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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Science School, Issue 26

Science School

Issue 26

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Editorial
  • Welcome to the twenty-sixth issue of Science in School
News from the EIROs
  • Science in space, society and synchrotrons
    EIROforum, the publisher of Science in School, reports on the latest news from its eight European inter-governmental research organisations.
Events
  • Meeting the next generation of scientists: the European Union Contest for Young Scientists
    As young scientists from across Europe gathered in Bratislava to exhibit their projects, find out what impressed the jury most.

  • Forthcoming events
Feature article
  • Propping up the wall: how to rescue a leaning tower
    Civil engineer John Burland talks about the perils and practicalities of supporting some of the world’s most iconic buildings.
Cutting-edge science
  • Cracking the mystery of how our planet formed
    Studying the chemical composition of some of the planet’s oldest rocks has revolutionised our understanding of how our continents formed.

  • Laying bare our genetic blueprint
    What does the majority of our DNA do? Hundreds of scientists have spent years examining these ‘junk’ sequences, which may hold the key to serious diseases – and much more.

Teaching activity
  • The genetics of obesity: a lab activity
    Around 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese. Are we just eating too much or can we blame our genes? Here’s how to investigate the genetics of obesity in the classroom.

Science education project
  • Casting light on solar wind: simulating aurorae at school
    The aurorae are one of the wonders of the natural world. Using some simple apparatus, they and related phenomena can easily be reproduced in the classroom.

Science topics
  • Spinal cord injury: do stem cells have the answer?
    Spinal cord injury typically causes permanent paralysis and is currently a condition without a cure. Could stem cell therapy provide hope?

  • A thermometer that goes to 200 million degrees
    Measuring the temperature inside a fusion reactor is no easy task. Find out how it’s done – and even simulate it in the classroom.

  • Life without the Moon: a scientific speculation
    Soaring temperatures, a flooded landscape, violent winds…. What would our planet be like without the Moon?



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