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Life in the Balance?

A Catalyst article about Earth’s biodiversity much of which appears to be teetering on the brink of a man-made extinction crisis. Scientists have suggested that, unless urgent action is taken now, many species will disappear in the next 50 years. This article looks at some of the issues involved.

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Life in Our Solar System

Life in the extremesMicrobes can survive in the most hostile and inhospitable environments. Might similar places in our solar system be able to support them too?

Why are scientists interested in Mars?Why are scientists interested in Mars? Four scientists talk about why they are interested in the red...

Life and the Universe

This video features a panel discussion with space scientist, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, the cosmologist, Carlos Frenk, and the science fiction novelist, Adam Roberts. They discuss the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe and ask the question “Are we alone in the cosmos?”. They explore ideas such as the number...

Learning Outside the Classroom

Part of the Great Lesson Ideas series, this Teachers TV video looks at how secondary science topics can be taught away from the classroom. It shows at ideas for three great day visits.

These include:

• The Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, in Cornwall, to learn about satellites, space and...

Kingswinford School

The activities within this resource focus on three topics: Cepheid variable stars; a power system for the Mars Science Laboratory; and locating celestial objects using the Stellarium software. The Cepheid variable activity is suitable for GCSE or Post-16 physics and astronomy. Students need to be able to interpret...

Journey into Inner Space

A Catalyst article about physicists working at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider who hope to have received the first results from what is probably the biggest, most expensive and most ambitious scientific experiment ever carried out. Later, they hope to solve the mystery of the fundamental forces of nature.

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iSquared Magazine Issue 6

This edition of iSquared magazine features:

The shape of time - Vérinique Pagé explains how Einstein’s theories of relatively completely altered our view of space and time and gave us the tools to understand the shape of our universe. ...

iSquared Magazine Issue 5

This edition of iSquared magazine features:

The mathematical origins of string theory - Andrew Dalrymple tells the story of how one of the most promising candidates for a “theory of everything” developed from the discovery of an application for a 200 year old...

Is There Life In There?

All life forms on Earth are based on organic biochemistry. This activity requires students to analyse an unknown soil sample (just recovered from a space mission to another planet!) and look for signs of possible indicators for life. Curriculum areas covered: • Cell biology • Food tests, including starch, sugar,...

Is There Anybody Out There?

A Catalyst article about the Kepler spacecraft, which is used to look for extra-solar planets. Scientists are hoping to shine light on the age old question of life’s existence elsewhere in the Universe using a new space-based telescope named Kepler. Launched on 6 March 2009, Kepler is searching the sky for small,...

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