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Science in the News-letter #22

Snapshot Science’s newsletter is back this week after a summer break. Make sure you download your copy which features a range of news stories from the past week including how ecologists are estimating the population of an endangered tortoise species and news of a new polymer that can be used to replace human cartilage. As usual, all stories have been picked as they have a connection with content from GCSE specifications.



Science in the News-letter #21

If you are living in the UK then there is no doubt that you are fed up with the torrential rain we are experiencing at the moment. Is this indicative of our future summers? Scientists have announced this week that some extreme weather is due to climate change caused by human activities. However, the rain may not be due to this, we will have to wait a few more years to find out. This story and four others from the news last week feature in this week’s newsletter.


Science in the News-letter #20

What an amazing week for science…

…a healthy pizza has been developed! (oh, and that Higgs thingy)

Sorry – the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs Boson (or is it?) was a truly amazing discovery. Other news this week includes the finding of a well-preserved dinosaur fossil that hints that nearly all dinosaurs were feathered and so even more bird-like then previously thought and the news that the controversial Three Gorges Dam in China has been completed.


Science in the News-letter #19

This week’s newsletter contains two stories that highlight man’s effects on other species on Earth. Lonesome George – the last Pinta giant tortoise died last week and computer models have been used to predict a major decline in the population of emperor penguins due to climate change.


Science in the News-letter #18

Did you know: Everest is not the highest point on Earth? Find out why in this week’s newsletter along with lots of other interesting stories and facts.

I have changed the shortened URLs as it came to my attention that very often these are blocked when trying to access them from school. I hope the new-style ones work – please let me know if not!


Science in the News-letter #17

Lots of lovely space news this week with the discovery of another two Jovian moons plus the news that Voyager 1 has almost left the Solar System. Also, the building of the largest telescope in the world has been given the go ahead in the hope that we will be able to look deeper into space and time. Some exciting stories to inspire budding astronomers!


Science in the News-letters

A double post this week as both the latest Newsletter for KS4/5 and June’s Junior Newsletter are ready for download.

June Junior newsletter

Stories included look at food webs, infectious diseases and forces. As always there is a question suitable for KS2 and one to extend KS2 students or for KS3. Teacher notes are included.

 Science in the News-letter #16

This edition features questions based on the transit of Venus, prenatal genetic tests, GM apples that never go brown and a couple of chemistry stories on two new elements and an Olympic themed allotrope of carbon.

Science in the News-letter #15

roulette est une version très allégée du jeu de roulette classique et peut être un bon moyen pour”>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!).


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?



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