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Offline mwrmoore

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« on: 12/06/2007 12:17:49 »
Hi

I am new to the forum, have only just found it through the search engine that is google but i was hoping you could help.

I am just doing a bit of research for work and have a couple of questions i thought you might be the best people to answer, i'm sure they have been asked before but if you could indulge me i'd be much obliged

1. what would you say are the first five science institutions that come to mind?

2. What are your five favourite inventions or advances related to science, technology, engineering, media or medicine?

3. What five inventions or advances do you think would be most valuable in the coming 100 years?

thanks in advance
Matt


 

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« Reply #1 on: 12/06/2007 12:45:37 »
Hi Matt & welcome to TNS. I hope you enjoy your visit & become a regular.

That's 1 hell of a question you've chosen to ask. I think a lot of answers you get will depend on the person's field of expertise/interest.

Plus, I'm not entirely sure what you mean by "science institutions". Are you including libraries & museums? Or do you mean just research establishments? If I may interpret it my way (its influence on the scientific community) I would say (in no particular order):-

The Royal Institution
MIT
UMIST
Einstein's living room (lol)
The Naked Scientists!  ;D

My favourite inventions are:-

The internet
Telescope
Electron microscope
Internal combustion engine
Anaesthetics

Most valuable in the next 100 years? Hmmm, that's not easy. We have no way of knowing what technologies will be around in even 20 years, let alone 100 years. How can we predict what will become important? It's possible that some little-known discovery or invention will become the basis for massive amounts of future tech. Anyway, I'll hazard a bit of a guess.

Nano-technology
The internet
String theory & quantum gravity
Prosthetics
Transmissable electricity
 

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« Reply #2 on: 12/06/2007 14:17:15 »
Here are mine....again in no order, but with a forestry bias!

Institutes:

The Institute for Forest Growth  - Freiburg
Forest Research Centre - Freiburg
European Forest Institute
The Forestry Commission
NASA

Inventions:

PC's (pda's, laptops etc)
Planes (contraversial)
cars (contraversial)
the written word
maths


Future:

Genetics
biofuels
novel methods of energy creation
methods to ameliorate climate change
Space flight
 

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« Reply #3 on: 12/06/2007 14:49:45 »
Stuart - I wondered about space flight, but I am not convinced that, in itself, it will be overly important. The furthest man could conceivably travel, with current technology, is Mars and I don't see that doing us a lot of good.

I also wondered about a propulsion system that would allow us to travel greater distances into space faster, but there is no guarantee that it will be discovered or developed.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 12/06/2007 15:09:22 »
Yes, it's a valid point. But perhaps a local orbit space station? And 100 years ago, we only just had just started flying, so perhaps in the next 100........? And there are also high altitude flights evolving, so this might (might) be the next evolution of around earth travel. And when I build that bloody ladder that gets into space, well, the possibilities are endless!
I guess that it might be the spin-offs (new materials, fuel types etc) similar to those from the shuttle that would be the net benefit. I think that these sort of far-reaching (no pun intended) technologies, similar to F1, have implications and impacts at the domestic level.
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« Reply #5 on: 12/06/2007 16:24:45 »
As I said, hard question to answer.

I think that these sort of far-reaching (no pun intended) technologies, similar to F1, have implications and impacts at the domestic level.

Yes, I often find a need for ceramic brakes when I'm cooking the Sunday roast  :D
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« Reply #6 on: 12/06/2007 18:43:34 »
1. what would you say are the first five science institutions that come to mind?

I'm too lazy to do this one.

2. What are your five favourite inventions or advances related to science, technology, engineering, media or medicine?

In no particular order:

1. anesthetics.
2. antiseptics.
3. the internet.
4. the wheel.
5. the written word.

3. What five inventions or advances do you think would be most valuable in the coming 100 years?

In no particular order:

1. the written word.
2. the wheel.
3. antiseptics.
4. anesthetics.
5. nuclear power.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 18/06/2007 10:21:47 »
thanks folks

really helpful
M
 

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