INSPIRE

Inspire

Virtual reality: the Haptic Cow

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

With the help of former vet, Sarah Baillie, Vienna Leigh takes us on a virtual reality trip – deep into a cow’s insides!

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Training, Technology, Science Technology
 

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Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases, By John Emsley

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases is a highly readable book that is a must-read for those interested in crime or popular science. It follows on from author John Emsley’s earlier book: Elements of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Teaching resources

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Education resources for the International Year of Astronomy

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

This year is the International Year of Astronomy. To celebrate, Chris Starr and Richard Harwood suggest some useful websites and other resources to inspire your astronomy teaching.

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Teaching resources, Space, Astronomy

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Particle physics close up: CERN high-school teachers programme

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

Every year, CERN invites a group of high-school teachers to Geneva, Switzerland, to learn about particle physics – and how to teach it at school.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Particle physics, Physics
     

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Science on Stage: heading for a country near you

December 8, 2009 | Issue 13

How better to inspire thousands of schoolchildren across Europe than by motivating and educating their teachers? As Eleanor Hayes explains, that is the idea behind Science on Stage – a network of local, national and international events for teachers.

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Event
   

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A star-struck teacher in Italy

December 8, 2009 | Issue 13

Research offers exciting and challenging job opportunities, but sometimes the price to pay in terms of personal sacrifice is very high. Claudia Mignone interviews a young astronomer who found satisfaction in the classroom – teaching mathematics.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Careers in science, Planets
   

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Why is science important? website, By Alom Shaha

December 8, 2009 | Issue 13

Why is science important? “It helps us find out what on Earth is going on.” “It can lay the groundwork for a great career.” “It is our best chance for tomorrow.” “It provides us with opportunities and choices.” These and more statements can be found on Alom Shaha’s webpage, Why is…

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Science communication, Science and society
 

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Alan Leshner: at the interface of science and society

December 8, 2009 | Issue 13

Dr Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Executive Publisher of the renowned Science magazine, tells Marlene Rau and Sonia Furtado about his varied career and shares his views on science education issues.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Careers in science, Neurology, Neurobiology
   



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Getting a grip on genetic diseases

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

Sabine Hentze and Martina Muckenthaler tell Lucy Patterson about their work – detecting genetic diseases and counselling potentially affected patients.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Genetic diseases, Health and disease, Genetics
           

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Winning an Oscar in immunology

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

Have you ever wondered what it is that scientists get so excited about? Ana de Barros from the Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal, shares with us the excitement of researching the immune system.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Immune system, Cells, Immunology, Virus, Cell biology
           

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Folic acid: why school students need to know about it

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

Eleanor Hayes, Holger Maul and Nele Freerksen investigate why folic acid is an essential component of your students’ diet – now and for a future healthy family.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Health and diet
           

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The CoRoT satellite: the search for Earth-like planets

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

Malcolm Fridlund from the European Space Agency (ESA) describes the search for extra-solar planets and explains how they can help us to understand the origin of life on Earth.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Earth and Space, Planets, Space, Astrophysics, Astrobiology
           

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The intracellular environment: not so muddy waters

December 8, 2009 | Issue 13

Giuseppe Zaccai from the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France, describes how he and his co-workers have uncovered a way to explore water dynamics in the cell interior using neutron scattering and isotope labelling.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Water, Cells, Cell biology, Cell shape and function, Cell metabolism
     

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The first light in the Universe

December 8, 2009 | Issue 13

Ana Lopes and Henri Boffin take us on a trip back in time – probing the history of the Universe.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Astrophysics, Light, Physics, Telescopes, Satellite
             



TEACH

Teach

The latex motor

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

Can you imagine building a motor from latex gloves? Physics teachers Ludwig Eidenberger and Harald Gollner, and their students Florian Altendorfer and Christoph Eidenberger, show how, exploiting the reversible thermodynamic processes of thin layers of latex.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16; Keywords: Teaching resources
 

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The Bio Academy

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

French biology teacher Jean-Yves Guichot explains his project to link secondary-school students with molecular biology researchers.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Training

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Looking for antioxidant food

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

We’ve all heard that an antioxidant-rich diet is healthy. Together with his students, Gianluca Farusi compared the antioxidant levels in a range of foods and drinks.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Health and diet, Health, Health and disease
         

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The drama of science

December 8, 2009 | Issue 13

Do you enjoy the drama of science? The colour, the smells, the intricacies? Why not follow science teacher Bernhard Sturm’s suggestions: let your students bring yet more drama into the classroom by (re-)enacting science, to help them visualise and remember the lesson.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: History of science, General science, Teaching resources
           



EDITORIAL

Editorial

Welcome to the thirteenth issue of Science in School

December 9, 2009 | Issue 13

Health and disease are themes that run through this issue of Science in School. In our feature article, Alan Leshner describes his varied career, including his involvement in a major campaign to show that schizophrenia is a brain disease and not a result of environment. In contrast to this concern…

Ages: not applicable;