Phenomenal physics

January 8, 2020 | Issue 49

Theoretical physicist Maria Ubiali reflects on her role as a particle phenomenologist working at the interface between theory and experiment.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Mathematics, Careers in science, Nuclear physics, Maths



The social science of climate change

January 8, 2020 | Issue 49

In Arctic regions, landscapes are changing fast. This has profound effects on their biological systems, but how are communities and their traditional lifestyles affected?

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biodiversity, Weather, Climate, Globalisation, Artic regions


Hunting for exoplanets

January 8, 2020 | Issue 49

The possibility of worlds beyond our own has fascinated people for millennia. Now technology is bringing these other worlds – or exoplanets – within reach of discovery.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Telescopes, Spectroscopy, Doppler effect, Scientific discovery


Finding the recipe for life on Earth

January 8, 2020 | Issue 49

Three key factors were required for life to develop on Earth – but which factor came first? Recent research could help settle the debate.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Evolution, Cells, Geology, Biochemistry, Earth science, Cell biology



Are ‘superfoods’ really so super?

January 9, 2020 | Issue 49

Are you tempted to buy ‘superfoods’ for health reasons, despite the higher prices? These activities encourage students to explore some of the claims made for these celebrity foods.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Nutrition, Chemical analysis, Health


Astrofarmer: how to grow plants in space

January 8, 2020 | Issue 49

Investigate the factors affecting plant growth and devise a plan for growing plants on the Moon.

Ages: under 11, 11-14; Keywords: Plant growth, Conditions in space, Experimental variables


Solving crimes with chemistry

January 8, 2020 | Issue 49

Use a common chemical technique from the field of forensics to reveal fingerprints in the laboratory.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Polymerisation, Esters, Nitriles, Polar and non-polar solvents, Organic chemistry


Science crosswords

January 8, 2020 | Issue 49

Try these crossword puzzles as an entertaining way for your students to brush up on their science general knowledge.

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



Editorial issue 49

January 5, 2020 | Issue 49

Welcome to issue 49 of Science in School. In this issue, we have plenty of intriguing science questions to get your brain working again after the holidays.

Ages: not applicable;