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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.

 

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.

Science in the News-letter #26

Just in time for Halloween, check out the vampire dinosaur as featured in this week”s newsletter. Can you guess what its fangs were used for? (clue: not biting necks). In other news: why there is Per ottenere il Bonus è necessario effettuare l’accesso al software di gioco durante il periodo di validità della promozione e usufruire  dei giochi casino sopra elencati effettuando una spesa pari almeno a 20 volte quella del bonus. no need to worry about a deadly virus spreading in the UK, how energy can be stored in air and a potential new treatment for infertile women.

 

Science in the News-letter #25

A rare newsletter this week as it contains not one but four chemistry news stories (plus one physics). Your students can read stories on how pebbles contain evidence that there was once moving water on Mars, how Japanese scientists have created a new element, the news that asteroid dust could potentially halt climate change and how changing your washing powder could help reduce pollution.

 

Science in the News-letter #24

A couple of great astronomy news stories feature in this week’s newsletter: Why astronomers have voted on changing the value of an AU and news about the oldest galaxy so far detected. The latter story would be very useful for a lesson on red-shift. Also included is a video news story about issues surrounding biofuels and a story looking at uterus transplants.

 

 

Science in the News-letter #23

This week’s newsletter features five stories all linked to the GCSE science specifications including: Why classification of a new species of monkey is important to maintain biodiversity, how face shape is genetically determined and how scientists have been able to view the bonds in molecules for the first time.

 

 

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