*COMPETITION TIME*

After another turbulent year of science, we want to hear from you! 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 fourth annual science writing competition!

Blog Birthday: Top 10 Articles

A Short Scientist is FOUR! To celebrate four years of articles, we will look back on the top ten posts from the last four years. I adore writing and creating these snippets of science, they are a creative release for me and let my brain breathe. I hope this year brings more doodling and science to communicate, especially after a very quiet writing period. 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 over the pandemic. This little blog has achieved more than I ever expected, and brings me so much joy.

Does Netflix Cost the Earth?

The internet. It has revolutionised communication and connection, enabled wider access to knowledge and opinions, and allows for the viewing and sharing of information in many different forms. In the UK alone, 46.6 million people use the internet daily, up from just 16.2 million in 2006. However, despite holding information in seemingly weightless spaces, such as "the cloud", the internet is far from a carbon neutral and clean infrastructure. What is the internet, how much does it contribute to climate change, and what can we do?

Fusion of the Future

Imagine a World where we could generate electricity, in a carbon-neutral, self-sustaining manor, using the same reactions that take place in the sun? Welcome to Nuclear Fusion. Here we will explore the difference between nuclear fusion and current nuclear power methods, and what the future holds for fusion.

Summer Olympic Science

The delayed 2020 Olympic games are almost half-way through, with athletes making us armchair spectators feel as though we should be more active. Whilst this year's summer Games are anything but normal during a pandemic, the athletes continue to perform and push themselves to the edge of what we can physically achieve as humans. Here we will explore the science of the Games.

Cheers to Greener Beer

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.

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.

A Science Media Centre Internship

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.

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