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Just breath!

According to World Health Organization (WHO), more than seven million people die every year due to air pollution. Air pollutants arise from a wide variety of natural processes (e.g. forest fires, volcanoes, and bacteria) and human activities (use of motor…

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Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Interdisciplinary teaching, Mathematics
Visibility and Wet Road

Being one of our five senses, humans heavily rely on their sight, making vision and visibility important aspects of our daily lives. Good sight is an important safety issue, especially when driving or cycling at night, when lots of people…

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General Science, Physics
Securing the Food Supply

Our food supply is largely dependent on imports of agricultural products. The war in Ukraine, which is a major producer of wheat and oilseeds, and the resulting disruption of supply chains make us painfully aware of this. Now, some European…

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Biology, General Science, Geography
Heat pump

It has become cold and the heating season begins. An important technology of the future for this kind of weather is the heat pump. But how does it work? When you inflate a bicycle tire, the pump gets warm in…

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Engineering, Physics

“Only three insect removers can convince”. This is the headline oft he spring edition of a well-known car magazine about an annoying problem for all car owners. But what about the actual impact on the insect world and thus on…

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Biology, General Science, Geography
CO₂ Budget

CO₂, climate crisis – everyone knows by now that we have a problem. To deal with it properly, we also need to understand the math behind it. The greenhouse gases that make our earth warmer stay in the atmosphere for…

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Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics
Gelatine, Pectin or Agar-Agar?

“Animal, veggi or vegan?” is a question that is also being asked about fruit gums. “Classic” gummy bears contain gelatine. Agar-agar is often used as a counter term to gelatine. However, more often pectins are used for the production of…

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Conventional, hybrid or electric?

There are so many options of various types of vehicles on the market that it is often hard to know what to choose. Here is a task to help you analyse options and find the type of car that fits…

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Biology, Engineering, General Science, Geography, Interdisciplinary teaching, Mathematics
The weather on your 100th birthday

Your birthday is a very special day of the year. Hopefully the weather will be fine so you can do special things: throw snowballs, have a garden-party in the sun, enjoy the colored leaves on a forest hike or fly…

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General Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics
The Sofa Problem

The question of which sofa you can just push through a hallway that turns at right angles is an unsolved mathematical problem. Fame and glory await the designer of the ideal sofa! Imagine you have a hallway that turns at…

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