When we were children, many of us asked our parents a thousand questions a day, genuinely eager to learn more & curious about what is around us. When there are trips to science museums or book club days at elementary schools, many children enthusiastically look forward to these simple yet amazing delights. The reason why I still visit public libraries for personal interest is because I love what I’ve found there growing up, and it has influenced me greatly. It started with my mother taking me to the public library often, & within the children’s section I was introduced to books like The Magic School Bus: Lost in The Solar System and Here in Space by David Milgrim. I believe educational books like these helped me become fascinated with astronomy & complex matters relating to space and time. Presently, I love books such as Space Atlas: Mapping The Universe & Beyond, Final Frontier by Brian Clegg, and physicist Michio Kauku’s books because they are amazing to me. Captivating books like the ones mentioned inspires me to ask even more questions due to passionate curiosity, & think of all the endless possibilities that have yet to be discovered. Unfortunately, often times a child’s curiosity and eagerness to extensively explore a variety of different subject matters can decrease. Many blame school systems’ educational curriculum, but learning is a process that never really ends. Of course, we may not find all of the truths of life and answers to questions that are surrounded in mystery…but there are valuable sources available to us for a variety of different topics if we are genuinely interested. I encourage us all to continue having a curious child-like fascination and to inquire more. Our whole lives are an educational opportunity, and it should not be limited. Let’s keep going to our city’s museums, supporting our libraries that are sometimes in threat of closing, reading daily, and exploring different topics beyond just the surface. As children, we are so eager to learn more and even what is considered ”simple” makes us want to discover why/how. So, as we continue on our educational journey (life)… let’s keep that same pure fascination/interest!
Some people may not care to emphasize how important preserving the bee population is…until one day we have no choice but to rely on artificially created bees to pollinate plants. Nothing man makes can work as hard or be as nutritious like a honeybee or solitary bee, but scientists are trying to come up with an alternative if the worst case scenario happens. Recently at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, there has been researchers who are creating drones that can possibly polinate flowers. Instead of focusing on creating insect drones, perhaps it is better to invest in helping the bee population grow and let them thrive without pesticides that harm them.
Education/knowledge on the issue is a great key for all of us. This process affects all of us, so why not learn and genuinely care about it more? Most of our healthy foods are pollinated by bees when they move from plant to plant for nectar. Pollen gets all over their bodies, and with cross pollination the bees are a vital necessity for plants’ seed making process. The Honey Bee species then takes the sweet nectar back to their beehives/colony, while solitary bees do not live in colonies, and they just travel from flower to flower collecting pollen. The bees work hard, and for Honeybees in particular, the honey they create gives them energy and other health benefits that are important for us as well. If more bees continue to consume neonicotinoids (pesticides) that cover many plants and the nectar, then precious bees will die off until they are officially an extinct species. If these solitary and honeybees go extinct, then we can say goodbye to healthy foods like apples, mangoes, peaches, plums, berries, watermelon, peppers, green beans, cabbage, broccoli, avocados, coconut, and the list goes on and on. Artificially created pollinators will not provide us with the same nutrients that bees do. So instead of researching ways to live on without the Bee, it is better to focus on how we can grow and responsibly take care of the populations. Banning neonicotinoids is crucial, and how interesting it is that some of the deadly pesticides that are allowed in America is banned in a lot of other countries. Although magazines like Time has created issues focusing on the dying bee population, our media in America does not continuously focus on these types of issues in an in-depth matter. Yet, if our little blessings like bees’ are taken away from us…everyone will be forced to pay attention. However, it will be too late. Right now, in the present, it is not. Let’s not forget that the resources from nature we continuously use & exhaust are vital to our survival, but nature does not need us to survive or thrive. Preserving and growing the Bee population is not just a eco-conscious concern to occasionally reflect on, but it is a matter that correlates with our own survival and existence.
