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. Part 2/2 : How does sweating cool us down?
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?
Water. Part 1/2: Next time you’re drinking water…
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
(Nextgov, 2020) As we all start to resume our normal daily habits and lifestyles, it can be easy to slip back into quick or improper hygiene practices that a mere few months ago would have make us shudder. The hustle and bustle of shops and public spaces reopening may slacken our steadfast approach to cleanliness, … Continue reading Handling Covid-19