I’ve loved creating every single one of the articles for AShortScientist, it is a creative break for me, exploring two of my passions: Science and Doodling. To celebrate two years of the AShortScientist blog, we look back at the top ten articles from the last two years, simply follow the article links! Thank you to every person that has taken time to read, comment on and share my work, it really does mean the world. This little blog has achieved much more than I ever expected.
Number 10: Infertility a Thing of the Past
1 in 7 couples cannot conceive, and in the UK alone 3.5 million people are affected by infertility. For at least 25% of these couples, a cause of this infertility cannot be identified. There are now a few options to try and overcome this, but is the newest development the biggest success of all?
Published 15 Feb, 2018
Number 9: Debunking Drug Discovery
Drugs are not discovered as you may assume. Yes, many years ago drugs were founded by a man in a lab coat, testing materials in front of him and hoping for a positive result. Luckily, this is no longer the case (well, at least not most of the time, even if it feels like it). Drug discovery has changed immeasurably over the past 50 years. Here I’ll explain the current methodology I use for drug design: computational chemistry. Hold on in there, I promise it’s way more interesting than it sounds
Published Jan 24th, 2018
Number 8: The Science of Home Remedies
Today more and more people are turning to less traditional medicine and seeking help through much older methods, such as meditation, mindfullness and natural remedies. Researchers are beginning to investigate the hard science behind these techniques. It has been known for centuries that plants are a good source for medicines, giving us new antibiotics, aspirin, and cancer treatments to name a few. With a rise in ‘Fake News’ and the growing difficultly in finding reliable, truthful information, what is the science behind home remedies and should we be turning to plants for the answers?
Published May 28th, 2018
Number 7: Mighty Mitochondria
Mitochondria are powerhouses of our cells and until recently we were thought to inherit them only from our mothers. However, new research may be about to change the textbooks.
Published Jan 25th, 2019
Number 6: Our Group Research
Drug design of the future. Could the next generation of medicines be designed on the computer using the laws of quantum mechanics?
Published Oct 18th, 2019
Number 5: The Science of Natural Wonders: Part 1
Many of us admire the spectacle that is the Northern Lights. Many chase them across the night sky. I’ve been lucky enough to visit both Iceland and Norway but didn’t see them on either trip. They are one of nature’s wonders, various colours of light dancing across the sky, but what causes them?
Published Aug 24th, 2018
Number 4: The Science of Chocolate
The wonder that is chocolate has been enjoyed since 1500BC. From early Mayans, to the Aztecs, London finally opened a chocolate shop in 1657. We enjoy chocolate all year round. From selection boxes to Easter eggs, you can’t get away from it, and who would want to? Strangely, the higher a country’s chocolate consumption, the more Nobel prize winners it has! So while you tuck into that chocolate biscuit with your cup of tea, what is the science behind our beloved chocolate?
Published Mar 7th, 2018
Number 3: Competition Winner: Zain
Zain entered the 16-18 year old category of our competition last year. I was so impressed by his take on the competition that he was our second winner of the category. Zain is 16 years old and his home country is the UK. I thoroughly enjoyed Zain’s piece about black holes, it was well written and an entertaining take on engaging scientific writing. Congratulations Zain. A Special Tour of a Black Hole
Published Apr 5th, 2019
Number 2: Miraculous Zebrafish
Zebrafish are small fish (only growing up to 6cm in length but are usually around 4cm) with the appearance of black/blue and white stripes. Zebrafish have been interesting to research since the 1960’s and the University of Sheffield have kept Zebrafish on campus for research since 1997. But why are these little fish so important for human genetic and disease research?
Published Nov 23rd, 2018
Number 1: The Power of the Moon
The earth’s moon is the fifth largest moon in the solar system and 4.51 billion years old. It shows it’s face at night and reminds us that it’s time to sleep, but is there more to this large rock in the sky?
Published Aug 3rd, 2018