INSPIRE

Inspire

Putting the fizz into physics!

July 28, 2006 | Issue 2

Lucy Attwood from Oxford Danfysik, UK, explains the mysterious appeal of champagne.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Physics
 

Inspire

Free science journals

July 28, 2006 | Issue 2

Are you looking for a good article to use in a lesson? Or do you just want to browse a science journal or two for inspiration? Here is a selection of free online science journals and some useful tools for tracking down the books, articles and journals you need.

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

Inspire

Learning from Patients: The Science of Medicine

July 28, 2006 | Issue 2

The goal of this DVD is to show how information collected from patients often allows scientists to achieve a deeper understanding of the genetic and molecular basis of a specific disease. This level of understanding is crucial to developing treatments for disease and, consequently, to relieving…

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Medical sciences, Medicine, Infectious diseases

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The Physics of Superheroes, By James Kakalios

July 28, 2006 | Issue 2

Superman, Batman, Lightning Lad, Spiderman – they all apply the principles of physics to perform their extraordinary feats… or do they? Which laws are suspended, and which are extended? Which are indeed forgotten completely?

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

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Success Strategies for Women in Science: A Portable Mentor, By Peggy A. Pritchard

July 28, 2006 | Issue 2

A professor once told me in a job interview that he prefers to hire women for his laboratory “because they get things done”. Nonetheless, although a blunt question as to whether you plan to have children is certainly out of fashion, female scientists still experience situations that are…

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Careers in science

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The Science Behind Medicines

July 28, 2006 | Issue 2

The Science Behind Medicines CD-ROM is a teaching resource produced by GlaxoSmithKline and aimed at biology and chemistry teachers of post-16 students. It has sections on drug discovery, structural formulae, bacterial infections, asthma and viral infections.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Medical research, Medical sciences, Medicine

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Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life, By Nick Lane

July 28, 2006 | Issue 2

Power, Sex, Suicide: three words that immediately aroused my interest in reading this book. The subtitle, Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life, explains what the book is about – the crucial role of mitochondria in our lives.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: What is life?

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Video-clip collection of the European Space Agency

July 27, 2006 | Issue 2

Films about science or even pseudo-science can be powerful tools in the classroom. Heinz Oberhummer from the Cinema and Science project provides a toolkit for using the video-clip collection of the European Space Agency.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Teaching resources, Astronomy, Objects in space
         

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A zoologist at school: my pupils and other animals

July 27, 2006 | Issue 2

Silvia Boi, a science teacher from Italy, explains how her fascination with science led her to study ant behaviour, worm reproduction and the human genome – and how she now tries to awaken that fascination in her pupils, using somewhat unusual techniques.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Careers in science, Animal behaviour
 

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A search for the origins of the brain

July 27, 2006 | Issue 2

Detlev Arendt, a molecular biologist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany, describes to Russ Hodge how his cutting-edge research is following in the footsteps of a 19th-century scientist.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Brain
 



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Epigenetics

August 3, 2006 | Issue 2

We tend to think of our genetic information as being encoded in DNA – in our genes. Brona McVittie from Epigenome NoE, UK, describes why this is only part of the story.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: DNA, Genetics, Health
       

Understand

A new tree of life

July 31, 2006 | Issue 2

At the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, Peer Bork’s research group has meticulously reconstructed a new tree of life – tracing the course of evolution. Russ Hodge explains.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Evolution, Environmental science
   

Understand

Chocolate’s chemical charm

July 27, 2006 | Issue 2

Dhara Thakerar, a second-year student of natural sciences at Cambridge University, UK, elucidates the science of chocolate.

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

Understand

Symmetry rules

July 27, 2006 | Issue 2

Everyone knows what symmetry is. In this article, though, Mario Livio from the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA, explains how not only shapes, but also laws of nature, can be symmetrical.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Mathematics, Symmetry
         

Understand

Forensic entomology

July 26, 2006 | Issue 2

Are you a biologist with a mission? Do you want to fight crime with science? Martin Hall and Amoret Brandt from The Natural History Museum in London, UK, introduce the fascinating (and smelly) field of forensic entomology.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Forensic science
   

Understand

The scientist of the future

July 24, 2006 | Issue 2

Susan Greenfield and Martin Westwell from the Institute for the Future of the Mind consider the needs of the future scientist.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Careers in science
   

Understand

Are there Earth-like planets around other stars?

July 20, 2006 | Issue 2

Uffe Gråe Jørgensen from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, describes the search for Earth-like planets elsewhere in our galaxy.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Planets
               



TEACH

Teach

The exhibition ship MS Einstein: a floating source of scientific knowledge

July 26, 2006 | Issue 2

Imagine a barge carrying not coal or other heavy cargo, but something much more precious – inspiration! Beate Langholf from Wissenschaft im Dialog, Germany, describes a science exhibition that travels the rivers of Germany with a different theme each year.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: General science
   

Teach

Promoting science and motivating students in the 21st century

July 26, 2006 | Issue 2

Marilyn Brodie from the Centre for Science Education, UK, describes two projects to involve the scientific research community in schools and raise enthusiasm for science among students.

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

Teach

Environmental chemistry: water testing as part of collaborative project work

July 26, 2006 | Issue 2

Wetlands are key habitats for a vast range of wildlife. Richard Harwood and Chris Starr, from Aiglon College, Switzerland, describe a school project to measure water quality in a local wetlands region.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Environmental chemistry, Environment, Water availability, Water
 

Teach

The chocolate challenge

July 26, 2006 | Issue 2

John Schollar from the National Centre for Biotechnology Education at the University of Reading, UK, finds an excuse for eating one of his favourite foods - chocolate.

Ages: 14-16; Keywords: Teaching resources
     

Teach

Modelling the DNA double helix using recycled materials

July 25, 2006 | Issue 2

Dionisios Karounias, Evanthia Papanikolaou and Athanasios Psarreas, from Greece, describe their innovative model of the DNA double helix – using empty bottles and cans!

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: DNA
   

Teach

Scientists at play: contraptions for developing science process skills

July 24, 2006 | Issue 2

In the second of two articles on developing the processes of enquiry, hypothesis and testing, Alfredo Tifi, Natale Natale and Antonietta Lombardi describe how to build and apply some of the low-cost equipment they have developed.

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



EDITORIAL

Editorial

Welcome to the second issue of Science in School

July 20, 2006 | Issue 2

Since the publication of the first issue, we have received a lot of enthusiastic feedback from our readers. Science teachers from across Europe particularly liked our innovative teaching ideas, accessible science coverage, interdisciplinary topics and European approach. And these are features that…

Ages: not applicable;