Blog Birthday: Top 10 Articles

A Short Scientist is FOUR! To celebrate four years of articles, we will look back on the top ten posts from the last four years.

I adore writing and creating these snippets of science, they are a creative release for me and let my brain breathe. I hope this year brings more doodling and science to communicate, especially after a very quiet writing period. 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 over the 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: 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 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: Chemtrails, Contrails and Geoengineering
The wispy white clouds trailing behind planes are a huge cost to the environment and now subject to conspiracy theorists. Here we debunk the theories, explain why contrails are such a problem, and how geoengineering could be here to help.

Published May 21st, 2021

Number 6: 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 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: 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: 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 2: 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

Number 1: 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

What has been your favourite A Short Scientist piece? Here are some of my favourites from the last year, not all covid-19 related either:

Summer Olympic Science

The delayed 2020 Olympic games are almost half-way through, with athletes making us armchair spectators feel as though we should be more active. Whilst this year’s summer Games are anything but normal during a pandemic, the athletes continue to perform and push themselves to the edge of what we can physically achieve as humans. Here we will explore the science of the Games.

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Does Netflix Cost the Earth?

The internet. It has revolutionised communication and connection, enabled wider access to knowledge and opinions, and allows for the viewing and sharing of information in many different forms. In the UK alone, 46.6 million people use the internet daily, up from just 16.2 million in 2006. However, despite holding information in seemingly weightless spaces, such as “the cloud”, the internet is far from a carbon neutral and clean infrastructure. What is the internet, how much does it contribute to climate change, and what can we do?

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A New Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients?

On 7th June 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new treatment for Alzheimer’s patients in the US. This is the first treatment to be approved in almost two decades, and the first to target the cause of Alzheimer’s disease rather than just the related symptoms. However, gaps in clinical trial data have left developers, Biogen, requiring further trials. What is new about this treatment and what do the data show so far?

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