INSPIRE

Inspire

Science on stage and in action

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

Andrew Brown reviews the latest Science on Stage event in Spain: Ciencia en Acción.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Event

     

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Inspire

A science teacher on air

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

​Marco Martucci tells Eleanor Hayes what science teaching and radio journalism have in common.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Science communication, Careers in science

           

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Inspire

The Astronaut’s Cookbook: Tales, Recipes, and More, by Charles T Bourland and Gregory L Vogt

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

The question that astronauts are most frequently asked is ‘How do you go to the toilet in space?’ This rather puts the cart before the horse because the next most popular questions concern the other end of the alimentary canal: ‘How do you eat in space?’, ‘What does the food taste like up…

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Astronaut, International Space Station

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UNDERSTAND

Understand

How I killed Pluto: Mike Brown

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

To change the world would be amazing enough. Mike Brown changed the Solar System. Eleanor Hayes explains.

Ages: < 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Physics, Astrophysics, History, Geography

               

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Understand

Just the placebo effect?

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

When your doctor prescribes you a tablet and you get better, was it really the drug or could it have been the colour of the tablet? Andrew Brown investigates the placebo effect.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Ethics, Interdisciplinary, Medicine, Placebo

           

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Birds on the run: what makes ostriches so fast?

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

What makes ostriches such fast runners? Nina Schaller has spent nearly a decade investigating.

Ages: < 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Evolution, Biomechanics, Motion, Biology, Physics

           

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More than meets the eye: unravelling the cosmos at the highest energies

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

Claudia Mignone and Rebecca Barnes explore X-rays and gamma rays and investigate the ingenious techniques used by the European Space Agency to observe the cosmos at these wavelengths.

Ages: < 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, IT, General science, X-rays, Astrophysics, Electromagnetic waves

             

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Cancer stem cells – hope for the future?

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

Cancer and stem cells are both topical issues. But have you heard of cancer stem cells? As Massimiliano Mazza explains, this concept may revolutionise the treatment of cancer.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Medicine, Cancer, Stem cells, Medical physics

                     

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TEACH

Teach

Polymers in medicine

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

The topic of polymers is often limited to chemistry lessons. The Establish project offers some hands-on activities to investigate these materials and some of their medical applications.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Chemistry, Osmosis and diffusion, Polymerisation, Excretion

             

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Smoke is in the air: how fireworks affect air quality

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

Did you realise that fireworks cause measurable air pollution? Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross from Bristol University, UK, explain how to investigate atmospheric pollutants in class.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Health, Climate change, Data-handling techniques, Global warming

       

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The physics of crowds

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

Crowding affects us almost every day, from supermarket queues to traffic jams. Timothy Saunders from EMBL explains why this is interesting to scientists and how to study the phenomenon in class.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Geography, Environmental studies, Behavioural science

             

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Smell like Julius Caesar: recreating ancient perfumes in the laboratory

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

Even everyday scents have the power to take us back in time, awakening half-forgotten memories. With Gianluca Farusi’s help, you can take your students 2000 years into the past, recreating and testing Julius Caesar’s perfume.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Chemistry, History

         

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A clean green sweep: an aquatic bioremediation project

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

Vered Yephlach-Wiskerman introduces a classroom project to investigate the bioremediation powers of the aquatic fern Azolla.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Chemistry, Earth science, Environmental science, Applied science

         

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EDITORIAL

Editorial

Welcome to the twenty-first issue of Science in School

November 22, 2011 | Issue 21

Thanks to everyone who donated to Science in School via our website; we were overwhelmed by the positive response. With your help and the support of our advertisers, we have been able to print and distribute Issue 21, as those of you who are reading this in print will realise. The battle…

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