How do people feel about science around the world?

This entry was posted in Science on by .

It might feel like there are more science skeptics than science enthusiasts in the world, especially if you spend a lot of time on social media. 3M’s 2019 State of Science Index (SOSI) survey has conflicting results. After surveying 14,025 people from 14 developed and emerging countries, 3M found that, while one in three people are skeptical of science, there’s also a lot of excitement about scientific innovation.

Questions included in the State of Science Index ranged from how people feel about scientific and technological innovations like robots and self-driving cars to how science affects their daily lives. Of the skeptics, 31 percent responded that their lives would be no different if science didn’t exist and 40 percent said they think science is boring.

Publisher: Popular Science
Twitter: @popsci
Reference: Visit Source

Other things to check out:

We Must Talk about Our Climate Crisis

Climate change will upend the world in an array of disastrous ways’droughts, floods, fires, hurricanes, sea level rise. It will change our lives in a plethora of devastating ways’famine, migration, inundation, desertification, disease, conflict. Yet we barely talk about it. All too rarely do we sit down for deep, nuanced, and fact-based discussion of what climate change practically means for humanity. While some of us spend a lot of time reading and worrying about it, seldom do we gather in a room together to consider where the science is pointing and what we might collectively do about it.

Publisher: Scientific American Blog Network
Author: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Twitter: @sciam
Reference: Visit Source

How climate change affects economies around the world

Delivering access to reliable and affordable energy, while minimizing its social and environmental impacts, including those created by our changing climate, is one of society’s most complex challenges.’

Asst. Prof. Amir Jina focuses his research on the role of the environment and environmental change in the shaping how societies develop. He combines methods from climate science and remote sensing to understand the impacts of climate in both rich and poor countries.

We are at a stage with the science and knowledge that most of the details about climate change are broadly known. There are many nuances’for example, how will disaster risk change or what parts of the planet will warm at faster rates’but we basically understand that the planet is warming, and we are now investing in the research and technology to mitigate and manage that.

Publisher: University of Chicago News
Twitter: @UChicago
Reference: Visit Source

A Legendary Scientist Sounds Off on the Trouble With STEM

In the hallways of his retirement home in Lexington, Mass. ‘ an upscale community where paintings by Matisse and Manet hang on the wall and former college presidents mill around, drinking coffee from paper cups ‘ E.O. Wilson is a popular figure. He is the country’s most celebrated naturalist. In the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., his portrait hangs next to Michelle Obama’s. “I joked to a friend,” he says, “that she deserves the honor.”

Wilson, who turns 90 next month, officially retired from Harvard University in 1996. Yet he shows no signs of slowing down. He refuses to use a cane because he doesn’t want to become reliant on it. His gait through the hallways ‘ “Pardon my wobbling” ‘ is idiosyncratic and indefatigable.

Publisher: The Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: 2019-05-07T15:00:00-04:00
Twitter: @chronicle
Reference: Visit Source

Happening on Twitter

Greetings Earthlings: There is no spoon or AI. The data presented above may one day be zapped to another dimension. Just thought you should be aware. NASA, either it's cold or someone stole the sun.