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.

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.

What a Load of Junk

Since the start of the space age in the 1950's, we've been sending all sorts out into the darkness. We've sent up hundreds of rockets and thousands more satellites, many of which are still there. Space is once more a hot topic, and companies such as SpaceX and even Amazon are hoping to send up thousands more satellites in the coming years. This poses a problem though: Space Junk. With more and more satellites in orbit, the risk of collision has hit a critical level; what new research is there to sweep it all up?

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...

*COMPETITION EXTENSION*

There have been a few reports that people need to finish off one or two bits or convert files before submission, so the deadline has been moved to Sunday 3rd March at 6pm GMT! Check the LINK for more information about the competition and how to submit your entries. I'm so excited to read the …

Patching up the Ozone

The hole in the ozone layer was first spotted 33 years ago, and when I was in secondary school (11-16 years old), it was one of the biggest scientific news stories we addressed. However, researchers have found that the hole has decreased after unprecedented international action. So what is the ozone layer, why do we need it, and what could this healing mean for nature?