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Top 10 issues for science and technology

Science and technology have become part of every aspect of life -- even our backyard and garden. Do the top issues in science and tech affect your choices? I think they could. Here's a brief overview.

Communications theory says we can only deal with about 7 ideas at a time. But 10 is such a nice round number! Let's look at some of today's top issues and related life sustaining ideas:

California's Top Ten Issues in Science and Technology

1. Stem Cell Research

I see indirect connections to living a sustainable life. While health care research isn't backyard related -- living a balanced, life affirming lifestyle is. Americans tend to rely heavily on medicine rather than lifestyle choices to protect our health. Prevention isn't popular. But healthy nutrition, exercise, fresh air and joy go a long way to protecting health and even recovery from illness or injury.

2. Energy Supply

Energy supply provides a definite connection to sustainable living choices! When we use an electric or push mower instead of gasoline, we save petroleum resources and protect our air quality. When we spend time in our garden instead of racing along the freeway in search of electrified entertainment...we save energy. When we select organic gardening vs. petroleum based fertilizers and chemicals, we save energy -- and enhance the earth's own energy system.

3. Science and Math Teaching

We learn about earth science when we study habitats and water cycles, and seasonal weather. We learn math and science when we chart our experiments with different crops and when we build fences and outbuildings. We can inspire children with the reason for learning when we engage them in these home based science and math exercises.

4. Technological Innovation

The garage is still a wonderful innovation lab. And the garden. And the kitchen. While you might not innovate nanotubes without an advanced lab, thinking space is a valuable part of innovative thinking. And when we base innovative thinking in our natural world, the chances of a nurturing outcome could be more likely! Wouldn't that be progress!

5. Security

Learning to live together in peace an harmony is a root of global peace movements. We learn that in a neighborhood, and the gift of garden fresh produce extends a friendly hand. We learn peace by acting peacefully at home and with our closest friends and neighbors.

6. Data Integration

Huh? I guess researching and reading on the Internet is data integration. Tracking rainfall on our calendar is data integration. Telling friends about the best deal on an electric lawnmower is data integration. Let's not forget human communications as an effective mode of data integration. Desire must precede integration.

7. Identification Technologies

Knowing your neighbors helps with identification. Enjoying your local natural wonders can reduce the amount of time spent in long security lines. And it will use less petroleum!

8. Electronic Voting comment.

9. Traffic Congestion

...lots of comment! Backyard adventures, neighborhood adventures and community time, and the wise use of telephone, Internet, mail and walking are all excellent antidotes to traffic congestion. Working from home, and focusing on a productive home are also possibilities that reduce our "out there" focus and our miles traveled.

10. Intellectual Property from State-Funded Research

Everything has gotten soooo complicated these days. Public domain knowledge has been a hallmark of American ingenuity and progress. Don't get me started on current trends to monetize all the information and access to community resources that prohibit freedom of speech, freedom of innovation, and freedom to dream. I learned recently that to take video anywhere in Los Angeles requires a $400 film permit -- even in my own home. We're making it feasible ONLY for large corporations to have a voice. Is this what American innovation and freedom of speech require to thrive?