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The Dinosaur Barely Bigger than your Ruler: an Introduction to Liaoningosaurus

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Meet Liaoningosaurus paradoxus. This bizarre animal was an ankylosaur, and so related to the more commonly known Ankylosaurus. Ankylosaurs are famous for being covered in armour and possessing clubbed tails. However, first named and described in 2001, Liaoningosaurus was no ordinary ankylosaur. The initial description of the creature found that it had long legs and feet, and also […]

YSJournal Conference 2016 Kicks Off 10th Anniversary Year

DOWNLOAD AS PDF Young Scientists Journal – the world’s peer review science journal, written and edited exclusively by 12-20 year olds – is delighted to announce its third annual conference, taking place from 10.30am to 5.30pm on 18th October 2016 at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. Young Scientists Journal prides itself on leading the way for […]

2016/17 Senior Team and Vision Announced

DOWNLOAD AS PDF Young Scientists Journal – the world’s peer review science journal, written, edited and produced by 12-20 year olds – are delighted to introduce its new senior team and vision for the 2016/17 academic year. Our new Chief Editor and Team Leaders are as follows: Michael Hofmann – Chief Editor Cormac Larkin – […]

Chemistry and Light

Light and Chemistry are more linked than you might think. There are lots of reactions which give out light as a product. We use chemistry and light in communication, electronics, medicine and entertainment. Photochemists are working for a brighter and cleaner future – essentially trying to harness the sunlight, converting it into useful energy and […]

Zooniverse Internship

In December, three of our YSJournal Team Members, Iman Mouloudi, Cormac Larkin and Michael Hofmann, had the fantastic opportunity to visit the Zooniverse centre in Oxford. Zooniverse is a start-up company specialising in ‘Citizen Science’. They provide people around the world with the opportunity to be at the forefront of developing research in science. By […]

British Council Panel Discussion

“Be a global citizen… Help us make this world safer and more sustainable today and for the generations that will follow us.” Ban Ki-moon Recently, YSJ Team Member Iman Mouloudi attended the British Council’s ‘How science can help achieve the sustainable goals’ panel discussion. The session was hosted by the Director of Science at the British […]

The Great British Chocolate Challenge 2016

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Do you fancy yourself as a future chocolatier? Would you like to taste chocolate which has never even been created, let alone tasted before? If so, then this is the challenge for you! The Great British Chocolate Challenge for 2016 is launching – they’re looking for the next, young, Willy Wonka. We’ll be following the journey of […]

How Can We Improve the Quality of Healthcare with Limited Resources?

Health is a ‘fundamental human right.’ An effective health system is believed by many to be a critical component in achieving sustainable development, as well as reducing poverty and social inequality. Yet, even as we acknowledge the importance of access to healthcare for all, it raises a very challenging problem for any government: the provision […]

Mitochondrial Donation now deemed ‘safe’

Why does this procedure exist?  Mitochondria provide energy to nearly every cell in the body. Mitochondria is transferred from mother to the baby, but if there is a problem with the mitochondria inherited to the baby, then this can result in severe mitochondrial diseases. One in every 6,500 babies born have severe mitochondrial disease which […]

Exploring Epigenetics: DNA methylation and cancer

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We all know the environments physical effects upon an organism are apparent, but have you ever considered what effect it has upon us on a genetic level. This is a difficult concept that has intrigued many scientists and encouraged them research into it further. It is only recently that our basis of knowledge and the technological advancements […]

Remembering Harry Kroto…

In March 2014 students from over 20 schools, including as far away as Chennai, India, gathered at the King’s School for our first ever conference. We were lucky enough to have chemist Harry Kroto join us as our first ever keynote speaker. At the conference, he ran two workshops and titled his talk “The Educational […]

The Future of Science

We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to talk to Danko Antolovic, author of Whither Science? here’s what happened… We, at the Young Scientists Journal, were lucky enough to interview Danko Antolovic, a scientist and author. Senior Editor, Muhammad Hamza Waseem conducted the interview. Danko is a scientist, technologist and author who lives in […]

Food in Space – The Tomatosphere Programme

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In this article, Harry Evett and Daniel Forrest from St Mary’s Catholic School in Bishop’s Stortford take a look at how we’re heading towards growing food in Space – a vital step towards living in space. Space – we find it fascinating yet we still know so little.  Man has dreamt of putting people in […]

The Science Behind Maria Sharapova’s Failed Drugs Test…

A couple of weeks after the Australian Open, multiple Grand Slam winner, Maria Sharapova announced she’d failed a drug test following her defeat to Serena Williams. The drug in question was Meldonium. It was only entered onto the banned list on January 1st 2016. It’s sometimes called mildronate and was taken by Maria Sharapova for virtually 10 years. […]

Writing a Post for The Young Scientists Journal – FAQs

If you’ve ever wanted to start blogging or write a couple of posts for us then check out this FAQ below! Q: What’s the difference between an article and a post? A: An article is a more formal piece of scientific research/writing, a post should be fairly short, perhaps more chatty than an article and […]

Crafting Tips

Use shows as starter materials: A conference presentation, colloquium, workshop, or course presentation could be a great way to arrange your creative ideas for just a future paper. Take advantage of that if you end up designing your presentation — continually assume regarding how this may possibly flow within a publishable paper. After you conclusion […]

Endobronchial Ultrasound

After spending a week’s worth of work experience in an infirmary in West Yorkshire, I now feel significantly more aware of what an effect modern technology has on the medical world. Having been based in a hospital to which Robotic Prostatectomies are now a commonly used procedure, I really did feel ‘on the forefront’ of […]

Issue 17 Editorial

Editorial In our last issue, Issue 16, we announced our partnership with the Royal Society. Now only a few months later, we are very pleased to present our first ever special issue which includes research done by schools sponsored by Royal Society Partnership Grants as well as an interview with Former President of the Royal […]

Issue 17 Foreward

Foreward In this 350th anniversary year of scientific publishing, which began with the first issue of Philosophical Transactions in 1665, we can reflect on the huge impact the invention of the scientific journal has had on the way science is done. Before the advent of the journal, scientific ideas were closely guarded by their originators, […]

Cuttlefish: Masters of Disguise

Cuttlefish are not actually a fish, they are molluscs- invertebrates. These masters of disguise are unique and complex animals that are able to change colour, texture and shape for a variety of purposes. Living in the Mediterranean and North Baltic Seas, they use their abilities to hide from predators, capture prey and communicate with other cuttlefish. Even cuttlefish eggs are coloured with special ink to disguise them so that predators will not identify them as easy targets.  Cuttlefish can also be kept as pets but are hard to care for.  In addition, some cultures actually consider cuttlefish to be a delicacy and harvest them for food.  

In this article, I will explore how cuttlefish harness their abilities to not only survive but to thrive.

Sleeping? There’s a nap for that

The question of how long you should be sleeping for drifts in and out of the public eye with few groundbreaking announcements coming through. This raises the question of just how important sleep really is; if we’ve come this far with little care for this aspect of our lives, it can’t be that important can […]