Competition Winner – Sam

Sam is the second winner of our science writing competition, and entered the 13-15 year old category. Sam is just 13 years old and from the UK. Sam's piece is all about how genetic modification research in animals has impacted/could impact our lives. It was an insightful read, and very impressive for someone so young.

Competition Winner – Sophie

Sophie is the first winner of our science writing competition, and entered the 10-12 year old category. She is 12 years old and from the UK. Sophie's piece is all about our DNA and how it can be used to identify us. It was a wonderful read, and very impressive for someone so young. Congratulations Sophie.

Parkinson’s and the Common Cough

Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease which damages the sufferer's brain progressively over a number of years. With up to an estimated 10 million people with the condition worldwide, could new trials using a drug found in cough medicine hold hope for patients with this cruel condition?

Blog Birthday: Top Ten Articles

I've loved creating every single one of the articles for AShortScientist, it is a creative break for me, exploring two of my passions: Science and Doodling. To celebrate two years of the AShortScientist blog, we look back at the top ten articles from the last two years, simply follow the article links! Thank you to every person that has taken time to read, comment on and share my work, it really does mean the world. This little blog has achieved much more than I ever expected.

Spectacular Spectacles

According to the Vision Council in America, ~74% of adults need an aid to correct their vision, with 64% wearing glasses. I've worn glasses since I was 3 and so much has changed in the last 20 years or so. I thought it was time to delve a bit deeper into the world of spectacular spectacles, and what research doing for the future of vision.

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.