Marilyn Hughes Gaston: a ground-breaking medical discovery

Aisha - Year 12 Student Editor’s note: This short essay was recently entered into the GSAL Black History Essay Writing Competition, organized by The GSAL Journal and UPSoc to coincide with Black History Month. Open to all students in Year 10-13, the purpose of the competition was to encourage students to undertake independent research, think … Continue reading Marilyn Hughes Gaston: a ground-breaking medical discovery

Quantum Entanglement: A Journey from Pure Theory to Medical Advancement

Matthew - Year 12 Student Editor's note: Year 12 student Matthew bravely tackles the complexities of quantum entanglement, a branch of quantum physics that is now being implemented in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Matthew writes clearly and concisely, demonstrating an ability to communicate complex ideas as simply as might be expected given … Continue reading Quantum Entanglement: A Journey from Pure Theory to Medical Advancement

Placebos and the placebo effect within medicine

Lewis - Year 10 Student Editor's note: Interested in studying medicine, Lewis, now in Year 11, has researched and written about the well-known but perhaps less well understood placebo effect. CPD Overview of Placebos Placebos are a means of testing the effectiveness and the usefulness of a drug and / or ailment. The ‘placebo’ itself … Continue reading Placebos and the placebo effect within medicine

Could bacteriophages offer a solution to the increase in antibiotic resistance?

Ben - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Aspiring medic and Oxbridge applicant Ben, now in Year 13, writes here for the school Science Magazine on whether or not bacteriophages offer a viable solution to the concerning increase observed in antibiotic resistance. This is Ben's first publication in The GSAL Journal. CPD Featured image: Phage injecting … Continue reading Could bacteriophages offer a solution to the increase in antibiotic resistance?

Should we bring wolves back to Britain?

Zara - Year 13 Student Editor’s Note: This essay forms part of a collection of student works published in the 2020 edition of Salutaris, the GSAL Sixth Form academic journal. It was originally published here in The GSAL Journal. CPD Having recently won an essay prize, I commissioned Zara to come up with a way of visually capturing and … Continue reading Should we bring wolves back to Britain?

Could the neutrino be the most interesting particle in physics?

Flaka - Year 13 Student Editor’s Note: This essay forms part of a collection of student works published in the 2020 edition of Salutaris, the GSAL Sixth Form academic journal. It was originally published here in The GSAL Journal. References are available upon request. CPD As the science of the universe, physics aims to understand the events … Continue reading Could the neutrino be the most interesting particle in physics?

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

Is nuclear fusion the solution to the energy crisis?

Ari - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Passionate Year 12 student Ari is aspiring to become a chemical engineer. She recently made the most of the opportunity to attend a free Friends of Imperial webinar, entitled "Fusion Future: The Sun's Power on Earth". Ari writes here about the event and shares her thoughts on the … Continue reading Is nuclear fusion the solution to the energy crisis?

Inertial Confinement: Solution to the Energy Crisis?

Chamequa - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Talented Year 12 student Chamequa writes here for the GSAL Science Magazine on the fascinating prospect of using nuclear fusion, through a technique called inertial confinement, to produce a plentiful source of renewable energy. Is this soon to be a reality, or will it forever remain 'just 20 … Continue reading Inertial Confinement: Solution to the Energy Crisis?