Catalyst Volume 18 Issue 1

This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:

Wave Power

To tackle climate change, one potential major energy resource has remained untapped until now: wave power.

Science and Engineering Apprenticeships

This resource describes the different apprenticeships schemes in science and engineering.

TB or not TB

Badgers can transmit tuberculosis to cattle, but is a cull of badgers a solution to the problem?

Hubble Explores a Barred Spiral Galaxy

 The Hubble telescope takes dramatic photographs of distant galaxies. But how do scientists know the shape of their galaxy?

QTC - Making the Most of a Novel Material

Quantum Tunnelling Composite is a material whose resistance decreases dramatically under pressure. How does it work, and what uses will it have?

It Must Be True- I Read It in the Paper!

Scientists publish their results in journals, but only after they have undergone peer review.

Hydrogels – Water- Absorbing Polymers

This article explores hydrogels which are polymers with the unusual property of being able to absorb huge quantities of water.

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Wave Power

A Catalyst article looking at renewable energy. To tackle climate change and all the challenges imposed by the need to find alternative and reliable energy sources, there is one major resource that has remained untapped until now: wave power. This article describes the size of this resource and presents the leading...

Science and Engineering Apprenticeships

A Catalyst article about training as a technician after GCSEs. With an apprenticeship scheme it is possible to start a career at 16, keep learning to acquire qualifications – and get paid. It is quite possible to obtain a permanent job at the end of the apprenticeship. Many different companies up and down the...

TB or not TB?

A Catalyst article about the problems of badgers transmitting tuberculosis to cattle, but is a cull of badgers a solution to the problem? When cattle are found to be suffering from tuberculosis, a disease which can be passed onto humans, they are routinely slaughtered. It is known that badgers can transmit the...

Hubble Explores a Barred Spiral Galaxy

A Catalyst article about the Hubble telescope exploring a barred spiral galaxy, known as NGC1672 in the astronomers’ New General Catalogue. The image was made by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), and was released in April 2007. NGC 1672 is situated 60 million light years away, in the constellation of Dorado. The...