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Stephanie Kwolek - Polymer Chemist

Stephanie Kwolek invented the tough polymer Kevlar, used in protective clothing and developed a method for demonstrating the production of nylon in the classroom which is still used today.The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1.Catalyst is a science magazine for students...
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QTC - Making the Most of a Novel Material

A Catalyst article about Quantum Tunnelling Composite, a material discovered in 1997 and whose resistance decreases dramatically under pressure. How does it work and what uses will it have? The material has been carefully characterised (to understand its composition and how it works), and its first applications have...
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2000 - 2009

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Using shape memory alloys

A Catalyst article describing the use of smart materials to help people with disabilities. Many more people with physical and mental disabilities are leading independent lives at home, thanks in part to recent technological developments. The article focuses on one project which makes use of smart materials to help...
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How to Become a Programmer

Over the last decade, few jobs have become as in demand as that of the programmer. Needed by firms in virtually every industry around the world, programmers have an incredible level of freedom to take their careers wherever they please, as this guide to becoming a programmer explains.
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12 February 2019

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Hydrogen Powered Cars

As the need to find alternative cleaner forms of energy increases, scientists are looking to technologies, such as Hydrogen Fuel Cells (HFCs), as a power source for transportation.This Catalyst article explains how hydrogen and oxygen gas can be used in a redox reaction to produce electricity, and the harmless by-...
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Passive House

Heating accounts for over half of the energy used in homes in the UK. This Catalyst article looks at buildings designed to cut heating demand almost to zero. There are over 70,000 passive houses in Europe – just a few of them in the UK. To be described as ‘passive’, a house must meet strict criteria for energy use. In...
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THE BENEFITS OF PLAY

THE BENEFITS OF PLAYAn occasional paper byDr William LockittIntended audience:The paper is aimed at raising awareness to the importance of play in education and highlight some of the current research available. It is hoped that teachers, parents, home educators and others interested in developing play activities will...
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28 November 2018

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Fireworks: an Explosive Business

This Catalyst article looks at fireworks and their history, how they are made and set off, and what gives them their colours and effects. The basic chemistry used in fireworks is looked at and how they work once the fuse is ignited.This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2002, Volume 13, Issue 2.Catalyst...
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STEM learning secondary and FE magazine: summer 2018

This issue of magazine includes the following articles:Preparing BTEC students for university by Adrian GreenallFuture careers in magic by Dave GibbsWhat does a good science scheme of learning look like? by Mark LangleyExploring our universe by Tom LyonsMoving into leadership by Karen CurzonWhy is it a challenge...
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How to become a chartered accountant

For those with a passion for mathematics, accountancy can be a lucrative career path. Ever open to fresh applicants, it is an industry that consists of numerous specialisations of which a chartered accountant is one. This role places an emphasis of working with commercial business clients and managing their finances...
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03 July 2018

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