A Science Media Centre Internship

It is more important than ever to communicate science effectively. We must ensure accurate and evidence-based information about research is distributed through the media, particularly on controversial and headline news where most misinformation can occur. Here, I will give you a background to the Science Media Centre (SMC) and my internship opportunity with them.

The Deep Freeze

Is freezing your body the stuff of nightmares, science fiction, or a future technology to aid long space travel? I'm not sure many people would have turned down an opportunity to take a cryogenic sleep through the last year, I certainly wish it had been an option. Let's explore the science of cryogenics, where it is already used and whether could it be a future space technology.

Competition Winner – Megan

Megan is the first winner of our science writing competition, and entered the 10-12 year old category. She is 11 years old and from the UK. Megan's piece is all about the story of the Father of evolution, Charles Darwin. It was a wonderful read, engaging for the reader and very impressive for someone so young. Congratulations Megan.

*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.

Kicking a Habit

Even after the year that was 2020, I've spotted countless articles and media outlets "helping" people set New Year's resolutions and kick bad habits. Whilst I'm not one to usually set a resolution, this year I want to do more of what I love which includes these articles. So now the thesis is in and I had a Christmas break (WAHOOO), what can science tell us about habits, whether breaking or forming them?

COVID Testing Explained

Since the start of lockdown in the UK back in March, the government has been "tweaking" its covid-19 testing strategy. Targeted testing, only symptomatic people, mass testing etc. Until last week (6th Nov, 2020), the only widely available tests were PCR (I'll explain more in a moment). However, Liverpool is now the trial site of mass testing using a different type of covid test which is quicker and is being used on everyone, symptomatic or not. Here we'll look at the different types of covid tests and explain what they're doing.

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?