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Printing in Three Dimensions

This Catalyst article looks at 3D printing, a new technology which is rapidly finding applications. Although probably too slow for mass production it is useful for producing prototypes and tailor-made items. In a 3D printer, layers of polymer beads are printed one on top of the other. Heat melts the polymer beads so...
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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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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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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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Perception

This article looks at how signals from the eyes are interpreted by the brain, unconscious perceptions, and what brain disorders can tell us about consciousness.Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Find out more about Catalyst magazine.
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STEM learning secondary and FE magazine: spring 2018

This issue of the magazine includes the following articles:Have your Pi and eat it too by Michael AndersonBananas are big business by Ed WalshThe E in STEM by Gill Collinson and Gemma TaylorCelebrating International Darwin Day by Simon QuinnellApplying learning in science practicals by Mark LangleyZombies,...
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From flat-screen TVs to your smartphone

This article focuses on the practical uses of the element Boron, including its pivotal role in heat conservation, energy conversion and storage.Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Find out more about Catalyst magazine: www.stem.org.uk/catalyst
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Monitoring our dynamic planet from space

This article focuses on how monitoring the movement of tectonic by satellites is allowing scientists to monitor the build-up of stresses prior to earthquakes and eruptions, providing vital information that can help communities to prepare.Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Find out more about...
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Using science to save manta rays

The articles explores the use of science in the conservation effort of manta rays. Many aspects of the lives of mantas remain a mystery, including their movements and areas which are important for feeding and breeding. After years of photographically tracking and tagging individuals, researchers are beginning to...
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