Exercise, breathing, respiration

A collection of Catalyst articles about exercise, breathing, and respiration.

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A Close Look at Pollen Grains

A Catalyst article about how the scanning by an electron microscope of pollen grains shows up their structure, and can help scientists understand why some people suffer from an allergic reaction - hay fever. The article describes how the images were made and how they are used in scientific research.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2007, Volume 18, Issue 2.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Body Sensor Networks

A Catalyst article about the use of tiny electronic sensors to monitor the movement of people. As electronic devices get smaller and more powerful, they are finding new uses in monitoring human activity. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 18, Issue 4.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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To Sleep...Perchance to Dream

A Catalyst article about the study of electrical activity of the brain during sleep. The article looks at brain waves, REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and the effects of sleep deprivation.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 18, Issue 4.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Exercise: Working It to the Bone

A Catalyst article looking at the benefits of exercise and how it affects bone structure and hence physical fitness. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2010, Volume 21, Issue 1.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Pterosaurs - Flying Reptiles

This Catalyst article looks at the pterosaurs, which were flying reptiles, and which died out along with the dinosaurs.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2010, Volume 21, Issue 2.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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From Earth to Mars

This Catalyst article describes how a manned trip to Mars and back would be very demanding, both technologically and for the people involved.

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

publication year
2010 to 2019

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The One-Footed Ape

There has been a great deal of research into footedness in football. However, careful observations of what players do on the pitch reveal that the elite football heroes are much more one-footed than it was previously assumed. David Carey of Bangor University looks into the issue.

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

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Metabolomics at Work

This article shows how a new understanding of how cells respond to lack of oxygen can help to reduce the tissue damage caused in heart attacks and strokes.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 25, Issue 4.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Energy Transfer *suitable for home teaching*

A Catalyst article devoted to food chains. This article looks at photosynthesis and the loss of energy from plants to animals throughout the food chain. 

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

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Oxygen Supply *suitable for home teaching*

A Catalyst article about oxygen and how it is essential for most respiration, which goes on all the time in all live cells all living organisms. 

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2004, Volume 15, Issue 1.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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In the Mountains - Going Up?

This Catalyst article describes how the human body is affected by low atmospheric pressure at high altitudes. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2008, Volume 19, Issue 1.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Diving Deep

This Catalyst article explores how many mammal species' bodies are adapted to cope with the great pressures involved as they dive to great depths.

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

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Fighting Fit *suitable for home teaching*

This Catalyst article looks at how exercise affects our immunity and susceptibility to infection.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2012, Volume 22, Issue 4.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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The Systems Physiology of Exercise *suitable for home teaching*

This Catalyst article looks at the effect exercise has on the body. Poor fitness contributes to poor life expectancy, and inability to exercise reduces quality of life in the ill or aged. 

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2012, Volume 22, Issue 4.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Studying Lung Surfactant

A Catalyst article about the inner surface of lungs, which is coated with surfactant, allowing oxygen to enter the bloodstream. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2007, Volume 18, Issue 2.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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"I Am the Greatest"

This Catalyst article discusses the science behind motivation in sport. Self-efficacy has been shown to have a strong influence on performance in athletes, with those who believe in themselves generally attaining more success than those who are plagued with self-doubt. 

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2012, Volume 23, Issue 1.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Toxic Gases! Therapeutic? What?!

This article discusses how toxic gases gases can be useful in medicine, carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas but it can also help to treat some diseases.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 25, Issue 4.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Death of a King

This Catalyst article investigates the remains of King Richard III of England, which have been excavated, and how they were analysed to establish the details of how he died.

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

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Life Below the Surface

This Catalyst article looks at scuba diving, and how having a knowledge of physics is vital in helping divers to get out of dangerous situations. 

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2012, Volume 22, Issue 4.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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