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Electrical art

The story

Bare paint is an ink which conducts electricity. The paint has been around for a while and has been used to create interactive posters and even to light-up models in a music video. The video below shows how it can be used to create a simple circuit.


Science in the News-letter #14

A nice mix of stories in this week’s newsletter. For biology there are links to stories about the nervous system and infectious disease. For physics: how viruses are being used to generate electricity (ok, so there is a bit of biology in there as well) and for chemistry, looking at the possibility of a manned NASA mission to asteroids to mine for minerals (tedious link to chemistry I know – I would really appreciate anyone point me in the right direction so I can find more chemistry based news!).


Lighting the Olympic flame

Image: Jon Candy @Flickr

The story

The flame that will burn during the London Olympic Games was lit at Olympia, the birthplace of the Ancient Olympics, last Thursday. The torch is lit using the same method as it was at the ancient Olympic Games, a parabolic mirror.


Science in the News-letter #13

Two very different wind related stories are featured in this week”s edition:

how did dinosaur wind keep the prehistoric planet warm and should the biggest wind farm in England and Wales be built?



May Junior Newsletter

Introducing the May edition of the Junior Newsletter for KS2/3. This edition contains three stories with accompanying questions from the past month, suitable for younger students.

Download your copy to find out how a travelling gnome has been helping science!


Science in the News-letter #12

Are your students pro or anti-nuclear power and what arguments can they use to support their views? Do they understand what ‘pharming’ is or what scientists use the LHC for? In the week’s Science in the News-letter they can find all this out and more – just download by clicking on the button below.




The Moon appears to be bigger and brighter tonight as it’s elliptical orbit brings it closer to the Earth than at any other time of the year.

If you are teaching about the Moon at the moment this is a great story to teach about the Moon’s orbit and phases as well as the effect of its gravity on the Earth (as tides are expected to be higher this weekend as an effect).

Is a gold medal really gold?

The story

There is no doubt that the gold medals for the London Olympic games are beautiful but how much gold is actually in them?

This is might well be the first of a few Olympic themed postings over the coming months. I wanted to come up with some ideas that were a bit different and unusual so this is my first offering: an  enquiry lesson to use when teaching metal properties or density or just as a way of practising maths and science skills. More

Science in the News-letter #11

Make sure you get a chance to look at Venus this week, as it is at its brightest (that is if the rain clouds disappear long enough).

In this week’s edition your students can find out why, along with being introduced to our oldest ancestor and a newly discovered species of amphibian.



What the frack?

Credit: bufivla @flickr

The story

Fracking is a controversial way of mining for natural gas reserves that are buried deep underground in layers of rock. It is been banned in some countries but is being carried out in the USA and UK. A few weeks ago the scheme got the green light to be extended in the UK. More

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