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Question of the Week: Where do you think more scientific attention should be focused?

2009 May 18

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Many people are concerned with scientific issues around the world.  Health issues, climate change, water quality, sustainability, and many more. Tell us what issues you think scientists should focus on more.

Where do you think more scientific attention should be focused?

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  1. Johanna permalink
    May 19, 2009

    i think that the science, must focus in the searching methods to renew the natural recourses, because the world have few it than the past, and the man need it in a huge potencial.

  2. Annette Welch permalink
    May 19, 2009

    I think more focus would be prudent in Appalachia due to the toxins left in our air, water, and soil from Mountain Top Removal. We haven’t begun to see the effects that this process of mining will bring down upon the peoples in our region. WV has coal in 53 of it’s 55 counties an we will not have alternatives in place until our government assists us to move forward into the 21st century. I would hope that WV in her attempts of providing energy all these years to many other areas will be deemed a focus point for assistance in repair of the enviroment, health, and infrastructure of her state.

  3. Maria P permalink
    May 19, 2009

    I believe the focus of science should not only be that of a sustainable planet, but a sustainable population as well. We, in essence, are what we consume and as a population, we are not informed of all the toxins and chemicals in our food supply or products we use. Science needs to study the long and short term impact of these chemicals on our health. The health of our children will be directly impacted in ways we cannot imagine today.

  4. Prabhat Misra, Etawah, U.P., INDIA permalink
    May 20, 2009

    We, the Homo sapience, should pay our attention on the conservation of BIO-DIVERSITY cause our survival rest on this. In ECOSYSTEM we are interdependent on each other. Every species have right to survival so we should respect every species right to survival, if we want to save life on this planet.

  5. Janna permalink
    May 20, 2009

    You make a very good point. We are often so focused on the ‘parts’ when trying to understand a system that we give short shrift to the dynamic relationship between the parts. I went to a workshop yesterday where the presenter (a public artist) explained the relationship between food and water and climate change. Very intriguing. As a matter of national policy (and research funding), would be wonderful to see more emphasis on studying the interdependency and mutual influence between these pressing issues.

  6. Vincent Chidi permalink
    May 20, 2009

    In my own understanding Health issues should be given more attention, which of course should run concurrently with environmental protection programs. I believe with a better healthy human lives a greater potentials of exploring other science fields will fall in place.
    thank you.

  7. Erica K. Miller permalink
    May 20, 2009

    Soils. Dirt. Earth. That which supports the growth of our food and cleanses our waters. We need a Clean Soils Act!

  8. Anonymous permalink
    May 21, 2009

    We have to work to conserve the resourses.

  9. ,Janet Copeland permalink
    May 22, 2009

    Number one of importance that will help lower other major problems would be getting back to a more pure and natural environment. Oil should be put back where it came from to get the environment in check. If we have to drill so far down to retrieve it does not it make sense that where it was, made the world livable in the past. Most of our problems are very simple. Greed is the problem from which most of our problems come from.We have brought “Hell” to our Earth by drilling for oil. We were safer and healthier before. God put it so far down and we as idiots drill down into our home to bring this black disgusting, deadly, muck up from hell. Scientists should study what our problems would be like if we had never drilled for oil and only used the sun and water for power. Would looking to the past for answers help?

  10. ,Janet Copeland permalink
    May 22, 2009

    Autism and other related diseases are caused by the so called low level pollutants which to some of us are too high.

    What is low to some is high to others.

    Certain Species have already died because of it.
    It is happening to us now.

  11. Luis Visani permalink
    May 22, 2009

    I believe that the medic sciences need more attention and financial support mainly in poorest countries. Some countries in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America have to improve their Scientifc communities. We have been faced how fragile is the countries against the spread of virus like H1N1, taking into account the boundaries and national security porgrames. The cost of medicine is becoming higher and the access hard.

  12. Sean Ragudo permalink
    May 22, 2009

    Scientists should focus their efforts on a truly sustainable, non-polluting, non-interupted source of power. We already know the effects of greenhouse gasses. We know how to reverse it. We know that we need to use less resources, we just need to do it. What we need now is a way to replace burning technologies (coal, natural gas, petroleum and biofuels) with ones that will provide energy cleanly, safely and without burning things. Can we get someone to finally figure out this fusion thing?

  13. J.T.Ross permalink
    May 25, 2009

    The EPA and related agencies should practice a policy of 100% safe recycling of all waste and garbage because our cities and towns are being overwhelmed by landfill, because the human population keeps growing.

  14. metalover permalink
    May 25, 2009

    put on your own oxygen mask first,so you can help more in need.
    improve your backyard,then assist your neighbors on all sides one
    by one so as everyone in community is better off and has pride
    instilled by example,practice and participation.show respect to others to add respect for yourself and present true role models to
    the young while making the best country even better.we can all
    move toward green employing masses and making comfortable
    living less expensive and practical.avoid liberals and their lies.our new president could’nt even clean up his back yard in south chicago

  15. Chris S permalink
    May 26, 2009

    I agree completely! Science and technology are closely tied together, but they are two completely separate things… or more precisely, tools.

    Science is the tool used to better understand why and how the natural world works. Basis research is needed to explore and discover new information.

    Technology is the practical application of scientific information/knowledge in order to produce a desired affect. That effect may be reducing pollution or manipulating genetic material to cure disease.

    It never pays off in the long run to ignore basic research, and it often turns out that tomorrow’s problems are the direct result of today’s solutions. Using internal combustion vehicles for transportaion “solved” the very real problem of all that horse manure in city streets… which in turn created its own set of problems.

    Conversely, the problems of providing long term energy supplies to space vehicles resulted in major advances in photoelectric technology… which may well result in viable solar energy technology for individual use.

    A twofold approach is needed…. support of fundamental research coupled with support for technological development.

  16. Ben permalink
    May 28, 2009

    Good idea J.D. maybe we can figure out what’s happening to China’s cats…

    Cat in China grows a pair of wings
    Feline was born normal but developed appendages at age 1, family says
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30967440/

  17. Ben permalink
    May 28, 2009

    Alternative Energy (not fossil fuels)

  18. Friendly giant permalink
    June 2, 2009

    I’d like to see some really smart and honest person. tell me exactly how much the cumulative cost per unit of all the EPA exhaust emission restriction on a new automobile amount to. How many thousands of dollars have been added to a new car since 1967?

    Part 2.
    Then have the same smart person tell me exactly how many miles per gallon the EPA regulations have lost us on each car.

    Part 3.
    Then have the smarty tell me…since it has COST miles per gallon and more fuel is consumed….how much additonal CO2 is emitted from each car.

    Emissions/CO2/CAFE standards all are working at cross purposes and costing Americans big money.

  19. Stephanie permalink
    June 2, 2009

    Decreasing our waste… In today’s society, I wish there were more communities and school teaching our kids and even adults about recycling and reusing items for other items instead of throwing it away or buying something new. If we can make this a habit, it will work and cut down on pollutants.

  20. Kinshuk Sharma permalink
    July 21, 2009

    Myself Kinshuk sharma from India, student of Bsc biotechnology. I always try to protect the environment by stopping the unwanted loss of water from the tap and also by using a mug of water for doing brushing my teeth.

  21. Kinshuk Sharma permalink
    July 21, 2009

    The most concern topic is the pollution causes by our vechiles which affects the global warming and green house effect.

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