INSPIRE

Inspire

Adventures in creative recycling

November 23, 2018 | Issue 45

Do you have a drawer full of old mobile phones? One teacher is exploring new uses for such items, while nurturing his students’ creative imaginations.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Recycling, Metals

       

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UNDERSTAND

Understand

Some (microbes) like it hot

November 23, 2018 | Issue 45

Scalding volcanic springs are home to some remarkable microorganisms, and biotechnology is now finding uses for these microscopic survivors.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Metabolism, Biotechnology, Enzymes, Fermentation, Microbiology

           

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Understand

Elements in focus: beryllium

November 21, 2018 | Issue 45

As a lightweight, super-strong metal, beryllium is an engineer’s dream – but it also has some less convenient qualities.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: History of science, Physical chemistry, Elements

       

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Understand

SI units: a new update for standards

November 21, 2018 | Issue 45

In an update using the latest scientific research, all the basic SI units will soon be officially defined in terms of the Universe’s fundamental constants.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Astrophysics, Heat and temperature, Metrology

       

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TEACH

Teach

Bioenergy in a nutshell

November 22, 2018 | Issue 45

Could leftover nutshells be the next renewable energy source? Challenge your students to find out using calorimetry.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Thermodynamics, Calorimetry, Energy

     

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Hearing waves: how to build a loudspeaker

November 22, 2018 | Issue 45

Explore the science of sound and electromagnetism with this practical build-it-yourself activity.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Electromagnetism, Electronics, Engineering

       

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EDITORIAL

Editorial

Editorial issue 45

November 23, 2018 | Issue 45

As autumn turns to winter and the year nears its end, we often start to think about the coming new year. In this issue, we look ahead and consider some advances in science and technology that could mean a better future for all of us.

Ages: not applicable;

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