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Issue 6

‘Ask a scientist’ websites

Halina Stanley from the American School in Grenoble, France, reviews some of her favourite ‘ask a scientist’ websites in English and French.

Thanks to the help of many readers throughout Europe, we can also draw your attention to sites in Croat, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian and Serbian.

Eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground: interview with Tim Hunt

Tim Hunt

Professor Tim Hunt, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, talks to Philipp Gebhardt about his passion for science, the importance of pure research, the influence of enthusiastic colleagues – and the role of serendipity in scientific discovery.

Small molecules make scents

Angelika Börsch-Haubold demonstrates the olfactory delights of organic chemistry.

Of Roman roads, train yards and inspectors: recent discoveries in RNA research

Detlev Arendt, Peer Bork and Florian Raible looking for the fastest and slowest evolvers

RNA is a crucial biological molecule that is seldom mentioned in detail in textbooks. In the first article in a series, Russ Hodge describes some exciting recent research on RNA.

The Talking Ape: How Language Evolved

By Robbins Burling

Reviewed by Bernhard Haubold, Fachhochschule Weihenstephan, Germany

The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism

By Dick Taverne

Reviewed by Alexandre Lewalle, King’s College, London, UK

Fossils: A Very Short Introduction* and Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction+

*By Keith Thomson

+By David Norman

Reviewed by Eric Demoncheaux, Battle Abbey School, UK

Experimental Design for the Life Sciences (2nd Edition)

By Graeme D. Ruxton and Nick Colegrave

Reviewed by Mark Langford, UK

Exploring the Living Cell DVD

By Véronique Kleiner and Christian Sardet

Reviewed by Friedlinde Krotschek, Internationale Gesamtschule Heidelberg, Germany

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