Competition Winner – Adhya

Adhya is the second winner of our science writing competition, and entered the 13-15 year old category. Adhya is 15 years old and from the USA, our first winner outside of the UK! Adhya’s piece is all about how some cancer treatments prevent cell growth. It was an insightful read, and incredibly impressive for someone so young. Congratulations Adhya.

International Year of the Periodic Table

This year is the 150th anniversary of the Mendeleev periodic table which is used across the sciences today. It is also the Royal Society of Chemistry's (RSC) Chemistry week (it's ok, you weren't likely to remember), so as well as highlighting the magnificent periodic table, I thought I'd give you an insight into my favourite element: Carbon.

Trust Me on the Sunscreen

Another May bank holiday is upon us in the UK and we're basking in the sunshine (hopefully) once more. As someone who was so badly burnt (walking in the UK countryside, whilst using sunscreen) that the marks have taken 2 years to fade, I can testify that we need to be careful with our skin. How does sunscreen work and what research is underway?

Guest Article: Nanotechnology

Anish Mariathasan is 14 years old and has been fascinated by all things nano since he was 10/11. He loves science and outside school Anish enjoys reading, playing the guitar and hockey, as well as computer coding. Anish one day hopes to be a biomedical engineer and I think you will agree, with writing like this at such a young age, the future is bright for this young man!

Fighting Cancer with Cancer

We've all heard the term "fight fire with fire". However, I never assumed we would be using this phrase in the case of cancer therapeutics. Dr Khalid Shah, from Harvard University's Centre for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging, has used this idea to genetically modify cancerous cells to our advantage.