Catalyst Volume 17 Issue 2

This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:

Fruit Flies and Alzheimer's Disease

This article looks at some basic aspects of genetics and how fruit flies are being used in novel ways to study genetic diseases.

Science Communication - Careers

This article explores careers in science communication.

Investigating RTAs

After any road traffic accident (RTA), the police and other investigators try to establish what went wrong. This may be with a view to prosecuting a motorist, or simply in an effort to improve road safety. An understanding of the physics of motion plays a large part in such investigations.

Animal Testing

This article looks at using animals in scientific research.

Fantastic Fossils

This article looks at some extraordinary fossils of plants and animals preserved together in an ecosystem - it is even possible to see the cells of which they were made.

Fats, Oils and Soaps

This article investigates a few of the uses of naturally occurring oils. These oils are extracted from animal fats or plant seeds and can be turned into a variety of compounds including soaps, fuel and margarine.

Hurricanes

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused many deaths - and vast damage - along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico in the USA. Hurricanes are an unfamiliar phenomenon here in the UK. Why is this? And can people expect to see more hurricanes in future as a result of climate change?

Drosophila melanogaster

This article introduces Drosophila melanogaster a fruit fly used as a laboratory subject in genetics.

Buckytubes

This article looks at buckytubes, a type of carbon nanoparticle.

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Fruit Flies and Alzheimer's Disease

A Catalyst article about the use of fruit flies in research about genetic diseases and in particular the study of DNA and how genes can cause disease. Scientists have studied the effects of placing new DNA into the chromosomes of fruit flies. One line of research is to utilise fruit flies with the human gene...

Science Communication - Careers

A Catalyst article about careers in science communication. The article looks at the work of a science teacher, science presenter and a multimedia producer. In addition there is information about science career options.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2006, Volume 17, Issue 2.

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Investigating RTAs *suitable for home teaching*

A Catalyst article about road traffic accidents (RTAs). After the accident police and other investigators try to establish what went wrong. This may be with a view to prosecuting a motorist, or simply in an effort to improve road safety. An understanding of the physics of motion plays a large part in such...

Animal Testing

A Catalyst article looking at how research using animals causes heated debate. New drugs must be safety tested on two species of animals, the article looks at how many experiments use animals and how they are regulated, scientific procedures and genetically modified animals.

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