Catalyst Volume 24 Issue 1

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:

How the Leopard Gets Its Spots

This article looks at Turing mechanisms as a way of explaining how patterns such as spots and stripes develop as an animal grows.

What is Science Communication?

This article explores where Science Communication came from, how it has grown and why it has an important role to play in helping people to learn about science.

Working in Science Communication

Six people whose work can be described as ‘communicating science’ reveal the great variety of career paths in this area.

Balloons in Space

In Antarctica, a balloon is launched to investigate the Earth's radiation belts.

Launching a Balloon to the Edge of Space

This article looks at a school project which involved launching a weather balloon high into the atmosphere carrying measuring instruments.

Magnificent Magnetic Bacteria

This article explores bacteria which produces magnetic particles which may be useful for future computer memory devices.

Birth of an Orchid

This article looks at orchids, their breeding, and why they have great commercial value.

Orchids and Insects

This article explains how orchids have evolved over millions of years to have a close relationship with the insects which pollinate them.

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How the Leopard Gets Its Spots

The animal kingdom contains an abundance of exquisite natural patterns from the stripes of an angelfish to the spots of a leopard. But how do these arise during early development? This Catalyst article looks at Turing mechanisms as a way of explaining how patterns develop as an animal grows.

In 1952, Alan...

What is Science Communication?

This Catalyst article explores where Science Communication came from, how it has grown and why it has an important role to play in helping people to learn about science.

On one level Science Communication is about communicating science and building bridges between the people involved in scientific research...

Working in Science Communication

In this Catalyst article, six people whose work can be described as ‘communicating science’ reveal the great variety of career paths in this area.

  • Alex Tate is a Producer/Director for Windfall Films. He produces and directs science and natural history documentaries.
  • Dr Sai Pathmanathan is a...

Magnificent Magnetic Bacteria

It takes a lot of rare natural resources and energy to make a mobile phone, laptop or computer, the modern technology we use every day. That is why many scientists would like to take inspiration from Mother Nature to help us to make more environmentally-friendly machines in the future.

This Catalyst article...

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