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What Causes the Aurora? *suitable for home teaching*

This article from Catalyst looks at aurora borealis caused by the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetic field. It also explains how satellites are testing thoeires of how this happens. Auroral light emission occurs at roughly 100 km altitude. Energetic electrons in the solar wind cause the...

Stephanie Kwolek - Polymer Chemist *suitable for home teaching*

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.

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Models of the Atom *suitable for home teaching*

This article investigates the history of models of the atom and discovers how, a century ago, scientists were devising models of the atom in an attempt to explain the limited evidence they had about the fundamental structure of matter.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 25,...

space:uk - Summer 2015, Issue 43

This edition of the magazine from the UK Space Agency includes:

  • The launch of the Earth Observation satellite, Sentinel 2A
  • News about the Rocket (salad) Science experiment
  • Tim Peake's training for his mission to the International Space Station
  • The launch of the International...

space:uk - Spring 2015, Issue 42

This edition of the magazine, from the UK Space Agency includes:

  • The discovery Beagle 2 on Mars
  • The AstroPi code competition
  • The landing of Philae on comet 67P in pictures
  • The UK's new funding for space programmes
  • British built space technology
  • The...

Launching a Balloon to the Edge of Space

The STEM club from Holy Cross School in Chorley and the North West Local Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society collaborated on a project to launch a balloon into the atmosphere. The balloon was carrying a camera, a GPS transmitter and a radiosonde, an instrument which transmits measurements by radio waves back...

Gardens in the Sky

This Catalyst article investigates how plants can be grown in orbiting spacecraft and how this may be useful in future manned space missions.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 3.

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Balloons in Space

The Big Picture on pages 10-11 of this issue of Catalyst shows scientists in Antarctica launching a balloon which will travel up through the atmosphere to a height of 34 km above the Earth’s surface. This balloon is part of NASA’s BARREL mission, probing the radiation belts which surround the Earth.

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Gravitational waves

This Catalyst article explores gravitational waves which have been observed for the first time, a century after they were first predicted by Albert Einstein.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2016, Volume 26, Issue 4.

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Catalyst volume 26 issue 4: full magazine

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:

Dust to dust?

This Catalyst article looks at soil composition and the reasons behind protecting soil from turning into dust. The UN Year of Soils highlighted the many ways in...

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