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Wood decay fungi

This  Catalyst article looks at the work of scientists who use biochemical and DNA analysis to learn more about how fungi cause dead wood to decay.

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

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Make a non-Newtonian fluid

This Catalyst article includes a recipe on how to make a non-Newtonian fluid which flows in strange and unexpected ways.

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

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Researching cuttlefish

This Catalyst article looks at cuttlefish which have a remarkable ability to change their appearance at high speed. But how do they do this?

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

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Face facts

This Catalyst article describes how human faces contain a wealth of information about the individual - so how do we go about interpreting faces?

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

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Chemical reaction biscuits

This Catalyst article looks at the process of baking biscuits. All cooking involves chemical reactions but you are not normally aware of them happening. There is an obvious thermal decomposition reaction which takes place in the middle of this recipe – and you get fabulous ginger biscuits at the end.

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Dust to dust? The importance of soil

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 which humans rely on soil for much more than growing crops.

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

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Fingerprints – beyond identity

Chemists analyse the tiny traces of substances which form a fingerprint. This allows them to determine drug abuse and as well as the age, gender and diet of an individual.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2016, Volume 26, Issue 3.

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HEaTED magazine - Summer 2016

This first issue of the HEaTED magazine looks into how to train as a technician and a number of different careers paths leading into the profession.  There is also an interview with a fine arts technician working in FE and HE education. The feature articles focus on the Athena SWAN Charter as a scheme to recognise...

Bioethics briefing no 2: crop plant genetic modification

This issue covers the background in selective plant breeding over the centuries and then describes the more recent advances and the introduction of genetically modified crops. The intrinsic objections, safety concerns (such as containment and good safety), sociopolitical concerns and other wider global issues...

Bioethics briefing no 3: preimplantation genetic diagnosis

This edition covers issues concerning assisted conception and "designer babies", which is a term which is often heard in the popular media. Today an ever-growing number of children are born after PGD and the different motivations for wanting it vary quite widely, ranging from the prevention of genetic...

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