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Science in the news-letter #5

Quite a life-science heavy newsletter this week which I make no apologies for as it has been a very exciting week for biologists.

In this week’s newsletter your students can find out how giant prehistoric fleas were adapted to feed on dinosaurs; why the statement that a female baby is born with all of the eggs she will ever produce may no longer be true and how scientists have discovered rather a lot about an ancient iceman. More

Rare Disease Day 2012

Raise and hold hands at 12 noon today and show your Solidarity with rare disease patients around the world.

The main purpose of Rare Disease Day is to make more people aware of the 6000 – 8000 rare diseases that affect people around the world. A rare disease is one that affects less than 1 in 2000 people; most are life threatening and the majority have no cure. More

Science in the news-letter #4

It’s been a busy week for science news!

The biggest story must be the revelation that an apparent fault in equipment may reveal that Einstein was right all along – and neutrinos are not faster than light.  However, another report stated that they may be in fact faster.

Will we ever know for sure?  Let your students contemplate this, and other breaking stories, by viewing this week’s Science in the News-letter.




Beautiful physics

This video shows an interesting merge of physics and make-up which might just be the hook you need to get certain individuals in your class interested in science (you know who they are!). More

Science in the news-letter #3

This week’s newsletter features invisibility cloaks for buildings, lab-grown hamburgers and how to charge a mobile phone using a T-shirt.

Flipping forces

Next Tuesday is Pancake Day and to celebrate the flipping fantastic feast that it is, here is an idea that can be used to reinforce knowledge of force diagrams with KS2 or KS3 students.

Using the downloadable resource, students create their own diagrams to show the forces involved when flipping a pancake. More

Science in the news-letter #2

Another five science new stories from around the world feature in this week’s edition.
Thank to you all those who sent me such positive comments about the newsletter – I am glad it proving to be useful.




Chemistry speed dating

Using anthropomorphism is a really useful technique when it comes to teaching the more challenging concepts in chemistry.

After all, atoms behave just like people in a lot of ways, including matters of love.


Science in the news-letter

This idea came from @ejw232, a teacher on Twitter, who asked if there was any website that supplied print-off news headlines she could display in her classroom.  I’m never one to shy away from a challenge,  so here is the first (I’m hoping of many) science in the news downloads.

 It includes five of the most interesting, and relevant to school science, news stories of the past week.  Each story has  QR code and URL which will send students to the news story and a question to get them thinking.  This could used as an enrichment activity, competition or homework.

I would love feedback on this new idea.  Please let me know if this is useful or if there is anything you want added to make it more useable in the classroom.



Cell alchemy

Credit: Karin Pierre, Institut de Physiologie, UNIL, Lausanne.

The story

Researchers in California have successfully converted mouse skin cells into brain cells, eliminating the need for stem cells.

It is hoped that the same procedure could be carried out on human cells, bringing the possibility of stem cell therapy for conditions such as Alzheimer’s closer to reality.

This is a great story to use in a GCSE lesson on stem cells. Students could discuss why this is a better alternative to using those from embryos.


BBC news story

Great stem cell teaching resources from the Learn Genetics website.


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