****For more information and great ways to help & learn more about the importance of Bees ,Bee Native.org, The Honey Bee Conservancy, & The Bee Cause Project are wonderful resources****
Perhaps, in less than ten years, people will get a chance to live on planet Mars and eventually create a sustainable civilization there. Elon Musk, president of Tesla Motors, has been interested in colonizing Mars for awhile. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation was founded by Musk in 2002 and 14 years later, he announced at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico his plan to send humans to colonize Mars with his future Interplanetary Transport System spaceship-rocket. Residing/moving to other planets is a science fiction dream that is possible, especially with our constant advancing aerospace technology. Of course, this fascinating news has its pros and cons. Musk also explained that the very first colonists (he does not recommend children of course) who are brave enough to try & reside on Mars should understand it will be a dangerous first journey and be prepared to die…if it comes to that. This possibility may terrify many people, but there are some who are willing to be a part of the “trial and error” phase of a new settlement/colony in a foreign world, while most would prefer to go after everything has been figured out and deemed ‘safe”. The Universe, as expansive as it is with all of the galaxies out there, humanity should be curious to know where else could life forms and sustainable living exist. One of the interesting things to ponder is that out of all the countless planets in our Universe, there are probably other forms of life that look alot like us and/or beings that differ quite alot in physical appearance and biology depending on the planet. Worlds with features/climates that are probably breathtaking and amazing. Colonizing Mars would be the beginning of a future that brings a new age to our civilization and space travel. Of course, let’s just make sure we do not get to travel to new worlds, planets located in different galaxies and do a “Avatar” like mission, which has been done before throughout history within our own world. Nevertheless, I have faith in humanity responsibly visiting and inhabiting livable planets in our galaxy and beyond. The process will be controversial, trying, costly, and with error…but may be a astronomical phenomenon that is both exciting & will change the course of science and humanity, perhaps sooner than later.
Nanotechnology involves the study of extremely small things, which are conducted at the nano-scale ( 1-100 nanometers). This form of science can be used in other fields such as chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering. With the use of nanotechnology, atoms and molecules can be controlled and manipulated. Of course, although everything on Earth is made up of atoms, they cannot be seen with the naked eye. However, with the ability to see atoms /molecules on the nano-scale, scientists are finding ways to manipulate tiny particles and create new inventions that seems like stuff of science fiction. Nanotechnology could be used in wound dressings to rapidly stop bleeding in trauma patients, to clean up industrial solvents contaminating water, eliminate excess trash, stop diseases internally, and allow us to create anything lighter, cheaper, stronger, and better. All of this and much more are the benefits of nanotechnology that could be an amazing asset to our future on this planet.
However, just like other forms of advanced technology and powerful inventions that mankind has created, there are also cons that many people should ponder on. For one, nanotechnology in the wrong hands could be detrimental to us because it can be used for mass destruction as well. For one, in the wrong hands nanotechnology could be a weapon to destroy the human body. Nanoparticles would be challenging to locate, and with this form of artificial intelligence means it could be a game changer when it comes to warfare & attacks on the general public. Not to mention, there could be unintended health consequences. For an example, our white blood cells could look at nanotechnology “nanorobots” as ”invaders”, and/or our natural immune systems could be suppressed. There’s also the threat of humans relying and becoming entirely dependent on nanotechnology to survive, which could actually be a very unfortunate outcome for us.
All in all, a lot of the expectations that people have for nanotechnology are just concepts and not our actual reality right now. Yet, in the future it is not hard to imagine the heavy usage of nanotechnology. There should be strict ethical standards and codes to follow internationally for this advanced technology to be governed correctly. The thing is, nanotechnology can be used in many ways to help improve our lives and be an incredible breakthrough in health related issues. Yet, this technology can also be used to cause evil and destruction to the world on new levels and rapid speeds than we’ve ever known before. The choice is ours.
Albert Einstein once said, “If the Bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” If we take a look at all of the uses we rely on bee colonies for, then this statement could be true. Monsanto is a pesticide that is killing off bees, and these little insects are responsible for so much more than some people care to ponder on. For one, bees are responsible for pollinating 70 of the top 100 crop species, and these foods feed 90 percent of mankind. Without bees, most of the foods we eat would eventually disappear. Humans cannot replace or make up for the work that bees do, which also keeps other lifestock alive as well. If bees continue to be killed off by deadly pesticides, then so will most of the fruit, veggies, grains, and other nutrition we need to live. We tend to take Bees for granted, not realizing that these little tireless workers are blessings that are vital to our lives. The solution is actually simple: ban all deadly pesticides. If pesticides like Monsanto does this to bees, just imagine what they are doing to us. Some may even argue that all pesticides should be banned from our plants, including the so called “harmless” ones. All in all, hopefully it doesn’t take Bees to go extinct for people to finally understand just how valuable they are to mankind.
