What sparked the rapid increase of carbon dioxide?

Today, scientists attribute the cause of the current climate crisis to the rapid increase in the use of fossil fuels that started around the time of the Industrial Revolution in Europe and the United States of America between the 18th and 19th century. This climate trend is particularly significant as it is the first majorContinue reading “What sparked the rapid increase of carbon dioxide?”

So, what was the Ice Age and the Medieval Warming Period?

And so we move onto part 2! In this section of my EPQ I went on to talk about what the Ice Age and Medieval warming period actually were and why the changing climate of the time didn’t raise as many concerns as our current changing climate. The Medieval Warming Period, the period between 900Continue reading “So, what was the Ice Age and the Medieval Warming Period?”

How do we know that our current climate is abnormal?

Okay, so it has been a while since I uploaded. Time has been ticking, life has been…life-ing, but I’m back! The next set of blog posts will be segments from the EPQ that I wrote for my A Levels. For those of you who don’t know, an EPQ or Extended Project Qualification, is an independentContinue reading “How do we know that our current climate is abnormal?”

Is there a future for the oil and gas industry?

Oil and gas. The real cause of globalisation, the current fuel for most means of transportation and the reason that your food does not get stuck to a pot when you are cooking. Oil and gas have been driving economic growth at the expense of the planet’s climate for the last century, however, with theContinue reading “Is there a future for the oil and gas industry?”

The body’s secret weapon – the blood buffer

In our day-to-day activities, we come across different forms of acids and bases. Well, you know to generally avoid these types of things but we are not always aware of the acidic things that we ingest. This can include acidic foods or alkaline dressings. Of course, it is important to limit how much of theseContinue reading “The body’s secret weapon – the blood buffer”

Should we all be STEMinists?

On February 11th 2021, the world celebrated the 6th International Day of Women and Girls day in STEM. Currently, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women and according to UNESCO, only about 30% of all female students select stem related fields in higher education. Longstanding biases and gender stereotypes are what steer girls andContinue reading “Should we all be STEMinists?”

Our Expanding Galaxy: The Mystery Explained

For those of you who are sci-fi movie fans, have ever watched or heard of the Star Trek series (I, for one, am currently on season 3 of Star Trek Discovery on Netflix…. would strongly recommend) or are generally interested in astronomy, you may have come across the terms ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’. AtContinue reading “Our Expanding Galaxy: The Mystery Explained”

The Power of our Senses

Taste buds are just one reason why we love some foods and hate others.Hot Chocolate. Doughnuts. Haribo’s. McDonald’s. The world is full of polarizing flavours and foods, beloved by many, despised by just as many. Why is that? Scientists have untangled some — but not nearly all — of the mysteries behind our love andContinue reading “The Power of our Senses”

The pandemic that rocked the world…Where are we now?

Well…..2020…..what a year it was. A new virus that had never been detected spreading across the whole world, closing the borders of many countries, and forcing governments to make never-seen-before decisions that would cause massive financial implications. It is said to have originated in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019 and has now reachedContinue reading “The pandemic that rocked the world…Where are we now?”

How can we move to a sustainable future if we keep using energy-intensive heating and cooling?

According to UK Power, a ‘typical’ home uses between 8,000 kWh and 17,000 kWh of energy a year for its heating and according to World Watch Institute data, buildings are responsible for the annual consumption of 40% of the world’s energy. The design of many buildings for living and working make them inefficient in termsContinue reading “How can we move to a sustainable future if we keep using energy-intensive heating and cooling?”

Is this the most underrated form of energy generation?

The purpose of switching from fossil fuels to low-emission alternative fuels is to mitigate climate change by reducing a country’s total carbon dioxide emissions, which in turn, will contribute to reducing total global emissions. There is a lot of talk about switching to cleaner forms of energy, and solar and wind energy are naturally theContinue reading “Is this the most underrated form of energy generation?”

How was the Earth’s best friend created?

It must be said that the Moon is one of the most mysterious things that exists. We can see it clearly on Earth, but we only ever see one side of it. It can be seen both in the day and night as it reflects light from the sun. It affects the tides of theContinue reading “How was the Earth’s best friend created?”

How high is too high?

Many of the world’s tallest buildings have become tourist attractions, New Year’s Eve countdown locations and even spots for wedding proposals. However, it is not the events that occur there or the words used to describe them, but the numbers that make these structures with complicated engineering calculations very inspiring. It can also be veryContinue reading “How high is too high?”

If X-rays are so dangerous, why do we still use them?

In today’s world, doctors conduct X-rays to diagnose many types of medical issues: broken bones, heart failure, pneumonia and more. The fact that ordering x-rays to find the cause of some medical issues has become normal making us oblivious to how it was discovered and the dangers that come with it. Shockingly, not so longContinue reading “If X-rays are so dangerous, why do we still use them?”

Where do we get our numbers from?

5,4,3,2,1 and 0. We are so familiar with our numerical system that it never occurred to us to find out where numbers actually come from. Imagine a world where you could not count the numbers of days to your birthday or the amount you get paid at the end of each month?! (I do notContinue reading “Where do we get our numbers from?”