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Government and Science: A Hybrid?

Throughout history, the scientific achievements affiliated with countries are often tied to the government in which they are created in. The democratic principles found in the United States promote scientific progress. However, modern science consists of complex practices and methods, leading to some adversity with democracy. Examples of both scenarios will be highlighted in this blogpost.

 

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The Solutions to Gender Discrimination in Science

Over the past 100 years, women have made incredible strides in gaining reputations in scientific fields such as engineering and medicine. From Rosalind Franklin to Jane Goodall, the incorrect stereotypes surrounding women in the 20th Century have diminished. However, the current situation is not perfect, and there is still work to be done to reduce the gender gap in scientific opportunities. Numerous studies have shown women in STEM professions publish less, get paid less for research, and hardly reach positions as high as men. Using Amy Bix’s presentation coupled with background information in women’s studies, I will present potential solutions to gender discrimination in modern day science.

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America: The Nuclear Nation

The global wars of the 20th Century formed the identities of the nations involved in the warfare. Specifically, the introduction of chemical and nuclear warfare propelled the United States into a period of immense progress in scientific research. Thinkers from around the world congregated to develop weapons that would inflict an impressive amount of damage. Though the direct consequences of such innovations resulted in widespread death, the impacts of discovering new technologies were beneficial towards the future of science.

The Manhattan Project of WWII was a program developed by the United States to beat the axis powers in creating nuclear warfare. The legacy of the Manhattan Project is impressive. Great advances in physics, engineering, nuclear energy, and nuclear medicine took place. The eventual use of nuclear weapons on civilian cities has caused a wide range of debates and conflicts. Nonetheless, the project itself was an incredible achievement that saw the fusion of military and scientific development.

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Research Proposal – Climate Change and Agriculture

The Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture in the United States

Introduction

Climate change is the the most pressing issue on human life. Ranging from deforestation and the extinction of wildlife, the increasing temperature of the earth poses a wide range of difficulties. For my research paper, I will be scrutinizing the relationship between climate change and agriculture in the United States. The U.S. economy is heavily dependent on crops such as tobacco, corn, and cotton. With more than $330 billion coming from agriculture, the food industry heavily supports job availability and economic development. As greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, the reliable food supply of the U.S is jeopardized. It is imperative to study such risks in order to react effectively and efficiently. The question I will be answering is: How will climate change affect the agriculture and economy of the United States?

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Bridging the Two Cultures

In C.P. Snow’s Two cultures, the humanities and sciences are compared and contrasted in the realm of the 20th and 21st centuries. His literary style clearly seems to favor the sciences, and the importance of historical research and literature are often left in the shadows. To bridge the sciences and humanities, it is crucial to create a core educational curriculum that conveys the importance of a hybrid relationship between scientific progress and historical knowledge. To pave the way for a bright future, one must know the mistakes of the past.

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Darwin’s Struggle

Charles Darwin’s discovery of evolutionary biology was a milestone in biological science. His discoveries support the notion that science is an ever changing subject. Evolution and natural selection, two of his most significant contributions, challenged the fundamentals of the church and encouraged individuals to rethink their origins. Though science was an ‘exclusive’ area in society, Charles Darwin brought forth concepts that shifted everyday thinking and implemented science into society; further, evolution changed the politics and social norms  of the 19th Century.

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Frankenstein: The Pursuit of Knowledge and Nature’s Remedy

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein combines the fundamentals of Romanticism and the dangers of innovation. Published in 1823, the novel tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist motivated by progress, and his pursuit for human creation. As his creation comes to life, the monster epitomizes the wrongness in his life; moreover, the solutions to his problems lie within the sublimeness of nature.

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The Scientific Revolution: The Fusion of Society and Science

The Scientific Revolution of the Early Modern Period was a significant era of discovery. New concepts such as heliocentrism and natural philosophy contributed to a society in which science dictated law. Contrary to Steven Shapin’s opposition to the significant event, the Scientific Revolution was a shift in thinking that altered the fundamentals of science, math, and philosophy.

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