KS4 (14-16)

Science in the News-letter #15

roulette est une version très allégée du jeu de roulette classique et peut être un bon moyen pour commencer.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/science-in-the-news.png”>It was an important week for the future of space flight as the first commercial space-craft sent to the ISS docked last Friday – is this the first step in manned commercial space flights? This, and four other interesting stories are highlighted in this week”s newsletter. Each story is linked to an area of the KS4/KS5 curriculum and can be used as a display poster, homework activity or just to give you some ideas on how you can use some topical stories in your lessons next week.


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?



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.



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

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

How to see around corners

image: CILAS @ wikimedia

A simple starter I often used when introducing the topic of light with year 8 was to give them a problem to solve: More

Space vacation

The story

Getting into space the traditional way, in a space shuttle, is an expensive process but at least we know it works. Is travelling up in an elevator attached to a 36 000 km cable any more cost effective or realistic? More

Plant plastics

The story

A team of scientists from a Dutch university has discovered a way of turning biogas made from plant matter into the building blocks of common plastics.
They used a new kind of iron catalyst made from nanoparticles to make ethene and propene. This new method means that plastics with the same chemical structure, and therefore properties as traditional petroplastics, can be produced using biomass, a renewable resource. More

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