Learning Science through Slime

Learning Science through Slime

Pupils at St James Senior Girls’ School (www.stjamesgirls.co.uk) have been taking their slime-making skills to another level by conducting individual scientific research projects into slime as part of a Year 7 science competition. Each pupil was given their own independent investigation to carry out in order to explore a feature...

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‘Earliest ancestor to humanity’ found in Europe

‘Earliest ancestor to humanity’ found in Europe

Europe, not East Africa, might have spawned the first members of the human evolutionary family around 7 million years ago, researchers have claimed. Studies undertaken on the teeth of a chimpanzee-sized primate that once lived in Mediterranean Europe suggest that the primate, known as Graecopithecus, may have been a hominin,...

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British research funding post-Brexit

British research funding post-Brexit

In the lead up to the referendum, the Government’s Science & Technology Committee noted that the UK’s membership of the European Union has a “wide-ranging influence” on UK science and research. “The UK’s level of engagement with EU funding programmes, for instance, is considerable. EU membership also has significant bearing...

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Scottish coral reefs at risk from climate change

Scottish coral reefs at risk from climate change

Scottish deep-sea coral reefs are under threat from the consequences of climate change, according to a new study. Marine scientists at Edinburgh University have produced research which warns that changes to winter weather conditions could threaten the long-term survival of coral populations, upsetting fragile ecosystems that support an array of...

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Astronomy: Helix Nebula

Astronomy: Helix Nebula

Deep in the far south of the zodiacal constellation Aquarius lies NGC7293, the Helix Nebula. This object illustrates one of the best examples of the last stages in the evolutionary track of a star similar to our Sun. It was discovered in 1824 by Karl Ludwig Harding during his early...

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Research News: December/January

Research News: December/January

KCW Today’s monthly run down of the most exciting, shocking and bizarre science, technology and health research news from the UK and across the globe. Historical, astronomical and biblical records suggest that the star of Bethlehem that led the three kings to baby Jesus in his manger may not have...

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Government announces £12 million budget to boost science in schools.

Government announces £12 million budget to boost science in schools.

Government announces £12 million budget to boost science in schools. The government has announced a new £12 million budget in schools across England to help and provide support to science teachers and students. New data has revealed that a quarter of students in England are considering a career in science...

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Mars exploration: difficult to get to and even more difficult to land on

Mars exploration: difficult to get to and even more difficult to land on

Mars has always figured strongly in the human imagination, in a time when only the Moon and the stars lit up the night sky, fear and foreboding were felt whenever a blood-red dot rose above the horizon and crossed the fixed background of the starry sky. Mars, the Red Planet,...

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Research News: November

Research News: November

KCW Today’s monthly run down of the most exciting, shocking and bizarre science, technology and health research news from the UK and across the globe. The common, white, mute swan has been found to windsurf in Sweden. Using their wings as sails, the swans are able to propel themselves across...

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Geoengineering to tackle climate change: A looming possibility

Geoengineering to tackle climate change: A looming possibility

A United Nations body is investigating controversial methods to avert runaway climate change by re-engineering the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere, in a bid to achieve the global carbon levels laid down in the Paris agreement. “Within the Paris agreement there’s an implicit assumption that there will need to be greenhouse gases removed,”...

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