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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.

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.

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.

From model organism to medical advances

By Louise Weston


A simple fungus used to brew beer is now used around the world to advance cancer research.

Tales from a plague pit

By Kirsten Bos


Archeology and genetics combine to reveal what caused the Black Death.

Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

By Susan Watt and Eleanor Hayes


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

Phylogenetics of man-made objects: simulating evolution in the classroom

By John Barker and Judith Philip


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


Using nothing but a pig’s heart, a knife and a supply of water, you and your students can investigate how the heart pumps.

Evolving threats: investigating new zoonotic infections

By Julia Heymann


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?

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