In a huge medical breakthrough, scientists have managed to revive brain cells in dead pigs. Even though the pigs had died four hours before, a sophisticated system of artificial fluid kept individual nerve cells firing. Previously, it was thought brain function was lost upon death, but this find hints that may not be entirely true. The results may one day lead to better treatments for brain damage. For more info, click here.
Earth has a large amount of water and a relatively large moon, which stabilizes Earth’s axis. Both are essential for life to develop on our planet. Scientists have now been able to show that water came to
Earth with the formation of the moon. The same proto-planet whose impact on Earth gave off enough debris to create the moon is also suspected to have brought hydrogen from the far reaches of the solar system, forming water on Earth. To find out more, click here.
The Atacama Desert in Chile was recently found to host the densest collection of meteorites in the world. One team collected 388 meteorites. Using cosmogenic age dating, they found that the mean age was 710,000 years old. In addition, 30% of the samples were older than one million years, and two samples were older than two million. This is leading to new research into meteorite fluxes over the centuries. For more information, click here to continue reading.
Science at ATC
· A group of Year 11 and 12 students recently went to the Churchie Physics Lecture, where they heard a keynote speech by Ms Lucy Sim on Physics in Medicine. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the wide applications of physics outside of school.
· Though not quite science, maths is the next best thing and extremely important for Senior Science. Last Friday, Years 6-10 students attended the Metropolitan West Mathematics Teams Challenge. They had to use a variety of mathematical knowledge and problem-solving abilities to attempt to solve a number of challenging maths problems.
· We’d like to remind boys that MakerSpace is open every lunchtime in T103, allowing boys to catch up and get help in DigiTech, or start programming by yourself. Programming is a great skill to have, and vital for a lot of Senior Science.
· And on a final note to those Year 10 boys who attended the Careers & Employment Expo, we hope you all seriously considered a career in science. The opportunities are endless, so look around for one that suits you.
Science Joke Time
A note on assessment – Although sounding dull, science assessment in the Senior School is very hands on; we frequently apply classroom learnt theory to experiments in the laboratory. Experiments can range from dissecting a pig’s heart to igniting a stick of magnesium and observing (from the corner of your eye!) the bright white light emitted. This hands-on element is what sets science apart from other subjects. After attending the Churchie science lecture, the hands-on application of science in the real world became apparent; from radiation used to determine tumours to calculations used to determine the surface area of the sun, the practical aspect of science is not to be underestimated. We encourage you to pick science as a senior subject; It looks great on a CV and can lead to a fascinating career.
As always, if you have any questions or just want to discuss science with us, please email us by clicking on our names below. Submissions for jokes, facts and science news around ATC are also welcome.