Summer is upon us, England are in the Euro finals, and with that comes more beer (no matter the weather). Unfortunately, whilst beer may not be kind to our waists, it also has an impact on our carbon footprint. Researchers and breweries are now looking at ways to help this ancient industry create greener beer.
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.
It is more important than ever to communicate science effectively. We must ensure accurate and evidence-based information about research is distributed through the media, particularly on controversial and headline news where most misinformation can occur. Here, I will give you a background to the Science Media Centre (SMC) and my internship opportunity with them.
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!
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!!
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.
By now you have all seen the horrific footage of the explosion in Beirut which occurred on the 4th August, injuring more than 4,000 and killing at least 113 people (as of Thurs 6th Aug), whilst the search for survivors continues. Here we will discuss what is likely to have caused the explosion, and how and why it happened. There are links to donation pages at the bottom.
During our UK roadtrip we were able to make a stop at the Eden Project, somewhere I've wanted to visit for a long time. As well as being a very large set of greenhouses, the Eden Project offers social and environmental benefits, opportunities for outreach and a platform for science. While we're all in lockdown, I'll take you on a trip through the Eden Project.
With so many amazing entries this year, I couldn't possibly let you miss out on some of the brilliant science writing I received. Here is our first runner-up, Daniel who is just 12 years old and from the UK. He has written about how nuclear reactors work.