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 27 (the most recent) and cover the years 2003 - 2017. 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 20 Issue 1

This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:Plasma Prominences and Cosmic RaysThis article focuses on using remote telescopes and detecting cosmic rays.Ignaz Semmelweis: Saviour of MothersThis article describes the discovery of puerperal fever which lead to a dramatic decrease in the number of deaths in...
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2000 - 2009

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Catalyst Volume 19 Issue 4

A special edition of Catalyst focusing on the work of Charles Darwin including articles on:Celebrating DarwinThis article provides an interesting outline of the life and work of Charles Darwin.A Box of BeetlesDarwin's beetle collection, an early step in his scientific career, is the main focus of this article.The...
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2000 - 2009

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Catalyst Volume 19 Issue 3

Articles in this issue of Catalyst include:Water Power: the Micro-Hydro RevolutionThe article looks at a micro-hydroelectric power station on a river in Yorkshire.Bioluminescence: Learning From Glow WormsThe science of bioluminescence is the main focus of this article.What's in a Name?The article looks at the naming...
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2000 - 2009

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Catalyst Volume 19 Issue 2

This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:In the Pink: Colour from CarotenesThis article explains how pigments pass along a food chain through a process called bioamplification.Using Shape Memory AlloysThe article draws on the use of smart materials to help people with dementia live at home.Selling...
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2000 - 2009

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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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