Science in the News-letter #34

What a week for science with the meteor hit in Russia and the near miss by an asteroid (if you can call 17 000 miles a near miss). These stories and casino jameshallison others are featured in this week”s newsletter. All have a link to GCSE science including stories about extremophiles found in the Antarctic, gene therapy to cure diabetes, the Hubble Space Telescope and the importance of collecting valid evidence and making scientific conclusions.

 

Science in the News-letter #33

The first of 2013s Science in the News-letters is now here!

Sorry about the wait but normal service will resume from now on. In this edition, your students can watch videos on the exciting discovery of Richard III’s remains and meet the million-dollar bionic man. We are due for a visit from an ultra-bright comet this year but let’s hope it doesn’t result in an impact because another story looks at new evidence which strengthens the theory that this is what wiped out the dinosaurs.

 

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas from Snapshot Science. Your gift is a Christmas quiz that you can give to your students if you have any odd lessons where they need to be doing something scientific and you need to be doing as little as possible! More

Science in the News-letter #32

This edition of the newsletter covers two weeks of sciency news so get ready for some great stories!

We have the news that frozen water has been found on Mercury. Your students can take a look into why this is unexpected, where it is found and how scientists have discovered it.

Also, are people getting dumber? One scientists has put forward this controversial hypothesis in which he outlines how he thinks mutations are meaning that we are less intelligent that our ancestors. Is this an example of natural selection in humans and how exactly could we be selecting for this characteristic.

I always like a food based story and so have found two on un-meltable chocolate and mould-free bread. Finally, the exciting new that the double helical structure of DNA has been seen for the first time by using electron microscopy.

 

Science in the News-letter #31

Four biology stories and one physics feature in this week’s newsletter. These include last week’s total eclipse in Australia, a debate over whether cloning should be used to help endangered species and if we should all be worried about the transmission of the deadly Ebola virus in the air.

 

Science in the News-letter #30

Why is a spacecraft sometimes like a fridge? The answer is revealed in this week’s newsletter. Also, did you know that star formation is now 30 times lower than its peak 11 billion years ago? Find out how astronomers come to this conclusion.
Plus links to news stories on a possible alternative to artificial pacemakers, the threat facing Britain’s ash trees and a Pacific territory that is totally reliant on solar power for its electricity.

Science in the News-letter #29

Hurricane Sandy hit New York last week. Many scientists think this freak ‘frankenstorm’ is due to climate change and could be more common in the future: but what is this evidence for this? Another windy story is also featured in this week’s newsletter. Back home in the UK an energy minister has called for a stop to the building of new wind farms. Do your students agree? What is the other side of the argument?

 

Science in the News-letter #28

Were you one of the eight million people who tuned in to watch Felix Baumgartner’s amazing free fall? This story is one of the five featured in this week’s Science in the News-letter. Also included: new evidence for a theory of how the Moon was created, how Californians are preparing themselves and why a rogue scientist dumped 100 tons of iron into the ocean.

 

Nobel news

The winners of the 2012 Nobel prizes were announced last week.

I thought I would post some videos that explain the work of the winning scientists which you can use to inspire the next generation of scientists.

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Science in the News-letter #27

Twinkle, twinkle little… planet? Astronomers have discovered a ‘diamond planet’ twice the size of Earth. Unfortunately for lovers of sparkly things, it is 40 light years away so that rules out a visit in the near future. Also this week, scientists reveal the reason why Jurassic Park will never become a reality and a controversial plan to dispose of Britain’s nuclear waste.

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