagen cortesía de la ESO

Henri Boffin de la ESOw1 en Garching (Alemania), nos cuenta el misterio de las ráfagas de rayos gamma desde su descubrimiento hasta la investigación más reciente sobre estas dramáticas explosiones astronómicas.

Astronomy / space, Physics
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 12/10/2009    

Classroom@Sea: llevando la ciencia marina real al aula

Traducido por: María Jesús Tornero y Gabriel Pinto (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

El trabajo en el mar es variado y a menudo multidisciplinario
Imagen cortesía de NOCS / HERMES

Acercar la ciencia marina al aula puede ser un reto de trabajo para los profesores. Entonces, ¿por qué no llevar la clase -y los profesores- al mar? El proyecto Classroom@Sea de Vikki Gunn hace precisamente eso.

Earth science
Ages: 
11-14, 14-16, 16-19
Issue 7
- 12/10/2009    

Estudiantes en “Atrapa una estrella”: investigación y observación de un eclipse solar

Traducido por: Asier Martínez de la Orden y Gabriel Pinto (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

El eclipse solar parcial
Imagen cortesía de Marek Tyle, Jan M?š?an y Jan Kotek

Los estudiantes Jan M?š?an y Jan Kotek, y el professor Marek Tyle del Gymnázium Písek de la República Checa ganaron, en 2007, la competición Catch a Star (Atrapa una estrella). Sai Pathmanathan describe el proyecto ganador.

Astronomy / space, Physics
Ages: 
14-16, 16-19
Issue 7
- 12/10/2009    

La fusion dans l’Univers: les sursauts gamma

Traduit par H. Boffin

Image reproduite avec l’aimable autorisation de ESO

Henri Boffin de l’ESOw1 décrit le mystère des sursauts gamma depuis leur découverte jusqu’aux résultats les plus récents concernant ces explosions astronomiques dramatiques.

Astronomy / space, Physics
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 12/10/2009    

Mit tudunk az éghajlatról? Az éghajlatváltozást igazoló bizonyítékok

Fordította: Adorjánné Farkas Magdolna

Rasmus Benestad szíves hozzájárulásával

A két cikk közül az els?ben Rasmus Benestad a Norvégiai Meteorológiai Intézet (Norwegian Meteorological Institute) klíma-kutatója a klímaváltozás bizonyítékait vizsgálja.

Chemistry, Earth science, Physics
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 23/09/2009    

Entrevista com Lewis Wolpert

Traduzido por Alexandra Manaia

Lewis Wolpert
Imagem cortesia de EMBL Photolab

O Professor Lewis Wolpert fala das suas controversas ideias acerca da fé, do ensino das ciências e de muito mais com Vienna Leigh do Laboratório Europeu de Biologia Molecular.

Biology, General science, History
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 11/05/2009    

Elevii “prind o stea”: observarea şi studierea unei eclipse de Soare

Tradus de Daniela Simona ?îra

Eclipsa par?ial? de Soare
Pentru imagine, mul?umim Marek Tyle, Jan M?š?an ?i Jan Kotek

Elevii Jan M?š?an ?i Jan Kotek, împreun? cu profesorul Marek Tyle de la Gimnaziul din Pisek, Republica Ceh?, au câ?tigat edi?ia din anul 2007 a competi?iei „Prinde o stea” (Catch a Star). Sai Pathmanathan descrie proiectul cu care ei au câ?tigat premiul.

Astronomy / space, Physics
Ages: 
14-16, 16-19
Issue 7
- 02/04/2009    

Fuziune in Univers: explozii de raze gama

Tradus de Cristina Macris - Colegiul National ”Constantin Cantacuzino” – Targoviste, Romania

Pentru imagine, mul?umim ESO

Henri Boffin de ESOw1 in Garching, Germania, urmareste misterul exploziilor razelor gama de la prima lor descoperire pana la cele mai recente cercetari pe aceste explozii astronomice dramatice.

Astronomy / space, Physics
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 02/04/2009    

La grande migrazione

Traduzione di Anna Oddone

Immagine cortesemente messa a disposizione da Darren Gilmour, EMBL

Perché le cellule si comportano come gli gnu? Laura Spinney indaga la migrazione delle cellule e la formazione degli organi attraverso il piccolo e trasparente pesce zebra.

Biology
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 01/04/2009    

Miért mérgező a higany?

Fordította: Adorjánné Farkas Magdolna

Higany cseppek
Mark Evans/ iStockphoto szíves hozzájárulásával

Sigrid Griet Eeckhout aki a franciaországi Grenoble-ben m?köd? European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Európai Szinkrotron-sugárzási Létesítmény) munkatársa, azt vizsgálja, hogy miért mérgez?ek a higanyvegyületek – és hogyan lehet megoldani a talányt a röntgensugarak alkalmazásával.

Chemistry, Earth science
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 01/04/2009    

Σύντηξη στο Διάστημα: εκλάμψεις ακτινών γ

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? Henri Boffin ??? ?? ESOw1 ??? Garching ??? ?????????, ????????? ?? ???????? ??? ????????? ??????? ? ??? ??? ????????? ???? ????? ??? ??? ????????? ??????? ??????? ?? ????? ??? ?????????? ???????????? ????????.

