Mhairi McCann

30th Birthday of the World Wide Web

 1989. Geneva. Tim Berners-Lee presented his new technological invention to his boss, Mike Sendall, at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Initially described by his boss as ‘vague but exciting’[1], that discovery was the World Wide Web, an innovation that brought together the Internet and hypertext (hyperlinks), allowing information to be retrieved from the …

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YSJ Celebrates International Women\’s Day 2019!

YSJ team members Sophie Obomighie, Jennifer Miess and Roberto Parisi collaborated to recognise some inspirational young women in STEM, in celebration of International Women\’s Day 2019.     Let us ask you about female scientists you know. Marie Curie, Lise Meitner and maybe you\’ll even mention Angela Merkel, studied physicist and now German chancellor. That\’s it. …

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The Adsorption of Heavy Metals and Phosphates from Stormwater Using Waste Oyster and Crab Shells

Abstract Each year, 6-8 million tonnes of waste shells are discarded, neglecting a valuable resource. The purpose of this experiment was to tap into this resource and determine which shell would most effectively adsorb pollutants from stormwater.  The hypothesis: if different types of shells are tested to clean stormwater, the kiln-heated crab shells will adsorb …

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The lesser known truth about Zimbardo’s glorified Prison Life study

In 1973, Zimbardo, Haney and Banks[1] revealed to the world the extent to which ordinary people could conform and become cruel, merciless and vindictive in their infamous Stanford Prison Life Study. 22 male students were randomly assigned into two groups: prisoners and guards. Within hours of starting the experiment, the guards had adopted their roles …

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Implementing circulating miRNAs, tumour DNA and other protein biomarkers in a precise and efficient liquid biopsy test for early cancer detection and localisation

Abstract Past research focused on liquid biopsy tests diagnosing and localising cancers have built much promise in this technique to uncover early stage tumours before metastasis. However, many issues such as low test accuracy, high false positive rates and overdiagnosis have prevented this test from being adopted. In this article, we propose and justify the …

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My Challenging and Rewarding Work Experience at The Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

As a sixth former, I need to find work experience in order to gain the crucial knowledge and understanding which will enrich my application to medical school. Initially I struggled to find a work placement having contacted at least 50 hospitals and GP practices around Manchester, Chester, Macclesfield, and Warrington. Fortunately, through a former classmate, …

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Join our Team!

We’re looking for young people to join our team!  We currently have some fantastic opportunities to get involved in Young Scientists Journal, and are looking for young people aged 12-20 to volunteer in the following senior positions… NB- Applications for all junior positions listed here are accepted continuously. Head of Outreach: The Head of Outreach is responsible …

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