*COMPETITION TIME*

After a turbulent year of science, we want to hear from you! Specifically our younger cohort. If you are between 10-18 years old, this one's for you. Here at A Short Scientist, we want to inspire younger generations to find a love for science. Therefore, over the month of February we're running our third annual science writing competition!!

Blog Birthday: Top 10 Articles

A Short Scientist is THREE! To celebrate three years of articles, we will look back on the top ten posts from the last three years. I adore writing and creating these snippets of science, they are a creative release for me and let my brain breathe. I hope the next year brings more doodling and science to communicate. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read, comment on, like or share my work, it really does mean the world, especially in a pandemic. This little blog has achieved more than I ever expected, and brings me so much joy.

Small but Mighty

In January, whilst on my morning walk to the station, I spotted two bright spots in the sky near the moon. After a week of these sightings, it turns out they were Jupiter and Venus taking centre stage at 7am on those dark winter mornings. On a planet home to 7.7 billion people going about their daily lives, I was seeing Jupiter and Venus on my way to work. We are only in this universe for a relatively tiny amount of time and yet so lucky to live amongst it all with knowledge at our fingertips. It got me thinking, what are the coolest things known about our home galaxy, the Milky Way?

Competition Winner – Jade

Jade is the third winner of our science writing competition, and entered the 16-18 year old category. She is 16 years old and from the UK. Jade's piece about the how we came to be was incredibly well written, explained perfectly to the target audience, and thought provoking. Another impressive piece from someone so young. Congratulations Jade.

*COMPETITION TIME*

After another year of inundating you with the latest science, we want to hear from you! Specifically, our younger cohort. If you are between 10-18 years old, this one's for you. Here at A Short Scientist, we want to inspire younger generations to find a love for science therefore, over the month of February we're running a science writing competition!

Mining Asteroids – Fact or Fiction

In 2012 Planetary Resources (PR) and Deep Space Industries (DSI) were established. Precious metals such as gold and platinum are found within some asteroids. Earth's resources of these metals are in decline, but possibly in abundance in asteroids. Much like the gold-rush in the 19th century, could asteroid mining be the next space race or frontier type venture?

Competition Winner – Zain

Our fourth, and final winner is Zain who entered the 16-18 year old category. I was so impressed by his take on the competition that he is our second winner of the category. Zain is 17 years old and his home country is the UK. I thoroughly enjoyed Zain's piece about black holes, it is well written and an entertaining take on scientific writing. Congratulations Zain. The following is entirely Zain's work, enjoy...