Astronomy is very interesting and fascinating to learn about. This book, created by the renowned physicist & veteran science writer James Trefil, is full of superb imagery that was captured from the most progressive space missions ever. I mean, this book has some of the best photos that were ever taken, which details the whole universe. This adventurous book starts with our solar system, then into the stars of the Milky Way, and then beyond into the outer reaches of the cosmos. The mind blowing pics includes: nebulas, galaxy Centaurus A with a massive black hole at it’s heart), comets, and so much more. Of course, this book is not just a picture book…it is pretty big & holds information about the history of the universe & time line of breakthroughs in astronomical studies. There is very detailed information on planets & never before published maps. This book has over 300 pages with current info about our solar system, galaxy, universe, exoplanets, dark matter, and so much more. I’ve had this book for several months now, and this is actually my third time reading it. So, if you are a astronomy enthusiast like myself or interested in learning more about this science, then I’m pretty sure you would love this book if you have not already read it.
I have an intense fascination with black holes & learning about the many wonders of our universe. Black holes are so interesting because inside one (singularity) , it has zero point in size & infinite density. Let’s just ponder on that & actually think about what this means. Light cannot escape it & it’s gravitational pull is so strong & the event horizon (the place where escape is not possible) cannot be seen locally. I think that black holes are related to time travel, but we just have to get close enough to the Event Horizon without getting swallowed. This documentary discusses the largest black holes in the universe & our milky way may have millions of black holes. Now, this documentary may seem ”scary” to some, but I don’t fear black holes. Yes, there are some that are extremely large & may be destructive…but black holes are amazing.
The book that I am currently reading is Physics of The Impossible by Michio Kaku. Now, this book discusses the possibilities of using our advanced technology to do things that we have only seen be done in science fiction. I am still reading this book, and some of the things that Kaku discusses, includes teleportation & time travel. One side of me is excited to know that there is a scientific way to do these things & how it correlates with physics, but another side of me imagines all of the not-so-great things humans might try to do if we ever found a successful way to do these wonders. Like, who knows what could happen if time travel abilities got into the wrong hands. Teleportation does not violate the laws of physics, but it probably would not be anything like what we see in movies or from comic book characters. Before I get into further detail about these possibilities, I am going to do further research on Class I and 2 physics impossibilities that he categorizes & read all of this book. However, we need to keep in mind that Kaku is just speculating, but this book is really cool.
I cannot fully express in words just how much I love reading & why….but here it goes. I am so thankful that my mother took me to the library to check out books weekly when I was little because now , I consider that a treasured hobby. Matter of fact, I still have an active public library card that I use for non-school related reasons as well because I have found some great reads there. I use to read mostly fantasy books, but now I also read a lot of non-fiction as well. I am interested in all kinds of topics ranging from history of all sorts, science, to biographies. If I really want to gain a lot of different interesting knowledge within one power book…then I read from encyclopedias. Lately, I have been in to a lot of science books, so Michio Kaku is one of my latest favorite authors. I don’t know why I haven’t did any blog entries about books yet, but I feel obligated to now. Reading is a mind treasure because it can really enhance you mentally & the right book can make you get lost inside it’s pages, intriguing you. If I had to choose between having my phone all day or a great book, than I would choose the book. Not to mention, when you read books on interesting topics, you open your mind up to knowing so much more. For an example, I love conversing about different topics & reading different kinds of books can help you have more amazing conversations. I always choose a different topic or person that I am into at the time & then start reading about it. For an example, recently I read Rat Pack Confidential by Shawn Levy, Physics Of The Future by Michio Kaku, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and Space Atlas: Mapping The Universe & Beyond by James Trefil. I prefer having the physical copies of books rather than an ebook because I like to collect hardback versions of my favorites. I encourage people to still pick up a book and let your mind discover new adventures and page-turners. It is most definitely worth it.