Welcome to issue 40 of


The exciting science journal for young people aged 14-19 and their educators. Covering scientific research and industrial developments, real life STEM stories, career journeys, STEM expeditions and adventure.

Catalyst Magazine brings STEM subjects to life, showcasing real world topics, issues, and solutions. Written by academics, scientists, engineers, and educators. Published three times a year and accompanied by learning notes filled with activities and ideas to support curricular learning and encourage research and informed debate.

Catalyst looks deep inside planet Earth with a fascinating insight into plate tectonics, earthquakes, and molten lava as we discover how technology and science combine to show what’s going on deep underground. We explore the planet’s surface as we discover how seaweed causes havoc in our oceans, how plants are fighting back against pathogens and how industrial waste heat can be repurposed. Learn how self-driving cars see, how solar panels are evolving and find out everything you ever need to know about ammonia. And finally, join in on the amazing space race occurring across the UK as companies strive to launch satellites into space and how those satellites are a key factor in helping us to overcome climate change.

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If you have any ideas for future topics you’d like to see covered, please get in touch via our email:

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View learning notes

We have created learning notes to assist students and educators to further investigate some of the topics covered in this issue.

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