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Cosmology: the Origin and Development of the Universe

This book on cosmology, from the Royal Astronomical Society, provides a good primer for those teaching A-level physics courses or GCSE Astronomy.

The resource begins by introducing the history of measurements in cosmology, from Aristotle to Galileo and Newton. It gives brief explanations of:
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A Clearer Picture of Climate Change

A case study produced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). More accurate global weather forecasts and a better understanding of climate change are in prospect thanks to a breakthrough by electrical engineers at Queen’s University Belfast. 

The team has developed a high...

F1 in Schools technology challenge

In teams of 3-6, students aged 9-19 design, build and race model formula one cars powered by a compressed air cylinder.

The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and...

Malaria Challenge

Produced by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, this multimedia resource explores the five major stages of the malaria lifecycle, highlighting the role of the Plasmodium parasite at each stage. The resource predominantly focuses on Plasmodium falciparum but does also make reference to other Plasmodium species...

Malaria Challenge: Managing Malaria

Produced by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, these materials help students to understand how malaria is tackled in an area where it is endemic. In this activity students are given a scenario where they are allocated the role of malaria programme managers for a community in a malaria area.

In groups,...

Plants

This issue of Big Picture provides lots of interesting information about flowering plants and their uses. 

The plant hormones animation explores the action of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and shows how scientists used experimental evidence to explain the role of auxins in a phototrophic response.

The...

Colour experiments

Demonstation on colour and light, and experiment to make a colour wheel spinner. Suitable for reception children.

Go further: A practical guide to extended science projects

 Information on how to do extended science projects and how to conduct them ethically, together with some additional advice for teachers and schools.

Genes, Genomes and Health

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine. In recent years, great progress has been made in genome sequencing and understanding the huge amount of data produced. Our genes play a key part in making us who we are, but how can science help us understand our genetic...

Drugs

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine. While providing immense benefits, drugs are not the perfect solution.

They only work on a proportion of patients, sometimes they harm us, and we're not very good at taking them as we should. For some diseases,...

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