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.
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!!
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.
At the start of lockdown in the UK back in March (2020, if anyone needs reminding...), doctors surgeries closed their doors to walk in appointments and everything went as online as possible. Whilst many would have been sceptical of a virtual consultation, I also think many have been surprised. GP surgeries have had fewer missed appointments and shorter waiting times to see a doctor. Going virtual meant many concerns could be addressed without the patient needing to come to the surgery. But what if the doctors themselves were computerised? What if we had robot doctors?
By now you have all seen the horrific footage of the explosion in Beirut which occurred on the 4th August, injuring more than 4,000 and killing at least 113 people (as of Thurs 6th Aug), whilst the search for survivors continues. Here we will discuss what is likely to have caused the explosion, and how and why it happened. There are links to donation pages at the bottom.
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...
Podcasts have boomed in the last few years, and with over 1 million podcasts out there, how do you know which to choose? Here I will highlight some of my favourite science podcasts for your listening pleasure.
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.
With so many amazing entries this year, I couldn't possibly let you miss out on some of the brilliant science writing I received. Here is our third runner-up, Neeraj who is 16 years old and from the UK, who has written about how we work out how big the universe really is.