Although you may not realize it, virtually everything that we do in our day to day lives will involve science in one way or another. Whether it’s using a simple electronic device, consuming health supplements, or reading the nutritional value on the back of the food that you’re eating, virtually everything in the modern world has a scientific basis. Without science, its subsequent inventions and the processes it yields, life as we know it would seemingly grind to a halt. To help emphasize this point, here are four basic ways in which science is used in everyday life.
Talking on the phone – It may be hard to believe, but cellular phones have only been popular for less than two decades, yet you probably can’t imagine life without your cell phone. Did you know that every time you make or receive a phone call on your cell phone, or your landline for that matter, you are making use of scientific technology? Whilst telecommunications have come a long way since the days of Alexander Graham Bell – inventor of the telephone, the premise still remains the same, and these devices are only made available to us because of science.
Tracking calories in foods and drinks – If you’re watching your figure, or if you’re looking to improve your physique, tracking and monitoring your daily calorie consumption is a great way of ensuring you remain in a calorie deficit, which will then result in weight loss or maintenance. Whether you are tracking them manually, using an app or piece of software, the only reason you are able to know exactly how many calories are in each food and drink item you consume, is again due to science. A calorie is a unit measurement of energy, and manufacturers work out how much each item contains using a complex chemistry process, as they have determined that a calorie is the exact amount of energy needed to increase the temperature of 1 kg of water by a single degree C.
Taking medicine – When you’re ill—for example, when you suffer from a cold or the flu--you will typically take medicine in order to manage the symptoms and feel better. If you have an infection, a doctor will prescribe antibiotics, which will destroy the infection and make you better. All of this medicine however, is only available due to science, as experts have conducted complex experiments and research in laboratories all over the globe, to develop specific medicines for specific ailments. Just imagine what life would be like if this wasn’t the case.
Composting – If we want to grow healthy trees and plants in our garden, we often use fertilizers made from home-made compost heaps, as broken down vegetation and certain food items result in potent nutrients that plants and greenery in general absolutely thrives upon. When we have some old vegetables that are past their best, if we have a compost heap, we throw them on and let them decompose. Decomposition is part of the wonderful world of science, as we now understand that by letting certain ingredients turn rotten and decompose, that the process can actually be beneficial for our gardens.