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Old 02-21-2017, 02:42 PM   #1
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A few days ago I saw an article about the pollinating abilities of bee sized drones. Today I was happy to see an article about how that might not be all the story. But within these stories was another story worth examining; How do we keep the natural sciences as prevalent and story worthy as the technology that science generates?


A timely article. The cost of building the number of drones it would take will be high in materials and the effort to acquire those materials, then manufacturing the drones which will use what source of energy to run?

The ecological systems work together to provide the necessities of the existence of life itself. All of which generates its own reproduction and energy needs.

https://ecologyisnotadirtyword.com/2...-the-solution/

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Ecologists face a hard, but not impossible challenge, to communicate the value of nature relative to the value of technology. Technology is the sexy short-term solution, and nature is in it for the long-term. Changing the way we manage landscapes so pollinators are able to look after themselves is a lot cheaper in the long-term than building thousands of artificial pollinators to fill in the gaps immediately.
Another article included within the above link is well worth reading.

https://ensia.com/voices/the-dangers...d-environment/

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The act of separating science stories on medical breakthroughs and astronomical wonders from stories that cover ecosystems and biodiversity unwittingly enhances the myth in readers’ minds that science and nature are mutually exclusive. Combining science with technology is even more damaging, because it distances science further from natural systems and processes.
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When this myth is perpetuated beyond popular media, it can have damaging impacts. The current Australian government, for example, spent more than a year without a minister of science at all, before tacking science onto the industry portfolio after public outcry. The industry minister, Ian Macfarlane, even suggested a new approach to scientific research funding, where funds could be awarded to universities based on the number of patent registrations, not the number of published scientific papers. His comments highlight a common misconception — that the vast majority of scientists work on creating and developing products that can be commercialized.
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Far from being self-indulgent, knowledge of natural sciences is critical to understand our place in the world and manage the environmental, social and economic challenges we face. How can we understand how environmental change will impact an ecosystem — and the human communities within it — if we don’t know what species and ecological interactions make up that ecosystem? How can we achieve sustainable agriculture if we don’t understand the ecological nuances of the pest, pollinator and predator communities that use the agricultural landscape? Technologists don’t create food, fiber and shelter; ecosystems do. But that can be hard to believe in a world where biotech ag and test-tube meat command so much of the spotlight.
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Nature is useful and functional to you and me, not just as a resource opportunity or a “happy place,” but as a raison d’Ítre. After all, ecosystems and organisms do things too — they are our natural life support system. Bees, flies and wasps pollinate crops and control insect pests so we can harvest food and fiber; wetlands purify the water we drink and mitigate flooding near our homes; birds and beetles scavenge wastes so we are less likely to suffer from disease.
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Old 02-25-2017, 03:58 PM   #2
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Some interesting reading.
Nature Institute: Viewing Nature, Science, and Technology in Context
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I saw something the other day where they were testing and training bees to roll tiny nerf like balls into a hole for a sugar reward.
Not one but three of them!

Never really thought about whether a bee could think logically like that.
Makes you wonder how smart the other little creatures are on this here planet of ours.
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