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Shape Memory Alloys

This film clip shows some of the latest ideas for aeroplanes being trialled by NASA. Amongst the concepts are wings which change shape while in the air to make the aeroplane faster and more fuel efficient. This is only possible due to a remarkable range of smart materials. One of the materials being used is a...

Sugar Making

This resource was produced to get students working in teams and understanding the scientific and industrial processes involved in sugar making. The resource consists of 23 cards detailing each step of the sugar making process, which students are asked to arrange in the correct order to go from harvesting the sugar...

The Current and Future UK Science Workforce

This report, written for the Science Council and published in September 2011, explores the potential for an increase in registrations to the Chartered Scientist register (CSci) which recognises high levels of professionalism and competence in science. The aim is to expand registration to technician and intermediate...

Tuberculosis: Can the Spread of This Killer Disease be Halted?

With an increase in tuberculosis (TB) throughout the world during the 21st century, this resource looks at what scientists are doing to combat a disease that many believed was a problem of the past.

The TB fact file describes the disease, its symptoms and incidence and reviews current research into its cause...

H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic

This booklet, from the Microbiology Society, gives an overview of the swine flu story so far. In eight pages it covers the disease, the causal virus, how it is transmitted, who is affected and how the disease can be treated. The National Immunisation Programme, international pandemic preparedness and the...

Malaria: a Global Challenge

Malaria is one of the world's biggest killers. It infects up to 250 million and kills nearly 800,000 people per year. This resource, from the Microbiology Society, takes a look at the history of the disease along with its causes, diagnosis, treatment and the prevention strategies employed to tackle this global...

Influenza: a Seasonal Disease

Influenza or flu is a common viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. This resource, from the Microbiology Society, gives an overview of the disease, how the infection is transmitted, infection, replication of the virus inside the body, the immune response and how vaccines are developed. It also explores the...

HIV and AIDS

The resource, from the Microbiology Society, clarifies the difference between HIV and AIDS. The booklet describes the HIV virus, how it replicates and how it causes the disease. The stages of the infection are charted and transmission of HIV is explained, together with sections covering tests, treatments and work...

Microbes and Climate Change

This booklet, from the Microbiology Society, discusses the role microbes could play in tackling global climate change. The resource provides an overview of the effect of greenhouse gases on climate and the role of microbes in the carbon and nitrogen cycles. Carbon-fixation in cyanobacteria and the carbon-releasing...

Cholera: Death by Diarrhoea *suitable for home teaching*

Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. There have been seven worldwide disease outbreaks or pandemics since 1817, killing millions of people and infecting millions more. This resource, from the Microbiology Society, charts the history of the disease and investigates the causes,...

World Oceans Day *suitable for home teaching*

This resource provides a stand-alone lesson to support World Oceans Day in schools. The short activities include:

Ocean acidification in a cup which demonstrates the basic process of ocean acidification

Dissolving shell in vinegar investigates how the decreasing pH of...

Triple Science Case Study: Marden High School, North Shields

From triple science support, this case study illustrates how highlighting the different characteristics of the sciences and developing an enviable programme of...

Triple Science Case Study: Cavendish School, Hemel Hempstead

From triple science support, this case study illustrates how adapting the curriculum to suit the needs of particular groups of students, recognising the importance...

Triple Science Case Study: Woodrush High School, Worcestershire

From triple science support, this case study illustrates how a focus on providing adequate curriculum time for triple science, moving towards a three year Key Stage...

Medical Compression

In this activity, students investigate the uses of materials and fabrics in medical applications, such as pressure bandages for burns injuries and anti-embolism stockings for deep vein thrombosis. The students make their own pressure sensor using different types of fabric. They then calibrate their sensor and...

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