Issue 48

Editorials

Editorial issue 48

Shorter days and cooler weather signal that it’s time to turn back the clocks, marking the end of daylight saving time. The darker evenings can knock our body clocks out of sync, taking a few days to readjust. 

Understand

Magnetism in the Earth’s mantle, impressive asteroid observations, and insights into influenza

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.

How plants beat jet lag

New research is shedding light on the internal ‘clocks’ that help plants respond to changing day-night cycles.

Limoncello and the science of emulsions

How can you make oil and water stay mixed? A scientist’s curiosity about a lemon liqueur has revealed how to do this – with some promising industrial applications.

Take a deep breath? Investigating indoor air pollution

New studies are uncovering how emissions from daily household activities pollute the air we breathe at home.

Inspire

Art and science from Pompeii to Rembrandt

Applying high-tech science to the study of ancient art and famous paintings has been a rewarding career choice for synchrotron scientist Marine Cotte.

Behind the scenes at the laboratory

You don’t have to be a researcher to take part in worthwhile scientific research. Find out about some of the less visible roles that keep the science happening.

Teach

Classic chemistry: finding the empirical formula

Witness a spectacular chemical reaction and take some careful measurements to work out the empirical formula of a compound.

Making connections: an online exchange with EIROforum scientists

Connect your class with scientists across Europe in a video-conference exchange – and find out about life as a scientific researcher.

How effective is your sunscreen?

Encourage students to stay safe in the sun with a collection of activities to discover the science behind sunscreen.