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Scientist and DNA

EB How to work with Genetics: Part 1

DNA contains the genetic instructions for the development and functioning of a living organism. Here are some amazing facts about DNA and genetics. You are not 100% human!! Around 5-8%

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Metal blocks

EB How to work with Transition Metals and Alloys

There are many transition metals, with many different uses. One of these metals is zinc. Zinc is useful in a number of different ways. Medical studies have found that using

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Fractions addition

How to work with Fractions

If you don’t like learning about fractions,  you would have been happy in Maths lessons centuries ago!  Fractions as we use them today did not exist in Europe until the

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How to work with the Circulatory System: Part 2

Did you know that the blood of different animals can be different colours. The different colours are caused by pigments and proteins found in the blood, which help the animals

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How to work with the Nervous System: Part 2

The brain is part of your body’s central nervous system. It’s the most complicated part of your body. The brain is an incredible organ which has the ability to send

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Gases in the atmosphere

How to work with Covalent Bonding: Part 2

Oxygen is the third most abundant element in the universe. It is made in stars which are 5 or more times heavier than the Sun, when they burn helium and

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Big Bang

How to work with Covalent Bonding: Part 1

Hydrogen is believed to be one of three elements produced in the Big Bang, alongside helium and lithium. Most of the energy on our planet is due to hydrogen.  This

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How to work with Shapes: Part 2

The rhombicosidodecahedron, or small rhombicosidodecahedron, is  known as an Archimedean solid. It is one of thirteen convex solids made of two or more types of regular polygon faces. Polygons are

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How to work with Ionic Bonding: Part 2

Salt is incredibly important, and really useful. A common myth is that Roman soldiers were partly paid in salt, resulting in the word “salary” We need to keep levels of

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Ionic bonding

How to work with Ionic Bonding: Part 1

When you get into the bath, the water level goes up – you would expect it to. But if you pour a handful of salt (for example sodium chloride)  into

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Hot air balloon

How to work with Terminal Velocity

If you jump out of a plane, you will accelerate towards the Earth for a while. The speed at which you fall will eventually even out as a result of

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How to work with Angles: Part 2

Apparently most people’s favourite number is 7! Seven does have many familiar connections. There are seven days in the week and seven wonders of the world, seven colours of the

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How to work with Angles: Part 1

If you enter Pi to two decimal places (3.14) in your calculator and look at it in the mirror, you’ll see it spells ‘pie’. Grab yourself a piece of pie

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Cartoon character launching on a rocket

How to work with Required Practicals: Part 8 & 9

Cheetahs are the fastest animal on land. They can accelerate from standing still to over 60 mph in just 3 seconds, and can reach speeds of up to 75 mph.

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Roman man

How to work with Electrolysis

Electrolysis can be used to extract lead from molten lead bromide, but did you know some of these interesting facts about lead? Ancient Romans used lead for making pipes. The

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How to work with Rates of Reaction: Part 1

The oddly “clean” smell that sometimes comes during a storm is that of ozone!!  Lightning strikes split diatomic oxygen molecules in the atmosphere into individual oxygen atoms. These can then combine with

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How to work with Speed, Density and Pressure

Tardigrades are eight-legged animals that are nicknamed water bears. They are tiny, up to 1.2mm long, but are capable of withstanding the most extreme environments. These hardy creatures survive even

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How to work with Shapes: Part 1

The Golden Ratio is a special number describing a ratio of approximately 1 to 1.618 that is commonly found in nature.  It appears many times in geometry, art, architecture and other

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Red planet

How to work with Required Practicals: Part 6 & 7

Planet Earth is sometimes referred to as the blue planet because it is mostly covered in oceans and has a thick atmosphere, giving it a blue appearance. Mars, however, is

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Cat playing piano

How to work with Sequences: Part 2

Sequences can be really useful. Special algorithms use the data of past crimes to try and predict when and where crime may occur in the future. In Los Angeles using

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How to work with Factors and Multiples

Did you know that eleven plus two is actually an anagram of twelve plus one. This is very apt, as the answer to both is 13!! To make it more

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Equals sign

How to work with Simultaneous Equations

Did you know that the equals sign (=) was invented in 1557 by a Welsh mathematician named Robert Recorde? However it was not widely used until the 1700’s. The symbols

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Nerve Cell

How to work with the Nervous System: Part 1

The speed of nerve impulses varies enormously in different types of neurone. The fastest travel at about 250 mph, faster than a Formula 1 racing car! The nervous system is made

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Rubiks cube

How to work with Required Practicals: Part 4 and Part 5

Our reaction time is the time it takes for us to respond to something happening. In this time, our senses notice something and send a signal back to the brain,

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Steam ship

How to work with Required Practicals: Part 3

You probably already know that objects float because they are less dense than water. But have you ever wondered how huge objects like ships, don’t sink? They float, even though

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Cartoon mole

How to work with Moles and Calculations

Avogadro’s constant is a massive number, and can be really difficult to comprehend when you are completing calculations with moles. Imagine this: • If there were a mole of rice

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How to work with Trigonometry

In about 24o BC Eratosthenes, an ancient Greek scientist, measured the Sun’s angle at two places. Using trigonometry he calculated the Earth’s radius. Legend also has it, that Eratosthenes went blind

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How to work with Required Practicals: Part 2

Archimedes is well known for discovering that when you enter into a bath, the water level immediately rises. He noticed that the weight of his body displaced a certain amount

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How to work with Pythagoras

You have probably all heard of Pythagoras, and his theorem, but what do you know about the man himself? Pythagoras was an Ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher. Not much accurate information

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The Fibonacci sequence

How to work with Sequences: Part 1

Sequences are everywhere! The Fibonacci sequence is found in many places in nature. It is a series of numbers in which the next number is calculated by adding the previous

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Microscope and bug

How to work with Required Practicals: Part 1

Did you know that the earliest microscopes were known as “flea glasses” because they were used to study small insects? Or that most of the  oxygen produced by photosynthesis doesn’t

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Conical flask labelled helium

How to work with the Noble Gases

Helium is one of the noble gases and the second most abundant element in the universe. It is so light that Earth’s gravity is not strong enough to hold on

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Cartoon slug

How to work with Diffusion, Osmosis and Active Transport

Unfortunately for slugs, their moist skin is far more permeable to water than the skin of most other animals. When salt is placed on them the process of osmosis begins

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How to work with the Circulatory System: Part 1

Your heart is an amazing organ. It will beat about 115,000 times each day, and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day. It can even  continue beating  when it’s disconnected

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Drop of water and goldfish

How to work with Homeostasis: Part 3

There are many amazing facts about water. Did you know for example that: Goldfish remember things better in cold water than in warm water There are more atoms in a

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How to work with Photosynthesis: Part 2

Plants are fascinating – and vital for life. Through photosynthesis they absorb carbon dioxide, and produce oxygen. One tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year whereas an acre

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Sunlight and tree

How to work with Photosynthesis: Part 1

Without photosynthesis taking place in plants, we would not have any food to eat. There are many more amazing facts about plants – here are just a few. An average

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How to work with Enzymes: Part 2

Cells along the inner wall of the stomach secrete roughly 2 litres of hydrochloric acid every day. This helps to kill bacteria and aids in digestion, by providing the correct

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How to work with Enzymes: Part 1

There are about 700 enzymes active in the human body, and every second, around 100,000 chemical reactions occur in the brain! Without enzymes living organisms could not function at all.

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How to work with Adaptations of Leaves

Have you ever wondered why leaves change colour in autumn, from green to orange and red?  Photosynthesis is the process trees use to make their food. Using energy from the

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