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Catalyst Volume 24 Issue 1: Full Magazine

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...

Catalyst Volume 17 Issue 1: Full Magazine

This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:

Impact Earth

Astronomers say that, one day, a giant rock from space will collide with the Earth and cause mass devastation. This could lead to the...

Can You Get Fat in Space?

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks us the question, “Can you get fat in space?”. He explains that, due to being in a weightless environment, astronauts' muscles do not need to work as hard as on Earth, and so the fat on their bodies could increase....

Build the Station Simulation

With just a few materials, building a paper model of the International Space Station (ISS) can become a class project. This publication contains a brief overview of the ISS, its parts, the science that occurs on board, instructions, and extension fact sheets. Learn about the ISS, explore fun facts, simulate...

Beryllium

In the build-up to the Christmas Lectures in 2012, the Royal Institution published a new video for every day of advent revealing the elements that really excite and inspire people. In this short film, biochemist Liz Bonnin looks to the stars for her pick from the periodic table.

The properties of beryllium...

Big Telescopes

The Big Telescopes poster links ground and space based telescopes with the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that they are observing and their locations on Earth or in space.

The poster explains how larger telescopes allow scientists to learn more about the early universe and map our own galaxy with...

Amplification of the Learning Objectives

In separate documents, this resource provides guidance for teachers to plan for progression of students aged 11-16, based on the National Strategies Framework for Secondary Science Learning Objectives. Each learning objective is given further explanation under the heading ‘Pupils could learn to … ’ 

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Steve Spittle – Emerging Technology Lead in Digital Intelligence

Steve looks at new technologies that advance the space industry.  He works at the Space Applications Catapult, in Harwell.  He gives the example of how image processing techniques used in the satellite industry can be used in the medical imaging.  Imaging data has also been used to prevent illegal logging and to...

Solids, liquids, gases

The relationship between energy and states of matter is sometimes difficult for students to comprehend. This activity helps to reinforce the notion that, when energy is added to a system, the molecules themselves do not change but their motion and relative positions do change.

While the model is a...

Tardigrades in space

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in 2015, focused on the topic of human spaceflight.  The activities linked to the clip on tardigrades are differentiated for lower and upper secondary students.  They are designed to enhance biology lessons on DNA damage and repair, or physics lessons on the danger of...

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