Can science save the planet?
Last year, as COVID-19 swept across the globe, teams in dozens of countries rushed to find a vaccine and experts filled television screens daily. People everywhere turned to science for help in crisis.
The pandemic became an opportunity to recall the importance of science in society. From healthcare to travel to communications, science has revolutionised the way we live – and continues to do so constantly. Until 1900, human knowledge doubled every century. Now, the rapid growth of scientific invention and human knowledge doubles almost every day.
Now, science is playing a crucial role in finding solutions to the greatest problems facing humanity. Over the past year alone, science has brought us the closest ever glimpse of the sun, an AI system with the ability to learn a language, and bioprinting that could cure diseases.
What does the future hold for science? One of the biggest challenges now is the climate crisis. From carbon sink concrete to space arks, science is working to provide answers. Meanwhile, with teams in France, Britain and China working on nuclear fission, a new kind of clean fuel could be on the way.
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In this intriguing video, The School of Life considers the comforts we can draw from science.
- Choose an experiment from this list. Afterwards, write a short diary entry describing the experiment and what you found out.
- In a group, come up with a list of what you think are the most important scientific inventions in history and present them on a timeline.
- Research one scientific innovation of the last decade and make a presentation about it.