Science careers aren’t just about learning for curiosity’s sake, they have major impact. Whether you’re looking to solve problems for the entire world, or focusing on your local community, science breakthroughs provide the opportunity.
Scientists can use genomic biology to increase crop yield and lower food cost. Unfrosting New Crops The Svalbard Global Seed Vault's mission is to collect and preserve seeds from as many varieties of plants as possible, to serve as a safety net against the loss of genetic diversity among crops. Can it, and unique crops around the world, be used to grow more food? Listen to the podcast. Improving Photosynthesis "By reworking the basic metabolism of crops, plant scientists hope to forestall devastating food shortages... If scientists do that in food crops, any given plot of land could produce more food, or produce the same amount of food with less water and fertilizer." Read more. Genetically Modifying Plants "Genetically modified crops could help to relieve this problem by providing increased yields and being more resistant to environmental stressors. In particular, the increasing prevalence of drought has prompted the development of crops that are more tolerant of high temperatures." Read more.
Scientists and engineers create new biotechnology to purify water for human use. Creating Effective (and Cost Effective) Filters "Deepika Kurup has been determined to solve the global water crisis since she was 14 years old, after she saw kids outside her grandparents' house in India drinking water that looked too dirty even to touch. Her research began in her family kitchen -- and eventually led to a major science prize. Hear how this teenage scientist developed a cost-effective, eco-friendly way to purify water." Watch the video. Cleaning with Nanoparticles "Danish scientists have found a new way to counter the problem of polluted drinking water. Using nanoparticles they can remove traces of pesticides and industrial chemicals from water supplies before it’s poured into our glasses." Read more.
Scientists work together for genetic planning as they save critically endangered species. Using Local Knowledge to Save Endangered Species The Svalbard Global Seed Vault's mission is to collect and preserve seeds from as many varieties of plants as possible, to serve"From knowing where animals live, to which plants provide what medicinal benefits, communities around the world hold expert levels of knowledge on their local environments." Read more. Using IVF and Stem Cell Science to Save Species Scientists believe they can bring the species back from the brink after the death of the last male last week, using IVF and Stem Cell Science. Read more. Preserving Species DNA "In our own lifetime, it’s estimated that 40,000 species become extinct every year. To help keep a record of this disappearing life, a team of scientists is trying to establish a global DNA bank for endangered animals." Read more.