Cheers to Greener Beer

Summer is upon us, England are in the Euro finals, and with that comes more beer (no matter the weather). Unfortunately, whilst beer may not be kind to our waists, it also has an impact on our carbon footprint. Researchers and breweries are now looking at ways to help this ancient industry create greener beer.

*COMPETITION TIME*

After a turbulent year of science, we want to hear from you! Specifically our younger cohort. If you are between 10-18 years old, this one's for you. Here at A Short Scientist, we want to inspire younger generations to find a love for science. Therefore, over the month of February we're running our third annual science writing competition!!

Blog Birthday: Top 10 Articles

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.

The Big Yawn

From my big, arms-outstretched morning yawn, to my stifled awkward supressed facial stretches in online meetings, I yawn a lot. From Hippocrates to the modern day, scientists have long pondered over the reasons why we yawn. Here we'll look at some of the explanations and discover if other species also partake in this strange, highly contagious activity.

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

I recently heard this line in an episode of popular American sitcom Modern Family, "sitting is the new smoking". It was an off hand comment but during the pandemic, lockdown and general office-style working, sitting has risen exponentially. What evidence is there that sitting is bad for our health?

The Perfect Dunk

The amazing Netflix documentary series, The Last Dance, tells of the incredible basketball career of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. If you're looking for a dunk in basketball terms, I suggest you watch it. Here we're going to talk about tea and biscuits, sorry basketball fans. Tea lovers, you're going to want to fetch the biscuit tin for this one...

From F1 to Ventilators

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Mercedes are better known for their formula 1 (F1) winning cars but during a Global pandemic, such companies have been coming together to create ventilators needed in ICUs (intensive care units) across the UK. Here we'll talk through what ventilators are and how a pandemic could advance research.

The Eden Project: Not just a Garden

During our UK roadtrip we were able to make a stop at the Eden Project, somewhere I've wanted to visit for a long time. As well as being a very large set of greenhouses, the Eden Project offers social and environmental benefits, opportunities for outreach and a platform for science. While we're all in lockdown, I'll take you on a trip through the Eden Project.