Biology Stretch and Challenge
Free journals on plants and ecology can be found at: academic.oup.com/aob
The Big Picture Wellcome Trust
Horrible Science series Nick Arnold
The Optimists Tour of the Future Nick Stephenson
Do Polar Bear’s Feet Freeze? New Scientist
Popular science reading books
Here is a small selection.
- The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, Alice Roberts. Alice Roberts combines embryology, genetics, anatomy, evolution and zoology to tell the incredible story of the human body
- The Epigenetics Revolution, Nessa Carey. A fascinating introduction to epigenetics. If you enjoy this, follow up with Seed to Seed (see below).
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot. How one woman’s cancer cells changed the medical world forever, and because a multi-million dollar industry.
- Bad Science, Ben Goldacre. Looking objectively at popular science reporting.
- The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan. A very different approach to science writing, Michael Pollan turns our normal perspective on its head to consider how plants manipulate humans.
- Almost Like A Whale, Steve Jones. Using contemporary science to update Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of the Species”.
- Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution, Holly Tucker. The dramatic history of blood transfusions, from 17th century France onwards.
- Seed to Seed, Nicholas Harberd. A research scientist tells the story of ten years of discovery in his own laboratory. A very valuable insight into contemporary genetics and epigenetics research, and what it means to be a scientist.
- Calculus Diaries, Jennifer Ouellette. A non-mathematician finds out how maths can help you tackle anything – even a zombie apocalypse.
- Life Ascending, Nick Lane. Where does DNA come from? How did the eye evolve? A reconstruction of evolutionary history through ten of its greatest landmarks.
- Genome, Matt Ridley. 23 human chromosomes in 23 chapters.
- The Energy of Life, Guy Brown. Introduction to the cutting-edge science of Bioenergetics
David Attenborough any series
Brian Cox any series
Jim Al Khalili any series
Bang goes the Theory
TED talks website
Dara O’Briain’s Science Club
iPad Apps/ Websites
GCSE ScienceLive! Lectures in London Yr 10
GCSE Science in Action Lectures in London Yr 11
Places to for you to visit in the summer?
The Natural History Museum
The Science Museum
Centre of the Cell, London Hospital
Inspire Science Centre, Norwich
Wellcome Collection, London
Horniman Museum, London
Science photography competition
The Harry and Margaret Kroto Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in Science Learning 2019
Biology Olympiad (Spring Term) Yr 13
Intermediate Olympiad (Summer Term) Year 12
Biology Challenge (Spring Term) Year 9
Holiday Project Ideas
EXCELLENT PROJECTS WILL BE AWARDED HEADMASTER'S DISTINCTIONS
Develop your own investigation
Use the planning an investigation guide found at intobiology.org.uk/planning-an-investigation/ to help you develop a project in an area of biology that really interests you! This is possibly the best way to impress! intobiology.org.uk/no-lab-no-problem/
Are you left or right minded?
The Biology of life in the Antarctic
Attracting Wildlife to your Garden
Genetic Engineering - how far is too far?
Plant growth responses investigation
Is Obesity Contagious?
What's the big deal with invasive species?
What is epigenetics?