Electromagnetic spectrum

A collection of Catalyst articles about electromagnetic spectrum.

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Where on Earth?

This Catalyst article is devoted to the use of satellites for navigation. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2002, Volume 13, Issue 2.

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2000 - 2009

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X-rays at Work

A Catalyst article about X-rays. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2003, Volume 14, Issue 1.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Cook Electric

A Catalyst article looking at the use of gas and electric for cooking. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2004, Volume 14, Issue 3.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Bringing a Mummy to Life

A Catalyst article about a temple singer who was preserved as a mummy over 2000 years ago in Egypt. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2004, Volume 14, Issue 4.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Do U Wan2 Tlk> ;-)

A Catalyst article about mobile phones. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2005, Volume 16, Issue 1.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Diamond's Brilliant Light

A Catalyst article about a brilliant new light source under construction in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside - the Diamond Light Source.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2005, Volume 16, Issue 1.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Medical Imaging *suitable for home teaching*

A Catalyst article about microwaves, infrared, ultraviolet and X-rays which are all electromagnetic waves. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2005, Volume 16, Issue 2.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Invisible Rays

A Catalyst article about the astronomer William Herschel who discovered Uranus in 1781. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2007, Volume 17, Issue 3.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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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. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2007, Volume 18, Issue 1.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Do Mobile Phone Signals Harm Our Health?

A Catalyst article about people who believe that their health is affected by mobile phone radiation. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 18, Issue 3.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Risky Radiation

A Catalyst article comparing mobile phones and UV sunbeds.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 19, Issue 2.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Tracking Ike

This Catalyst article presents a series of photographs from NASA Satellites tracking Hurricane Ike from space.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 19, Issue 2.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Can Your Mobile Phone Damage Your Health?

A Catalyst article investigating if mobile phones produce harmful radiation. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2005, Volume 16, Issue 1.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Radiography - Careers

A Catalyst article about careers using radiography in medical procedures. 

This article is from GCSE Science Review 2006, Volume 16, Issue 3.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Working in Radiation Protection

A Catalyst article about how people can work more safely with radiation.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2009, Volume 19, Issue 3.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Radiation and Health

A Catalyst article about the safe use of radiation. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2009, Volume 19, Issue 3.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Plasma Prominences and Cosmic Rays

A Catalyst article about the use of remote telescopes and detecting cosmic rays.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2009, Volume 20, Issue 1.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Radar Refractivity: Using Science to Help Forecast Thunderstorms

A Catalyst article explaining how weather forecasts can help keep the public safe in extreme situations by providing advance warnings: for example, airline pilots rely on accurate information about the development of thunderstorms to help them decide which routes might be at risk from lightning or violent downbursts of air.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2009, Volume 20, Issue 1.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Dorothy Hodgkin - a Life in Science

A Catalyst article about Dorothy Hodgkin who was a pioneering scientist, a peace activist, a mother of three and a Nobel Prize winner. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2009, Volume 20, Issue 2.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Linking the World with Light

A Catalyst article about the Nobel Prize for physics 2009 winner Charles Kao, who developed optical fibre systems and CCDs which are the basis of most of today's long distance telephone systems. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2009, Volume 20, Issue 2.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Solar Cells

This Catalyst article investigates the development of better, more energy-efficient solar cells.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2010, Volume 20, Issue 3.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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LEDs - Lighting Up a Brighter Future

A Catalyst article about devising better, more energy-efficient lighting. In particular the article focuses on LEDs. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2010, Volume 20, Issue 3.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Infra-red Astronomy

A Catalyst article describing how the VISTA telescope, which is located in Chile, works.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2010, Volume 20, Issue 4.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Science on the Western Front

In this Catalyst article the work of archaeologists working on the graves of World War One (WWI) victims is described. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2011, Volume 21, Issue 4.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Splitting Light: Spectroscopy

A Catalyst article looking at which type of radiation is absorbed and emitted through spectroscopy. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2011, Volume 21, Issue 4.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Iron and Alzheimer’s - Studying Metals in the Brain

This Catalyst article looks into Alzheimer’s disease which affects around 465 000 people in the UK, with the number of sufferers is growing as the population ages. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2011, Volume 22, Issue 1.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Volcanoes from Space

This Catalyst article describes how the distribution of volcanoes across the Earth’s surface tells scientists about the underlying pattern of tectonic plates. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2011, Volume 22, Issue 1.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Phones and Health

This Catalyst article explores whether the use of mobile phones increases the risk of cancer, including a recent study from Denmark which investigates the issue further.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2011, Volume 22, Issue 2.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Solar Disinfection of Drinking Water

 This Catalyst article looks at the method of solar disinfection to provide safe drinking water.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2012, Volume 23, Issue 2.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Balloons in Space

The Big Picture on pages 10-11 of this issue of Catalyst shows scientists in Antarctica launching a balloon which will travel up through the atmosphere to a height of 34 km above the Earth’s surface.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2013, Volume 24, Issue 1.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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False Colour

This Catalyst article investigates how scientists make images using colours to represent electromagnetic radiations which humans cannot see.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 24, Issue 4.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Palaeontology Goes Hi-Tech

This Catalyst article investigates Palaeontology. 

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Inside the Teenage Brain

This Catalyst article looks at the teenage brain.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 2.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Superman's Not Dead

This Catalyst article investigates x-rays. 

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 2.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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What is Physics?

This Catalyst article discusses what physics is. 

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 26, Issue 1.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Earth's Magnetic Field - What is it Good For?

This Catalyst article investigates how the Earth's magnetosphere protects us from harmful cosmic radiation.  

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 26, Issue 2.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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