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UNDERSTAND

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Colour in nature: true blue

November 2, 2022 | Issue 60

Have you ever seen a blue cow? A blue apple? Or a blue tree? Blue is rare in nature, so why are some plants and animals blue?

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Ecology, Evolution, Iridescence, Light, Pigments

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Mars Express peers into Mars’ ‘Grand Canyon’

November 2, 2022 | Issue 60

Recent images from ESA's Mars Express mission show two ruptures in the martian crust that form part of a mighty canyon system.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Astronomy, Geology, Mars, Solar system, Space

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Shedding light on the gut microbiome

November 2, 2022 | Issue 60

Learn how fluorescence microscopy can illuminate our gut microbiome and its role in cancer.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Cancer, Microbiology, Microscopy

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TEACH

Teach

The centrifugal force awakens

November 2, 2022 | Issue 60

In a spin: use a rotating platform to explore how gravitational acceleration affects a simple pendulum.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Acceleration, Forces, Gravity, Mechanics, Pendulums

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Elegant electrolysis – the microscale way

November 2, 2022 | Issue 60

Enhance your students’ knowledge of electrolysis using quick, safe, and easy microscale chemistry techniques.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Chemistry, Conductivity, Electrolysis, Ions, Microscale experiments

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Design and build a smart lamp

November 2, 2022 | Issue 60

Help students develop STEAM skills by building a smart lamp with this creative project that combines physics, programming, and art and design.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16; Keywords: Circuits, Design, Programming, STEAM teaching

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