Issue 26


Welcome to the twenty-sixth issue of SIS

As I write this editorial, the bare tree branches outside my office are outlined in snow and the ground is dangerously icy. However, by the time this issue of Science in School has been copy edited, laid out, proofread, printed and distributed, those bare branches will be sprouting young leaves and the first flowers will be blooming below.

News from the EIROs

Science in space, society and synchrotrons

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.

Cutting-edge science

Cracking the mystery of how our planet formed

Studying the chemical composition of some of the planet’s oldest rocks has revolutionised our understanding of how our continents formed.

Laying bare our genetic blueprint

What does the majority of our DNA do? Hundreds of scientists have spent years examining these ‘junk’ sequences, which may hold the key to serious diseases – and much more.

Event reports

Meeting the next generation of scientists: the European Union Contest for Young Scientists

​As young scientists from across Europe gathered in Bratislava to exhibit their projects, find out what impressed the jury most.


Propping up the wall: how to rescue a leaning tower

Civil engineer John Burland talks about the perils and practicalities of supporting some of the world’s most iconic buildings.

Science education projects

Casting light on solar wind: simulating aurorae at school

The aurorae are one of the wonders of the natural world. Using some simple apparatus, they and related phenomena can easily be reproduced in the classroom.

Science topics

Spinal cord injury: do stem cells have the answer?

Spinal cord injury typically causes permanent paralysis and is currently a condition without a cure. Could stem cell therapy provide hope?

A thermometer that goes to 200 million degrees

Measuring the temperature inside a fusion reactor is no easy task. Find out how it’s done – and even simulate it in the classroom.

Life without the Moon: a scientific speculation

Soaring temperatures, a flooded landscape, violent winds…. What would our planet be like without the Moon?

Teaching activities

The genetics of obesity: a lab activity

Around 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese. Are we just eating too much or can we blame our genes? Here’s how to investigate the genetics of obesity in the classroom.


Published and funded by EIROforum