INSPIRE

Inspire

Design the cover for Science in School!

March 12, 2007 | Issue 4

Do you or your students enjoy painting and drawing as well as teaching or learning science? Would you like to see your artwork reproduced 30,000 times and distributed across Europe? The Science in School cover competition gives you and your students the opportunity to do just that.

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

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You’re researching what? Toothpaste?

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Linda Sellou, a French PhD student at Bristol University, UK, tells Sai Pathmanathan, a science education journalist, what she thought of her school science and what she’s up to now…

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Careers in science, Chemistry, Composites

   

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The Third Man of the Double Helix, By Maurice Wilkins

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

In this autobiographical book, Maurice Wilkins presents the chronological story of the discovery of DNA structure in 1953. As The Third Man of the Double Helix, Wilkins is well placed to describe the complex scientific background and people involved in the breakthrough that earned him and fellow…

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: DNA, Genetics, History of science

 

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Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks That Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing, By Leon Kreitzman and Russell Foster

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Rhythms of Life is a successful attempt to present what is currently known about time cycles in living creatures. It is a book about biological clocks, that is, the biological mechanisms that enable all organisms from bacteria to worms, plants, birds and mammals, including humans, to ‘tell’ the…

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, General biology

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Erin Brockovich

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Films about science or even pseudo-science can be powerful tools in the classroom. Jenna Stevens from the CISCI project provides a toolkit for using the film Erin Brockovich in chemistry and ecology lessons.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Teaching resources, Health, Health and disease, Ecology, Environmental impacts

   

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Launch event of Cinema and Science (CISCI)

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Science and science fiction are the basis of many popular films. Rafael Reyeros from the CISCI project describes the launch of this Internet database to help teachers use film clips to illustrate, discuss and debate science in their lessons.

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

 

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UNDERSTAND

Understand

Plant hallucinogens as magical medicines

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Did witches once soar through the night sky on broomsticks? Or were they hallucinating after eating or touching certain plants? Angelika Börsch-Haubold explains how modern pharmacology helps us to understand the action of many toxic plants – some of which are still used in medicine.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: History of medicine

     

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Silken, stretchy and stronger than steel!

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Could spider silk be the answer to medical and military challenges? Giovanna Cicognani from the Institut Laue-Langevin and Montserrat Capellas from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France, investigate Christian Riekel and Tilo Seydel’s research into this remarkable material.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: biomimetic design, Biomechanics

           

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Ethics in research

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Is it acceptable to use human embryonic stem cells in research? What about live animals? Professor Nadia Rosenthal, head of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Monterotondo, Italy, talks to Russ Hodge about the ethics of her research.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Ethics, Stem cells, Human biology

     

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Fusion in the Universe: we are all stardust

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Henri Boffin and Douglas Pierce-Price from ESO, in Garching, Germany, investigate our celestial ancestry.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Stars, Fusion, Nuclear physics, Space, Astrophysics

               

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TEACH

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A fresh look at light: build your own spectrometer

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Take a CD and a cereal box, and what do you have? With a little help from Mark Tiele Westra, your very own spectrometer! Time to explore the delights of colour, hidden in the most prosaic of objects.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Light, Electromagnetic spectrum, Electromagnetic radiation, Electromagnetic waves

             

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Scientists@work

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Teaching science in the classroom is all very well, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to let your students learn for themselves what it’s really like to work in a research laboratory? Sooike Stoops from the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Belgium, describes a project that does just…

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

 

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Two hydrolytic enzymes and an epistemological–historical approach

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Why are enzymes so special? How do they differ from inorganic catalysts? Isabella Marini from the University of Pisa, Italy, describes a classroom protocol to enable students to answer these questions for themselves.

Ages: 14-16; Keywords: Enzymes, Chemical analysis, Chemical reactions

       

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Democs: a conversation card activity for teaching science and citizenship

March 9, 2007 | Issue 4

Karen Smith from NEF, the New Economics Foundation, London, UK, describes an approach to creating a safe space where students can discuss sensitive topics, like stem-cell research or genetically modified food. How can students be encouraged to explore their values in relation to science topics, and…

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

 

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