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
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
Jakub - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Year 12 student Jakub writes here for the GSAL Science Magazine on the serious issue of neurodegeneration, the progressive decline in the structure and function of neurons in the human body. Neurodegeneration lies behind serious incurable diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob. CPD [Featured image: Human brain. … Continue reading Neurodegeneration
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
Sophie - Year 9 Student Editor's Note: In February 2020, prior to lockdown, Sophie and three other GSAL students attended the Leeds Youth Voice Summit on Climate Change. Students were given the opportunity to learn more about the effects of and science behind climate change, take part in a Q&A panel with the Leader of Leeds City … Continue reading Leeds Youth Voice Summit on Climate Change
Elazia - Year 11 Student Editor's Note: This thought-provoking essay on the topic of natural resources, specifically cobalt, the need to conserve them and the deplorable conditions in which young cobalt miners work is a pertinent matter in modern society. Elazia Y11 writes with detail and care, imploring the reader in her conclusion to think … Continue reading Natural Resource Extraction: Cobalt Mining
Ayushman - Year 12 Student Editor's Note: Ayushman (Year 12) entered this short essay in The Oxford Scientist Schools' Writing Competition. The brief was to write in no more than 700 words about 'a scientific discovery, invention or advance that still affects the world today.' Given the current challenge that we face in searching for … Continue reading Vaccines: a key scientific discovery
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?
Adella - Year 11 Student Editor’s Note: This insightful essay from Year 11 student Adella deals with pertinent questions surrounding climate change, using geographical and photographic evidence to lay out the changes that the planet has faced, and the need for our modern society to act now in order to prevent a worsening of the … Continue reading When is the deadline for us to act on climate change?
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?