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Issue 10

The winding road to science journalism

Originally, Nadia Salem wanted to become a research biologist and find a cure for cancer. Today, she is a reporter for Nano, a daily science magazine on German-language TV. Nadia talked to Marlene Rau about the unpredictability of life and the joys of being a science journalist.

Międzynarodowa Stacja Kosmiczna: przebywanie w kosmosie

Jak astronomowie jadają, śpią i myją się? Czy można dostać ‘choroby morskiej’ w kosmosie? Wdrugim z dwóch artykułów o ISS badają to Shamim Hartevelt-Velani, Carl Walker i Benny Elmann-Larsen z Europejskiej Agencji Kosmicznej.

Nanotechnology in school

Matthias Mallmann from NanoBioNet eV explains what nanotechnology really is, and offers two nano-experiments for the classroom.

Science for the Next Generation: activities for primary school

Wayne A Mitchell, Debonair Sherman, Andrea Choppy and Rachel L Gomes from the Next Generation project describe some of their science activities to introduce primary-school children to the science all around us.

Planting ideas: climate-change activities for primary school

Sue Johnson from the Institute of Education, London University, UK, introduces the Plant Scientists Investigate project, and presents three plant-related activities for primary-school children. Compare the carbon dioxide concentrations of inhaled and exhaled air, visualise your own oxygen consumption or weigh up the importance of plant conservation versus economic development.

Better milk for cats: immobilised lactase used to make lactose-reduced milk

Dean Madden from the National Centre for Biotechnology Education (NCBE), University of Reading, UK, suggests an experiment to make lactose-free milk – useful both for cats and for the 75% of the world’s human population that are intolerant to this type of sugar.

Practical demonstrations to augment climate change lessons

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison from Bristol University, UK, illustrate chemistry experiments relevant to climate change.

The LHC: a look inside

In the second of two articles, Rolf Landua from CERN takes us deep below the ground to visit the largest scientific endeavour on Earth – the Large Hadron Collider and its experiments.

The LHC: a step closer to the Big Bang

Part of the ATLAS detector
Image courtesy of CERN

On 10 September 2008 at 10:28 am, the world’s largest particle accelerator – the Large Hadron Collider – was switched on. But why? In the first of two articles, Rolf Landua from CERN and Marlene Rau from EMBL investigate the big unresolved questions of particle physics and what the LHC can tell us about the early Universe, starting 10-12 seconds after the Big Bang.

Sentinels: meerkat superheroes

Mico Tatalovic from the University of Cambridge, UK, investigates the private lives of meerkats. Why do these small carnivores live in groups? Why do they feed each other’s pups, dig together and guard each other? And what makes a really good sentinel?

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