INSPIRE

Inspire

Art meets molecular biology

March 20, 2019 | Issue 46

Step inside a science-inspired art exhibition where students bring biological molecules to life.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Art, Molecular biology
   



UNDERSTAND

Understand

The changing technologies of drug design

March 20, 2019 | Issue 46

Over several decades, the search for new medicines has progressed from mimicking natural molecules to screening many millions of compounds.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biochemistry, Health
 

Understand

The secret life of forests

March 19, 2019 | Issue 46

New research is revealing the previously unknown beneficial effects of tree canopies – and the secret life within them.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Microbiology, Environmental chemistry, Nitrogen cycle
         

Understand

Forecasts from orbit

March 19, 2019 | Issue 46

Aeolus – a new laser-equipped satellite – is designed to give meteorologists the comprehensive wind data they need for better weather forecasting.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Satellites, Weather, Laser systems
   

Understand

Cells: why shape matters

March 18, 2019 | Issue 46

New techniques are revealing how cells control their shape – and the changes that could give an early warning of disease.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Cell shape and function, Differentiation
       



TEACH

Teach

Painting in a petri dish

March 25, 2019 | Issue 46

Create a living piece of ‘agar art’ to discover the invisible world of microbes living on our hands.

Ages: < 11, 11-14; Keywords: Hygiene, Microorganisms, Bacteria, Art
           

Teach

Which laundry enzymes work best?

March 25, 2019 | Issue 46

Investigate how enzymes in your laundry detergent get rid of stains – and which are most important for keeping clothes clean.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Chemical bonds, Biotechnology, Chemical bonding, Solutions and mixtures, Enzyme kinetics, Catalysis
 

Teach

Track inspection: how to spot subatomic particles

March 22, 2019 | Issue 46

Identify tracks of subatomic particles from their ‘signatures’ in bubble chamber photos – a key 20th century technology for studying particle physics.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Subatomic particles
     



EDITORIAL

Editorial

Editorial issue 46

March 15, 2019 | Issue 46

Teaching science often involves explaining things that are invisible to the naked eye: from the huge variety of microorganisms that are visible only under a microscope, to distant stars explored using powerful telescopes. The ability to reach into these remote worlds is one of the things that makes…

Ages: not applicable;