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Plant Power: Epigenetics - The Hidden Secrets of Inheritance

Most current theories of adaptation and evolution are based on an organism’s inflexible genetic inheritance, where variation depends on chance mutations to the DNA sequence. Now, biologists studying epigenetics are trying to uncover the roles of this more flexible system.

Skype Call An Engineer @ BuroHappold

I would like to share with you an exciting outreach programme that we here at BuroHappold Engineering have developed. BuroHappold is a multi-disciplinary engineering and consulting firm, involved in almost all aspects of designing the built environment. As a company we coordinate numerous outreach opportunities,...

Physics Careers Posters

These resources are from the Institute of Physics and consist of a range of posters that illustrate physics-related careers. The posters cover a wide range of careers and include:

Physicists Predict, Protect, Inspire and Save: Nicola Lang - geophysicist, Emma Sowter - medical physicist,  ...

Floating Garden STEM challenge

This challenge, from Practical Action, requires students to design and build a model structure that will enable farmers to grow crops even in an area that may become flooded. A floating garden, built on a base of aquatic weeds, is a cheap and sustainable way of allowing people to grow vegetables. The resource can...

DNA replication and the cell cycle

A poster or handout showing semi-conservative DNA replication, the cell cycle and the stages of mitosis.

STEM Careers Posters

A set of 66 STEM Careers posters to develop children's knowledge of the range of STEM careers available to them.

Sports Technologist

Chris Holmes is a sports technologist for sports equipment manufacturer Adidas. This Department for Education clip is useful in showing students how a career such as this relies on a background of STEM study. Chris describes how he specialises in the development of sports balls. His job is to investigate the best...

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.

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Epigenetics article

This article looks at epigenetics in plants.

Rooted to the spot, plants cannot run away from problems.  Instead, they adjust their growth and metabolism to cope. So, exposed to strong winds, plants grow shorter, broader stems and smaller leaves; or if temperatures approach freezing, many plants synthesise ‘...

Top ten reasons renewable energy is cool - poster

This poster gives students some amusing reasons why renewable energy is cool. When it is viewed electronically hyperlinks can be followed to related articles. It's great as a starting point for discussion, and why not ask students to design their own posters?

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