Catalyst

Catalyst is a topical magazine that offers features on a wide range of themes from the science curriculum bringing them to life with insights into cutting-edge research and practical applications of complex science in the world around us. Catalyst magazine is aimed mainly at science students aged 14-19.

Many of its articles are written by practising research scientists who describe their current work and how they go about it. Other articles have a historical flavour, describing scientific developments from the past. Articles cover advances in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science and medicine. However, students can also learn about the ways in which scientists work, commonly referred to as ‘How Science Works’ (HSW).

Each magazine issue consists of four major articles, of which three typically cover physics, chemistry and biology. These major articles are usually linked to current developments in scientific research and are often written by the scientists or engineers involved. The fourth article is cross-disciplinary and shows how science research often calls upon experts across all disciplines. Shorter articles look at the broader issues in science, science-related careers and ideas for experiments that teachers can use in the classroom and students can try at home. The centrespread has a single dramatic image with two or three pages of explanatory text.

The articles available in this collection cover Volumes 13 to Volume 26 (the most recent) and cover the years 2003 - 2015. New issues of Catalyst will be added to this collection as they are published. Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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Catalyst Volume 27 Issue 3

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:Who owns the plants you eat?This Catalyst article looks at how plant breeders can claim rights over the varieties they develop. It also focuses on the question 'Does this give them too much control?'.Stress: good or bad?This Catalyst article looks at how stress...
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Catalyst Volume 27 Issue 2

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:Diamond: more than just a gemstoneThis Catalyst article looks at diamond and graphite which are allotropes of carbon. Their properties which depend on the bonding between the carbon atoms are also examined.The wonders of x-ray free electron lasersThis Catalyst...
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2010 to date

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Catalyst Volume 27 Issue 1

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:Whales and wavesThis Catalyst article looks at sperm whales. Sperm whales can dive deep into the ocean; they use sound waves to communicate in the dark and to detect their prey.The bizarre world of high pressure chemistryThis Catalyst article investigates high...
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2010 to date

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Catalyst Volume 26 Issue 4

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:Dust to dust?This Catalyst article looks at soil composition and the reasons behind protecting soil from turning into dust. The UN Year of Soils highlighted the many ways in which humans rely on soil for much more than growing crops.Dimitri Mendeleev and...
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Mary Howell

The search box for Catalyst magazine for relevant articles, which used toappear on the student page seems to have disappeared with the new website. This is a shame - can it be fixed?

David Sang

We are hoping this function will be restored before too long. David Sang, Catalyst editorial team

Alex Dickie

Still waiting for a search function!

muzamilshah

can somebody upload the latest issue please, we should be on issue 27 volume 3 now. Ta

David Sang

Hi. You're right, we should be up to 27/3 by now. I'm not sure why the last two issues are not on the website but I have emailed to find out.

muzamilshah

we use these articles for our 'science in the news' notice boards. Our students love them.

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