Issue 46

Editorials

Editorial issue 46

Teaching science often involves explaining things that are invisible to the naked eye: from the huge variety of microorganisms that are visible only under a microscope, to distant stars explored using powerful telescopes. The ability to reach into these remote worlds is one of the things that makes science so fascinating.

Understand

Mercury’s mysteries, astronomy education and a new generation of X-ray science

Science in School is published by EIROforum, a collaboration between eight of Europe’s largest intergovernmental scientific research organisations (EIROs). This article reviews some of the latest news from the EIROs.

Cells: why shape matters

New techniques are revealing how cells control their shape – and the changes that could give an early warning of disease.

Forecasts from orbit

Aeolus – a new laser-equipped satellite – is designed to give meteorologists the comprehensive wind data they need for better weather forecasting.

The secret life of forests

New research is revealing the previously unknown beneficial effects of tree canopies – and the secret life within them.

The changing technologies of drug design

Over several decades, the search for new medicines has progressed from mimicking natural molecules to screening many millions of compounds.

Inspire

Art meets molecular biology

Step inside a science-inspired art exhibition where students bring biological molecules to life.

Teach

Which laundry enzymes work best?

Investigate how enzymes in your laundry detergent get rid of stains – and which are most important for keeping clothes clean.

Track inspection: how to spot subatomic particles

Identify tracks of subatomic particles from their ‘signatures’ in bubble chamber photos – a key 20th century technology for studying particle physics.

Painting in a petri dish

Create a living piece of ‘agar art’ to discover the invisible world of microbes living on our hands.