Can a Camera Capture Your Soul?

Cadence Webley, Year 11, St Georges College Weybridge, Surrey In 1825, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce looked at his silver chloride coated paper and realised he had just taken the first ever photograph. Louis Daguerre continued this process with a plate coated in silver iodide and developed the first ever portable camera which was made available to…

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How the discovery of penicillin has influenced modern medicine

Christen Rayner, Year 12, St Anthony’s & St Aidan’s Sixth Form, Tyne and Wear Runner-up for the Schools Science Writing Competition, Trinity Term 2020 ‘Prior to penicillin and medical research, death was an everyday occurrence. It was intimate.’ Katherine Dunn The discovery of penicillin was undoubtedly one of the most important scientific discoveries in recent…

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To Pull or Not To Pull: The Question of Forceps

India Thomas, Year 12, Monk’s Walk School, Hertfordshire Many frequently used obstetrical inventions, like the epidural, were developed during the 20th century. But some of the most widespread and effective technologies evolved during the dark ages of medicine and somehow have survived all way into the 21st century. One such invention is the forceps. In…

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The Haber Process: A Simple Discovery that Changed the World

Mukhtar Quraishi, Year 12, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Lancashire The Haber Process seems like a simple discovery. The process takes nitrogen and hydrogen to form ammonia and is seemingly unimportant. It feels like a backyard experiment gone wrong. After all, ammonia is a toxin to sea life and is even a common by-product of reactions…

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Developing a new terraforming solution? We are only speeding up extinction…

Runner-up of the Hilary Term Schools’ Writing Competition 2020 Rosalie Ko, Year 11, Buckinghamshire “We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then maybe we should change the system itself.” – Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist and TIME Person of the…

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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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Staying on Earth or moving to Mars: The cosmic debate

Runner-up of the Hilary Term 2020 Schools’ Writing Competition Elizabeth Dewes, Year 11, West Midlands Since the rise of Greta Thunberg, everyone has had at least some insight into the sinister threat of climate change. We are beginning to see the catastrophic effects of our average global temperature rising, with 10 million hectares of land…

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