1. Australian science agency CSIRO recently received this adorable letter.
Hello Lovely Scientist
My name is Sophie and I am 7 years old. My dad told me about the scientists at the CSIRO. Would it be possible if you can make a dragon for me. I would like it if you could but if you can’t thats fine.
I would call it toothless if it was a girl and if it is a boy I would name it Stuart.
I would keep it in my special green grass area where there are lots of space. I would feed it raw fish and I would put a collar on it. If it got hurt I would bandage it if it hurt himself. I would play with it every weekend when there is no school.
Love from Sophie
This instructional drawing was attached.
Sophie’s mother told The Age that when her husband advised their daughter they wouldn’t be able to get her a dragon for Christmas, Sophie came up with the idea to ask a scientist for one.
2. After receiving Sophie’s letter, CSIRO published a blog post apologising to Australia for the lack of dragons.
“We’ve been doing science since 1926 and we’re quite proud of what we have achieved. We’ve put polymer banknotes in your wallet, insect repellent on your limbs and Wi-Fi in your devices. But we’ve missed something.
There are no dragons.
Over the past 87 odd years we have not been able to create a dragon or dragon eggs… And for this Australia, we are sorry.”
3. They ended by saying they’re “looking into it”. Thank you, lovely scientists!
4. Update — Jan. 13: CSIRO have created a dragon for Sophie using 3D printing.
On their blog, they wrote: “Toothless, 3D printed out of titanium, came into the world at Lab 22, our additive manufacturing facility in Melbourne. The scientists there have printed some extraordinary things in the past—huge anatomically correct insects, biomedical implants and aerospace parts. So they thought a dragon was achievable.
‘Being that electron beams were used to 3D print her, we are certainly glad she didn’t come out breathing them … instead of fire,’ said Chad Henry, our Additive Manufacturing Operations Manager. ‘Titanium is super strong and lightweight, so Toothless will be a very capable flyer.’
Toothless is currently en route from Lab 22 in Melbourne to Sophie’s home in Brisbane.”