Life on Mars: 140 million miles away, or closer than expected?

Runner-up of the Hilary Term 2020 Schools’ Writing Competition Lucy Fan, Year 10, Surrey ‘Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire.’ This is the most famous line uttered by Greta Thunberg- the 16 year old climate change activist who’s acted as the catalyst for so many school…

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Cyanobacteria: help us or harm us?

Runner-up of the Hilary Term 2020 Schools’ Writing Competition Emily Allen, Year 12, Oxfordshire Something as tiny as 40μm surely doesn’t have the power to fix the planet? What if I told you it does. It’s hard to believe but cyanobacteria are mighty, despite being minute. They have photosynthetic abilities unlike other organisms. Residing freely…

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Reaching for the Stars

Runner-up of the Hilary Term 2020 Schools’ Writing Competition Rulan Zhang, Year 12, Berkshire Stephen Hawking, arguably the greatest physicist of our time once said: ‘I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet….

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Fight or Flight – the Climate Change Dilemma

Winner of the Hilary Term 2020 Schools’ Writing Competition Louis Rush, Year 12, Yorkshire To remain or to migrate is just another iteration of the fight or flight dilemma. Society is under stress, but we have protesters in our streets instead of adrenaline in our veins. By the next decade, we will certainly have to…

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Cecilia : The Tale of Two Elements

by Jake Pugsley, Year 13, The Cotswold School, Gloucestershire When I hear the term “unsung hero of science,” the first thought that comes to mind is of an underrated, belittled researcher, his theses discredited by the wider world of erudition. I imagine a man, slumped at his desk, disparaged by his fellows’ baseless accusations that…

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Charles Richard Drew: the Father of Blood Banking

by Dionne Jeevarajah, Year 13, Norwich High School for Girls, Norfolk Every two seconds someone in America needs a blood transfusion. Blood is such a vital aspect of our bodies and always has been throughout the course of history. It is an essential part of Haematology; used in surgeries, traumatic injuries and cancer treatments to…

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Edward W. Morley: the Michelson-Morley Experiment and its Successful Legacy of Failure

by Kitty Joyce, Year 12, Oxford High School, Oxfordshire It is an insignificant day in 1869, and Edward Morley, aged 31, arrives at Western Reserve College to begin teaching. His mission is simple: to instruct the students in experimental technique. However, upon arriving, this seems impossible. The laboratory contains only a lamp, a slide rule,…

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