Supporting African science: the role of fruit flies

September 18, 2017 | Issue 41

Not only is the fruit fly a valuable model organism, but it is also helping to put Africa on the scientific world map.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Cell biology, Cells, Biology



Evolution in action: the 67 000-generation experiment

September 21, 2017 | Issue 41

A unique experiment tracks microbes changing over thousands of generations – so we can watch evolution on fast-forward.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Evolution, Population genetics, Nature of science, Genetics


Elements in focus: molybdenum

September 20, 2017 | Issue 41

From samurai swords to healthy tomato plants, this little-known element has wider uses than you might expect.

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


Exotic particles, fusion-device ashtrays and lunar missions

September 20, 2017 | Issue 41

Science in School is published by EIROforum, a collaboration between eight of Europe’s largest inter-governmental scientific research organisations (EIROs). This article reviews some of the latest news from the EIROs.

Ages: not applicable;


Gravitational waves: a taxonomy

September 20, 2017 | Issue 41

Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein – but where do they come from, and what different types might there be out in the cosmos?

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Astrophysics, Gravity, Objects in space, Relativity


Design inspiration: the secrets of shark skin

September 19, 2017 | Issue 41

Shark skin is adapted for energy-efficient swimming in remarkable ways, some of which are now being copied by designers and engineers.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Physics, General science


Cellulose: from trees to treats

September 19, 2017 | Issue 41

The same molecule that keeps mighty trees standing also led to the first multicellular life forms – and can even be used to make sweet treats.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Food technology, Biomolecules


Science and art

September 15, 2017 | Issue 41

What are the links between science and art? There might be more than you think.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Art



A particle accelerator in your salad bowl

September 17, 2017 | Issue 41

Create a particle accelerator using a Van de Graaff generator, a ping-pong ball and a salad bowl to understand how it is used to study matter at the smallest scale.   

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Static electricity, Magnetism


How do birds fly? A hands-on demonstration

September 16, 2017 | Issue 41

Dissect a chicken from the supermarket to discover the unusual pulley system that enables birds to fly.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Physics, Evolution, Animal physiology, Anatomy



Editorial issue 41

September 11, 2017 | Issue 41

The new academic year is in full swing. You have welcomed back your students and familiarised yourself with new faces. Now we would like to welcome you back with this issue of Science in School – and to say hello to new subscribers who have joined us over the summer.

Ages: not applicable;