Issue 45

Editorials

Editorial issue 45

As autumn turns to winter and the year nears its end, we often start to think about the coming new year. In this issue, we look ahead and consider some advances in science and technology that could mean a better future for all of us.

News from the EIROs

Full-colour X-rays, early embryo division and space challenges for students

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 the EIROs.

Understand

SI units: a new update for standards

In an update using the latest scientific research, all the basic SI units will soon be officially defined in terms of the Universe’s fundamental constants.

Some (microbes) like it hot

Scalding volcanic springs are home to some remarkable microorganisms, and biotechnology is now finding uses for these microscopic survivors.

Elements in the spotlight: beryllium

As a lightweight, super-strong metal, beryllium is an engineer’s dream – but it also has some less convenient qualities.

Inspire

Crime and conservation: tackling the illegal trade in rhino horn

As attempts to save the rhino continue to fail, is it time to involve local communities?

Adventures in creative recycling

Do you have a drawer full of old mobile phones? One teacher is exploring new uses for such items, while nurturing his students’ creative imaginations.

Teach

Bioenergy in a nutshell

Could leftover nutshells be the next renewable energy source? Challenge your students to find out using calorimetry.

Hearing waves: how to build a loudspeaker

Explore the science of sound and electromagnetism with this practical build-it-yourself activity.

Scientific stand-up: organising a student science slam

Bring students and scientists together for an evening of multilingual scientific entertainment.