Real World Science Problems

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There are a multitude of scientific questions facing society today. Immediate topics include renewable energy, better personal transportation, biotechnology and waste disposal. More ambitious scientific concerns include space exploration and high-energy physics research.

Renewable Energy

  • Fossil and even nuclear fuels depletion is virtually certain. Long-term solutions must rest on technology that economically harvests wind, solar and other renewable energy sources.

Personal Transportation

  • There is constant research on propulsion and materials, neighborhood and road geography, travel pricing and impact of telecommuting. Studies like UC Davis's Transportation Publications help improve urban planning for optimal traffic flow.

Biotechnology

  • Current biotech questions span genetics, protein dynamics, cancer research and biomedical engineering. For example, biomedical engineering deals with materials used for the likes of tooth fillings and artificial hips.

Waste Disposal

  • Waste disposal research entails isolating garbage within safety, budget, space and political ("Who wants to live next to a dump?") constraints.

Space and Lunar Exploration

  • Space research presents a cornucopia of science questions. In September/October 2009, NASA slammed a probe into a shadowy moon crater under suspicion that detectable amounts of water/ice are present.

Particle Physics

  • It is difficult to exaggerate the high-cost/high-ambition nature of energetic physics. Current problems facing CERN scientists involve proving the existence of a theorized particle (Higgs particle) that endows matter with mass.

References

  • Photo Credit "Brighton Earthship Solar Panels" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Dominic's pics (Dominic Alves) under the Creative Commons Attribution license. "Earth from the moon iPhone wallpaper" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: The Pug Father (Chris Watson) under the Creative Commons Attribution license. "Hydrogen atom orbitals" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Ethan Hein (Ethan Hein) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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