than we previously considered. New genetic research has now demonstrated a link between the guts of IBS sufferers and anxiety disorders. What is IBS, the brain-gut link and how could this new research help?
After another turbulent year of science, we want to hear from you! 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 fourth annual science writing competition!
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.
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?
Imagine a World where we could generate electricity, in a carbon-neutral, self-sustaining manor, using the same reactions that take place in the sun? Welcome to Nuclear Fusion. Here we will explore the difference between nuclear fusion and current nuclear power methods, and what the future holds for fusion.
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.
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.
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?
We're all aware of our metabolism and whilst we may not have control over it, our metabolism may play a role in the effectiveness of, and side-effects from, certain medications. It isn't one size fits all. Do we need to rethink how we deliver drugs?