Representing and interpreting data

A collection of Catalyst articles about representing and interpreting data.

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Battle of the Barnacles

A Catalyst article about biologists looking for patterns in the distribution of barnacle species on the sea shore. Barnacles are arthropods which live as tiny larvae in the sea and then cement themselves, head down, on suitable rocks, build a shell, poke their legs out of the top of it and start to filter feed. 

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

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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Plasma Prominences and Cosmic Rays

A Catalyst article about the use of remote telescopes and detecting cosmic rays. Giant telescopes that can be operated remotely are located in Hawaii and Australia and are known as the Faulkes telescopes.

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

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Ignaz Semmelweis: Saviour of Mothers

A Catalyst article about the discovery of puerperal fever by Ignaz Semmelweis a doctor in a maternity ward in Vienna general hospital. The article looks at his observations into death rates and shows how scientists use observations and theories to make practical changes that can improve life. 

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

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Nature Needs You: Labs Without Walls

A Catalyst article about the Open-Air Laboratory (OPAL) project. Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) is an England-wide initiative that has received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to bring scientists and local communities closer together. 

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

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Hearing Trouble

This Catalyst article looks at 'Restored Hearing', a business which grew out of a school science project. It provides therapy for sufferers of temporary tinnitus, a debilitating hearing condition caused by exposure to loud noises. 

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

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Numbers from Nature

This Catalyst article looks at the work of field ecologists, discussing how ecological studies require the gathering and processing of large amounts of data. This article looks at how ant populations are studied in the field and how their study can produce information about the way living organisms exist in the wild, their interaction with one another and the environment that they live in.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2011, Volume 21, Issue 3.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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The One-Footed Ape

This Catalyst articles investigates the research into footedness in football. 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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Crash Investigators

This Catalyst article investigates the ideas traffic police use about speed, acceleration and force to determine what happened during road accidents.

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

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Six views of Mercury

This Catalyst article presents six different images of Mercury, the planet nearest the Sun. 

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2016, Volume 26, Issue 3.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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