Best Shortform Science Writing: January-March 2019

Diana Crow
May 13, 2019 · 7 min read
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A computer-generated portrait of the Opportunity Rover. Image by NASA/JPL-Solar System Visualization Team via Wikimedia Commons (public domain)
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A SpaceX rocket takes flight amidst fire and smoke. Photo by 13ericralph31 via Flickr & Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0)

Short Shorts (600 words & under)

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Flood damage after a bomb cyclone struck the Midwest could have a devastating effect on farms. Photo by Bill Luckey/USDA (public domain)

News & Trends (601–1200 words)

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The supernova remnant Simeis 147 lingers long after the death of a star. Image by Davide De Martin & the ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0)

Single Study Deep Dives & Profiles (601–1200 words)

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The longest-ever U.S. government shutdown may have done lasting damage to Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by bmiller1710 via Flickr & Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Data or Investigative (under 1400 words)

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Artist Ron Miller’s evocative extraterrestrial scenes have graced many a NASA presentation and sparked many imaginations. Artwork by Ron Miller/NASAblueshift via Wikimedia Commons

Columns, Op/Eds, & Blog Posts (under 1200 words)

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A verdant scene from Malheur National Forest. Photo by US Forest Service-Pacific Northwest via Flickr (public domain)

Essays & Literary (under 1400 words)

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Two halves of the fungus Spongiform squarepantsii. The specimens were harvested from Lambir Hills National Parkl in Borneo, Malaysia. Photo by Tom Bruns via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

Institutional (under 1200 words)

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Honeybees are facing a new threat from the pesticide dicamba. Photo by Joy 蝴蝶 via Flickr (CC BY-2.0)

Honorable Misfits (pieces that didn’t quite fit any of our categories)

And those are our picks for January-March 2019!

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The Best Shortform Science Writing project highlights…

Diana Crow

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Fledgling science journalist here, hoping to foster discussion about the ways science acts as a catalyst for social change #biology

SciShortform

The Best Shortform Science Writing project highlights outstanding science writing through quarterly round-ups, Q&As with science writers, and more!

Diana Crow

Written by

Fledgling science journalist here, hoping to foster discussion about the ways science acts as a catalyst for social change #biology

SciShortform

The Best Shortform Science Writing project highlights outstanding science writing through quarterly round-ups, Q&As with science writers, and more!

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