Issue 49

Editorials

Editorial issue 49

Welcome to issue 49 of Science in School. In this issue, we have plenty of intriguing science questions to get your brain working again after the holidays.

Understand

Energy-efficient devices, next-generation telescopes, and sustainable paint from beetle scales

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.

Hunting for exoplanets

The possibility of worlds beyond our own has fascinated people for millennia. Now technology is bringing these other worlds – or exoplanets – within reach of discovery.

Finding the recipe for life on Earth

Three key factors were required for life to develop on Earth – but which factor came first? Recent research could help settle the debate.

The social science of climate change

In Arctic regions, landscapes are changing fast. This has profound effects on their biological systems, but how are communities and their traditional lifestyles affected?

Inspire

Phenomenal physics

Theoretical physicist Maria Ubiali reflects on her role as a particle phenomenologist working at the interface between theory and experiment.

Teach

Science crosswords

Try these crossword puzzles as an entertaining way for your students to brush up on their science general knowledge.

Solving crimes with chemistry

Use a common chemical technique from the field of forensics to reveal fingerprints in the laboratory.

Astrofarmer: how to grow plants in space

Investigate the factors affecting plant growth and devise a plan for growing plants on the Moon.

Are ‘superfoods’ really so super?

Are you tempted to buy ‘superfoods’ for health reasons, despite the higher prices? These activities encourage students to explore some of the claims made for these celebrity foods.