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 24 Issue 1

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:How the Leopard Gets Its SpotsThis article looks at Turing mechanisms as a way of explaining how patterns such as spots and stripes develop as an animal grows.What is Science Communication?This article explores where Science Communication came from, how it has...
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Catalyst Volume 23 Issue 4

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:Investigating poisoningThis article looks at criminal poisoning and shows how forensic science is used to solve serious murder cases.Mount Etna - Europe's biggest volcanoThis article takes a look at Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily, the biggest and...
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2010 to date

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Catalyst Volume 23 Issue 3

This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:Speak to Me, LichenIn this article, students at La Sainte Union Catholic School in North London investigate the link between lichen species and air pollution around their school.Fracking: an Energy Revolution?This article looks at hydraulic fracking, the process...
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2010 to date

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Catalyst Volume 23 Issue 2

This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies or WeetabixThis article looks at how scientists can use material recovered from archaeological sites to see how crops have been introduced to different countries over the history of farming.Alison Foster: a Chemist in the World of...
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2010 to date

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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!

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