Issue 47

Editorials

Editorial issue 47

Welcome to the summer issue of Science in School. While we are nearing the end of the school year, we are still in the middle of 2019, which has been officially named the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

Understand

The history of our Universe, fusion research with comics, and clues about Alzheimer’s disease

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.

In their element: women of the periodic table

Find out how women scientists contributed to knowledge of the chemical elements – and what this tells us about the nature of scientific work, then and now.

Photoacoustics: seeing with sound

An advanced technology that combines high-frequency sound waves with laser light is giving researchers and clinicians a new way of seeing living tissue.

Ten things that affect our climate

Human activities continue to influence our climate on a global scale, but a number of other interlinked mechanisms also play a role.

Inspire

Arranging the elements: the evolving design of the periodic table

The periodic table hangs on the wall in just about every chemistry classroom. But its now-iconic design could have looked very different.

Understanding the teenage brain

Teenagers are in transition from childhood to adulthood, so why does their behaviour differ from both these phases? Neuropsychologist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is looking for answers to this perennial question.

Teach

Rocket science made easy

Prepare for lift-off with these simple activities that demonstrate some of the key principles of space science.

Colour, chlorophyll and chromatography

Use thin-layer chromatography to discover the variety of pigments that play a role in photosynthesis and give leaves their colour.

Quiz: elemental pursuit

How much do your students know about the properties of the chemical elements and how they are used? Find out with this elements quiz, based on articles in Science in School.

Fantastic feats: magic with money

You’ll need to put your money on the table for this batch of tricks, then use your scientific knowledge to make ‘cents’ of what happens!