I Wonder Issue 2

Middle school marks a period of remarkable transformation. Youngsters enter middle school as children, full of wonder and excitement. And leave as young adults, who with opportunities to discover the wonders of science, may be inspired by a lasting sense of meaning for its cause. One that, in conservationist Rachel Carson’s words, acts as ‘an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial’. We see I wonder as an attempt to bring together a community of writers and readers willing to share their experience of engaging with just such a cultural shift in school science. One that, as theoretical physicist Brian Greene urges, ‘places science in its rightful place alongside music, art and literature as an indispensable part of what makes life worth living’.

Our 2nd issue is book-ended by two themes that celebrate this sense of wonder. Interactions is all about perspective, inviting readers to view the world through the lens of scientific explanations that unify seemingly disparate phenomena into a seamless whole. We explore the underlying forces (The Fundamental Four and Material Interactions) and cues (Chemical Ecology: Talking in Nature’s Language
and How to build a Nervous System) that shape the dynamics and behaviour of systems as distant as galaxies (Interactions in Outer Space) and as immediate as our immune system responding to the ubiquitous common cold (A Viral Handshake).
Emerging Trends in Biology, on the other hand, is more about process. How are the big questions in Biology and breakthroughs in method shaping the scope of future scientific inquiry and the nature of this discipline? We give you a peek into the latest in our understanding of memories (We are what we remember), relationship with gut bacteria (We have Company), and genetic clues to evolutionary history
(Reconstructing the History of Life).

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