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Thank you from your winner Chris

I just wanted to say a massive thank-you to everyone who voted for me in the two weeks of the event, and also to the other scientists in the reproduction zone too, as they were just as deserving of the prize as I was. I’m very surprised to have won, particularly because everyone seemed to be rooting for other members of my zone, but I suppose you can never really tell with these things! There were some excellent questions presented to me during the two weeks of the contest and many of them were probably not of the standard I would have been able to construct at the age of some of the questioners! This makes me incredibly positive about the next generation of scientists, and the young people in this competition. I was very impressed with the standard of questions, so you all should be giving yourselves a pat … Continue reading

Posted on July 8, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist – your winner is… CHRIS

Students have spoken. The votes have been counted. Congratulations Chris, we look forward to hearing how you spend your £500 prize money. Hard luck to Emmanuel and Alberto and thank you to all the other scientists who took part. You were all brilliant and each and every single one of you has contributed to the great success of this event. We’ve had two weeks of hot debate, stimulating chat and mind-boggling facts. Students, don’t forget to tell us what you think about science now you’ve taken part. Log in and fill in 4 quick questions in the pink box on the right of the browser, to be in with a chance to win a £20 WH Smith voucher.

Posted on June 28, 2013 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist – you’ve decided to let no one go, it’s a draw in Reproduction!

We’ve counted, checked and rechecked the votes and now it’s game over for… No one! It’s a draw! Students, this means your votes are even more important in tomorrow’s final – your single vote really could decide the winner. So who’s in the final? “positive, hard working, brave” Emmanuel, “daft, dreamer, opinionated” Chris and “enthusiastic, persistent and friendly” Alberto will fight it out for the £500 prize tomorrow. What would they do with the money, you ask? Emmanuel says “The prize money will help us procure more posters, tapes, dummies etc which are tools we use to inform and educate our patients and the public“, Chris says “I’d like to produce a short video about the work done in our department” and Alberto says “if I win I’d like to donate the prize to In2scienceUK, an organisation that provides lab placements for students from low income backgrounds“. The competition is hotting up and … Continue reading

Posted on June 27, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist – you’ve now evicted… Michelle in the Reproduction Zone

We’ve counted the votes and now it’s time to evict… MICHELLE Sorry to see Michelle go after all your hard work. We hope you’ve had fun. In just 24 hours time the final 2 Reproduction Zone scientists will be revealed to battle it out in the final. Who gets through to the final for a chance to win £500? YOU decide! Will it be “positive, hard working, brave” Emmanuel, “daft, dreamer, opinionated” Chris or “enthusiastic, persistent and friendly” Alberto? The last 3 scientists have it all to play for and they need your vote. So vote NOW to make sure your favourite scientist makes it through to Friday’s final – VOTE HERE What do you think about science NOW? We hope that taking part in I’m a Scientist has been fun and interesting. But has it changed your view of science and scientists? Please tell us what you think about … Continue reading

Posted on June 26, 2013 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist – 1st out is… Jennie

It’s been a fantastic event so far and the scientists have worked hard, answering hundreds of questions between them. But on Friday there can only be one winner in each zone, so some of them have to go. We are sorry to have to do this to you, but the first scientist to be evicted is… JENNIE Thanks so much for all you’ve done. We hope you’ve enjoyed taking part. There will be evictions every day for the rest of the week, with the winner announced on Friday. Keep voting students! Who will walk off with the prize? YOU decide!

Posted on June 25, 2013 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

DAY 6: Birth and nipples

Evictions start tomorrow It’s week 2 and tomorrow sees the start of  the evictions, who will be first to go? Get your votes in! Today’s highlights in the Reproduction Zone: Birth explained: How are babies born? And why men have nipples: Why do men have nipples?

Posted on June 24, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 5: Evolution, artificial hormones and cow eggs

The halfway point Week 1 may nearly be over, but we have the evictions to look forward to next week! The power is in the hands of the 5,000+ students. Today’s highlights in the Reproduction Zone: The effect of medical research on human evolution: laralukfenn33 : is it possible that w can evolute so much that it will effect our bodys in a bad way michelletaylor : That’s a good question – some people think that because of medical research we are gathering mutations in our genome that we have been lost from the population. So for example, without antibiotics, people who had a bacterial infection may have died before they had children, but people who survived the infection and had a good immune system passed that good thing onto their children. Artificial hormones: What would you do if someone didn’t have one of the hormones needed for reproduction? And … Continue reading

Posted on June 21, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 4: Diabetes, conjoined twins and pet zebrafish

At day 4 we’re nearly half way through the event. Hope you’re all chatting, asking and voting! Today’s highlights in the Reproduction Zone: Diabetes and baby weight: beadon3107 : does type 1 and 2 diabetes make the babies bigger or is it just one type chriswhittle : Both type I and type II diabetics are likely to have big babies (called macrosomia). It is linked to how well the blood sugars in the mother are maintained. Conjoined twins: Why can’t there be conjoined twins that are different sexes? And your very own zebrafish… Can you buy zebrafish in pet stores?    

Posted on June 20, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 3: Zebra skin, zebrafish and placenta

Day 3 and there’s no let up in the number of chats and questions – 4,400 students registered and nearly 2,500 answered questions, not to mention loads more chats! Today’s highlights in the Reproduction Zone: It’s not possible to get zebra skin: Would it be possible to pigment my skin so I look like a zebra? We found out Alberto’s favourite zebrafish… Do you have a favourite zebrafish? And the many uses of placenta: moaty : Have you eaten placenta and what does it look like? chriswhittle : I couldn’t even bring myself to eat a placenta! It is like a big flat disk that is very blood covered and tough. A bit like an uncooked steak! You can get placenta face cream incidentally!  

Posted on June 19, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 2: Premature birth, charity work and musical instruments

It’s only day 2 but the questions keep coming! Over 35 live chats and hundreds more great questions. Today’s highlights in the Reproduction Zone: Premature birth: Has it been proven that premature babies that survive catch up to what a normal 9 month baby does and within what time scale? We find out about Emmanuel’s charity work in Nigeria: Have you done charity work in Nigeria? And are any of the scientists musical? Do you play a musical instrument?    

Posted on June 18, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 1: Making babies, diabetes and detectives

And so it begins… I’m a Scientist June 2013 has got off to a busy start. Across all zones we’ve had around 30 live chats, a few thousand questions asked outside of the chats, and there are now 3,300 students registered! Today’s highlights in the Reproduction Zone: Two that get straight to the point: how do i make a baby what is a test tube baby A good one about health: If you eat too many sweetsand dont exersize will you get diabeties And a question for the students, which scientist is a fan of detective novels??  

Posted on June 17, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment