Catalyst Volume 21 Issue 4
This issue of Catalyst includes the following articles:
Science on the Western Front
Archaeologists are using many aspects of science to identify the remains of soldiers who were killed in the First World War.
This article explains how meteorologists use a variety of techniques to seed clouds and induce rainfall.
Try This: Make Your Own Cloud
A practical experiment to make water vapour condense so that it forms a 'cloud in a bottle'.
Splitting Light: Spectroscopy
The study of the wavelengths of light which enables scientists to identify the substances present in the source.
Try This - Make Your Own Spectrometer
A description of how to make a basic spectrometer to analyse light, using a CD to split the light.
This article looks at the use of plant cells to generate electricity via photosynthesis.
The article describes a new design of thermostatic controller which saves energy by learning the consumer's pattern of usage.
How Smart is an Ant?
This article investigates how ants find their way around. It also explains how the methods for conducting the research are devised and tested.
Tiny Particle, Giant Detector - Neutrinos
The article looks at a giant spectrometer which is being used to measure the mass of the tiny particles called neutrinos.
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