Science Snippets

Did you know that on April 24 2017 Live Science published an article called, “Gulp! Soda Linked to Memory Woes, Strokes and Dementia”? This article says that in two recent studies undertaken, people who drink soft drink on a regular basis are more likely to have smaller brain volumes. The studies also showed that people are more likely to develop dementia or have a stroke if they drink soda. Food (drink) for thought?

In recent events, on 22 April (Earth Day) the ‘March for Science’ occurred in more than 600 cities around the world. These marches were a part of rallies against the Trump administration and recent policies made. The march was to celebrate science and the role it plays in everyday life. The goals of these events were to underline that science upholds the common good and to call for evidence-based policy in the public’s best interest.

There are a number of upcoming events that may interest some of you.

• Applications for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) 2018 are closing on the Wednesday 31 May. The NYSF is 12-day residential program for students in either Years 11 or 12. So if you are passionate about science and are looking to expand your knowledge be sure to apply.

• Anyone in Years 7-10 who is interested in science, take a look at the Big Science Competition. This competition takes place from 17 to 24 May. There are plenty of prizes involved. If you do well you can be invited to international science camps and mentoring programs, but if you just want to participate you go in a the draw to win prizes for just doing so! Click here for more information.  Ms Macdonald is keen to hear from anyone wanting to complete this test online. Please email her.

Finally, for anyone just looking for some weekend fun, there’s lots of events at the Science Centre in South Brisbane. Click here to find out more.

Ava Lambert, UQ Science Ambassador 2017