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.

*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!!

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?

*COMPETITION TIME*

After another year of inundating you with the latest 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 a science writing competition!

Anxiety: Evolutionary Help or Hindrance

Unless you are so laid back you're horizontal, you are likely to have had the misfortune of feeling anxious at some point in your life. Whether it was a big presentation, a driving test, or a social encounter, anxiety can happen because of numerous triggers: everyone is different. In a world of social pressure and increasing recognition of mental health,  let's understand why we get anxious and the symptoms that come with it.

*COMPETITION EXTENSION*

There have been a few reports that people need to finish off one or two bits or convert files before submission, so the deadline has been moved to Sunday 3rd March at 6pm GMT! Check the LINK for more information about the competition and how to submit your entries. I'm so excited to read the …

Are Bacteria Causing Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer's disease is debilitating and difficult not only for the sufferer, but also those around them. Research into this condition has been underway for many years and, with an organ as complicated as the brain, it can be difficult to pin point the exact cause of this condition. Recent studies may have, however, found a link between bacteria causing gum disease and Alzheimer's. 

Bionic Brains

Mental illness is now thought to affect 1 in 4 people in the UK yearly, with 1 in 6 affected on a regular basis. Current treatment is counselling and a concoction of medication which should control chemicals in the brain, lowering the ability to have extremes of mood. However, many sufferers claim a zombie-like state caused by stronger medication amongst other side-effects. What is research currently looking at for sufferers?