Catalyst Volume 23 Issue 4

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:

Investigating poisoning

This article looks at criminal poisoning and shows how forensic science is used to solve serious murder cases.

Mount Etna - Europe's biggest volcano

This article takes a look at Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily, the biggest and tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world.

Ice - water - steam

This article describes an experiment in which, using a microwave oven, water can be boiled in a cup made of ice, allowing all three states of water to be seen at once.

Extremophiles - How to find life on Mars

This article looks at life in extreme environments on Earth which can suggest how life might exist on Mars.

The other genome project

This article details how the genome of a plant called Arabidopsis has been unravelled so that this species can act as a model in genetic studies. 

Seeing inside cells

This article shows how various types of microscope allow scientists to see what is going on inside living plant cells.

Passive house

This article looks at buildings designed to cut heating demand almost to zero.

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The Other Genome Project *suitable for home teaching*

This Catalyst article details how the genome of a plant called Arabidopsis has been unravelled so that this species can act as a model in genetic studies. Arabidopsis thaliana is a model species like the fruit fly Drosophila, yeast, and the bacterium Escherichia coli.  Scientists...

Seeing Inside Cells *suitable for home teaching*

Each individual blade of grass consists of various tissues, each made of cells in their thousands. In these cells an as yet unknown number of reactions and interactions are constantly taking place. The cells contain different parts known as organelles, which can be thought of as the cellular equivalent of the...

Passive House

Heating accounts for over half of the energy used in homes in the UK. This Catalyst article looks at buildings designed to cut heating demand almost to zero. There are over 70,000 passive houses in Europe – just a few of them in the UK. To be described as ‘passive’, a house must meet strict criteria for energy use...

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