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| Issue 41

Design inspiration: the secrets of shark skin

Shark skin is adapted for energy-efficient swimming in remarkable ways, some of which are now being copied by designers and engineers.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19;
Topics: Physics, General science, Biology, Engineering
             

| Issue 41

A particle accelerator in your salad bowl

Create a particle accelerator using a Van de Graaff generator, a ping-pong ball and a salad bowl to understand how it is used to study matter at the smallest scale.   

Ages: 14-16, 16-19;
Topics: Physics
       

| Issue 41

How do birds fly? A hands-on demonstration

Dissect a chicken from the supermarket to discover the unusual pulley system that enables birds to fly.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19;
Topics: Biology, General science
     

| Issue 40

More than meets the eye: the cold and the distant Universe

In the fifth and final article in this series on astronomy and the electromagnetic spectrum, find out how scientists use the European Space Agency’s missions to observe the sky in far-infrared, sub-millimetre and microwave light.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19;
Topics: Physics, Astronomy / space
     

| Issue 40

Bionic structures: from stalks to skyscrapers

A blade of grass and a high tower both need to stand up against forces that threaten to level them. Are there design principles that they can exploit to achieve this?

Ages: <11, 11-14;
Topics: Physics, Biology, Engineering
     

| Issue 40

Finding the scale of space

How do astronomers measure distances to the stars? Using a digital camera to record parallax shift is an accurate and authentic method that can be used in a classroom.

Ages: 16-19;
Topics: Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy / space