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 23 Issue 1

This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:"I Am the Greatest" This article discusses the science behind motivation in sport. Psychologists are developing theories to explain how athletes' thinking can help their performance.Curious About MarsThis article looks at NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, the...
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Catalyst Volume 22 Issue 4

This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:Fighting Fit This Catalyst article looks at how exercise affects our immunity and susceptibility to infection. Recent research indicates that a person's level of physical activity affects their immune function, influencing their risk of respiratory tract...
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2010 to date

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Catalyst Volume 22 Issue 3

This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:The Price of Rice This article looks at how genetics has increased yields of rice, a staple food for billions of people.What Causes the Aurora? The aurora borealis is caused by the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetic field. This article...
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2010 to date

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Catalyst Volume 22 Issue 2

This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:Diving DeepMany mammal species can dive to great depths. This article explores how their bodies are adapted to cope with the great pressures involved.Jewellery Metals This article focuses on how jewellery is traditionally made from metals such as gold, silver and...
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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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