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Issue 6

Recovering Pompeii

The Last Day of Pompeii (1827-1833) by Karl Pavlovich Briullov

Do your students find it hard to see the application of science to other subjects? Montserrat Capellas from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, explains how modern chemical analyses are shedding light on ancient Pompeii.

Science centres working with schools: using peer-to-peer teaching to engage students

Sheena Laursen from Experimentarium in Denmark describes how the centre’s Xciter project helps students motivate each other to delve deeper into science.

Oxyntomodulin: a new therapy for obesity?

Katie Wynne and Steve Bloom from Imperial College London, UK, describe their work on a hormone that could tackle the causes of obesity.

Nicky Mulder, bioinformatician

Nicky Mulder

Have you ever wondered what bioinformatics is? Or what a bioinformatician does? Sai Pathmanathan and Eleanor Hayes talk to Nicky Mulder, a bioinformatician at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, UK.

Imagine... sharing ideas in the life sciences

School students visit a Masai Mara village

With the help of enthusiastic school students and scientists, the Dutch school competition ‘Imagine’ supports the sustainable production of biodiesel in Mozambique, avocado oil in Kenya and the colorant byxine in Surinam. Daan Schuurbiers and Marije Blomjous, from the Foundation Imagine Life Sciences, explain what Imagine is all about.

Counting Buttons: demonstrating the Hardy-Weinberg principle

Pongprapan Pongsophon, Vantipa Roadrangka and Alison Campbell from Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand, demonstrate how a difficult concept in evolution can be explained with equipment as simple as a box of buttons!

The Boy Who Would Be Good: understanding ADHD through a film-making project

An art teacher with a science degree? Karen Findlay put this unusual combination to good use with an ambitious film project.

Monastic ink: linking chemistry and history

One of the many purposes of science is to support the humanities. With this in mind, Gianluca Farusi and his students set out to investigate and prepare iron-gall ink, a historically significant material for the transmission of knowledge.

Fusion in the Universe: when a giant star dies...

Artist’s impression of a Type Ia supernova explosion

Péter Székely from the University of Szeged, Hungary, and Örs Benedekfi from the European Fusion Development Agreement in Garching, Germany, investigate how a star dies and what a nearby supernova explosion would mean for us on Earth.

Welcome to the sixth issue of Science in School

In our feature article, we share with you the thoughts of Nobel Prize winner Tim Hunt as he 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.

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