A Short Scientist is THREE! To celebrate three years of articles, we will look back on the top ten posts from the last three years. I adore writing and creating these snippets of science, they are a creative release for me and let my brain breathe. I hope the next year brings more doodling and science to communicate. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read, comment on, like or share my work, it really does mean the world, especially in a pandemic. This little blog has achieved more than I ever expected, and brings me so much joy.
Number 10: Our Group Research
This article was shortlisted for the Dr Katherine Giles blog award in the Association of British Science Writers 2020 Awards ceremony.
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 9: Vaccines Cause Adults
Inspired by a series of glorious products from the wonderful Heidi of ScienceOnAPostcard, this week’s article is about easily one of the most important discoveries for medicine: vaccinations. With a huge rise in reports of diseases which can be protected against using vaccinations, it’s time to talk about how important they are and explain how they work their magic.
Published Sept 27th, 2019
Number 8: Gravity Trains
Generating renewable energy is brilliant and should be something we all aim for. However, there are not easy ways to store excess energy generated from the sun, wind, water etc. To prevent energy going to waste, and with the hope of being able to store it for future use, what is science doing?
Published Jul 27th, 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: Solar Gold
It may be cold and frosty at the minute, but we’re still searching for renewable energy alternatives to combat rising temperatures and lower our carbon footprint. Alongside renewable energy sources, we need to find efficient ways to store the energy generated so it can be used when needed. Recent research has discovered a new, effective way of doing this using liquid fuel.
Published Feb 8th, 2019
Number 5: The Curious Case of Semi-Identical Twins
We all know how babies are made (sorry to any parents out there now answering that question), but what happens when you get two sperm and one egg? In February the media reported on the second ever recorded case of semi-identical twins, so we’re going to explore what exactly happened.
Published March 15th, 2019
Number 4: Parkinson’s and the Common Cough
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease which damages the sufferer’s brain progressively over a number of years. With up to an estimated 10 million people with the condition worldwide, could new trials using a drug found in cough medicine hold hope for patients with this cruel condition?
Published Feb 21st, 2020
Number 3: 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 2: Wind Power
Wind seems to be everywhere especially in Britain, and there appear to be more wind farms popping up all over the country and, in fact, worldwide. But what is wind power, how useful is it, and what is the future for this renewable resource?
Published Oct 26th, 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
What has been your favourite A Short Scientist piece? Finally, here are some of my favourite doodles from the last year, not all covid-19 related either: