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What is Photosynthesis?

The term photosynthesis comes from the Greek words φῶς or phōs, which means “light”, and σύνθεσις, or synthesis, which means “putting together.” Photosynthesis takes place within plants; particularly within the delicate mesophyll tissue, that makes up part of the leaves … More…

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The History of The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table was first introduced by the Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev. Originally from Siberia, Mendeleev studied science at St Petersburg University, where he graduated as a chemist in 1856. By 1863 he was a Professor of Chemistry. Mendeleev first … More…

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The Science of the Winter Solstice

On December 21st at 6.30 a.m. the Sun will rise exactly between two specific pillars at the Temple at Karnak, North Luxor, Egypt. It has done this once every year for the last 3000 years, ever since the temple was … More…

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Michael Gove’s GCSE Proposals

What initial conclusions about the future of GCSE exams can we draw from the mountain of documents which Michael Gove and the Department for Education released last week? And who will the winners and losers be if these proposals come … More…

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GCSE exams and home schooling

Children who are educated at home are unfairly denied access to examinations, according to a report in today’s Daily Telegraph. This is not really a new story. Some home-schooled candidates have always found it time-consuming and awkward to locate suitable … More…

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Consultation on GCSE Reform

The government, via OfQual, has invited all interested parties to make comments on the proposed changes to the GCSE system. I think it is in all of our interests to make our views known, even if those views are completely … More…

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