All over social media, there are articles discussing radio signals from other galaxies and stellar systems. The number one rule in astrophysics and cosmology is - IT IS NEVER ALIENS. A lot of radio signals can be interpreted and can have natural sources; rapidly rotating neutron stars, supermassive black holes and so on. So how … Continue reading Extraterrestrial Contact Series Part 1 – The Wow! Signal.
First of all, allow me to apologise for the extended break I've had from writing. I have been reading and working behind the scenes to gain enough content to keep us going into the new year. From reading subscriber comments and questions, one topic I haven't really touched upon in any great detail is water … Continue reading Cosmic Water Series. Part 1 – Mars
Scientists have started growing organs in space which could help thousands of people waiting for organ transplants and lead to other advancements in medicine. The methods currently used are not as effective as they could be because organs develop in the womb, a gravity-reduced environment. Whilst the Earth’s gravity is constantly pushing down on the … Continue reading Medicine Exploration in Space
It was International Men’s Day a few days ago so some appreciation for males who dominate parental roles in the animal kingdom seems extremely relevant. Although, this is less of a core science topic, it breaches into the ecology sect of biology which has proven to be equally as important to our lives as other … Continue reading Paternity in the animal kingdom
I was recently watching an episode of Brooklyn 99 where a forensic scientist came to teach the 99 team about forensics. The idea of science being involved in police work had completely slipped my mind. But I should know by now that science is deeply integrated into all career paths; in this case as a … Continue reading DNA Profiling
I did not know much about micellar water, just that people use it took clean their faces and remove makeup. Knowing that behind every cosmetic product there is a science, I researched the ingredients of micellar water. Let’s take a look at the ingredients in Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, … Continue reading Micellar Water
Synthetic Food could be the solution to famine and world hunger, however, some are dubious about the consequences of using synthetic food. Many already know that Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) production has damaged ecosystems and contributed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria (see my previous post on Superbugs). So why would synthetic food be any different? Before researching … Continue reading Synthetic Food? A sustainable alternative??
Superbugs are supervillains. They have become a huge threat to our society and the World Health Organisation estimates that they will become the global leading cause of death by 2050. Clearly this is a growing problem! ‘Superbugs’ is a colloquial term for bacterial cells that have developed resistance to antibiotics. They are becoming increasingly common … Continue reading Superbugs: not the giant beetle but the powerful bacterium.
Regeneration always reminds me of the Doctor in Doctor Who. He (or she, in most recent episodes) has the ability to regenerate into a different person altogether. Unfortunately, the Doctor is an alien and a fictional character. So we are far from having this ability. However, regeneration can be in the form of regrowing limbs. … Continue reading Regeneration. Science-fiction?
Water, again, is responsible for evaporative cooling. Water molecules are bonded to each other by hydrogen bonds. Lots and lots of hydrogen bonds are difficult to break. Water requires a high amount of energy to break these bonds. As a result, it is relatively difficult to evaporate water into a gas. If you want to … Continue reading Water. Part 2/2 : How does sweating cool us down?
Every single person knows that we need water to live. So we drink water on a daily basis. We are told that drinking more water improves our skin, our hair and our metabolism. So we buy those special bottles that monitor how much water we drink in a day. But do you know why water … Continue reading Water. Part 1/2: Next time you’re drinking water…
My name is Jiya and I am a 16 year old studying A levels in Biology, Chemistry, History and Politics. I live in London, England. I am still learning and I am still a student. I hope to offer a beginners perspective that is more relatable to students reading this blog. I am no scientist … Continue reading Meet Jiya