Contrails, Chemtrails, and Geoengineering

Who hasn't spotted a plane and those wispy white trails and thought, "I wonder where they're headed? Wherever it is, I wish I were jetting off too". However, those wispy white clouds are a huge cost to the environment and now subject to conspiracy theorists. Here we will debunk the theories, explain why contrails are such a problem, and how geoengineering could be here to help.

The Deep Freeze

Is freezing your body the stuff of nightmares, science fiction, or a future technology to aid long space travel? I'm not sure many people would have turned down an opportunity to take a cryogenic sleep through the last year, I certainly wish it had been an option. Let's explore the science of cryogenics, where it is already used and whether could it be a future space technology.

Competition Winner – Jade

Jade is not only the third winner of our science writing competition, having entered the 16-18 year old category, she is also a double award winner, having also won this category in 2020. She is 17 years old and from the UK. Jade's piece about the science of the Antarctic was incredibly well written and captivating. Another impressive piece from someone so young, congratulations Jade. Jade is also a keen scicommer, writing a blog called NEVER TRUST AN ATOM and even has a YouTube channel now!

Competition Winner – Adhya

Adhya is the second winner of our science writing competition, and entered the 13-15 year old category. Adhya is 15 years old and from the USA, our first winner outside of the UK! Adhya’s piece is all about how some cancer treatments prevent cell growth. It was an insightful read, and incredibly impressive for someone so young. Congratulations Adhya.

Competition Winner – Megan

Megan is the first winner of our science writing competition, and entered the 10-12 year old category. She is 11 years old and from the UK. Megan's piece is all about the story of the Father of evolution, Charles Darwin. It was a wonderful read, engaging for the reader and very impressive for someone so young. Congratulations Megan.

*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!!

Bigger Questions: Is Time Real?

To many, time is a way of telling us when to do things or expect things to be done: when to meet, when to eat, when to sleep, but what is the scientific definition of time? One source defines it as the "indefinite and continuous duration...in which events succeed one another", meaning the past is the past and the future will always come after, a linear perception. However, what if time isn't linear and our perception is wrong? Strap in.