Astronomy / space, Physics
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 01/04/2009    

Il mercurio: una soluzione tossica

Traduzione di Francesco Marchi

Goccie di mercurio
Immagine cortesemente messa a disposizione da Mark Evans/ iStockphoto

Sigrid Griet Eeckhout, del Centro Europeo sulla Radiazione di Sincrotrone di Grenoble, in Francia, studia le cause della tossicità dei composti del mercurio, avvalendosi dei raggi-X come strumento per risolvere il mistero.

Chemistry, Earth science
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 30/03/2009    

Τι γνωρίζουμε για το κλίμα; Τα στοιχεία για την κλιματική αλλαγή

Μετ?φραση: Θοδωρ?ς Πιερρ?τος (Theodoros Pierratos)

Χορηγ?α εικ?νας απ? Rasmus Benestad

Στο πρ?το απ? τα δυο ?ρθρα, ο Rasmus Benestad ερευνητ?ς του Νορβηγικο? Μετεωρολογικο? Ινστιτο?του, εξετ?ζει τα στοιχε?α για την κλιματικ? αλλαγ?.

Chemistry, Earth science, Physics
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 13/01/2009    

¿Que pasará? Una estrategia educativa para hacer participar en la clase a estudiantes de todas las edades

Traducido por Maria Chueca

David Featonby con un grupo de niños de cuatro años en Newburn Manor Nursery School, UK, discutiendo sobre cómo el globo pequeño infla el globo grande
Imagen cortesía de David Featonby

David Featonby, del Reino Unido, presenta algunas demostraciones simples para hacer que vuestros alumnos reflexionen sobre los principios científicos.

General science, Physics
Ages: 
under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19
Issue 7
- 22/12/2008    

Spectacol cu experimente în ciclul primar

Tradus de: Komives ?oimi?a, ?coala „Nicolae Titulescu” Cluj-Napoca Romania

Pentru imagine, mul?umim Bristol ChemLabS

Prinde-i cât sunt mici! Alex Griffin, Tim Harrison ?i Dudley Shallcross de la Universitatea din Bristol, UK, ne arat? cât de important e s? îi faci pe copii s? fie interesa?i de ?tiin?? – ?i cât te po?i distra f?când acest lucru!

Alex era în ultimul ei an de doctorat în chimie ….

Chemistry
Ages: 
under 11
Issue 7
- 22/12/2008    

Mercure: une solution qui nous empoisonne

Traduit par Maurice A.CASIMIR – IUT Aix-Marseille III

Gouttes de mercure
Image reproduite avec l’aimable autorisation de Mark Evans/ iStockphoto

Sigrid Griet Eeckhout de l’Installation Européenne de Rayonnement Synchrotron à Grenoble, France, recherche ce qui détermine la toxicité des composés du mercure – et la manière dont les rayons X durs hyper brillants aident à résoudre le mystère.

Chemistry, Earth science
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 22/12/2008    

Intervista con Lewis Wolpert

Traduzione di Anna Oddone

Lewis Wolpert
Immagine cortesemente messa a disposizione dall EMBL Photolab

Il Professor Lewis Wolpert discute con Vienna Leigh, dello European Molecular Biology Laboratory, le sue opinioni controcorrente su fede, scienza, educazione e molto altro ancora.

Biology, General science, History
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 22/12/2008    

Interview mit Lewis Wolpert

Übersetzt von Julia Heymann

Lewis Wolpert
Mit freundlicher Genehmigung des EMBL Photolab

Professor Lewis Wolpert diskutiert seine kontroversen Ideen zum Glauben, naturwissenschaftlichem Unterricht und vielem mehr mit Vienna Leigh vom European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Biology, General science, History
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 22/12/2008    

Entretien avec Lewis Wolpert

Traduction par Maurice A.CASIMIR – IUT Aix-Marseille III

Lewis Wolpert
Image reproduite avec l’aimable autorisation de EMBL Photo Lab

Le Professeur Lewis Wolpert discute avec Vienna Leigh du Laboratoire Européen de Biologie Moléculaire, de ses idées controversées sur la foi, l’éducation en science et encore bien d’autres choses.   

Biology, General science, History
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 10/12/2008    

Mercúrio: uma solução venenosa

Traduzido por: Ana Luísa Carvalho

Gotas de mercúrio
Imagem cortesia de Mark Evans/ iStockphoto

Sigrid Griet Eeckhout do European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Instituto Europeu de Radiação Sincrotrão) em Grenoble, França, investiga as causas da toxicidade de compostos de mercúrio – e como a radiação de raios-X ajuda a resolver o mistério.

Chemistry, Earth science
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 17/10/2008    

Entrevista con Lewis Wolpert

Traducido por Lina Beatriz Pinto García

Lewis Wolpert
Imagen cortesía del EMBL Photo Lab

El profesor Lewis Wolpert discute sus controversiales ideas sobre creencia religiosa, enseñanza de la ciencia y mucho más con Vienna Leigh científica del Laboratorio Europeo de Biología Molecular (European Molecular Biology Laboratory - EMBL).

Biology, General science, History
Ages: 
16-19
Issue 7
- 17/10/2008