Modifying polyethylene for the production of antimicrobial surfaces

Ari - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Aspiring chemical engineer Ari in Year 12 writes here for the GSAL Science Magazine about how polyethylene might be modified in such a way as to allow it to be used to produce anti-microbial surfaces. This is Ari's third contribution to The GSAL Journal; you can read more … Continue reading Modifying polyethylene for the production of antimicrobial surfaces

Gel developed to help prevent wildfires

Riya - Year 10 Student Editor’s Note: Year 10 student Riya writes here for the GSAL Science Magazine, looking at a remarkable breakthrough in wildfire fighting technology. As global warming increases the number, scale and intensity of wildfires, researchers at Stanford University have developed a gel which could be used to help prevent wildfires in the future. CPD … Continue reading Gel developed to help prevent wildfires

The pharmaceutical industry’s contamination of water: the aftermath of antidepressants

Ari - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Year 12 student Ari writes here for the GSAL Science Magazine, looking at the serious long-term impact of antidepressant medication on the natural environment. More effective water treatment technologies are certainly in the pipeline: is this soon to be an environmental success story? CPD [Featured image: Antidepressants. (Wallpaper … Continue reading The pharmaceutical industry’s contamination of water: the aftermath of antidepressants

Our Generational Duty to Science with a focus on Biomedical Engineering

Aashmi - Year 11 Student Editor's Note: Year 11 student Aashmi elected to write this extended essay on the chosen word ‘duty’ in response to The Dukes Essay Prize organised by Dukes Education. This competition is inspired by the famous entrance test for All Souls College, Oxford, where students write an essay in response to a single word, from the perspective of … Continue reading Our Generational Duty to Science with a focus on Biomedical Engineering

Will ants ever be able to evolve a method to escape the zombie apocalypse that the Cordiceps fungus creates?

Theo - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Year 12 student Theo has submitted this excellent essay to the Peterhouse College, Cambridge, annual Kelvin Science Prize essay competition. Theo's chosen topic is the Cordyceps fungus, a genus so truly remarkable in its modus operandi that it really does have to be seen to be believed; therefore, … Continue reading Will ants ever be able to evolve a method to escape the zombie apocalypse that the Cordiceps fungus creates?

Carbon stocks: a carbon neutral future for the UK?

Ayushman - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Year 12 student Ayushman has submitted this insightful essay to the Peterhouse College, Cambridge, annual Kelvin Science Prize essay competition. Ayushman uses numerical evidence to support his argument that increasing carbon stocks will still leave the UK facing an uphill battle to achieve carbon neutrality. CPD Using numerical evidence, what carbon … Continue reading Carbon stocks: a carbon neutral future for the UK?