Issue 52


From gaming to cutting-edge biology: AI and the protein folding problem

How can AI systems like those developed to beat humans at games help unlock the secrets of protein function?

Clinical trials count on more than statistics

The rush to find treatments for COVID-19 led to a badly flawed clinical trial influencing medical treatment worldwide. What went wrong?

How to understand a COVID-19 test result

A negative result from a medical test means you definitely don’t have the condition, right? Wrong: it depends on the false negative rate of the test and on your individual risk.

The following was adapted from an article in the BMJ and explains why care must be taken in interpreting test results.


Virtual labs, real science

Not just for remote teaching: virtual labs really came into their own during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they can generally be a useful addition to the STEM teacher’s toolbox.


Maths with fruit

Have fun with fruit while helping your students to explore the concepts of area and volume, and learn more about their real-world applications.

Tea-time chemistry

Tea is a refreshing drink – and it can also help students to learn about important chemical reactions, as these simple experiments with infusions demonstrate.

Teaching binary code with a secret word challenge

Do you find the binary system complicated? With this activity, your students will find it as easy as 01,10,11.

Faraday’s law of induction: from classroom to kitchen

Explore electromagnetic induction and of one of its well-known applications – the induction hob – with these hands-on activities.

Fantastic feats: experimenting with water

How can air hold the water in an upturned glass? Why does water stay in a bottle with a hole in its base? Find out with these entertaining experiments.


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