Science: Discovered by Few, Discovered for All

Science discoveries new and old aid people all around the world. Whether the discovery explains the process of pollination or the steps taken to alter human DNA sequences. These discoveries amount to the variety of changes and knowledge society amassed throughout our existence. In many ways these discoveries also perpetuate our existence and curiosity.

Rx for Survival detailed how women in Bangladesh volunteered to spread the feasibility of creating oral rehydration solutions at home. In a country slowly losing its next generation to diarrhea, this initiative ultimately led to the decrease in child mortality by 50% in a decade. It takes knowledge about water diffusion to limit its waste in children with diarrhea. For these kids, science means the ability to live and fight battles to which the end does not result in death.

On the other hand, science also contains the capacity to awe us when observing nature and the life around us. Ed Yong’s Suicidal wasps, zombie roaches and other parasite tales brought forth how parasites change brine shrimps’ behaviour to more social and how female emerald cockroach wasps need a cockroach to act as a host for its fertilized eggs until they hatch. Neither of these conclusions could arise from observation alone because simplicity and the mannerism by which parasites work do not go hand in hand. Without science or the curiosity of a few, the general public could not begin to understand such phenomenon occurring naturally around us.

And since science constantly changes, it acts similar to a breeding ground for breaking stereotypes. Is anatomy destiny? attempts to break the stereotype regarding the simple categories of denoting a male and a female. By looking carefully at anatomy, cases of males with female reproductive organs and females with male reproductive organs have been identified. Now one cannot simply be identified by their outward appearance, thus two categories transition into a spectrum. The end result: enlightenment of the general public about the value of understanding humans’ complexity through a scientific viewpoint.

Where society stops thinking about science beyond experiments, science’s multipurpose products and outcomes exist for us.

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